Monica Gordon Pershey, Ed.D., CCC-SLP
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 Title: Associate Professor
 Dept: Health Sciences
 Office: IM 324
 Phone: 216-687-4534,  216-687-3804
 Fax: 216-687-6993
 Email: M.PERSHEY@csuohio.edu
 Web: http://academic.csuohio.edu/pershey_m/index.html
 Address: 2121 Euclid Ave. IM 324, Cleveland, OH 44115

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Research Keywords:
language, language development, language disorders, literacy, supervision, developmental disabilities, reading, reading comprehension, writing, assessment, testing, elementary school, middle school, autism, pragmatic language, pragmatics, narrative, discourse, dyslexia, phonological awareness, speech-language pathology, special needs, special education, child development, African American children, African American students
 
Education:
Ed.D., Language Arts and Literacy Instruction, University of Massachusetts-Lowell, 1994
M.A., Communication Sciences and Disorders, Montclair State College, 1985
B.A., Communications, Cleveland State University, 1978
 
Brief Bio:
Monica Gordon Pershey, Ed.D., CCC-SLP, is an Associate Professor in the Speech and Hearing Program, School of  Health Sciences, and served as the Speech and Hearing Program Director from August 2005 to April 2011. Dr. Gordon Pershey earned a bachelor's degree in Communications from Cleveland State University, a Master's degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Montclair State College, and a Doctor of Education degree in Language Arts and Literacy Instruction from the University of Massachusetts-Lowell. She has been a faculty member at CSU since 1995, during which time she has obtained over $100,000 in grants to fund her research and scholarship.  

Dr. Gordon Pershey is the author of over 150 articles, book chapters, and presentations related to children's language and literacy development and to professional issues in speech-language pathology and education, as well as other topics in the fields of communication sciences and disorders and literacy education. She has published in Cogent Medicine, Preventing School Failure, Journal of Interactional Research in Communication Disorders, Mental Retardation, Language Awareness, Contemporary Issues in Communication Sciences and Disorders, Journal of Speech Pathology and Audiology, ASHA SIG 11 Perspectives on Supervision, eHearsay (Journal of the Ohio Speech-Language-Hearing Association), Perspectives on Language and Literacy (International Dyslexia Association), Buros Mental Measurements Yearbook, and numerous other journals. She has presented her research at numerous conferences, including the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, the American Educational Research Association, the International Dyslexia Association, the International Systemic Functional Linguistics Congress, the International Literacy Association, and others.

Among her ongoing projects, she is investigating the perspectives of adults with autism who are artists; this community is online at https://www.facebook.com/AutismAndArtLookingForVisualExpressions. This study was funded by the CSU Faculty Scholarship Initiative.

Dr. Gordon Pershey served as coordinator of the ASHA SIG 10 Higher Education coordinating committee and as an accreditation site visitor for the Council on Academic Accreditation in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She served as chair of the Professors of Reading Teacher Educators Special Interest Group of the International Literacy Association. She was the president of the Northern Ohio Branch of the International Dyslexia Association. She is licensed by the state of Ohio as a speech-language pathologist, holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and is a licensed school speech-language pathologist and reading teacher. Dr. Gordon Pershey provides speech-language pathology clinical services as a staff member at University Hospitals Cleveland Medial Center and maintains a private practice that offers language and literacy assessments for individuals and provides consultation in language and literacy programming and services for schools and agencies.
 
Honors and Awards:
Merit Recognition Award, Cleveland State University (2006; 2008; 2012, 2014, 2016)

ASHA Award for 10 Years of Service as a Mentor for the S.T.E.P Mentoring Program: Student to Empowered Professional (2014)

Certificate of Service, Warrensville Heights (OH) City Schools (2003-2004)

Award for Continuing Education (ACE), American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (received in 2012, 2011, 2010, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2004, 2003, 2001, & 2000)

Cover Story, "Bridging Gaps Between Language and Literacy in Children," NEWS-Line for Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists, September/October 2005, 4-7. Published by NEWS-Line Communications, King of Prussia, PA

News Story, "Artistic Expression and Autism Discussions Held at CSU Library,"
Cleveland State University Cauldron, November 26, 2007.
 
Creative and Activities:
Abbreviated List

Gilbert, T. & Gordon Pershey, M. (2018) Literacy: A work-related skill. Northeast OH Rehabilitation Assn

Gordon Pershey, M. (2018) Written language interventions for children with language-based learning disabilities. San Diego Branch of the Intl Dyslexia Assn

Gordon Pershey, M. (2018) A functional linguistic analysis of a diary written by a person with aphasia. Intl Systemic Functional Linguistics Congress

Gilbert, T. & Gordon Pershey, M. (2018). Literacy: The key to inclusion and integration. American Assn on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Gilbert, T. & Gordon Pershey, M. (2018) Case studies in literacy development for adults with autism spectrum disorder. Milestones National Autism Conference

Gordon Pershey, M. (2018) Putting it in writing: Helping elementary school learners with language needs develop written language skills. OH Council of the Intl Reading Assn

Billings, L. & Gordon Pershey, M. (2018) Speech sound development in English and Russian. CSU COSHP Research Day

Billings, L. & Gordon Pershey, M. (2018) Speech sound development in English and Russian. OH Speech-Language-Hearing Assn

Gilbert, T. & Gordon Pershey, M. (2017) Literacy: A very possible, necessary tool for inclusion and integration. National Assn of Qualified Developmental Disabilities Professionals

Gilbert, T. & Gordon Pershey, M. (2017) Literacy: A very possible, necessary tool for inclusion and integration. Am Assn on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Nin, M., McNeill, M. & Gordon Pershey, M. (2017) General educators¿ knowledge and implementation of phonological awareness instruction. OH Speech-Language-Hearing Assn

Hodge, A. & Gordon Pershey, M. (2017) Communicative behaviors of typically developing children and their siblings diagnosed with autism. OH Speech-Language-Hearing Assn

Balcer, K., Cox, V.O. & Gordon Pershey, M. (2016) Drugs & dysphagia. Am Speech-Language-Hearing Assn

Gordon Pershey, M. (2016) Helping elementary school learners with language¿based learning disabilities develop written language. Am Speech-Language-Hearing Assn

Gordon Pershey, M. (2016) Helping elementary school learners with dyslexia and other language-based learning disabilities develop written language. NJ Branch of Intl Dyslexia Assn

Gordon Pershey, M. (2016) How elementary school learners with dyslexia and other language-based learning disabilities learn to decode and comprehend text. NJ Branch of Intl Dyslexia Assn

Gordon Pershey, M. (2016) Language, literacy, and classroom success. http://www.SpeechAndLanguageKids.com

Gordon Pershey, M. & Hodge, A. (2016) Communicative behaviors of sibling dyads with a child with autism and a typically developing child. Intl Clinical Phonetics and Linguistics Assn

Gordon Pershey, M. & Livits, N. (2016) Gesture production in Broca¿s & Wernicke¿s aphasias. Intl Clinical Phonetics and Linguistics Assn

Gordon Pershey, M. & Brouwer, K. (2016) Improving sp
 
Research Interests:
Child language development and disorders
Literacy development in children with language disorders
Literacy development in educationally under-served children
Children's comprehension and production of narrative
Preparing children with language disorders for educational assessments
Literacy pedagogy and teaching strategies
Cultural and linguistic differences
Professional enhancement of speech-language pathologists and literacy educators
Research on journaling and memoir writing
Fictional depictions of persons with communication disorders
Written language development
Autism Spectrum Disorders
Pragmatic language
Syntax
Learning disabilities
Dyslexia

Clinical interests in adult neurogenic communication disorders (aphasia, cognition)
 
Teaching Areas:
SPH 229  Speech and Language Development                                            
SPH 431  Basic Speech Disorders
SPH 438/538  Dialect Differences in the Schools
SPH 485  Directed Study
SPH 497  Senior Capstone Portfolio
SPH 537  Fluency Disorders
SPH 562  Advanced Language Disorders in Children and Adolescents
SPH 596  Directed Study
SPH 599  Thesis
HSC 690  Independent Study
Clinical Supervision
Guest Lectures: SPH 522 Diagnostic Methods, SPH 591 Comprehensive Exam
Honors Project Supervisor
HSC Capstone Reader
Graduate Exit Project Supervisor
Master's Thesis Supervisor
Master's Thesis Committee Member
BFA Committee Member
Doctoral Committee Member
 
Professional Affiliations:
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (Special Interest Groups: Higher Education, School-Based Issues, Language Learning & Education, Administration & Supervision, Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations)

Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers

International Dyslexia Association

International Literacy Association (Professors of Literacy Teacher Educators Special Interest Group)

Literacy Research Association

National Education Association

Ohio Education Association

Ohio Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Northern Ohio Branch of the International Dyslexia Association
 
Professional Experience:
2004-2005 Associate Professor, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Montclair State University, Upper Montclair, NJ

Positions at Cleveland State University, Cleveland, OH
1998-2004 Assistant Professor, Department of Speech and Hearing
1997-98 Term Faculty, Department of Specialized Instructional Programs, College of Education
1995-97 Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Specialized Instructional Programs,
College of Education

1995-1997 English as a Foreign Language Instructor, Kaplan Education Center, Beachwood, OH

Speech-Language Pathologist
2004-present University Hospitals, Cleveland, OH
1995-present Private Practice: Diagnostic Services, Cleveland Heights, OH
1995 Northcoast Partners, Warrensville Developmental Center, OH
1995 Mayfield Heights (OH) City Schools
1988-1994 Methuen (MA) Public Schools
1992-1994 Andover (MA) Public Schools
1987-1994 Private Practice: Pediatric and Geriatric. Lowell, MA
1987-1991 Massachusetts Easter Seal Society, Home Health Care, Lawrence, MA
1987-1988 Anne Sullivan Center Early Intervention Program, Tewksbury, MA
1985-1987 Cerebral Palsy of Essex and West Hudson, Belleville, NJ
 
University Service:
Partial Listing, recent years

University Service:
CSU Institutional Review Board
Faculty Senate Library Committee
Faculty Senate Copyright Review Committee
Faculty Senate Graduation, Convocation, and Assembly Committee
Reviewer, General Education Critical Thinking Assessment (Office of General Education, CSU Office of Academic Planning, Office of the Provost)
Reviewer, Assessment Review Day (Office of Student Learning Assessment, CSU Office of Academic Planning, Office of the Provost)
University Common Reading Experience Book Selection Committee
AAUP Bargaining Council At-Large Representative
Faculty Senate Equal Opportunity Hearing Panel
Navigation to Graduation Program ¿ Office of Multicultural Engagement and Inclusion/Cleveland Transfer Connection/Division of University Engagement
AAUP Level III Process Grievance Panel
AAUP Level III Value Grievance Panel
Faculty Senate Instructional Media Services Committee
Print Management Advisory Committee (AAUP Representative)
AAUP Bargaining Council At-Large Representative
Ad-Hoc Information Literacy Task Force
Faculty Senate
Chair, University Petitions Committee
Mentoring Program Evaluation Committee

Graduate College Service:
Review Committee, Office of Research, Undergraduate Engaged Learning Grant Proposals
Graduate Faculty Review Committee of the College of Graduate Studies
College of Graduate Studies Petitions Committee

College Sciences and Health Professions Service:
College of Sciences and Health Professions Academic Standards Committee
College of Science Curriculum Committee

School of Health Sciences Service:
TEAM STEPPS Facilitator
Admissions Interviews of Student Applicants for CSU-NEOMED Partnership
School of Health Sciences Ad Hoc Strategic Plan Subcommittee: Education
School of Health Sciences Peer Review Committee
School of Health Sciences Peer Teaching Evaluations
Commencement Participant
Search Committee for the Director of the School of Health Sciences
School of Health Sciences Self-Study Program Review Committee
School of Health Sciences Curriculum Committee

Speech and Hearing Program Service:
Speech and Hearing Program Faculty and Staff Search Committees (Chair)
Speech and Hearing Program Curriculum Committee (Chair)
Speech and Hearing Program Graduate Admissions Committee (Chair as Program Director, 2010-2011)
Speech and Hearing Honors/Scholars Advisor
 
Professional Service:
Partial Listing, recent years

ASHA Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) Site Visitor
ASHA Special Interest Group (SIG) 10, Issues in Higher Education, Coordinating Committee (Coordinator)
ASHA Mentoring Academic Research Careers (MARC) Mentoring Program
ASHA Student to Empowered Professionals (STEP) Mentoring Program
ASHA Conference Strand Committee: Language and Learning in School Age
Children and Adolescents
Advancing Academic Research Careers Award (AARC) Reviewer
Students Pursuing Academic and Research Careers (SPARC) Award Reviewer
PROmoting the next GENeration of Researchers (PROGENY) Reviewer
ASHA SIG 10 Perspectives Reviewer
Journal: Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools Reviewer
Minority Student Leadership Application Reviews

International Dyslexia Association Standards and Practices Committee: Reviews of Higher Education Reading Teacher Education Programs
International Dyslexia Association Annual Conference Reviewer
International Dyslexia Association Editorial Committee for the publication Perspectives on Language and Literacy

International Literacy Association
Editorial Review Board, Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy
Annual Conference Research Strand Reviewer                                                                                                    
Elva Knight Grant Proposal Review Committee
Chair, Professors of Reading Teacher Educators (PRTE) Special Interest Group (SIG)
Albert J. Harris Award Committee

Literacy Research Association
Fry Book Award Committee
Student Outstanding Research Award (SORA) Committee

Editorial Service:
Editor, eHearsay, Online Journal of the Ohio Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Volumes 1 and 2, 2011-2012; Editorial Reviewer 2013-2018

Reviewer:
Action in Teacher Education
Cogent Education
Cogent Psychology
Communication Disorders Quarterly
Yearbook of the Association of Literacy Researchers and Educators
Literacy Research and Instruction (Editorial Board Member)
Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities
Journal of Literacy Research
International Reading Association Book Proposal and Manuscript Review Board
Teachers College Press
Taylor & Francis Publishers
Routledge Publishing
Jones & Bartlett Publishers
Delmar Cenage Learning
Plural Publishing
Advisory Board, www.speechpathology.com

Conference Proposal Reviewer:
Association of Literacy Researchers and Educators
American Educational Research Association
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Schools Conference (Committee Chair)
Literacy Research Association/National Reading Conference
International Conference for the Learning Sciences
Head Start's National Research Conferences
Pi Lambda Theta Research Grant Proposal Reviewer

Activities in Professional Associations:
Northern Ohio Branch of the International Dyslexia Association
Advisory Council
Program Committee
Past President of the Board of Directors
Newsletter Co-Editor
 
Community Service:
Member, Board of Directors, The Orange Effect Foundation

Former Member, Board of Directors, Cleveland Shakespeare Festival (http://www.cleveshakes.org)
 
Research Grants:
Recent Grants

Gordon Pershey, M. (2012). Visual Expression by Persons with Autism. Cleveland State University Faculty Scholarship Initiative.

Walden, P.R., & Gordon Pershey, M. (2011). An Adult Learning Approach to Supervision in Speech-Language Pathology: Supervisor and Supervisee Perceptions and Outcomes. American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Special Interest Group 11 Research Grant in Clinical Supervision and Clinical Administration.

Gordon Pershey, M. (2010). Engaged Learning: Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement. Student Project: Gibson, N., A Study of Symmetrical and Asymmetrical Gestures. Cleveland State University College of Science.

Gordon Pershey, M., & Neuman, T. M. (2010). Engaged Learning: Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement. Student Project: Barnes, D. R., A Proposal for the Development of an Augmentative and Alternative Communication Lab within the CSU Speech and Hearing Clinic. Cleveland State University College of Science.

Gordon Pershey, M. (2009). eLearning Program Development for the Cleveland State University Speech and Hearing Program's Post-Bachelors Courses. Cleveland State University Center for eLearning.

Gordon Pershey, M. (2008). Emergent Language Analysis Lab. Teaching Excellence Award. Cleveland State University Center for Teaching Excellence.

Gordon Pershey, M. (2007). Senior Capstone Portfolio Course Development Grant. Cleveland State University Library Course Development Small Grants for Information Literacy.

Past Funding Agencies: International Reading Association; Pi Lambda Theta; State of Ohio; Ohio Campus Compact/Northeast Ohio Higher Education Coalition/Cleveland Foundation; Ohio Speech-Language-Hearing Association; Cleveland State University; Commonwealth of Massachusetts