Vice President for Academic Affairs in Speech-Language Pathology


3 Years

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

In addition to the essential duties and responsibilities required for all Board of Directors (BOD) members, the Vice President for Academic Affairs in Speech-Language Pathology is charged with the following tasks:

  • Participate in developing, promoting, and hosting a gathering of academics at the ASHA Convention
  • Initiate appropriate recommendations for actions to advance undergraduate and graduate education in speech-language pathology
  • Help recruit individuals into the study of human communication sciences and disorders, and actively seek sources for student financial support
  • Serve as the BOD liaison to—and promote the activities of—the Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CAPCSD) regarding academic issues in speech-language pathology related to professional development in administration, leadership, and pedagogy
  • Attend the annual CAPCSD conference
  • Serve as member and ASHA representative on the Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) to promote interprofessional learning experiences
  • Encourage and promote doctoral studies for both clinical and research speech-language careers
  • Serve on the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA) Board of Directors

ASHA Standing Committees, Boards, and Councils

The Vice President for Academic Affairs in Speech-Language Pathology serves as the BOD liaison to the following ASHA standing Committees, Boards, and Councils (CBCs):

Essential Experience/Expertise/Skills

In addition to the Experience/Expertise/Skills essential for all BOD members, the Vice President for Academic Affairs in Speech-Language Pathology requires the following:

  • Experience in higher education or academic career background—university or clinical preceptor setting
  • Familiarity with accreditation, certification, and other issues related to higher education
  • Experience with interprofessional education (IPE) and interprofessional collaborative practice (IPP)
  • Awareness of current issues facing academic programs and pre-professional education
  • Knowledge of the functions of academic programs/institutions—for example, faculty-related responsibilities such as recruitment, hiring, tenure-track and non-tenure-track positions, key committees, teaching, service, research, and evaluation; student-related responsibilities such as recruitment, admission, advising, and evaluation; and university-wide responsibilities such as committees and interprofessional activities
  • Ability to represent all academic programs without bias toward any

Time Commitment (excluding travel time)

  • Weekly (routine tasks, emails, and voting): 4–6 hours
  • Monthly (CBC work and BOD virtual conferencing): 8–10 hours
  • Quarterly (meeting prep and attendance): 3–4 days

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