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Call for Applications

Deadline: May 1, 2024

The call for applications to fill vacancies on the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) and the CAA Nominating Committee is now open. These volunteer positions have terms that begin January 1, 2025.

CAA: Volunteer Opportunities

The CAA Nominating Committee is soliciting applications to fill four (4) anticipated vacancies on the CAA. These positions have terms beginning January 1, 2024. The term lengths are noted below. The CAA accredits clinical doctoral degree programs in audiology and master’s degree programs in speech-language pathology. It is composed of 18 individuals who are academics and practitioners from both professions as well as one 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 [PDF].

Academic Positions

Audiology Academic Members

  • 1 vacancy, 4-year term

Speech-Language Pathology Member

  • 2 vacancies, 4-year terms

Applicants for academic positions must:

  • hold a faculty/staff position in a CAA-accredited program in the same professional area as the one they represent;
  • have an earned graduate degree from a regionally accredited institution; and
  • hold a rank of associate professor or above, or be a comparably experienced educator.

In addition, the nominating committee encourages individuals who have one or more of the following characteristics to apply for an academic position:

  • experience with clinical teaching (supervision) as their primary role;
  • experience as an academic accreditation site visitor;
  • experience with distance learning environments;
  • currently holds a terminal research degree (PhD or EdD);
  • currently holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology (CCC-A) or the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP); and/or
  • 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 2024: California State University San Marcos, Hampton University, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center New Orleans, Nova Southeastern University, Rockhurst University, Samford University, University of Alabama, University of Iowa, University of Louisville, University of Michigan, University of Rhode Island, University of South Alabama, Vanderbilt University, and Wichita State University.

Public Member

  • 1 vacancy, 4-year term

    The public member, who by their dissociation from the professions and the delivery of a CAA-accredited program, brings a non-affiliated stakeholder's perspective to the CAA.

    The public member is not a member of the professions of audiology or speech-language pathology. In addition, in accordance with the U.S. Department of Education's definition, the public member is a "representative of the public." The public member is not (a) an employee, a member of the governing board, an owner, or a shareholder of or consultant to a program that is CAA-accredited or that has applied for accreditation by the CAA; (b) a current or past member of any trade association or membership organization that advocates on behalf of audiology or speech-language pathology issues; or (c) a spouse, a parent, a child, or a sibling of an individual identified in "a" or "b."

    Time Commitment and Expectations

    The CAA is the semi-autonomous entity within ASHA that has the authority to establish and enforce a set of standards for the accreditation of graduate programs in audiology and speech-language pathology. The CAA has the sole authority to make accreditation decisions.

    Members establish accreditation standards, conduct in-depth evaluations of candidacy, accreditation, and reaccreditation applications to determine compliance with established standards, accredit qualified graduate programs, and monitor compliance during the period of candidacy and accreditation through review of annual reports. The CAA relies heavily on technology to conduct program reviews and other CAA work. As a member of the CAA, you will have the responsibility of determining the accreditation status of programs through thorough and careful review of their applications and annual reports. Each semester, members of the CAA can be expected to review 2–5 applications (e.g., initial or reaccreditation) and 12–15 annual reports. The time commitment averages approximately 5 hours per week; however, some weeks require more time, especially during review periods.

    The CAA holds three multi-day meetings per year, either virtually or in person at the ASHA National Office in Rockville, Maryland.

    • Winter meeting: February or March
    • Summer meeting: July
    • Fall meeting: late September

    In addition, CAA members are expected to participate virtually in candidacy program reviews for two partial days each May, as needed.

    All council members are assigned to at least one committee for which activities and meetings are conducted throughout the year and will include additional virtual meetings between the scheduled full CAA meetings. Expenses for attendance at the meetings in Rockville are reimbursed in accordance with ASHA’s Volunteer Travel Policies. Attendance and participation at the CAA’s meetings, both in person and virtually, is expected for the duration of the term.

    . A full description of the CAA’s composition, roles and responsibilities, etc. are found in Chapter V of the Accreditation Handbook [PDF].

    CAA Nominating Committee: Volunteer Opportunities

    The CAA is soliciting applications to fill four (4) anticipated vacancies on the CAA Nominating Committee. These positions have 1-year terms beginning January 1, 2025. The CAA Nominating Committee is composed of five people with the responsibility to recruit and verify the qualifications of individuals in order to fill vacancies on the CAA. A former CAA member will serve as chair of the committee. The full description of the CAA Nominating Committee's composition, roles, and procedures can be found in Chapter VI, Nominating Committee, in the Accreditation Handbook [PDF].

    Open Positions

    • 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

    The CAA Nominating Committee’s work will be conducted by email and through conference calls and/or other communication platforms, including 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 in-person 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 [PDF].

    How To Apply

    Individuals who are interested to apply for a vacant position must complete an online application, which includes completing a questionnaire and uploading your CV (10 pages or less). To be considered for any vacant position, your application must be completed and submitted by May 1, 2024.

    This application period is only for those interested in filling the vacant positions listed above. Individuals interested to serve as CAA Site Visitors will have the opportunity to submit an application during the next recruitment period in the fall of 2024.

    Election Process

    CAA Member Positions

    The CAA Nominating Committee will prepare a slate of candidates from the applications received, consisting of at least two individuals for each position. The slate and election ballots for the academic positions will be sent to all CAA-accredited programs in late August/early September. Notification will be made at the close of the election in September.

    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.


    Contact Gretchen Ehret Hoshaw, chief accreditation officer at ASHA, at

    About ASHA

    The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for members and affiliates who are audiologists, speech-language pathologists, speech, language, and hearing scientists, audiology and speech-language pathology assistants, and students.

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    About the CAA

    The Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) accredits eligible clinical doctoral programs in audiology and master's degree programs in speech-language pathology. The CAA relies on a dedicated corps of volunteers serving as Council members and site visitors to accomplish the work of the accreditation program.

    Contact the CAA

    Questions and/or requests for information about accreditation or the CAA can be directed to:

    The Council on Academic Accreditation in
    Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology

    American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
    2200 Research Boulevard, #310
    Rockville, MD 20850


    Email the CAA