Task Force on Special Interest Divisions Structure, Programs, and Operations

Summary of the Recommendations – 11/15/10

The Task Force developed key components of a restructured program for the Divisions/SIGs from vision and mission statements to leadership roles and responsibilities to program fees and financing. In other ways, however, the restructuring plan is more akin to a recommitment to common goals and full integration of activities—a reminder that the relationship between the Divisions Program and ASHA always was intended to be complementary rather than independent. Key components include

  1. Name change from Special Interest Divisions to Special Interest Groups;
  2. Allowing affiliates of all SIGs to have access to all SIGs' Perspectives;
  3. Allowing affiliates of all SIGS to earn CEUs for self-study of all Perspectives, but (a) the current exam processing fee of $5/issue would apply for that SIG's affiliates (e.g., affiliates of SIG 1, Language Learning and Education would pay $5 to take an exam for an issue of Perspectives on Language Learning and Education) and (b) affiliates of other SIGs would pay a higher fee;
  4. Establishing for each SIG a Coordinating Committee (CC) comprising three to four elected members and one appointed member (Perspectives substantive editor);
  5. Retaining current program benefits (Perspectives for self-study, e-mail list) and adding new activities, such as recommending affiliates to serve on ASHA advisory committees, participating in ASHA's Leadership Training and Mentoring Programs, and collaborating with appropriate ASHA units (with necessary BOD approval) on conferences, scholarships, products, and Webcasts;
  6. Creation of The Board of SIG Coordinators (BSIGC), made up of SIG coordinators, as a new standing board of the Association to advise the BOD and recommend policies or execute specific undertakings as approved by the BOD; and
  7. In keeping with standard "generally accepted accounting principles," ending the practice of SIGs' carrying over end-of-year net assets.

The Task Force specified maxima and minima for operating SIG programs are

  1. CE-bearing Perspectives:
    Minimum = One issue per year
    Maximum = Four issues per year; 22,000-word limit per issue; editorial calendar required one and one-half year in advance.
  2. Additional CE activity:
    Minimum = Convention Short Course and one invited seminar;
    Maximum = The above plus submission of proposal to the Scientific Publication and Education Board (SPEB) for any additional activities, subject to approval according to SPEB and BOD priorities and personnel availability.
  3. Electronic communication:
    Minimum = Affiliates-only e-mail lists and/or other private online community capabilities through the Association;
    Maximum = The minimum plus one Web event (non-CE-bearing) per year.
  4. Budget:
    Submission each spring, similar to the budget process followed by all ASHA committees and boards.
  5. SIG-specific goals to complement ASHA's strategic plan:
    BSIGC is the conduit between the SIGs and the Board of Directors. Each SIG identifies issues for consideration by the Association and conveys issues to the BSIGC. SIGs can develop activities that are specified in ASHA's strategic plan; the annual report documents that SIG activities are developed as part of the Association rather than in parallel with the Association.
  6. Face-to-face or other real-time interactive meetings of CC:
    Minimum = One face-to-face at the National Office or other real-time interactive meeting (e.g., conference call, Web-based) per year. Expenses associated with
    meetings held in conjunction with ASHA's Convention are the responsibility of the individual;
    Maximum = Individual CC members or the SIG would finance any additional meetings; the expense must be included in the budget, and approved by the BOD.
  7. SIG CC composition
    Minimum = Four members, including a coordinator and an associate coordinator. Three members are elected and one is appointed (i.e., content editor).
    Maximum = Five members: four elected and one appointed (i.e., content editor).
  8. Affiliates' meeting
    Minimum = One affiliates' meeting at the ASHA Convention or other conference where it is likely that many affiliates can attend; if scheduled outside the Convention, the ex officio or other National Office staff member must be in attendance. A Web-based affiliates' meeting can be scheduled if feasible.
    Maximum = Additional meetings would require approval per standard operating procedures.
  9. SIG Standing Committees (in addition to coordinating committees and board)
    Minimum = (a) Editorial Board that reviews Perspectives content and (b) Continuing Education (identifies and develops Perspectives content and other CE activities as appropriate).
    Maximum = Additional subcommittees or ad hoc committees per approval of the BOD; must have ex officio assigned.
  10. Alignment with the Association's strategic plan
    Each SIG is responsible for identifying issues that need to be considered by the Association in its strategic plan. Once the Association determines its activities, the SIGs are responsible for activities specified in the Association's strategic plan.
  11. Submission of an annual report of the SIG's activities:
    Each coordinator, in consultation with the SIG CC, submits a complete report of SIG activities annually to ex officio as per designated format; the report would include evidence of changes made based on recommendations of previous report.

Members of the Task Force

Board of Division Coordinators

Amy L. Weiss, 2008–2010 Chair

Thomas M. Helfer, 2006–2008 Coordinator, Division 8, Hearing Conservation and Occupational Audiology

Janet P. Patterson, 2006–2008 Coordinator, Division 2, Neurophysiology and Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders

Kim S. Schairer, 2007–2009 Coordinator, Division 6, Hearing and Hearing Disorders: Research and Diagnostics

Catriona M. Steele, 2008–2010 Coordinator, Division 13, Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia)

Carole Zangari, 2006–2008 Coordinator, Division 12, Augmentative and Alternative Communication

Board of Directors

Patricia A. Prelock, 2008–2010 Vice President forStandards and Ethics in Speech‐Language Pathology

George O. Purvis, 2009–2011 Chair, Audiology Advisory Council

Financial Planning Board

Christopher N. Walker, 2007–2010 Chair, Financial Planning Board

National Office Staff

Michelle M. Ferketic, Director, Special Interest Divisions and International Liaison Programs

Michael Guerrieri, Director, Information Systems

Amy L. Hasselkus, Associate Director, Health Care Services in Speech‐Language Pathology

Thomas Jelen, Director, Online Communications

Paula Starr (2008–2009)/Yvonne Kankam‐Boadu (2010), Director, Finance

ASHA Corporate Partners