WOOSTER, Ohio – Donald M. Goldberg, who serves as both a professor at The College of Wooster in the communication sciences and disorders (CSD) program as well as a consultant at the Cleveland Clinic’s Head & Neck Institute’s Hearing Implant Program, was a 2020 recipient of a fellowship from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Of ASHA’s 211,000 members, only 20 were recognized with the prestigious honor this year.
An ASHA Fellow is one of the association’s highest honors and is retained for life, according to the organization’s website. It recognizes outstanding contributions to the discipline of communication sciences and disorders, contributions that truly stand out among one’s peers and would be so regarded within and beyond one’s community or state. While thousands of ASHA members fulfill their responsibilities competently and well, only a small percentage have, by virtue of the quality and amount of their contributions, distinguished themselves sufficiently to warrant this recognition.
“I am tremendously honored to receive this distinction from my professional organization, based on nomination from professional colleagues and students,” stated Goldberg. “Becoming an ASHA Fellow, recognizing my teaching and training of students, so many of whom have become my colleagues in the professions of speech-language pathology and audiology, is truly the greatest joy of paying it forward. Through them, and the children and adults they serve, I am richly blessed.”
Goldberg has been a faculty member at Wooster for 20 years, and currently serves as department chair of CSD. The program has flourished during his tenure with more than 30 former students having gone on to earn doctorates in audiology. Several serve alongside him as colleagues of his at the Cleveland Clinic, teaching deaf children to listen and speak.
In addition to teaching courses at every level and serving as an Independent Study advisor of more than 175 junior and senior projects, Goldberg has been published extensively on topics such as cochlear implants, auditory-verbal therapy, speech-language-auditory assessment, educational audiology, and counseling. He is co-author of Educational Audiology for the Limited Hearing Infant and Preschooler: An Auditory-Verbal Program.
Earning an ASHA Fellow follows two other significant honors for Goldberg, as he was previously the recipient of the AG Bell Honors of the Association Award at the 2018 Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Convention and named an Outstanding Alumni by the University of Florida College of Public Health & Health Professions in 2017.