American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

SIG Coordinating Committees Roles and Responsibilities

ASHA's Special Interest Groups

The mission of ASHA's Special Interest Groups (SIGs) is to advance the Association mission by engaging members in SIGs that foster the interchange of information among ASHA and NSSLHA members who share common professional interests. The SIGs provide the opportunity to exchange content information, expertise, leadership, and professional perspectives among SIG affiliates and the wider Association community.

SIG Coordinating Committees

The SIG Coordinating Committees (CC) are responsible for planning and coordinating the activities of their SIG, including

  • overseeing the content and publication of Perspectives,
  • providing input to and supporting the Association's strategic initiatives
  • suggesting and providing content for ASHA programming and continuing education activities,
  • identifying and providing expertise to committees and boards,
  • identifying content experts for ASHA-sponsored conferences and other educational programming,
  • providing input to policy and advocacy matters,
  • fostering future leaders of the Association by communicating with and nurturing affiliates through appropriate channels,
  • prioritizing initiatives, and
  • organizing affiliates.

Each CC has one face-to-face meeting per year at the National Office or other real-time meeting (e.g., via Web) to facilitate coordination with appropriate ASHA units to provide advice and person power for integrated initiatives (e.g., Schools Conference, development of CE materials).

A Coordinator and an Associate Coordinator are selected by and from the members of each CC. The Coordinator chairs the CC and represents the group on the Board of Special Interest Group Coordinators (BSIGC). If the Coordinator is unable to serve, the Associate Coordinator assumes the responsibility of the Coordinator, including service on the BSIGC.

Serving on a SIG CC is reserved for ASHA members1 who have selected membership in that SIG. They are expected to propose activities in conjunction with other ASHA programs and units, consistent with the Association's Strategic Objectives, which would be of interest to their members.

SIG Coordinating Committee Members

As a CC member, one is expected to follow the roles and responsibilities specified by the Board of Special Interest Group Coordinators (BSIGC) and actively contribute to the success of the SIG. CC members are also expected to follow the policies and procedures of the Association.

In fulfilling the BSIGC designated responsibilities, a SIG CC member is expected to:

  • Serve at least a three-year term.
  • Become familiar with the charge for the SIG, including its mission, goals, policies, and programs
  • Contribute as an active participant in all face-to-face CC meetings and conference calls
    • The majority of communication among SIG CC members would be facilitated by conference calls and e-mail communication.
    • Each CC has one face-to-face meeting per year at the National Office or other real-time meeting (e.g., via Web), and may meet at the ASHA Annual Convention.
    • All expenses are paid for CC meetings at the National Office; expenses associated with meetings at the ASHA Convention are not covered by ASHA (in keeping with Association policy).
  • Attend SIG-sponsored events (e.g., Convention Short Course), as necessary.
  • Maintain communication with the Coordinator and other Coordinating Committee members and promptly acknowledge/respond to all communications concerning committee/board work. Inform the Coordinator and Coordinating Committee of planned extended absences and how he/she can be contacted, if necessary.
  • Perform assigned duties of a Coordinating Committee member responsibly and competently.
  • Respect the ideas or conflicting viewpoints of others.
  • Maintain confidentiality
  • Speak for the affiliates as appropriate
  • Be a "team player"
  • Advocate for the SIG and the professions.
  • Serve in a leadership role and be willing to spend at least 5 hours a month for CC work.
    • Become familiar with ASHA's Committee Toolkit [PDF] and Special Interest Group handbooks.
    • Additional resources are available on the ASHA site for Committee and Board Chairs, including the following series of online orientation modules.
      • The Nuts and Bolts of Committees
      • Fiduciary Responsibilities
      • The Committee Team
      • Committee Budget
      • The Effective Chair
      • Tips for a Great Committee Meeting
      • Strategic Pathway to Excellence
      • Multicultural Infusion
      • Document Approval Process
      • Resolutions

1 Only SIG Affiliates (ASHA Members) are eligible to nominate, vote, and hold office; Associate Affiliates (International Affiliates and Students) are ineligible. (Please note: ASHA members who joined SIGs as doctoral students fall under the Student category and are ineligible to nominate, vote, and hold office.)

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