Candidate for Vice President for Academic Affairs in Audiology: Julie A. Honaker, 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?

If elected to the position of vice president for academic affairs in audiology, my top priority is to address these critical issues facing student education: 1) promoting research opportunities at the undergraduate and graduate level, 2) addressing doctoral level (PhD/EdD) shortages in our field, and 3) working closely with the Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders and ASHA to address discrepancies in our training programs to promote improved clinical competencies. As an educator, I strive to prepare students to become exemplary clinicians, researchers, and leaders. As vice president for academic affairs in audiology, I will use my experiences and skills to identify strengths and opportunities to address critical issues and to serve as the Board liaison to promote positive changes in education.

Julie A. Honaker, PhD, CCC-A, is Director of the Vestibular and Balance Disorders Program at the Cleveland Clinic. Her passion for vestibular sciences developed during her master's program in audiology (2001) and PhD (2006) at the University of Cincinnati, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship at the Mayo Clinic (2009). Prior to joining the Cleveland Clinic in 2016, she was an Associate Professor at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, where her teaching and research program focused on vestibular and balance sciences.

As a clinical-researcher, Dr. Honaker strives to advance the care of patients with balance disorders—but, more important, she mentors students to become independent and critical thinkers as well as consumers and producers of research. Her signature contributions to the field are enhancing the clinical training and research preparedness of students in audiology. She has taught more than 100 AuD students in the classroom and clinic, and she has mentored three PhD students, 20 AuD students, and six undergraduate students on guided research projects. Many of her students received their own awards, grants, and first-author publications under her guidance.

Dr. Honaker is an active volunteer for ASHA. Her service includes membership on the Academic Affairs Board (2011–2014); the National Advisory Committee for the Audiology Praxis (2011–present); the Convention Program Committee (2013, 2015, 2018, and 2019 Topic Co-Chair), and the ASHA Ad Hoc Audiology Scope of Practice Committee (she served as Chair in 2017–2018). She has also served as a reviewer and mentor for ASHA student scholarships and programs, including the ASHFoundation Graduate Student Scholarship (2015 and 2018), ASHA PROmoting the next GENeration of Researchers (PROGENY) Faculty-Researcher mentor (2018), Audiology/Hearing Science Research Travel Award (2013), and ASHA Mentoring Academic Research Careers (MARC) Program (2011).

When not busy with work and service, Dr. Honaker balances her time at home with her husband and daughter.

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