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NMSU’s Salas-Provance to be honored by ASHA for international work

Marlene Salas-Provance, department head for Special Education and Communication Disorders in the New Mexico State University College of Education, has been selected by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association to receive a Certificate of Recognition for Outstanding Contributions in International Achievement at their national convention this fall.


Woman standing outside in front of a sign for the NMSU Speech Building.
Marlene Salas-Provance, department head for Special Education and Communication Disorders in the New Mexico State University College of Education, has been selected by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association to receive a Certificate of Recognition for Outstanding Contributions in International Achievement at their national convention this fall. (NMSU Photo by Darren Phillips)
Four women helping a child in a clinical setting.
Marlene Salas-Provance, associate professor of Special Education and Communication Disorders in the New Mexico State University College of Education, has traveled internationally for 10 years providing speech therapy for children with cleft palate as part of a medical team with Rotaplast International. (NMSU Courtesy Photo)

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) is the professional, scientific and credentialing association for 170,000 members and affiliates who are audiologists, speech-language pathologists and speech, language and hearing scientists. This award is designed to recognize distinguished achievements and significant contributions in the area of communication disorders revealing great international impact from their work.

“I am truly appreciative of this honor and recognition for international works,” Salas-Provance said. “I am most thankful to the faculty and staff in SPED/CD who, through their generosity of time, take care of things at home while I travel. I am excited about the things other faculty and I will be able to do for graduate students in the fields of communication disorders and special education. I want to be instrumental in providing sustainable services in the area of cleft palate in other countries and showing students how this can happen.”

Salas-Provance began her international work 10 years ago on a mission to the Philippines to provide speech therapy for children with cleft palate as part of a medical team with Rotaplast International. She has continued to travel with Rotaplast to China, Venezuela, The Dominican Republic, El Salvador and Peru to provide clinical services.

She has given 13 international lectures and workshops in these countries, including the first Orthodontic and Speech-Language Pathology Congress in Lima, Peru, in 2013. Her work in Lima expanded to a clinical experience for 12 NMSU graduate students in speech pathology in the summer of 2014 at the Hospital Nacional General Arzobispo Loayza. The students provided 250 hours of speech therapy to patients as part of their international clinical experience.

As part of a NMSU College of Education delegation to Mongolia in 2013, Salas-Provance gave a presentation on special education services and provided some consulting services for the development of special education curricula at Mongolia State University of Education. She presented a seminar on special education practices in Mongolia at the 2013 ASHA national convention.

Salas-Provance serves as the coordinator of ASHA’s Special Interest Group 17, Global Issues in Communication Sciences and Related Disorders, with more than 700 members. The goal of this group is to provide international leadership related to audiology and speech-language pathology. She also is a member of the NMSU International and Border Programs Advisory Council. Salas-Provance earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from NMSU, her doctorate in speech-language pathology from the University of Illinois and a second master’s in health care administration from the University of Missouri-Columbia.