Monica Gordon Pershey, Ed.D., CCC-SLP
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 Title: Associate Professor
 Dept: Health Sciences
 Office: MC 432A
 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. MC 432A, 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 through 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 approximately $100,000 in grants to fund her research and scholarship. She is the recipient of the 2005 Elva Knight Research Grant awarded by the International Reading Association.

Dr. Gordon Pershey is the author of over 120 articles and presentations in the field of children's language and literacy development. Much of her work is related to professional development issues in speech-language pathology and education. Her research has appeared in a variety of journals, including Preventing School Failure, Mental Retardation, Language Awareness, Contemporary Issues in Communication Sciences and Disorders, Journal of Speech Pathology and Audiology, Educational Research Quarterly, The Clinical Supervisor, Reading Improvement, Reading Horizons, and other journals. She is a manuscript reviewer for Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, The Reading Professor, Journal of Literacy Research, Literacy Research and Instruction, the Yearbook of the Association of Literacy Researchers and Educators, and other publications. She has presented her research at conferences held by numerous organizations, including the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, the American Educational Research Association, the Association for Childhood Education International, the International Dyslexia Association, the United Negro College Fund, the Symposium on Research in Child Language Disorders, the National Institute for People with Disabilities, Head Start, and many others.

Dr. Gordon Pershey completed a study of samples of narrative writing produced by approximately 200 African-American students in grades four and six. This research documented aspects of developmental writing capabilities. Current endeavors include authoring a graduate level textbook on language disorders and collaborating as co-principal investigator on a study of the effects of implementing a model of adult learning in the clinical supervision of graduate student clinicians. The study has implications for supervisory practices in student supervision and for the professional enhancement of clinical supervisors. This study is funded by a grant from ASHA Special Interest Group 11, Administration and Supervision, to Dr. Patrick R. Walden, St. John's University (Staten Island) and Dr. Gordon Pershey. She is embarking on a study of visual arts created by persons with autism which is funded by the CSU Facuty Scholarship Initiative.

Dr. Gordon Pershey serves as Chair of the Professors of Reading Teacher Educators Special Interest Group of the International Reading Association (IRA) and on other IRA committees. She is former Director of Public Information for the Ohio Speech-Language-Hearing Association and was the 2007-2009 President of the Northern Ohio Branch of the International Dyslexia Association. She is licensed by the state of Ohio as a speech-language pathologist and holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. She 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 Health System 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)

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

Award for Continuing Education (ACE), American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (received in 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 Listing

Gordon Pershey, M. (2012). Senior Capstone: Undergraduates Achieving Information Literacy Standards. American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Annual Convention

Gordon Pershey, M., & Walden, P. R. (2012). Supervisor & Supervisee Perceptions of an Adult Learning Supervision Model. American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Annual Convention

Gordon Pershey, M. (2012). Artistic Expressions by and about Persons with Autism. American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Annual Convention

Gordon Pershey, M. (2012). Professional Knowledge of English Grammar: A Brief Tutorial. International Dyslexia Association Annual Conference

Gordon Pershey, M. (2012). Applying the Principles of Andragogy to Literacy Teacher Education. Professors of Reading Teacher Educators Special Interest Group Session, International Reading Association

Walden, P. R., & Gordon Pershey, M. (2011). Development of a Quality Scale for Qualitative Research in CSD. American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Annual Convention

Gibson, N., & Gordon Pershey, M. (2011). Gesture-Speech Mismatches: Considerations for How Language is Encoded and Decoded. American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Annual Convention

Gordon Pershey, M. (2011). Discourse Features of Narrative Writings by Grade Four and Grade Six African American Students. Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers

Gordon Pershey, M. (2011). Information Literacy: Implementing Association of College and Research Libraries Standards in a Senior Capstone Course. Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers Adult Learning Division

Gordon Pershey, M. (2010). A Model of Discourse Features in African American Students' Narratives. American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Annual Convention

Walden, P., & Gordon Pershey, M. (2010). Forms of Qualitative Research in Communication Sciences & Disorders. American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Annual Convention

Gordon Pershey, M. (2010). Discourse Features of Narrative Writings by African American Students. International Systemic Functional Congress

Gordon Pershey, M. (2010). Structural and Discourse Features of Narrative Writings by Grade Four and Six African American Students. American Educational Research Association

Gordon Pershey, M. (2010). Artistic Expressions By and About Persons With Autism. International Reading Association

Gordon Pershey, M. (2008). Analysis of Narrative Writings of Grade Four and
Six African American Students. American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Gordon Pershey, M. (2008). Images of Children with Communication Disorders
in Modern Children's Fiction. American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Gilbert, T. W. & Gordon Pershey, M. (2008). A Case Study of Literacy Acquisition in an Adult with Developmental Disabilities. World Congress of Rehabilitation International
 
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
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
 
Teaching Areas:
SPH 229  Speech and Language Development                                            
SPH 431  Basic Speech Disorders
SPH 485  Directed Study
SPH 537  Fluency Disorders
SPH 562  Advanced Language Disorders in Children and Youth
SPH 596  Directed Study
SPH 599  Thesis
Clinical Supervision
 
Professional Affiliations:
American Educational Research Association

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 Researchers and Educators

International Dyslexia Association

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

Literacy Research Association

National Education Association

Ohio Education Association

Ohio School Speech Pathology and Educational Audiology Coalition

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

Current CSU Service 2012-2013


Recent CSU Service
-Instructional Media Services Committee
-Print Management Advisory Committee (AAUP Representative)
-Bargaining Council, CSU Chapter of the American Association of University Professors
-McNair Scholars Program, Discipline-Based Mentor to Undergraduate Student
-College of Science Representative to the Faculty Senate
-College of Science Representative to the Faculty Senate serving on the Search Committees for the Chairs of the Psychology and Mathematics Departments
-Graduate Faculty Review Committee (of the Graduate Council, College of Graduate Studies)
-College of Science Curriculum Committee
 
Professional Service:
Current and Recent Editorial Service:

Editor, eHearsay, Online Journal of the Ohio Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Volumes 1 and 2, 2011-2012

Communication Disorders Quarterly
Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy
The Reading Teacher
The Reading Professor
Journal of Literacy Research
Yearbook of the Association of Literacy Researchers and Educators
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools
Literacy Research and Instruction
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 Dyslexia Association
International Conference for the Learning Sciences
International Reading Association Research Strand
Head Start's National Research Conferences
Pi Lambda Theta Research Grant Proposal Reviewer

Current Activities in Professional Associations:

International Reading Association:
Chair, Professors of Reading Teacher Educators Special Interest Group (http://www.nipissingu.ca/PRTE)

Northern Ohio Branch of the International Dyslexia Association (http://www.dyslexia-nohio.org):
Advisory Council
Past President of the Board of Directors
Newsletter Co-Editor
Dyslexia Simulation
Dyslexia Dash

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association:
Council on Academic Accreditation Site Visitor
Special Interest Group 10, Issues in Higher Education, Coordinating Committee
(Elected Position)
Advancing Academic Research Careers Award (AARC) Grant Proposal Reviews
Students Preparing for Academic and Research Careers (SPARC) Award Propposal Reviews
MARC and STEP Mentoring Programs
 
Community Service:
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