University of South Alabama, Office of Public Relations
 
August 11, 2008
Contact: Alice Jackson, Office of Public Relations, (251) 460-6639, (228) 209-6920
            
USA Dean of Allied Health Professions Honored
by Two National Professional Groups
 
  Dr. Rick Talbott
Dr. Rick Talbott
   
University of South Alabama College of Allied Health Professions Dean Dr. Rick Talbott is being recognized for his distinguished accomplishments by two national organizations for health professionals.

Talbott is one of five professionals slated to receive the prestigious Honors of the Association from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association during the group’s national convention to be held in Chicago in November. Talbott and his fellow recipients will be honored during a special session that will include video presentations highlighting each honoree’s career accomplishments.

The Honors of the Association, the highest honor the association awards, recognizes outstanding contributions to the fields of speech, language and hearing. The award is presented to individuals who are well-known nationally and internationally for a lifetime of innovative clinical practice, insightful and rigorous research, creative administration, effective legislative activity, outstanding teaching, and other distinguished professional contributions.

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, which has more than 130,000 members, is the largest professional association in the United States that represents individual speech-language pathologists and audiologists.

In April, Talbott also received the Honors of the Association from the Council for Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders during its national convention held in Tampa. It is the highest recognition from the association, which represents institutional members of graduate programs in speech pathology and audiology. Talbott is a past president of the group, and he served on its board of directors for six years.

“I was very surprised and very honored when I received the call from the association’s president,” said Talbott. “In fact, I felt a little guilty for being recognized for something I have enjoyed doing for so many years.”

Dr. Ron Franks, vice president for health sciences in the USA College of Medicine praised Talbott, saying the fields of audiology, speech and language are richer because of his contributions.

“These awards acknowledge the leadership Dr. Talbott has shown at the national level for more than 20 years,” said Franks.

Talbott and his wife, Rosemary J. Talbott, have three children—Rick, Will and Jean.

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