Kelsey Roberts ('15) | Master of Communication Sciences and Disorders

kelsey roberts

Communication Sciences and Disorders Graduate Student
Coppell, Texas

Kelsey Roberts, a graduate student in the Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) program at ACU, thought her entry would be a long shot to win a 2014 Student Ethics Essay Award but she came out on top.

With her essay entitled, “Ethics: A Challenge, A Necessity,” Roberts received second place in the essay contest facilitated by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), along with the ASHA Board of Ethics.  

“This is a significant honor coming from our program’s national professional organization,” said Dr. Terry Baggs, associate professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders.

“It confirms that the graduate program in speech-language pathology at ACU attracts the best and the brightest students who can compete against students at any other university.”

Immediately after being notified about receiving the award, Roberts emailed her professors to share her good news and was met by immediate responses from them congratulating her and expressing encouraging words.  

“I knew my professors would be proud and happy for me, because they are always encouraging and share in the successes of their students,” Roberts said. “They truly care about their students and want them to succeed.”

The main idea of Roberts’ essay was about situations that challenge professionals ethically arise the way one responds depends on the kind of person someone wants to be. This idea, Roberts said, is based not simply on professional ethical codes but also on a personal sense of right and wrong.

“The professors [at ACU] have been great examples of living in a way that honors not only their professional code of ethics, but also their personal ethical codes,” Roberts said. “They are excellent teachers, speech therapists and Christian role models.”

Beginning at the first day in the graduate student’s orientation, Baggs said, the CSD program stresses the value of ethical basis for health care.

Ethical topics are infused throughout CSD students’ academic coursework and clinical experience, Baggs said, making the students keenly aware that their ethical decisions impact their chances to practice the profession.

“Kelsey’s paper demonstrates a principle that is important to all of the ACU community,” Baggs said, “we can know the principles set forth by a professional code of ethics, but we must integrate that knowledge into what we do, practicing our profession with honor and integrity.”

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