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The American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) has bestowed its highest honor upon University of Wyoming Professor Teresa Ukrainetz.
She was designated as an ASHA fellow based on her teaching, research and service contributions to the field of communication disorders and the profession of speech-language pathology.
According to the ASHA statement, “The nominee must truly stand out among one's peers … While there are thousands of members who fulfill their professional responsibilities competently, only a small percentage have, by virtue of the quality and amount of their contributions, distinguished themselves sufficiently to warrant recognition.”
Ukrainetz has been a research member of ASHA since 1991 and a certified member of the Canadian association since 1987. A UW faculty member since 1995, Ukrainetz has been director of the UW Division of Communication Disorders since 2008. She strives to continue her research and service in addition to administrative and teaching duties.
In her teaching, she holds herself and her students to high expectations, trying to support and challenge all learners. She incorporates research and writing instruction in her content courses, engages students as research assistants and mentors them in research activities. In 2008, she developed an undergraduate senior-level research methods course specific to communication disorders.
Her research concerns the intersection of context and skills in school-aged language assessment and intervention, balancing direct, explicit skill instruction with meaning and purpose. She is credited with 28 peer-reviewed publications, seven invited publications and one book. She also has been an invited speaker 42 times and edited a textbook for school-age language intervention published in 2006.
In terms of service, Ukrainetz has made many contributions as journal reviewer, grant reviewer, external reviewer for tenure and promotion, and reviewer for on-line continuing education courses. She has made contributions to ASHA and the profession by serving on the editorial advisory boards of multiple journals, on convention committees and as associate editor for both the Journal of Speech Language Hearing Research and the American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology.
Ukrainetz received her Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin in 1995 in speech-language pathology with a focus on language and literacy. She earned her M.S. degree (1987) in speech-language pathology from the University of British Columbia and her B.S. (1984) in psychology and French from the University of Calgary.