James Mahshie is professor and former chair of the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences at George Washington University. His prior leadership experience includes serving as the president of the American Association of Phonetic Sciences and president of the Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Mahshie teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Speech and Hearing Science and was awarded Fulbright teaching/research and Fulbright Senior Specialist grants in 1998 and 2007 respectively. He is also a Fellow of the American Speech, Language, Hearing Association He is formerly co-director of the Rehabilitation Engineering and Research Center funded by the Department of Education and was Principal Investigator of two studies funded by the National Institute of Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research examining the development of speech perception and production skills of young children with cochlear implants. He has published numerous articles and given a number of presentations on speech and language characteristics of deaf and hard of hearing individuals. He is fluent in American Sign Language and has taken courses in Mandarin.