American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

NSSLHA Executive Council Position Descriptions

The NSSLHA Executive Council is composed of 10 student Regional Councilors and one student Member-at-Large, 10 student Delegates, and one student Delegate-at-Large. In addition to students, the Council includes four ASHA members who serve in a consultant role. These positions are Editor, National Advisor, Consultant for Educational Programming, and Consultant for Student Affairs. The Executive Council president is selected from and by the Regional Councilors at the spring meeting each year. 

Student Positions

A student may serve on the NSSLHA Executive Council while working on a clinical fellowship or in an externship position (as long as he or she has not applied for or received the certificate of clinical competence).

Regional Councilor

Description of Duties

A Regional Councilor is charged with

  • attending and participating in all meetings of the NSSLHA Executive Council (The Council holds three meetings per year in spring, summer, and fall);
  • having knowledge of (or a willingness to learn) NSSLHA's mission, services, policies, and programs;
  • annually reviewing and voting on the NSSLHA budget;
  • establishing goals and implementing activities to accomplish goals on a national and regional level;
  • developing and implementing a communication plan within the region;
  • serving as the chair or as a member of a national NSSLHA Committee, and participating in conference calls and planning sessions related to this role;
  • representing student interest on ASHA boards and committees, at state association conventions, or at local events and activities;
  • serving as the liaison and facilitating the exchange of information between the national office, state associations, and local chapters;
  • maintaining national membership in NSSLHA.

Term

The term of office is 2 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 and to communicate effectively with members and the public;
  • ability to prepare for, attend, and participate in 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 NSSLHA;
  • honesty; sensitivity to and tolerance of differing views; a friendly, responsive, and patient approach; a willingness to serve; and concern for NSSLHA's future;
  • familiarity with the academic and professional issues relevant to students.

Time Commitment

Financial Support

NSSLHA provides Regional Councilors with financial support to attend all meetings and a budget to support the Regional Councilor to attend state association conventions or to meet with local chapters.

Member-at-Large

Each student selected for this position is pursuing the course of study (audiology or speech-language pathology) different from that of the individual serving as NSSLHA Executive Council President at the time. The NSSLHA Council created this position to make sure that there is an audiology student and a speech-language pathology student represented on the Advisory Councils at all times; if the President is an audiologist representing NSSLHA on the Audiology Advisory Council, the Member-at-Large will be a speech-language pathologist representing NSSLHA on the Speech-Language Pathology Advisory Council.

Description of Duties

The duties of the Member-at-Large are the same as the duties of Regional Councilors.

Term

The term of office is 1 year.

Desired Personal and Professional Characteristics

The desired personal and professional characteristics of the Member-at-Large are the same as the desired characteristics of Regional Councilors.

Time Commitment

The time commitment for the Member-at-Large is the same as the time commitment for Regional Councilors.

Financial Support

The financial support for the Member-at-Large is the same as the financial support for Regional Councilors.

Delegate

Description of Duties

Delegates must be willing to serve in the capacity of Regional Councilor should the position become vacant.

A Delegate is charged with

  • being informed about the NSSLHA's mission, services, policies, and programs;
  • being an active member on at least one NSSLHA Committee (Delegates have voting rights on any matters presented in a committee.);
  • supporting NSSLHA activities during NSSLHA Day at the ASHA Convention;
  • supporting the Regional Councilor in creating and implementing goals and a work-plan for the Region;
  • supporting the Regional Councilor in identifying emerging trends in the profession important to students;
  • supporting the Regional Councilor in finding solutions to issues of concern to members;
  • supporting the Regional Councilor in engaging in activities with members;
  • supporting the Regional Councilor in regularly communicating with members.

Term

Delegates will serve for a 2-year term (Member-at-Large Delegate serves for a 1-year term) concurrent with the affiliated Regional Councilor.

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 NSSLHA's perspective effectively with members and stakeholders;
  • willingness and ability to prepare for and attend annual meetings and engage effectively and responsibly in discussions;
  • willingness to learn more about NSSLHA and its members;
  • familiarity with technology tools (e.g., Web-based discussion forum, group e-mail lists) to fulfill the responsibilities of the position;
  • ability to speak in public and to represent NSSLHA at local events or at state association meetings.

Time Commitment

Delegates are required to attend a summer orientation meeting and to participate on at least one NSSLHA committee.

Financial Support

The National Office provides Delegates with

  • 100% travel reimbursement to attend the summer orientation meeting,
  • 100% ASHA Convention student registration reimbursement (contingent upon completing 10 hours of work),
  • additional Convention expenses, contingent on availability of funds,
  • $350/annually to participate in state association meetings or for site visits to chapters in the Region,
  • complimentary business cards,
  • complimentary NSSLHA products.

Delegate-at-Large

The description of duties, term, desired personal and professional characteristics, time commitment, and financial support for the Delegate-at-Large is the same as the description for Delegates.

 

ASHA Consultant Positions

Editor

Description of Duties

The NSSLHA Editor is charged with

  • ensuring the timely peer review and continuing quality of NSSLHA's journal, Contemporary Issues in Communication Science and Disorders (CICSD);
  • selecting a slate of associate editors to assist in the peer review process—the process is Web-based through ScholarOne Manuscripts;
  • recruiting and matching mentors with student authors under the CICSD Mentoring Program;
  • serving as an advisor to a student who will function as the guest editor of NSSLHA's newsletter, NSSLHA Now!;
  • serving as the NSSLHA liaison to the ASHA Publications Board and initiating appropriate recommendations for actions to advance CICSD;
  • actively participating in all meetings of the NSSLHA Executive Council;
  • serving as an active participant on at least one NSSLHA Committee;
  • advising the NSSLHA Executive Council of emerging trends in publications and publication management;
  • being informed about NSSLHA's mission, services, policies, and programs and sharing that knowledge with the public and other stakeholders.

Term

Editors serve for a 3-year term.

Desired Personal and Professional Characteristics

  • evidence of active involvement with students (preferably in a communication science program);
  • 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 NSSLHA's perspective effectively with members and stakeholders;
  • willingness and ability to prepare for and attend Council meetings, committee meetings, and/or conference calls and to engage effectively and responsibly in discussions;
  • willingness to learn more about NSSLHA and its members;
  • familiarity with technology tools (e.g., Web-based discussion forum, group e-mail lists) to fulfill the responsibilities of the position;
  • ability to speak in public and to represent NSSLHA at local events or on ASHA boards and committees;
  • support and appropriate release time from employer to carry out the responsibilities of this position during the year;
  • previous editorial experience preferred and highly recommended
  • a member of ASHA.

Time Commitment

  • reviewing journal submissions and preparing the spring and fall issues of NSSLHA's journal, CICSD;
  • attending the summer orientation and fall and spring Council meetings for a minimum of 3 days (most meetings are scheduled for Thursday–Saturday);
  • participating in weekly or bi-weekly NSSLHA Committee conference calls lasting 1 hour (held in the evenings after 9 p.m. EST);
  • attendance at ASHA board and committee meetings (meeting time and dates vary according to the committee).

Financial Support

The Editor receives

  • a quarterly stipend of $2,000 to cover administrative costs associated with work on NSSLHA's journal, CICSD,
  • 100% travel reimbursement to attend all NSSLHA Executive Council meetings as well as the ASHA Publications Board meetings.

National Advisor

Description of Duties

The NSSLHA National Advisor is charged with

  • being informed about NSSLHA's mission, services, policies, and programs;
  • identifying issues and forecasting needs and trends;
  • attending and participating in all meetings of the NSSLHA Executive Council;
  • advising the NSSLHA Executive Council on policy matters and guiding them to take the appropriate courses of action;
  • attending all meetings and serving as the NSSLHA liaison on the ASHA Board of Directors;
  • preparing and presenting information at meetings, as needed, on behalf of NSSLHA;
  • overseeing the operations of the national office of NSSLHA;
  • contributing to a review of the NSSLHA Director of Operations.

Term

The National Advisor will serve for a 3-year term that runs concurrently with the term on the ASHA Board of Directors.

Desired Personal and Professional Characteristics

  • evidence of active involvement with students (preferably in a communication science program);
  • 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 NSSLHA's perspective effectively with members and stakeholders;
  • willingness and ability to prepare for and attend Council meetings, committee meetings, and/or conference calls and to engage effectively and responsibly in discussions;
  • willingness to learn more about NSSLHA and its members;
  • familiarity with technology tools (e.g., Web-based discussion forum, group e-mail lists) to fulfill the responsibilities of the position;
  • ability to speak in public and to represent NSSLHA at local events or on ASHA boards and committees;
  • support and appropriate release time from employer to carry out the responsibilities of this position during the year;
  • a member of ASHA.

Time Commitment

  • This position has a heavy time commitment as the person in this position is required to attend ALL meetings of the NSSLHA Executive Council as well as ALL meetings of the ASHA Board of Directors.
    • The NSSLHA Executive Council meets in the summer for orientation, in the fall during the ASHA Convention, and in the spring for a minimum of 3 days (most meetings are scheduled for Thursday–Saturday).
    • The ASHA Board of Directors meets 4 times a year (dates/times vary).

The position must participate in weekly or bi-weekly NSSLHA Committee conference calls lasting 1 hour (held in the evenings after 9 p.m. EST).

Financial Support

The NSSLHA national advisor receives

  • a monthly stipend of $600 to cover administrative costs associated with the duties of the NSSLHA National Advisor,
  • additional benefits and a stipend (to the employer) provided by the ASHA Board of Directors,
  • 100% travel reimbursement to attend all Executive Council meetings and meetings of ASHA's Board of Directors,
  • partial travel reimbursement to attend related organization conferences and events on behalf of NSSLHA (e.g., Council of Academic Programs in CSD),
  • complimentary NSSLHA products.

Consultant for Educational Programming

Description of Duties

The Consultant for Educational Programming is charged with

  • being informed about NSSLHA's mission, services, policies, and programs;
  • identifying issues and forecasting needs and trends;
  • attending and participating in all meetings of the NSSLHA Executive Council;
  • advising the NSSLHA Executive Council on policy matters and guiding them to take the appropriate courses of action;
  • initiating and directing recommendations to the NSSLHA Executive Council to facilitate the planning of educational content for students at the ASHA Convention as well as content for students online;
  • attending all meetings and serving as the NSSLHA liaison on ASHA's Scientific and Professional Education Board, which is charged with reviewing and recommending policies and procedures for the planning, coordination and evaluation of all ASHA-sponsored continuing education activities and products;
  • preparing and presenting information at meetings, as needed, on behalf of NSSLHA.

Term

The Consultant for Educational Programming serves for a 3-year term.

Desired Personal and Professional Characteristics

The desired personal and professional characteristics of the Consultant for Educational Programming are the same the desired characteristics of the National Advisor.

Time Commitment

  • attendance at the summer orientation, fall and spring Council meetings for a minimum of 3 days (most meetings are scheduled for Thursday–Saturday);
  • participation in weekly or bi-weekly NSSLHA Committee conference calls lasting 1 hour (held in the evenings after 9 p.m. EST);
  • attendance at the Scientific and Professional Education Board meetings (meeting time and dates vary according to the committee).

Financial Support

The Consultant for Educational Programming receives

  • 100% travel reimbursement to attend all Executive Council meetings as well as the Scientific and Professional Education Board meetings,
  • complimentary NSSLHA products.

Consultant for Student Affairs

Description of Duties

The Consultant for Student Affairs is charged with

  • being informed about NSSLHA's mission, services, policies, and programs;
  • identifying issues and forecasting needs and trends;
  • attending and participating in all meetings of the NSSLHA Executive Council;
  • advising the NSSLHA Executive Council on policy matters and guiding them to take the appropriate courses of action;
  • initiating and directing recommendations to the NSSLHA Executive Council to facilitate the Council's knowledge of the needs of students in academic programs, culturally and linguistically diverse students, under-represented (e.g. male, audiology, international or assistants) students;
  • preparing and presenting information at meetings, as needed, on behalf of NSSLHA.

Term

The Consultant for Student Affairs serves a 3-year term.

Desired Personal and Professional Characteristics

The desired personal and professional characteristics of the Consultant for Student Affairs are the same the desired characteristics of the National Advisor.

Time Commitment

  • attendance at the summer orientation, fall and spring Council meetings for a minimum of 3 days (most meetings are scheduled for Thursday–Saturday);
  • participation in weekly or bi-weekly NSSLHA Committee conference calls lasting 1 hour (held in the evenings after 9 p.m. EST)

Financial Support

The Consultant for Student Affairs receives

  • 100% travel reimbursement to attend all Executive Council meetings,
  • complimentary NSSLHA products.

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