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Curriculum Vitae: 

Speech & Hearing Sciences
173 Speech and Hearing Clinic


Principal Lecturer Emeritus
M.S. - University of Wisconsin - Madison (1981)
B.S. - Purdue University (1977)
Academic Expertise: 
Clinical Education
Adult Neurologic Communication Disorders
Honors & Awards: 
ASHA Fellow
UW - David B. Thorud Leadership
WSLHA Honors of the Association
CAPCSD Special Service
ASHA Media Outreach Champion

Nancy Alarcon, M.S., CCC-SLP, BC-ANCDS is Principal Lecturer Emeritus and served as Director of Clinical Education in the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences at the University of Washington, and was Director of the UW Speech and Hearing Clinic.  As a Speech-Language Pathologist, her areas of clinical expertise have included clinical supervision education, adult neurologic communication disorders, and supported communication for individuals and families.  As a clinical educator on the faculty for 31 years, she has been responsible for clinical practica including diagnostic and treatment services in the University Clinic; direct provider of individual and group treatment services to model services and preserve continuity of care; instructor for neurogenic clinical practica, and co-instructor of professional speech-language pathology seminars and professional and interprofessional preparation lectures; and coordinator of Practica Tracking for Speech-Language Pathology degree programs.  Her philosophy for clinical care has emphasized functional relevance of treatment objectives, maximizing modalities of communication, group treatment, family/communication partner intervention, and community networking across and within professions.


As Director of Clinical Education, she was responsible for advancing a nationally recognized clinical graduate education program and community clinic that serves the professional preparation foundation across three graduate education degrees, and provides an observational learning platform for undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students.  Her leadership position included coordination of a large graduate clinical education program encompassing the Clinical Doctorate in Audiology, the Masters in Speech-Language Pathology and the Masters in Medical Speech-Language Pathology.  Responsibilities and activities across the three graduate degree programs included developing, monitoring and recommending revisions to the clinical education curricula; overseeing clinical education program evaluations by multiple stakeholders; engaging in clinical program development with faculty; overseeing deployment/assignments and evaluation of clinical faculty across Audiology and SLP clinical appointments; recruiting, hiring, mentoring, cultivating and evaluating clinical faculty; recruiting, hiring, mentoring and evaluating clinical education Professional and Classified Staff in the UW Speech and Hearing Clinic and the Fieldwork Team; directing the UW Speech and Hearing campus clinic; overseeing tracking systems that support professional and interprofessional clinical preparation; overseeing the fieldwork placements of Audiology and SLP students in school, outpatient, birth-three, private practice and hospital settings locally and nationally; coordinating compliance and on-boarding requirements with SPHSC Student Services; coordination UW affiliation contracts with over 400 placements sites locally and nationally; developing and overseeing continuing education, professional, and interprofessional development in the area of clinical education for community partners in the greater Puget Sound area; and coordination of community partner incentive policies, procedures and implementation.


Nancy received her B.S. from Purdue University and her M.S. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  She is recognized for her professional contributions as an ASHA Fellow, and has served as President of the Washington Speech and Hearing Association, ASHA Board of Directors Chair of the SLP Advisory Council, Chair of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association’ Council for Clinical Specialty Recognition, Chair of the Certification Board for the Academy of Neurologic Communication Disorders and Science, member of the ASHA Council for Clinical Certification, and as a member of ASHA’s “Caseload to Workload” Cadre and the ASHA Personnel Shortage Cadre, and on the WSHA SLP Recruitment and Retention work group.   Most recently, she has been recognized for her professional contributions by receiving the Council of Academic Programs in Communication Disorders & Sciences (CAPCSD) Honors Award (2019), the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Media Outreach Champion Award (2015), the University of Washington – David B. Thorud Leadership Award for a Faculty Member (2013), and the Council of Academic Programs in Communication Disorders & Sciences (CAPCSD) Special Service Award (2007), and American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Fellow (2005).

Recent Publications
Survey of SLP caseloads in Washington State schools: implications and strategies for action. (2006 Apr) Lang Speech Hear Serv Sch 37(2): 104-17 Dowden P, Alarcon N, Vollan T, Cumley GD, Kuehn CM, Amtmann D