Dr. Martin Shulman
Marty earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Brooklyn College and a PhD at the University of Minnesota in Speech Science, Pathology and Audiology in 1973. He was able to land an assistant professor job at Kean the very next year, setting him on an educational career that spanned five decades.
Shortly after joining the faculty at Kean University, he was tasked with running the NJSHA Convention in 1975. He then quickly escalated to president. Joyce Heller encouraged him to join and become a NJSHA leader.
In his many, many years of service, Marty jokes he has held every single job at NJSHA. Throughout his years of volunteerism, Marty has chaired and sat on numerous NJSHA committees and won several awards, including Honors of the Association.
Moreover, Marty has helped form and has been a member of the Higher Education Committee. He spearheaded efforts to have a Student Affairs Committee as well as having a graduate student sit on the NJSHA Board.
Because of his efforts, a high percentage of graduate students at Kean University are NJSHA members and regularly attend the NJSHA Convention.
In his role at Kean, Marty was known for molding a popular program that addresses all aspects of speech-language pathology and offers classes in areas such as dysphagia and augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) as well as more traditional disorders.
Marty has always given back to Kean, serving on the Faculty Senate, the Administrative Council, the University Promotion Committee and many more positions over the years.
Marty has also been in private practice as a speech-language pathologist from 1976-2008 and worked as a consultant for the Visiting Nurse Association of Central Jersey from 1985-2001.
A Marty Fun Fact: He was the original chair of the Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Advisory Committee at the State Division of Consumer Affairs in Newark. Marty received the first license in speech-language pathology from the committee.
“Although a veteran NJSHA board member and a busy professional, Marty never said “no” when asked to perform a task for NJSHA, no matter how demanding it was,” said NJSHA Immediate Past President Mary Faella, who nominated him for the Lifetime Achievement Award.
“Marty is a truly devoted NJSHA member who concentrates his volunteer efforts toward his state association,” Faella said. “I can think of no one who deserves more recognition, and our deepest gratitude, as well as the title of `Mr. NJSHA’.”