American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

CAA Elections—Academic Members

Academic Audiologist Slate | Election Results

Ballots from CAA-Accredited Academic Programs Due September 15, 2013

The election to fill one academic audiologist vacancy on the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) will be open soon! All new terms will begin on January 1, 2014.

Notices will be e-mailed to program directors of CAA-accredited programs [PDF] the week of August 26 with instructions on how to submit your program's vote online. All votes must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Eastern on September 15, 2013.

Each CAA-accredited academic program, whether accredited in audiology or in speech-language pathology, may cast one vote for each academic vacancy on the CAA, regardless of whether the vacancy is in audiology or speech-language pathology. Program directors are encouraged to include all faculty in the relevant profession in the discussion regarding the vote to be cast by the program. (Please note: Programs that hold candidacy status are not eligible to vote in CAA elections.)

Slates of Academic Nominees

All applicants for CAA positions were asked to write a brief statement describing the expertise that they would bring to the CAA, if elected. The following statements are the candidates' responses to this request, listed in alphabetical order by candidate.

Academic Audiologists (1 vacancy)

Annette Hurley
Louisiana State University
Health Sciences Center

Steven Madix
Louisiana Tech University

Annette Hurley, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Communication Disorders
LSU Health Sciences Center
New Orleans, Louisiana

I consider it an honor to give back to ASHA through involvement on a committee. I am a clinician, educator, and researcher with over 20 years of experience as an audiologist. Since 2011, I have volunteered as a CAA site visitor. Having supervised students in private off-sites and in the university settings, I recognize the importance of training competent, independent, and skilled clinicians. Secondly, it is my responsibility as an educator to ensure that each student is equipped with up-to-date skills as the basis for their clinical practice. The goal of my classroom teaching is to instill a passion in students to become life-long learners. Lastly, as a researcher, I recognize the importance of scholarly activity and the need for clinicians to understand the value of evidence-based practices.

Accreditation and standards are crucial for audiology education. I support the commitment to enhance student education through changing and challenging academic, clinic, and research experiences. I also support the development of initiatives to attract students from diverse backgrounds to our field.

Steven G. Madix, PhD
Associate Professor of Audiology
Department of Speech
Louisiana Tech University
Ruston, Louisiana

I believe that my different experiences in audiology have given me a well-rounded perspective of our field and also an appreciation of the work that must continually be done to ensure the future of audiology. Working in a hospital setting allowed me to see how audiology interacts with other health professions and the challenges associated with it, as well as the skills and foundations I feel a graduate needs to possess to be successful in that environment. Private practice gave me a real sense of ownership of audiology and a great respect for practitioners who succeed in practice ownership. It is my hope that all audiologists feel private practice is an option for them and that they are professionally prepared to do so. The last seven years of my professional experience have been in academia where I am a tenured, associate professor of audiology. My responsibilities have taught me the importance of planning, implementing, and verifying that student and program needs are met and constantly scrutinized for improvement. My position has made me very aware of the university's influence on every professional aspect of our future colleagues. I feel that what I do at the university level is the most defining influence on our future audiologists, and that they will remember for the entirety of their career how prepared they felt when they entered the professional market place. 

Election Results

An announcement about the 2014 CAA roster will be made at the completion of the election cycle in late September 2013. Selection for practitioner and public members of the CAA are handled through separate processes. Recruitment for positions on the CAA for terms beginning 2015 will be announced in early 2014.

If you have questions about the election process for academic members on the CAA, please contact Tess Kirsch in the Accreditation Office at or by phone at 301-296-5784.

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