Stephen E. Oshrin, professor and chair of the Department of Speech
and Hearing Sciences at The University of Southern Mississippi,
has been named a fellow of the American Speech-Language Association
(ASHA). This year, fellowship was awarded to only 29 of the 110,000
Dr. Joan Exline,
interim dean of the College of Health, says this honor is a result
of Oshrin's distinguished dedication and commitment to the discipline
of human communication sciences and disorders. "Dr. Oshrin
has worked long and hard to further his profession, and I am pleased
to see that he is being recognized for his efforts," she said.
other fellows, prospective fellows are scrutinized by a nine-member
Committee of Honors that evaluates the nominees in terms of their
teaching, their research and publications, and their professional
and administrative service.
annual award presentation was held in November in Chicago, with
Annie Glenn as the featured speaker. A surprise guest turned out
to be Glenn's husband, former astronaut Sen. John Glenn, who spoke
of the well-known difficulties his wife endured due to her severe
out and told the story of how the two met and the problems she had,"
Oshrin said. "It was spell-binding to hear them speak."
from New York, Oshrin received his undergraduate degree in speech
pathology from the State University of New York College at Plattsburgh
and his master's and doctoral degrees in audiology from Ohio University.
He also did doctoral work at Northwestern University in Evanston,
Prior to joining
the faculty at The University of Southern Mississippi, Oshrin taught
at Ohio University and Indiana State University. He joined the Southern
Miss faculty in August 1981 as an associate professor and became
chair of the department in 1988. He was promoted to the rank of
professor in 1990.
of professional interest include electrophysiological tests of hearing
and computer applications in communication disorders. He teaches
undergraduate and graduate courses that include anatomy and physiology
of hearing, clinical audiology, electrophysiological assessment
and industrial hearing conservation. He holds the Certificate of
Clinical Competence in audiology.
activities include serving as a site visitor for ASHA's Council
on Academic Accreditation; as an elected board member of the Council
on Academic Accreditation; as an IDEA due-process hearing officer
for the state of Mississippi; as the audiology consultant for Ellisville
State School; as a certification consultant and webmaster for the
American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion; and as a course director
for the Accreditation in Occupational Hearing Conservation (CAOHC).
He has been
an ASHA legislative counselor, a member of the ASHA Clinical Certification
Board, and a member of the Council of Advisors in Speech Pathology
and Audiology for the state of Mississippi.
His wife, Dr.
Joanne Konefal Oshrin, received her doctoral degree from Ohio University
and is a speech-language pathologist with the Hattiesburg City School
District. They have two children, Jocelyn and Stephanie.
co-workers John Muma and Richard Saniga as fellows. "We're
very fortunate to have three fellows on a faculty of 11 people,"
Oshrin said. "It's a good thing for recruitment and for the
reputation of the program and Southern Miss."