Candidate for Vice President for Academic Affairs in Audiology: Jeffrey DiGiovanni, CCC-A

Why are you running for Vice President for Academic Affairs in Audiology on the ASHA Board of Directors?

The ASHA Leader asked the candidates:

What is your top priority if elected to the ASHA Board of Directors?

Having spent my career in higher education in both faculty and administrative positions, I have lived and breathed graduate audiology programming. The AuD was a critical transformation for our field. Now, 20 years later, we've experienced the successes and challenges of the AuD program in didactic and clinical training. With incredible advances in technology and substantial changes in health policy, the practice of audiology is rapidly changing. Naturally, it is highly advantageous for the academic programs to be ahead of this curve in preparing students for their careers. Therefore, my top priority is to reignite the discussion among all professional organizations representing audiology in how the “generation 2.0” of the AuD should be composed and implemented.

Jeffrey J. DiGiovanni, PhD, CCC-A, has spent his career in the academic setting seeking to improve graduate education and to solve problems in higher education. Currently, Dr. DiGiovanni is Professor and Chair of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders in the College of Allied Health Sciences at the University of Cincinnati. Prior to that, he spent more than 15 years at Ohio University in various positions, including Chief Clinical Officer (CCO) for the College of Health Sciences and Profession as well as Director, Coordinator of Professional Programs, and tenured faculty. He teaches audiology courses for graduate and undergraduate students.

As CCO, Dr. DiGiovanni's primary objectives include developing new models of clinical partnerships to secure clinical placements for the 14 clinical programs and augment the training with facility-specific interprofessional curricula, developing and implementing simulation and virtual reality for interprofessional training, and creating an interprofessional curriculum for students in the health professions.

His primary research area involves illuminating the relationship between attentional and working memory mechanisms and auditory performance.

Dr. DiGiovanni has been a friend of ASHA for a long time. He has been invited to a number of national ASHA Conventions as well as various state conventions. Moreover, he has participated as an ASHA convention reviewer and has authored numerous articles in the ASHA journals. More formally, he served as an Associate Editor for the American Journal of Audiology from 2008-2011, the Audiology Advisory Council for two terms (2011–2013 and 2014–2016) and as a program representative to the ASHA-sponsored AuD summit in 2016.

Dr. DiGiovanni received his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and his master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.

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