CSD Outstanding Alumni Award

The CSD Outstanding Alumni Award is given annually to our alumni who have shown outstanding achievement in the professions of speech-language pathology and audiology. Nomination letters should detail the nominee's qualifications for the award and include their curriculum vita. Additional letters of support are optional, but appreciated. Submit nominations to csd@wichita.edu by October 1.
List of Previous Award Recipients

2020 CSD Outstanding Alumni Award
Julie Scherz

NOTE: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this event will be presented in April 2022.

Friday, April 8th, 2022
4:30 - 6:30 pm

WSU Eugene M. Hughes Metropolitan Complex
Room 180
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Julie Scherz

Julie Scherz, PhD, CCC-SLP

Julie Scherz earned all three of her academic degrees from Wichita State University (BA in Education, 1969; Master of Arts, 1971; Doctor of Philosophy, 1989).  Her first two jobs were in Minneapolis, MN, working in rehabilitation and hospital settings.  After completing her PhD, she served on the faculty of Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, IN for 9 years, then returned to Wichita State to finish the last 22 years of her professional career, ending with 5 years as Chair of CSD.

Dr. Scherz’ research interests were in neurogenic communication disorders and augmentative and alternative communication (AAC).  She served for nearly twenty years as the SLP on the Medical Team for the Hereditary Neurological Disease Centre, serving clients with Huntington Disease.

While at Wichita State, Dr. Scherz served on many Department, College and University level committees, including the Faculty Senate.  For seven years, she had the privilege to serve as the NCAA Faculty Athletic Representative, following service on the Inter Collegiate Athletic Association (ICAA) Board. She was also a member of the CHP Leadership Academy.
Dr. Scherz is a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and served ASHA in many roles, including as a Site Visitor for the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA).

In retirement, Julie is enjoying playing duplicate bridge, reading, and volunteering, most currently as a Reading Buddy for a 3rd grader at Franklin Elementary School.

Event Details

Join us for an afternoon of fun and history to honor Dr. Julie Scherz for her contributions to the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Wichita State University and the Wichita community.

Date: Friday, April 8, 2022
Time: 4:30 - 6:30 PM
Location: Eugene M. Hughes Metropolitan Complex, Room 180

Honoree's retirement reception begins at 4:30 PM
Speakers start at 4:45 PM
Award presentations at 5:15 PM
Celebration presentation 5:30 PM

Dr. Scherz’s presentation is entitled “Connections”. Program speakers will include Dr. Rick Muma, WSU President; Courtney Marshall, President and CEO of WSU Alumni Association; Dr. Douglas Parham, chair of Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD); and some of Dr. Scherz’s former students, Dr. Imran Musaji and Ashley Purdum from CSD, and Dr. Holli Steiner from HeartSpring. We will have an open mic available for others to share, as well as an opportunity for Zoom speakers.



Parking for event: Wichita State University, Eugene Hughes Metropolitan Complex at 29th and Oliver.
  • You may park anywhere in the lots surrounding the building.
  • Closest exterior entrance is at Door N.
  • Event is in 180 MX. See MX map for details and location.