John E. Bernthal
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
John E. Bernthal, professor and chair of the Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders and director of the Barkley Memorial Center of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, is "a man and a professional for all seasons," says Nicholas W. Bankson, of James Madison University and Bernthal's career-long collaborator.
Bernthal (BFA, Wayne State College; MA, Kansas University; PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison) began his career in 1970 in the Department of Speech at Mankato State University.
In 1973 he joined the Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences at the University of Maryland and in 1976 became director of clinical speech services.
It was here that Bernthal
began working with Nicholas Bankson, publishing the first edition of their classic text, Articulation and Phonological Disorders, in 1981.
contributions to other organizations such as the Council of Exceptional Children
and both the Iowa and Nebraska Speech-Language-Hearing Associations
are equally impressive and revealing of Bernthal's
leadership ability and humanity.
Bernthal's achievements have been recognized with numerous awards: he is a Fellow of ASHA and of the Iowa Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and holds the Honors of the Nebraska Speech-Language-Hearing Association, the Council of Graduate Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders, the Division of Children With Communication Disorders of the Council of Exceptional Children, and was twice awarded the Honors of the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association.
Apart from what James McLean, senior scientist emeritus of the University of Kansas
, calls Bernthal's
"remarkable talent for making major contributions to governmental and professional organizations," he
has never lost sight of his
most important function: "Always implicit in his
efforts to serve his
professional colleagues has been his
clear appreciation of the fact that his
most basic constituents are the children and youths who require specialized educational and therapeutic services," says McLean.Â