Grad student wins award for ethics essay

Posted September 02, 2014

Kelsey Roberts, a graduate student in the Communication Sciences and Disorders program at ACU, recently won the 2014 Student Ethics Essay Award.

Roberts’s essay, titled “Ethics: A Challenge, A Necessity,” received second place in the contest hosted by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and the ASHA Board of Ethics.

"It is always a good feeling to have your work acknowledged, and I feel extremely honored to have been recognized by ASHA in this way,” says Roberts. “I also greatly appreciate the encouragement and support I received from my professors, family and friends."

Dr. Terry Baggs, associate professor and graduate adviser of Communication Sciences and Disorders, is equally thrilled about Roberts’ success. 

“Kelsey’s paper demonstrates a principle that is important to all of the ACU community,” says Baggs. “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.”

Roberts’ paper is a response to a prompt provided by the ASHA that includes an ethical conflict in the professional environment. In her essay, she places living by inherent personal values above knowing and following the rules to avoid punishment.

Roberts says she looked to the ACU faculty as an inspiration for a lifestyle based on following personal values.

“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,” adds Roberts. “They are excellent teachers, speech therapists and Christian role models.”

As stated on the ASHA website, the Student Ethics Essay Award is open to any student enrolled in any undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, or entry-level graduate program in communication sciences and disorders (CSD).


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