Call for Applications: CAA and CAA Nominating Committee
Applications Due Thursday, June 1
Applications are now being accepted online for anticipated vacancies on the CAA and for the CAA Nominating Committee. Terms for these volunteer positions begin January 1, 2018.
The CAA—Four positions (4-year term)
The Nominating Committee for the CAA is soliciting applications to fill anticipated vacancies on the CAA for 4 positions beginning January 1, 2018, for 4-year terms. The CAA accredits master’s degree programs in speech-language pathology and clinical doctoral degree programs in audiology, and is composed of 18 individuals (academics and practitioners from both professions and 1 public member). The full description of the CAA’s composition and roles and responsibilities can be found in Chapter V, Operation of the Council on Academic Accreditation, in the Accreditation Handbook.
Academic Positions (1 vacancy representing audiology; 1 vacancy representing speech-language pathology)
Applicants for academic positions must:
- Hold a faculty/staff position in a CAA-accredited program in the same professional area as the one he or she represents
- Have an earned graduate degree from a regionally accredited institution
- Hold a rank of associate professor or above, or be a comparably experienced educator
In addition, the nominating committee encourages individuals to apply who have 1 or more of the following characteristics:
- Clinical teaching (supervision) as his or her primary role
- Experience as an academic accreditation site visitor
- Experience with distance learning environments
- Currently holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology (CCC-A) or the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP)
- Comfortable using technology (e.g., website, blog) to support work
Because no more than 1 individual from a specific educational institution may serve on the CAA at any time, individuals from the following institutions will not be eligible to serve in 2018: Florida International University, Illinois State University, Louisiana Tech University, Salus University, Towson University, University of Mississippi, University of Southern Mississippi, University of Washington, Western Kentucky University, and Wichita State University.
Practitioner Positions (1 vacancy representing audiology; 1 vacancy representing speech-language pathology)
Applicants for clinical practitioner positions must:
- be currently involved in the full-time delivery of clinical services to individuals with communication and/or swallowing disorders
- have the direct delivery of speech-language-hearing services as the primary employment function at the time of appointment
- have worked in the area that credentials are held for at least five (5) years
Additionally, the nominating committee encourages individuals to apply who have one or more of the following characteristics:
- experience in supervising students and/or clinical fellows
- experience as an academic accreditation site visitor
- experience with distance learning environments
- currently holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology or the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology
- comfort with using technology (e.g., website, blog) to support work
Because no more than 1 individual from a specific clinical facility may serve on the Council at any time, individuals from the following facilities will not be eligible to serve in 2018: Children’s Medical Center of Dallas/Cook Children’s Health Care System (Texas); Department of Pediatrics, University of Colorado School of Medicine (Colorado); and San Diego County Office of Education (California).
General Requirements for CAA Positions
Individuals interested in serving on the CAA should be familiar with the charge to the CAA to understand the responsibilities involved. Service on the CAA will require commitment and time. During certain periods of the year, it is anticipated that CAA members may expect to devote an average of 4–6 hours per week to CAA activities. Members establish accreditation standards, conduct in-depth evaluations of accreditation and reaccreditation applications to determine compliance with established standards, accredit qualified graduate programs, and monitor compliance during the period of accreditation through review of annual reports. The CAA relies heavily on technology and its online collaboration site to conduct program reviews and other CAA work.
The CAA holds 2 3½-day meetings per year at the ASHA National Office in Rockville, Maryland. The winter meeting typically begins on the third Wednesday of February. The summer meeting typically begins on the third Wednesday of July. In addition, the CAA holds a 1-day meeting in conjunction with the ASHA Convention in November. Expenses for attendance at the two meetings in Rockville are reimbursed in accordance with ASHA’s Volunteer Travel Policies. Expenses for the 1-day meeting at the ASHA Convention are not reimbursed. Attendance and participation at CAA’s face-to-face meetings is expected.
Adjunct or complementary appointment to an institution or facility shall not disqualify individuals to serve as a voting member on the Council provided they meet all other criteria for service. A full description of the CAA’s composition, roles and responsibilities, etc. are found in Chapter V of the Accreditation Handbook.
CAA Nominating Committee – Four positions (1-year term)
The CAA is soliciting applications to fill anticipated vacancies on the CAA Nominating Committee for four (4) positions beginning January 1, 2018, for 1-year terms. The CAA Nominating Committee is composed of five people with the responsibility to recruit and verify qualifications of individuals to fill vacancies on the CAA. A former CAA member will serve as chair of the nominating committee. The full description of the CAA Nominating Committee composition, roles, and procedures can be found in Chapter VI, Nominating Committee, in the Accreditation Handbook.
Four positions: Two academic members, two practitioner members
- One (1) member shall represent accredited academic programs and be an audiologist.
- One (1) member shall represent accredited academic programs and be a speech-language pathologist.
- One (1) member shall represent practitioners and be an audiologist.
- One (1) member shall represent practitioners and be a speech-language pathologist.
General Requirements for CAA Nominating Committee Positions
The committee’s work will be conducted via e-mail, conference call, and electronically using a web-based application portal. Each member is expected to participate fully in the activities of the group. Comfort with using technology (e.g., website, blog ) is essential to support the work of the committee. Familiarity with the CAA’s accreditation program is encouraged. The committee requires no planned face-to-face meetings in order to conduct its work. A full description of the CAA Nominating Committee responsibilities are found in Chapter VI of the Accreditation Handbook.
All application materials (completing an application questionnaire and posting your CV of no more than 10 pages) must be submitted online by June 1, 2017. You will be required to sign in to the appropriate application site using your ASHA website login.
- CAA Member Positions: The CAA Nominating Committee, currently chaired by Mikael D.Z. Kimelman, will prepare a slate of candidates from the applications received, consisting of at least 2 individuals for each position. The slate and ballots for the academic positions will be sent to all CAA-accredited programs for election in late August/early September. Notification will be made at the close of the election.
- CAA Nominating Committee Member Positions: The CAA’s Officers Nominating Committee and the CAA chair or designee will prepare a slate of candidates from the applications received that will consist of at least two individuals for each position. CAA members will select the Nominating Committee members by simple majority vote of the full Council. Notification will be made in August.
Email or call Tess Kirsch, associate director of accreditation at ASHA, at 301-296-5784.