Associate Professor and Director of Clinical Education
Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences
Vanderbilt University, Nashville TN 37232-8242
Bachelor of Arts in Education, 1972, The University of Mississippi
Master of Communicative Disorders, 1975, The University of Mississippi
Sue T. Hale, Associate Professor and Director of Clinical Education and Director of the MS-SLP Program, Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences, Vanderbilt University, is a leader in the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), serving as Vice President for Quality of Service in Speech-Language Pathology (2002-2004) and as President Elect (2008), President (2009), and Immediate Past President (2010) of the association. As Vice Chair of ASHA’s Council on Professional Standards and Chair of the Council for Clinical Certification, she was one of the developers of clinical standards for certification in both speech-language pathology and audiology. Most recently she has served on the Council on Academic Accreditation (2013-2016) and as its chair in 2015. Her leadership on other committees and boards at ASHA, including the Board of Ethics, Committee on Honors, and Governance Restructure, has been extensive. She was selected a Fellow of the association in 1999.
Hale has presented over 100 papers and mini-seminars on clinical and professional topics to regional and national conferences. She is recognized as an expert in clinical ethics, clinical education, and counseling. She has been co-project director for two Department of Education training grants, one in the area of autism and one in pediatric feeding and swallowing disorders, totaling $4M in student training moneys. She has authored articles and book chapters on professional issues, clinical education, ethics, and orofacial, articulation, and phonological differences and disorders.
At Vanderbilt, she works closely with students to achieve their clinical and credentialing goals as well as being responsible for supervisor education and developing relationships for student placements with facilities in the United States and internationally. Prior to joining the faculty at Vanderbilt in 2000, Hale was Director of the Speech and Hearing Center for 8 years and a faculty member in the Department of Communicative Disorders at the University of Mississippi for 24 years. During her tenure as Center director, she was responsible for clinical education and operations, tripling the budget and the clinical services program. She was selected as the Outstanding Alumnus of the School of Applied Sciences at the University of Mississippi in 2010.