Candidate for Vice President for Standards and Ethics in Audiology: Frederick Britten, CCC-A
Frederick Britten, PhD, CCC-A, is a professor of communication sciences and disorders at Fort Hays State University (FHSU) in Hays, Kansas. At the university level, he serves on the Faculty Senate and is currently the parliamentarian of the Senate. He also serves on and chairs other university committees that include tenure and promotion committees, the academic reinstatement committee, and assessment committees. At the departmental level, he serves as a graduate coordinator and teaches in the areas of audiology and graduate research methods. In these courses, he has considerable experience teaching professional clinical ethics as well as research ethics. In 2010, Dr. Britten received the prestigious FHSU Pilot Award for excellence in teaching. In 2006, he received recognition from the National Academic Advising Association for outstanding service as a collegiate advisor. Dr. Britten is an ASHA Fellow and has served ASHA on several committee, councils, and boards. For his service to ASHA, he has been recognized and received the Dorothy Dreyer Award for Volunteerism to ASHA in 2011. His ASHA committee work has included being a member of the former Legislative Council, chairing the Honors Committee, serving on the Council on Academic Accreditation, serving on the Audiology Advisory Council, and serving on the Board of Ethics, where he served as chair of the education subcommittee for 3 years. Currently, he serves on the Committee on Leadership Cultivation and on the Leadership Cultivation and Nominations Board. Dr. Britten has also made professional refereed presentations on ethics to state, regional, and national conferences.
The ASHA Leader asked the candidates:
What is your top priority if elected to the ASHA Board of Directors?
If elected to the Board of Directors, I feel there are several issues that would need to be priority in the discussion and decision-making process in order to support the members of ASHA. In audiology, it might be the over-the-counter availability of hearing devices and the impact this could have
on the hearing health care delivery system. For speech-language pathology, the issue of reimbursement for services would continue to be a priority issue. A close monitoring of how other professions could be encroaching into the scope of practice for both professions needs to be on a list of proactive actions by
the Board of Director in consultation with the members. The Board should advocate for the members of ASHA and for those individuals we serve.
Why are you running for Vice President for Standards and Ethics in Audiology on the ASHA Board of Directors?