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Speech-language pathology professor leading Thiel College’s new graduate program


Speech-language pathology professor leading Thiel College’s new graduate program

GREENVILLE, Pa.—Mary Beth Mason, Ph.D., will oversee Thiel College’s new graduate degree program as the director of the Master of Science in speech-language pathology. She will also be a Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Thiel.

The Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association approved the program’s candidacy on Aug. 15. After months of working behind the scenes for the department, the new program can officially begin recruiting and admitting students, who will begin classes in May 2020.  

Mason has been working for the past several months in anticipation of the program’s approval. She has developed relationships with a vast array of partners, schools districts, medical facilities and skilled nursing facilities in northwestern/western Pennsylvania and eastern Ohio.

“One of my professional goals has been realized by being able to achieve candidacy status for accreditation for the graduate speech-language pathology program,” Mason said. “This accomplishment would not have been possible without the exceptional administrators, faculty, and staff at Thiel College. I am truly excited to be a member of the Thiel community.”

Mason was previously at Edinboro University, where she was the graduate program coordinator, department chairperson, and an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. She has been a faculty member in higher education for more than a decade.

Mason received her doctorate in speech-language pathology and a certificate in gerontology from Kent State University. She has several peer-reviewed publications in the area of adult neurogenic communication disorders, including articles in Aphasiology and Communication Disorders Quarterly. She has numerous presentations at state, national, and international conferences and has been an invited speaker at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association annual convention.

Mason has served as the Pennsylvania Speech-Language-Hearing Association Vice President for Convention Planning and Program for four years, as president-elect, president, and as past-president. She is also the Coordinator for the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Special Interest Group 15 Gerontology. She was also an invited member of the inaugural Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders Leadership Academy.

“Dr. Mason brings with her a wealth of knowledge as both a clinician and an academic speech-language pathologist,” Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College Elizabeth Frombgen, Ph.D., said. “This is an important and historic addition to the Thiel College staff as the College adds its first graduate degree to its academic offerings.”

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Thiel College is an independent college founded in the Lutheran tradition. Located in Greenville, Pa., the College offers 60 majors and minors, 24 varsity sports, and an 11:1 student-faculty ratio. The College is also home to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing program and graduate programs in, Business Administration, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Communication and Leadership, Physician Assistant and Speech-Language Pathology. All of Thiel College’s master’s degree programs offer innovative and accelerated five-year paths which allow students to earn a bachelor’s and master’s degree in five years. A dedicated faculty paired with dynamic research and internship opportunities produce outstanding graduate school and job placements. Coeducational from its beginnings, the College remains committed to diversity and inclusion. The College combines tradition with innovation as it honors its past and celebrates its future.

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