American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Responsibilities of the Vice President for Speech-Language Pathology Practice

Description of Office 

The Vice President for Speech-Language Pathology Practice is charged with: 

  • Identifying issues and forecasting needs and trends;
  • Initiating and directing recommendations to enhance professional and clinical practice in speech-language pathology services;
  • Monitoring the emergence of new areas of practice and the application of new knowledge and research data to the practice of speech-language pathology;
  • Addressing unique issues and concerns of specific work settings in which the profession of speech-language pathology is practiced;
  • Facilitating culturally and linguistically appropriate practice;
  • Serving as the Board liaison and facilitating activities of Special Interest Groups whose topic areas pertain to speech-language pathology;
  • Serving as the Board liaison and facilitating activities of the Board of Division Coordinators and assigned committees;
  • Providing Board liaison support to the activities of the Joint Committee on Interprofessional Relationships with Neuropsychology, which is charged with examining issues of concern to speech‑language pathologists and audiologists which are not addressed by the position statement, Interdisciplinary Approaches to Brain Damage;
  • Providing Board liaison support to the activities of the National Joint Committee for the Communication Needs of Persons with Severe Disabilities, which is charged with coordinating efforts dealing with the development of policy, position and guideline statements related to definition, assessment, personnel preparation, delivery of services, continuing education, and communication needs of the severely handicapped;
  • Providing Board liaison support to the activities of the National Joint Committee on Learning Disabilities, which is charged with studying the present status of identification procedures, interprofessional relationships in management of children with learning disabilities, and other issues of mutual concern; and
  • Serving as the Board liaison and facilitating Association activities designed to promote and enhance professional practices and service delivery in speech-language pathology. 

Term 

Three years. 

Desired Personal and Professional Characteristics 

  • Ability to listen, analyze, think strategically and creatively, and work well with people individually and in a group.
  • Ability to consider multiple viewpoints about controversial issues and to communicate ASHA's perspective effectively with members and stakeholders.
  • Ability to prepare for, attend, and participate in board and committee meetings (including conference calls), ask questions, take responsibility, follow through on a given assignment, and evaluate oneself.
  • Willingness to develop certain skills if one does not possess them, such as understanding financial statements and learning more about the substantive program areas of the Association.
  • Honesty; sensitivity to and tolerance of differing views; a friendly, responsive, and patient approach; community-building skills; personal integrity; a developed sense of values; and concern for the Association's development.
  • Familiarity with the scope of practice for the profession of speech-language pathology and current professional issues. 

Primary Responsibilities 

  • Attend and participate in all meetings of the Board of Directors.
  • Be informed about the Association's mission, services, policies, and programs.
  • Assist the Board of Directors in carrying out its fiduciary responsibilities.
  • Review agenda and supporting materials prior to board and committee meetings and conference calls.
  • Represent ASHA on behalf of the President as needed.
  • Attend the annual ASHA Convention.
  • Annually review and vote on the Association's budget.
  • Attend the annual meeting of the Speech-Language Pathology Advisory Council.
  • Serve as Board liaison for activities of assigned boards, standing committees, and councils; serve as liaison between assigned boards, standing committees, and councils, and the Board of Directors.
  • Appoint a Coordinating Committee to consult on speech-language pathology practice topics as needed.
  • Serve as Board liaison for activities of ad hoc committees as appointed.
  • Contribute to a review of the Chief Executive Officer.
  • Prepare and present information at meetings on behalf of the Association as needed. 

Time Commitment 

Approximately 16 hours per week (excluding travel). 

Financial Support 

The Association provides the Vice President for Speech-Language Pathology Practice with support in a number of ways: financial support for required functions of the office; assistance with office expenses, including some limited personnel support; and an equipment budget.  

A stipend is provided to the Vice President's institution.

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