William T. Simpkins, Jr. Service Award

The William T. Simpkins, Jr. Service Award was established as a mechanism for recognizing an individual in the organization who has distinguished himself/herself through service to NBASLH. The recipient of this award exemplifies the mission and goals of the organization through notable contributions.

Such worthy accomplishments may be modeled after the outstanding achievements of Mr. William T. Simpkins, for whom the award is named. William “Bill” Simpkins was a founder and charter member of NBASLH. He was appointed Associate Director of NBASLH in 1989, a position in which he served with untiring devotion until his death in 1995. Mr. Simpkins demonstrated his commitment to the organization through: continuous service and dedication serving as a member of the Board of Directors; chair of the Program Subcommittee on Fluency and Voice Disorders; and invited lecturer at the annual review course for the National Examination in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology.

Mr. Simpkins not only represented NBASLH as one of its most distinguished officers, he also demonstrated, through his life’s work, the meaning of the NBASLH logo, “Reach out with the echo of understanding and speak out for all to hear.” Through his 42 years of dedicated service, scholarship and clinical eminence, Bill clearly exemplified the true meaning of service.

This award is an honor of distinction for the recipient (i.e., individual, team, agency, corporation or academic institution). The recipient of this award of distinction will be recognized during NBASLH's Annual Convention.

Criteria for Selection

  • Individuals and teams
    • Good financial standing as a member of NBASLH for a minimum of three consecutive years prior to the nomination
    • Served on at least one NBASLH committee or board during the three years preceding the nomination (local or national level)
    • Outstanding accomplishments recognized at the local, national or international level
    • Exemplify the ideals of NBASLH through multiple service activities
  • For agencies, corporations and academic institutions
    • Outstanding accomplishments recognized at the local, national or international level
    • Exemplify the ideals of NBASLH through multiple service activities
    • Evidence of three years of service to NBASLH (and or affiliates) preceding the nomination (local or national level)

Nomination Process

The following items should be submitted to the NBASLH Awards and Scholarship Committee:

  • Completed nomination form
  • Two-page narrative describing accomplishments of nominee and impact
  • Three letters of support
  • Curriculum vitae (when appropriate)

These materials may be completed / uploaded through the online nomination form.

Note: If no applications are received for this award, the NBASLH Board of Directors may appoint an awardee.