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Academic Affairs Board

Liaisons with the Vice Presidents for Academic Affairs in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology


The charge of the Academic Affairs Board is to (a) identify and monitor critical issues, forecast needs and trends, develop resources, implement programs, and recommend actions that address academic preparation and (b) support and enhance capacity building efforts in response to clinical and faculty–researcher personnel needs and shortages.


11 members: 4 audiology, 4 speech-language pathology, 1 Early Career Professional, 1 from the Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CAPCSD), 1 from NSSLHA


  • Karla Washington, Chair
  • Julie Honaker, Board Liaison–Audiology
  • Elizabeth Crais, Board Liaison–Speech-Language Pathology
  • Melanie Alcala, NSSLHA Liaison
  • Radhika Aravamudhan, Audiology
  • Joan Besing, Audiology
  • Candace Bourland Hicks, Audiology
  • Valarie Fleming, SLP
  • Jennifer Friberg, SLP
  • Grace Hao, SLP
  • Abdullah Mohammad Jamos, Audiology
  • Shubha Kashinath, CAPCSD Liaison
  • Kelsey Klein, ECP


3 years


2 meetings annually (including Committee Day at the ASHA Convention) as well as 6–8 conference calls

Desired Service Qualifications/Experiences

Members appointed will have expertise in academic, clinical, and/or research education and hold faculty appointments in a communication sciences and disorders program or equivalent at institutions of higher education.

Staff Liaison

Loretta Nunez, ex officio (

ASHA Corporate Partners