- Director of the Child Language Program, the first such program of its kind in the nation
- Nationally recognized, widely cited expert in the scientific recognition and practical advances of speech-language pathology
- Popular presenter of seminars for fellow professionals and organizations such as the Menninger Foundation and Children’s Television Workshop
- Considered one of the most successful grant-getters at KU
- 1988: selected as a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
How many accomplishments can one have? Mabel Rice, KU alumna, is a nationally recognized scientist, scholar, and clinician. She returned to school determined to improve the quality of services provided to communicatively handicapped children. As a result of that personal resolve, she has pursued a line of research resulting in scientific recognition and in practical advances in speech-language pathology. She is widely cited in literature and she is in demand as a participant in national and state planning and policy meetings. One reflection of the success of her research career is the level of outside support available to sustain the effort. At present she is the principal investigator or co-principal investigator for outside grants totaling in excess of $4 million. Her research has been stellar. One of Ms. Rice's most prestigious awards has been being selected to be a Fellow of the American speech-Language-Hearing Association in 1988. This award goes to approximately 20-30 persons each year selected from a membership of over 50,000. She was selected in recognition of both her scientific and administrative contributions to the profession. She continues to serve as an effective teacher and role model through her primary roles as the Professor and director of the Child Language Program - the first such program of its kind in the nation.
The breadth and depth of her knowledge on a variety of topics is amazing. She has published widely in a variety of journals and has presented numerous workshops and has received 16 different research grants from a variety of funding agencies totaling almost $6 million; she is considered one of the most successful grant-getters at KU. She was appointed Chair of the College of Liberal Arts committee to review the external funding policies and practices in the college. She is very concerned about facilitating the work of her students and colleagues and has made major service contributions to KU and her professional field. In addition to many publications, she has conducted more than 25 professional symposia, workshops, and seminars for speech-language pathologists, including lecture tours of Japan and Korea and the Menninger Foundation and Children's Television Workshop.