Call for Applications: CAA and CAA Nominating Committee
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, 2021, 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 (2 vacancies representing speech-language pathology; 1 vacancy representing audiology)
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 one 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 one 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 2021: Fontbonne University, Indiana University-Bloomington, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, Portland State University, Texas Christian University, University of Kentucky, University of Utah, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Vanderbilt University.
Public Member Position (1 vacancy)
Applicants for the public member position must not be a member of the professions of audiology and/or speech-language pathology. In addition, as defined by the U.S. Department of Education, a “representative of the public” is a person who is not
- (a) an employee, member of the governing board, owner, or shareholder of or consultant to a program that either is accredited or has applied for accreditation by the CAA;
- (b) a current or past member of any trade association or membership organization which advocates on behalf of audiology and/or speech-language pathology issues; or
- (c) a spouse, parent, child, or sibling of an individual identified in (a) or (b).
The role and responsibilities of CAA’s public member are as follows:
- serve as consumer advocate, represent and protect the public interest, oversee the process for fairness and reasonable action;
- advise and make recommendations to the CAA regarding issues of fairness, due process, and consistency;
- participate in committees of the CAA as requested;
- review self-study applications, annual reports, candidacy applications, and substantive change plans of programs to evaluate program compliance with standards and render decisions.
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 to conduct program reviews and other CAA work.
The CAA holds three multi-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 meeting in the fall. Expenses for attendance at the meetings in Rockville are reimbursed in accordance with ASHA’s Volunteer Travel Policies. Attendance and participation at CAA’s face-to-face meetings for the duration of the term 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, 2021, 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 May 1, 2020. You will be required to sign in to the appropriate application site using your ASHA website login.
Please note: Individuals interested in serving as CAA Site Visitors will have the opportunity to submit an application during the next recruitment in Fall 2020.
- CAA Member Positions: The CAA Nominating Committee, currently chaired by Jennifer Friberg, will prepare a slate of candidates from the applications received, consisting of at least two 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 in September. The CAA Nominating Committee will select the public member from the applications received for that position.
- 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.