We support, promote, and advance higher education in

Communication Sciences and Disorders


Excellence * Visionary Leadership * Collaboration


The spring semester is well underway for most of us, and many are deep into the admissions process. I find admissions to be a great time to think about the values of our programs and what students best meet those principles as we make decisions on who will be the leaders in CSD going forward. I hope all of you enjoy this process as much as I do and remember the importance of the April 15th deadline student acceptance. 
The CAPCSD Board continues to strive to do our best to support, promote, and advocate for all member programs. Be sure to check out many of CAPCSD's spring offerings this semester.

In warm regards,

Jennifer P. Taylor



CAPCSD Honors and Awards


Michael Bamdad

It is with great honor that the CAPCSD Board of Directors announce the recipients of the 2023 Distinguished Contribution and Excellence in Diversity Awards. The dedication to our field and commitment to excellence by these members has not gone unnoticed and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to acknowledge their contributions.   
Please join me in celebrating their accomplishments that have further strengthened the mission of our profession, our association, and our member programs. 

Distinguished Contribution Awards 

  • Donna Colcord, Bowling Green University 
  • Founding Board of Directors, Teaching and Learning in Communication Sciences and Disorders Journal - Mark DeRuiter, Jennifer Friberg, Sarah Ginsberg, Jerry Hoepner, Colleen Visconti

Excellence in Diversity Award 

  • Raquel Anderson, Indiana University 

The Honors and Awards reception will be held during CAPCSDs annual conference on Thursday, April 13th, 5:15 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.  We hope you will join us.


Online Professional Development


Mark DeRuiter
VP of Online Professional Development

We’ve had an exciting year of webinars and we look forward to more great opportunities in 2023!


This spring we are buttoning-up our Medicare series. These webinars are excellent for any clinic director – no matter how experienced. However, if you are a new clinic director, we encourage you to engage with these sessions. In order to make that easier, we offer them for purchase (without continuing education units). This will give programs a resource for onboarding any new clinic director and we encourage you to make that part of your process.
Spring 2023 has many exciting offerings in the works. We are looking at issues related to DEI, reflective practice, and IPE/IPP. We plan to offer a leadership series starting late this spring (and into summer) for those of you who are interested in navigating your path to a leadership role in academia – or maybe you have found yourself there already. 
Finally, I wanted to let you know that my term with the Board is complete in June of 2023. I am thrilled to announce that Dr. Erin Lundblom will take over the role of Vice President for Online Professional Development beginning July 1, 2023. Erin has demonstrated extraordinary leadership in her role as the Online Professional Development Committee Chair and it is my pleasure to welcome her on behalf of the Board and our membership. 

As always, we want to hear from you. We have created a one-question survey and are interested to know what areas we should explore for future webinars.


National April 15th Deadline for

Student Acceptance of Admission

As a professional organization that supports accessibility in CSD higher education, and to facilitate recruitment of students, CAPCSD endorses adherence to the April 15th deadline for programs that begin in the fall semester. This common deadline provides students with a consistent message so they can make decisions in a supportive environment. We all deal with the moving target of admissions vs. acceptances, which is compounded when programs insist that a student commit to an offer prior to the April 15th deadline. Consistent with CAPCSD core values, member programs collaborated to create the April 15th deadline as a solution-centered approach to the challenges of the annual admissions process. While the April 15th deadline is not a perfect solution, it does give students the best opportunity for completing the application process within a consistent framework and level playing field.


To read the President's letter to the membership regarding the April 15th deadline, click here.


Spotlight Your Program!

Each month of the calendar is designated as the national month for many groups that speech-language pathologists and audiologists serve.

CAPCSD would like to recognize programs who go above and beyond to serve these special groups.


Let us know a little bit about what your program does for these special groups. We would love to highlight your program on our social media pages! 


March is the national month for the following:

  • Women's History 
  • Brain Injury
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • National Reading 
  • Disability Awareness 
  • Cerebral Palsy Awareness 
  • Essential Tremor

Please email Matt Carter, Media Strategy Committee, by Monday, February 20th and share information about your program - mdcarter@valdosta.edu.  We look forward to hearing from you!


Save the Date

The spring business meeting will be held on Saturday, April 14th, 8:00 a.m. -  9:00 a.m. ET, at the Signia by Hilton Orlando, 14100 Bonnet Creek Resort Lane. The Board of Directors look forward to seeing you in Orlando and providing updates.


Upcoming Events

Putting the Spotlight On Reflective Practice: Research and Activities for Educators, Supervisors, and Students

Speaker: Kate Cook, MSc, MNZSTA

Tuesday, February 21, 2023

7:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M. ET


Moving Towards Cultural Humility in CSD Programs

Speaker: Lakeisha Johnson, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Tuesday, February 28, 2023

7:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M. ET


Medicare and Medicaid Knowledge Series Webinars - Part Four

Speaker: Dee Adams Nikjeh, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, ASHA Fellow

Ethical Challenges - Treatment, Coding and Billing Decisions

Tuesday, March 7, 2023

4:00 P.M. - 6:00 P.M. ET

Save the Date! 

IPE/IPP Information Exchange: Session Four

Tuesday, March 22, 2023

7:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M. ET

More information and registration coming soon.