HAYS, KS -- Dr. Fred Britten, an audiologist and professor in Fort Hays State University's Department of Communication Disorders, has been elected to fellowship in the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).
ASHA is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for more than 103,000 audiologists, speech-language pathologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists.
Britten is the first FHSU faculty member to receive the honor in the 50-year history of the university's speech-language pathology program. The association calls fellows' contributions "the cornerstone of the profession." Britten's election was based on his "outstanding contributions" in three areas: teaching, service to ASHA, and service to other speech-language-hearing associations and related organizations.
"Britten's dedication to professional service has been a true hallmark of his career," said department Chair Dr. Marcia Bannister.
The award was presented Nov. 16 at ASHA's four-day annual conference in New Orleans. Besides giving professional awards, the organization presented actress Marlee Matlin with its Media Award in Appreciation for International Communications.
In other conference activities, Britten chaired the Legislative Council Coordinating Committee and participated in three scholarly presentations on topics ranging from career paths for clinical faculty to the effectiveness of singing songs to teach phonemic awareness.
Britten joined the FHSU faculty in 1976. He teaches courses in audiology, aural rehabilitation, and research methods. He is also director of the Audiology Clinic within FHSU's Herndon Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic.