American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Responsibilities of the Vice President for Standards and Ethics in Speech-Language Pathology

Description of Office

The Vice President for Standards and Ethics in Speech-Language Pathology is charged with:

  • Identifying issues and forecasting needs and trends in speech-language pathology;
  • Initiating appropriate actions to ensure high-quality, culturally competent service delivery by speech-language pathologists;
  • Serving as the Board liaison and facilitating activities of the Council for Clinical Certification in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CFCC) to ensure that established standards for certification in speech-language pathology are maintained;
  • Serving as the Board liaison and facilitating the activities of the Continuing Education Board to ensure that established policies on continuing education providers and continuing education activities are maintained;
  • Serving as the Board liaison and facilitating the activities of the Committee of Chairs for Standards and Ethics, which is charged with to ensure systematic, regular, and consistent communication among the constituent bodies regarding issues of mutual interest and to coordinate decisions and actions that may have an impact on more than one of the bodies;
  • Serving as the Board liaison and facilitating the activities of the Scientific and Professional Education Board to ensure that established policies and procedures for the planning, coordination, and evaluation of all Association-sponsored continuing education activities and products are maintained; and
  • Serving as the Board liaison and facilitating the activities of the Board of Ethics to formulate and amend, as necessary, the Code of Ethics containing the professional responsibilities by which members and certificate holders shall be bound and facilitating the enforcement responsibilities of the Board of Ethics. 

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.
  • 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 and working experience with ASHA's standards programs, both clinical and ethical.

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.
  • Contribute to a review of the Chief Executive Officer.
  • Serving as the Board liaison for activities of assigned boards, committees, and councils; serve as liaison between assigned boards, committees, and councils, and the Board of Directors.
  • Appoint a Coordinating Committee to consult on speech-language pathology accreditation, certification and/or ethical topics as needed
  • 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 Standards and Ethics in Speech-Language Pathology 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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