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Audiology Issues Committee


Purpose of the Committee: The “mission” of the TSHA Audiology Issues Committee is to promote and grow the profession of Audiology’s presence in our multi-disciplinary association.
Charge of the Committee:
a. Further expand the presence of audiology in TSHA’s mission and strategic plan
b. Increase participation in TSHA governmental affairs and TSHA PAC
c. Increase audiology membership in TSHA
Duties of the Committee
d. Work with fellow TSHA VPs to ensure inclusion of audiology in the association strategic plans, goals and framework
e. Be a resources for TSHA governmental affairs in relation to topics that impact audiologists
f. Maintain audiology content on website, social media and publications
g. Recruit participation of audiology in TSHA
h. Represent TSHA Audiology to other state and national organizations
Duties of Committee Chairs: The role of the committee chair is to:
i. Set goals/objectives
j. Own & distribute action items
k. Document duties and progress
l. Attend Executive Council meeting with VP for Audiology
m. Take lead on quarterly meetings
n. Write quarterly reports
o. Report information to VP of Audiology
p. Plan face-to-face meeting
q. Plan convention audiology social
r. Identify need for committee members and recruit qualified individuals
Duties of Committee Members: Committee members participate in meetings either in person or via web conference. Necessary tasks are assigned to the member who volunteers or is the most qualified based on experience. The committee will ideally include at least one student member. Members should arrive prepared and willing to participate.
s. Actively work toward the goals of the committee
t. E-meetings every quarter excluding convention quarter
u. Face-to-to face meeting at convention
v. Attend convention audiology social and facilitate feedback on issues or concerns of members

Audiology Education Committee

Convention Planning

Job Placement Committee


Purpose of the Committee :The purpose of the Job Placement committee is to organize, plan, and implement Job Placement services at TSHA's annual convention. Job Placement services are available at convention in order to allow SLPs and SLP-As the opportunity to gain information about potential job openings and interview for jobs onsite at convention. In addition, employers from a variety of settings are able to network with potential employment candidates from various parts of Texas.
Membership and Leadership: There are two co-chairs of the Job Placement Committee, each of whom holds the position for two years. One co-chair rotates out of the position every year, allowing the more experienced co-chair to teach and train the new co-chair. No prior experience is required for this position, but it would be helpful for an incoming co-chair to have served in another role related to convention.
Duties of the Chairperson: Prior to convention -
• Participate in a conference call with co-chairs, State Office manager, and the VP for Educational and Scientific Affairs to discuss feedback from the previous year and the plan for the upcoming convention.
• Coordinate with state office regarding timing and formatting for online registration for Job Placement, including finalization of both the applicant registration form and employer form. Determine start and end dates for registration.
• Contact volunteer chairperson in order to schedule volunteer shifts for those who will assist at Job Placement.
• Collaborate with state office contact in order to ensure materials and signs have been ordered. Work with state office contact in order to determine best method for scheduling interviews and the location for Job Placement services.
• Discuss cancellation policies and on-site sign-up process with co-chair and State office contact.
At convention -
• Set up Job Placement space. This includes organizing an on-site sign-up area, waiting room area, and the tables for employers to interview candidates.
• Assist employers and applicants as they check in.
• Train volunteers to assist with on-site registration and scheduling.
• Schedule applicant interviews and coordinate with employers to convey updates in scheduled interviews.
• Coordinate schedule by taking applicants to interview area at start times and assisting applicants in finding their assigned tables.
• Provide assistance to employers, as needed.
• Communicate with applicants and employers in order to run interview schedule and make changes for reschedules and cancelations, as necessary.
• At the end of convention, clean up Job Placement area and box up materials.
After convention -
• Discuss feedback from applicants and employers. Compile post-con report for meeting, which is submitted to the VP prior to the meeting.
• Attend the post-con meeting by phone in order to share report.
• Write Communicologist article and submit in May.
Duties of the Committee Members: The Job Placement committee typically consists of the two co-chairs. Each member of the committee is encouraged to participate fully in the generation of ideas, topic discussion and sharing of ideas regarding the goals of the committee.

Hospitality Committee


Purpose of the Committee: The purpose of the committee is to provide hospitality and the philanthropy for the TSHA Annual Convention. The committee works to plan, coordinate, and execute this domain of the TSHA Convention with the State Office and the Vice President of Educational and Scientific Affairs.
Membership and Leadership: There are two co-chairs of the Hospitality Committee, each of whom holds the position for two years. One co-chair rotates out of the position every year, allowing the more experienced co-chair to teach and train the new co-chair. No prior experience is required for this position, but it would be helpful for an incoming co-chair to have served in another role related to convention.
Responsibilities:
• Purchase replacement items for Hospitality Booth
• Purchase Welcome Bags for Executive Board for Convention
• Set up Hospitality Booth on Wednesday prior to Convention.
• Plan and organize “Thank You” Party for Convention Co-Chairs in VP Presidential Suite.
• Choose local charities to support in the city of the Convention
• Contact the charities to determine their needs and purchase items via State Office to have available in the Philanthropy area of Convention.
• Request volunteers through the Volunteer chair to help man the Philanthropy area.
• Make arrangements with charities to drop off donated items after Convention is over.
• Participate via phone conference in the Post Con meeting
• Develop Post-Convention Report for State Office and Post Convention Committee meeting.
• Write an article for the Communicologist reviewing the Convention.
Duties of the Committee Members: The Job Placement committee typically consists of the two co-chairs. Each member of the committee is encouraged to participate fully in the generation of ideas, topic discussion and sharing of ideas regarding the goals of the committee.

Programming Committee


Purpose of the Committee: The purpose of the Programming Committee is to provide evidenced based, quality programming at the annual TSHA Convention that is appropriate for speech-language pathologists and audiologists with varying levels of experience who work in a variety of work settings.
Membership and Leadership: Committee is comprised of VP Education & Scientific Affairs, VP- Elect or Councilor, Programming Committee Co-Chairs (2) and Strand Chairs (8). Programming specific positions serve for 2 years. Co-Chairs must have previous experience as a strand chair. No prior experience is necessary to serve as a Strand Chair. Co-Chair duties begin / end at the Pre / Post-Convention meetings following convention. Duties for Strand Chairs begin after the closure of the CFP system for their initial year and continue until the conclusion of convention during their second year.
Duties of the Chairperson
• Participate in pre/post-convention meetings and planning
• Select and provide names for invited speakers with assistance and input from VP and Co-chair
• Work with State Office to coordinate space and timing of Convention programming
• Coordinate, plan, and run one in-person committee meeting per year
• Correspond with speakers regarding CFP issues including changes
• Review and suggest sessions for videoing for additional education opportunities
• Schedule committee members to monitor rooms and support room monitoring during convention
• Coordinate with AV, VP, and State Office during Convention to handle AV issues, room closures, and general issues related to educational programming
• Complete article for Communicologist post-convention
• Write yearly report summarizing programming and present at Post Convention meeting
Duties of the Committee Members
• Review Call For Papers within 2 assigned strands prior to August meeting
• Attend one programming meeting in August and one meeting the day before Convention begins
• Communicate with presenters within assigned strand regarding corrections / changes to CFPs
• Assist with editing of the space grid and onsite brochure for Convention
• Monitor rooms during Convention for speaker needs and AV assistance while answering general Convention questions
Each member of the committee is encouraged to participate fully in the generation of ideas, topic discussion and sharing of ideas regarding the goals of the committee.

Scholarship Committee


Purpose of the Committee: The TSHA Scholarship Committee awards financial scholarships to cover expenses incurred from travel, lodging, registration fees, and/or meals to attend TSHA conventions. The recipients will be expected to:
1. Provide a copy of their CEU Log following convention
2. Share the experience with TSHA membership by contributing a short article to the Communicologist.
Membership and Leadership: There are two co-chairs of the Scholarship Committee, each of whom holds the position for two years. One co-chair rotates out of the position every year, allowing the more experienced co-chair to teach and train the new co-chair. No prior experience is required for this position, but it would be helpful for an incoming co-chair to have served in another role related to convention.
Duties of the Chairperson
• Participate in a conference call with co-chairs, State Office manager, and the VP for Educational and Scientific Affairs to discuss feedback from the previous year and the plan for the upcoming convention.
• Coordinate with State Office regarding timing and formatting for online registration for the scholarships once the Executive Board has determined the quantity and amounts for scholarships
• Coordinate with State Office for content and dates for email blasts
• Review all applications for the scholarships and using a rubric determine a list of winners. This list is sent to the VP for final review.
• A letter is sent by the VP and State Office along with a check to all winner three weeks prior to Convention.
• Organize a group photo with the TSHA President and VP following Keynote for the Communicologist
• Contact all winners after Convention to remind them to submit their CEU hours and short articles detailing their experience for the Communicologist
• Compile post-con report for meeting, which is submitted to the VP prior to the meeting.
• Attend the post-con meeting by phone in order to share report.
• Write Communicologist article and submit in May.
Duties of the Committee Members: The Scholarship committee consists of the two co-chairs. Each member of the committee is encouraged to participate fully in the generation of ideas, topic discussion and sharing of ideas regarding the goals of the committee.

Spirit Day Committee


Purpose of the Committee: The Spirit Day Co-Chairs facilitate university student programming activities for the “Spirit Day” for the Annual TSHA Convention. Spirit Day supports students as well as to leave a positive impression of the profession, TSHA, and Convention so that when students become AuDs, SLPs, or SLPAs, they remain active in TSHA as a professional.
Membership and Leadership: There are two co-chairs of the Spirit Day Committee, each of whom holds the position for two years. One co-chair rotates out of the position every year, allowing the more experienced co-chair to teach and train the new co-chair. No prior experience is required for this position, but it would be helpful for an incoming co-chair to have served in another role related to convention.
Duties of the Chairperson
• Participate in a conference call with co-chairs, State Office manager, and the VP for Educational and Scientific Affairs to discuss feedback from the previous year and the plan for the upcoming convention.
• Plan and coordinate with the State Office to develop Meet & Greet where prospective students can learn about SLP and AUD graduate programs in Texas and where alumni have the chance to network and see what new things their alma mater has to offer current students.
• Plan and coordinate with the State Office to develop the Praxis Bowl where graduate student teams compete in a Jeopardy-like game to review concepts that will be included on the national board exam (Praxis) to be taken before graduate students can become licensed as speech-language pathologists.
• Plan and put on the “Tailgating Games” for students who can take a break from courses at convention and have a little fun and compete to win materials for their university clinic.
• Compile post-con report for meeting, which is submitted to the VP prior to the meeting.
• Attend the post-con meeting by phone in order to share report.
• Write Communicologist article and submit in May.
Duties of the Committee Members: The Spirit Day committee typically consists of the two co-chairs. Each member of the committee is encouraged to participate fully in the generation of ideas, topic discussion and sharing of ideas regarding the goals of the committee.

Volunteer Committee


Purpose of the Committee: The purpose of this committee is provide volunteers to support other co-chair areas for a professionally executed Convention.
Membership and Leadership: There is one co-chair of the Volunteer Committee. No prior experience is required for this position, but it would be helpful for an incoming co-chair to have served in another role related to convention.
Duties of the Chairperson
• Participate in a conference call with State Office manager and the VP for Educational and Scientific Affairs to discuss feedback from the previous year and the plan for the upcoming convention.
• Coordinate with state office regarding the volunteer application form and how all data entered will be collected (typically via a Google Survey/Spreadsheet).
• Coordinate with the State Office to contact all NSSLHA chapters to recruit volunteers
• Contact all Convention co-chairs to determine their needs for volunteers in order to schedule volunteer shifts
• Set up a schedule for volunteers during Convention via Google sheet accessing the State Office for assistance when needed
• Contact all assigned volunteers so they are knowledge about where to check-in and when
• Check-in volunteers at the Volunteer booth at Convention and remind them of their assignment location and shift
• Compile post-con report for meeting, which is submitted to the VP prior to the meeting.
• Attend the post-con meeting by phone in order to share report.
• Write Communicologist article and submit in May.
Duties of the Committee Members: The Volunteer committee typically consists of the one co-chair. Each member of the committee is encouraged to participate fully in the generation of ideas, topic discussion and sharing of ideas regarding the goals of the committee.

Professional Services

SLP Assistants/SLP Assistants’ Supervisors Committee


Purpose of the Committee The purpose of the SLP Supervisors and SLP-Assistant’s Committee is to support the SLP/SLP-A relationship with easily accessible training, resources, CEUs, and guidance during clinical practice.
Goals:
1. Produce 2 articles in the Communicologist.
2. Prepare a TSHA presentation that is geared toward assistants for TSHA Convention 2018: What does good supervision look like?
3. Update website with current information for supervisors and assistants (TDLR) and standards/guidelines.
4. Plan a TSHA product to help assistants grow therapy skills perhaps something on rationale for planning session activities or featuring a therapy approach.
Membership and Leadership: The committee consists of 2 co-chairs.
Duties of the Chairperson
• Responsible for communication among the members and with the VP of Professional Services.
• Facilitate the process of developing goals for the year and seeking approval from the VP.
• Assigning tasks and setting timelines to achieve the goals and objectives developed.
• Attend Executive Council meeting with VP of Professional Services.
• Report information to VP of Professional Services.
Duties of the Committee Members
• Complete any task that is set forth by the co-chairs.

Public School Committee


Purpose of the Committee: Serve as a resource and advocate for SLPs and SLP-As who are practicing in the public school setting. This committee researches issues affecting public schools. The committee works closely with the Public School Advisory/Joint TSHA-TCASE Committee.
Goals:
1. Update and organize the Public School Committee Page (website).
2. Increase committee social media presence.
3. Address Houston Chronicle articles through responses in the Communicologist in collaboration with CLD and TCASE.
4. Responses to Hot Topic questions in the Communicologist.
5. Increasing awareness of the Public School Committee at TSHA by hosting a booth or a meet and greet.
Membership and Leadership: The committee consists a chair or co-chairs. There are 5-6 additional members of the committee. The chair/co-chair commits to serve 2 years. Members can commit to one or two years. They may also opt to stay on committee for longer if they wish to.
Duties of the Chairperson
• Responsible for communication among the members and with the VP of Professional Services.
• Tasked with holding a minimum of 2 meetings with their committee per year.
• Facilitate the process of developing goals for the year and seeking approval from the VP.
• Assigning tasks and setting timelines to achieve the goals and objectives developed.
• Attend Executive Council meeting with VP of Professional Services.
• Report information to VP of Professional Services.
Duties of the Committee Members
• Attend 2 meetings per year.
• Complete any task that is set forth by the chair/co-chair. Participation in this committee averages around 80 volunteer hours each year.

Telepractice Committee


Purpose of the Committee: The purpose of the TSHA Telepractice Committee is to provide a resource for the members of TSHA in their use of telecommunication technology to deliver SLP and Audiology professional services.
Goals:
1. Publish a ready reference of the rules and regulations regarding Telehealth on the TSHA website to reflect TDLR changes
2. Develop and present “Telepractice: Another way to deliver” at TSHA 2017; prepare presentation for TSHA 2018
3. Produce a glossary of terms in power point form that are specific to Telepractice/Telehealth
4. Narrate and publish Telepractice Modules for easy reference
5. Produce a ppt reference on considerations of using telepractice with multicultural/international populations
Membership and Leadership: An interest in telepractice as a service delivery option is the only requirement of SLPs and/or Audiologists to be accepted as members of the Telepractice Committee.
Duties of the Chairperson
• Disseminate the rules and laws regarding telepractice to TSHA members and consumers in the state of Texas.
• Delegates projects to the members of the committee for the purpose of informing and clarifying those rules through resource documents , practice resources, instructional media, and exemplars.
• Attend Executive Council meeting with VP of Professional Services.
• Report information to VP of Professional Services.
Duties of the Committee Members
• Attend virtual meetings.
• Present at the Annual TSHA Conventions
• Design instructional documents and media and share their personal experiences and research regarding their interest and experiences of utilizing telecommunications technology in the service delivery of SLP and Audiology services.

Medical Speech Pathology Committee


Purpose of the Committee: Mission statement for this committee: “The TSHA Medical Committee will have dynamic mechanisms to promote current practice information, education, high-quality resources and collaborations and networking related to Medical Speech Pathology across the state of Texas.”
As a committee, we have vowed to improve not only the resources and education for SLPs in the medical field across our state, but also provide avenues in which communication, connection, collaboration, networking and mentorship is not only readily available, but effective and reliable.
Membership and Leadership: The committee consists a chair or co-chairs. There are additional members of the committee. No pre-determined length of term. Experience Required
• Annual membership of TSHA organization
• This committee has been formulated so that each member brings a certain skill-set to the table and represents the broad range of settings and populations treated by Medical SLP’s across the entire state. From populations (pediatrics, to geriatrics), to settings (acute care, inpatient, long-term care, outpatient, specialized consulting and everything in between), to location of the member (as we seek for members to be from various regions of the state and not one concentrated area). Each member has a variance of experience behind them (no specific number of years determined at this time) and is expected to utilize and contribute their strengths and expertise in the tasks in which the committee will embark.
Duties of the Chairperson: No pre-determined length of term determined at this time, however, much like the role of the Chair, the Co-Chair is expected to serve as such for the upcoming fiscal year. This role was created as a way to thoroughly and comprehensively mentor the individual for taking on the Chair position, when the Chair elects to step down or rotate off the leadership position or committee all together.
The Co-Chair position was created to share the number of duties for managing the committee and to offer a smooth transition for transition of leadership of the committee.
Attend Executive Council meeting with VP of Professional Services. Report information to VP of Professional Services.
Duties of the Committee Members
• Participate in meetings either in person or via web conference.
• Necessary tasks are assigned to the member who volunteers or is the most qualified based on experience.
• Members should arrive prepared and willing to participate

Business Management Committee


Purpose of the Committee: Provide guidance and support to members and clinicians in a variety of practice locations regarding issues of reimbursement, documentation, Insurance changes/challenges and updates.
Goals:
1. Prepare/present forum at TSHA Convention in 2018 to be hosted by the committee.
2. Produce at least 1 article for the Communicologist to highlight important updates affecting business management and practicing clinicians.
3. Produce modules for Website, possible TSHA products.
4. Develop a community page on the TSHA website and grow the committee/resources.
Membership and Leadership: The committee consists of a Chair and members.
Duties of the Chairperson
• Responsible for communication among the members and with the VP of Professional Services.
• Facilitate the process of developing goals for the year and seeking approval from the VP.
• Assigning tasks and setting timelines to achieve the goals and objectives developed.
• Attend Executive Council meeting with VP of Professional Services.
• Report information to VP of Professional Services.
Duties of the Committee Members
• Complete any task that is set forth by the co-chairs.

CLD Committee


Purpose of the Committee: The purpose of the Cultural and Linguistic Diversity (CLD) Committee is to promote, advance, and enhance awareness of and advocacy for best practices related to culturally and linguistically appropriate practice in speech-language pathology and audiology. In addition to providing materials/resources and participating in advocacy work, the CLD committee prepares and submits the CLD Corner for each issue of the Communicologist.
Membership and Leadership: The CLD Committee has two Co-Chairs that lead a group of no more than 10 committee members. Chairs and members serve 2-year terms on the committee. Prior experience working with CLD populations is preferred but not required.
Duties of the Chairperson
• Co-Chairs lead goals and objectives of the committee and coordinate two physical meetings annually; where ideas related to content for the CLD Corner as well as other projects are discussed.
• Co-Chairs represent the committee on TSHA’s Executive Council.
• Attend Executive Council meeting with VP of Professional Services.
• Report information to VP of Professional Services.
Duties of the Committee Members
• Participate in at least two annual meetings.
• Contribute to the CLD Corner submissions and assist with various projects that fulfill the purpose of the committee.

University Issues Committee


The University Issues Committee will provide consultation and direction concerning issues of significance pertaining to personnel preparation and pre-professional education of speech-language pathologists and audiologists. Specific charges include:
A. Provide information concerning the role of training programs in managing professionals in Texas.
B. Collect and provide data to support initiatives as indicated and/or needed.
C. Represent the needs of the university training programs to the Executive Board and membership.
D. Maintain contact information to ensure efficient communication and dissemination of information to faculty at each university.
E. Serve as liaison between the membership and university faculty.
It will consist of a member designated by each university in the state that has a program in Communication Disorders. A chair will be designated alternating years to allow for rotation of leadership. This committee will be monitored by the Vice President for Professional Services. (July 2010) Standing Committee

Public School Advisory/Joint TSHA-TCASE Committee


A. MEMBERS
The Public School Advisory/Joint TSHA-TCASE Committee shall include a Chair and four committee members who signify statewide as well as rural/urban representation of the public school membership. The Chair shall be appointed by the Vice President for Professional Services, shall be employed in the education area, and shall serve as Chair for 3 years. Committee members from the educational arena shall be appointed by the Chair and serve for staggered 3-year terms. In addition, at the discretion of the Chair, a representative from one or more of the following organizations may be invited to attend/participate in one or more meetings:
1. Texas Education Agency (TEA)
2. Texas State Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology
3. Texas Council of Administrators for Special Education (TCASE)
B. MEETINGS
The Public School Advisory/Joint TSHA-TCASE Committee shall hold at least one face-to-face meeting each year.. The charge of the Public School Advisory/Joint TSHA-TCASE Committee shall be to:
1. Study methods for TSHA to best meet the needs of public school members.
2. Gather information/study issues of concern to the membership with respect to the public schools.
3. Poll/survey/collect data from and disseminate information to the public school membership via a public school membership email list.
4. Provide input/guidance regarding legislative and membership issues to the TSHA Executive Board.

Research and Development

Continuation of Guidelines Committee (COG)


The Continuation of Guidelines Committee (COG) will oversee the development, updating and editing of eligibility guideline manuals and training modules to support professionals working in the schools. These manuals and training modules were developed to provide guidelines for school district personnel in assessment and determination of student’s eligibility for services as speech impaired. The committee will ensure that training in use of the guidelines is provided at the TSHA convention on a regular basis as long as the membership and program committee see a need. (September 2006) (June 2010)

Professional Development Committee


The Professional Development (PD) Committee will oversee the development, updated and editing, and marketing of professional development content. The PD Committee shall include a chair with a 2-year term. The committee will:
1. Coordinate the development of content including the creation of continuing education opportunities such as webinars, voiceover presentations, and recorded presentations,
2. Coordinate the review and revision of current content to maintain accuracy and relevance to current practice,
3. Coordinate the marketing of new and current content to improve non-dues revenue sources,
4. Maintain the professional development website to ensure content functionality. The PD committee is monitored by the Vice President of Research and Development.

Evidence Based Practice Committee


Purpose of the Committee: Promote understanding of, access to, and implementation of EBP for TSHA members.
Goals:
1. Gather information for how to access databases for TSHA membership.
2. Increase awareness of EBP at convention.
3. Work with CLD task force to identify current research on assessment and treatment for children with LI as well as research on intensity.
4. Develop/identify supports for clinicians to identify appropriate EBP considerations.
5. Generate task forces on an as‐needed basis to serve the associations' needs for current research on topics as they arise.
Membership and Leadership: Prior experience is not required.
Duties of the Chairperson
• Setting goals for committee
• Reporting information about how goals are being accomplished and progress of goal in quarterly reports
• Following through with objectives
• Attend Executive Council meeting with VP Research and Development
• Report information to VP Research and Development
Duties of the Committee Members
• Completing goals/objectives as outlined by the committee and reporting to the chairperson.

Assistive Technology Committee


Purpose of the Committee: Encourage evidence‐ based practices in using assistive technology in the fields of speech language pathology and audiology and to provide resources for members.
Goals:
1. Provide a survey for TSHA members to complete in order to gauge current knowledge base, experience, and professional development needs when it comes to augmentative alternative communication (AAC).
2. Improve and increase AAC resources and information provided to members via the TSHA website. Provide members with a list of resources, links, and other information to help build professional development for AAC.
3. Create guidelines based on ASHA and TSHA practices for the definition of an AAC specialist.
Membership and Leadership: Prior experience is not required, however some knowledge of AAC is helpful. Even beginning SLP's who have a passion for AAC and helping others would be great for this committee.
Duties of the Chairperson
• Setting goals for committee
• Reporting information about how goals are being accomplished and progress of goal in quarterly reports
• Following through with objectives (updating AAC resources, gathering information from current survey, etc)
• Attend Executive Council meeting with VP Research and Development
• Report information to VP Research and Development
Duties of the Committee Members
• Completing goals/objectives as outlined by the committee and reporting to the chairperson.

Continuing Education Approval- Speech Committee


The Continuing Education (CE) Committee is composed of the CE Convention Councilor, CE Processor, Speech-Language Pathology CE Approval member, and Audiology CE Approval member. The Association employees and the CE Processor are responsible to the Executive Board under the supervision of the Vice President for Research & Development. The Vice President for Research & Development monitors and appoints the CE Convention Councilor and coordinates the appointment of the CE approval members with the CE Processor.
B. DUPLICATE CE VERIFICATION FORMS
Duplicate Verification Form $ 25 (January 1988) Reopen Convention Processing $ 25 (April 2010) SI Eligibility Certificates (Non-members) $ 20 (August 2011)
C. FEE STRUCTURE FOR CEs
NSSHLA and regional associations in Texas may bundle CE events that are being held in the same quarter and consider them one course. The fee is $150 for one course. For the definition of a regional association, see PP-16. (August 2011)
D. IN-SERVICE TRAINING
CE approval will not be given to in-service trainings which are necessary as a part of one’s employment setting, but are not of continuing education value and would not be useful in another employment setting. (October 1990)
E. LOSS OF TSHA CE APPROVAL FORMS BY SPONSORS
In the event a sponsor loses the TSHA CE Approval forms, there will be no charge to replace the forms for a first occurrence. If it is a second occurrence, forms will be sent for no additional charge and a note sent to the Councilor for Professional Development notifying her that sponsor “lost” the forms a second time. The third time a same sponsor requests duplicates of “lost” forms, they will be charged a fee of $25 for replacement forms. (October 1990)
F. REFUND OF CE PROCESSING FEES
CE processing fee will be non-refundable with the exception of those programs which are denied CE credit. (January 1989)
G. CE PROCESSOR RESPONSIBILITIES
The CE Processor will perform such duties as prescribed by the Executive Board of the Association through the Vice-President for Research & Development including but not limited to the following:
1. Processing
a. Compile Continuing Education (CE) applications for approval by the Association’s CE Advisory Committee.
b. Send CE applications to the appropriate CE Task Force Chair for approval. Prior approved CE applications for some courses may be processed without additional approval.
c. Record pertinent information for publication on the TSHA website.
d. Send necessary forms to the sponsoring individual or group after a CE application has been approved.
e. After a CE application has been approved, update the calendar of events on the TSHA website.
f. File one copy of all forms in a fireproof safe held by the Processor.
2. Other Responsibilities
a. Report activities to the Association’s Executive Board on a quarterly basis through the Association’s Vice President for Research & Development.
b. Proof information submitted for TSHA publications for accuracy and completeness of CE procedures at TSHA-sponsored events. (August 2006) (July 2009) (June 2010) (August 2011)

Member Engagement

Website Committee


The Texas Speech-Language-Hearing Association (TSHA) website serves as a primary communication vehicle and resource for professionals and the public.
A. ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
1. Executive Board Members - Each Executive Board member must maintain the accuracy and currency of information related to the areas for which s/he is responsible.
2. Website Committee Chair - The Website Committee Chair will provide the State Office new information and request edits of current information on the TSHA website. The Website Committee Chair should be copied on all communications pertaining to the website with the State Office. (November 2015)
3. Website Contract - TSHA will contract with an appropriate entity for the domain name/URL provider. The State Office will be responsible for maintaining this contract and paying fees for this provider as approved by the Executive Board. (September 2015)
B. CHANGING INFORMATION ON THE CURRENT WEBSITE
Additions to and modifications of information on the current website will be completed by the State Office once approved and submitted by the responsible Executive Board member. The individual requesting the edit must forward a completed Form Requesting Website Edit to the responsible Executive Board member who will approve the edit and forward the form to the State Office, copying the Website Committee Chair. This completed form identifies the specific placement on the site for the information to be posted, the number of and specific placement of links to the new information, the length of time that the information should be posted on the site, and any special instructions regarding graphics or font size, color, and style. In addition, the State Office may independently complete minor edits (e.g., date changes, task force membership). (June 2010) (September 2015) (November 2015)
C. ADVERTISING
1. Calendar of Events Page - Advertisers may post workshop announcements for continuing education events that are not TSHA-approved CE events. The advertiser should complete the TSHA Advertising Form [See Forms] in this manual or available on the TSHA website and forward it directly to the TSHA State Office. The State Office designee will obtain approval of posting from the Vice President of Educational and Scientific Affairs and post the listing within 5 business days of approval. The State Office designee will remove the event from the website the day the workshop is completed. (November 2015)
2. Advertising Company Logos on Home Page - Companies may advertise their logos on the main page. Logos will be posted within 5 business days of receipt of the form.
3. Job Classifieds - Advertisers may post positions for speech-language pathologists and audiologists on the job postings page of the website. Position advertisers may request early removal of a position announcement. However, no payment will be refunded for early removal of an announcement.
D. PUBLICATIONS
Within one week of completion, the State Office will post a PDF file of all publications (documents, products of task force, etc.) that the Executive Board approves for posting on the site. (November 2015)
E. CONTINUING EDUCATION
TSHA-approved continuing education courses will be posted on the TSHA CE calendar on the website. (June 2010) (September 2015) (November 2015)

University Visits Committee


Organize and coordinate TSHA members who want to volunteer for convention or throughout the year on committees/task forces within TSHA.

Volunteer Committee


Purpose of the Committee: Organize and coordinate TSHA members who want to volunteer for convention or throughout the year on committees/task forces within TSHA.
Duties of the Chairperson
• Responsible for communication among the members and with the VP of Public Information & Marketing.
• Follow-up with e-mails and/or phone calls of TSHA members who are willing to volunteer.
• Work with TSHA Graduate Student Representatives to send NSSLHA chapters request for student volunteers and schedule volunteers.
• Facilitate the process of developing goals for the year and seeking approval from the VP.
• Assigning tasks and setting timelines to achieve the goals and objectives developed.
• Attend Executive Council meeting with VP for Public Information & Marketing.
• Report information to VP VP for Public Information & Marketing.
Duties of the Committee Members
• Obtain student and professional volunteers
• Create a schedule for volunteers
• Contact volunteers with job description, time/day scheduled

Membership Committee


The Membership Committee is monitored by the Vice President for Public Information and Marketing. It is composed of a chair and two members, one responsible for membership recruitment and the other for membership retention. The chair may serve as one of the members responsible for recruitment or retention and additional volunteers may be utilized to carry out the goals and objectives set forth by this committee. It is extremely important that this committee work closely with the State Office personnel to obtain and monitor membership data.
Membership recruitment is charged with consistently recruiting new active members for the Association. Projects and ideas are to identify and implement incentives to increase the Association’s active membership. Final approval of ideas must be presented to the Executive Board by the Vice President for Public Information and Marketing. The membership committee is responsible for creating ideas for recruitment and they will work with the State Office to implement. SO marketing will also bring ideas to the membership committee for recruitment initiatives. SO and the committee will work together to decide the best avenues to implement such marketing activities.
Membership retention is charged with but not limited to: contacting active and associate members who do not renew their TSHA membership, suggesting and implementing incentives/ideas to foster membership renewals, or obtaining articles or submissions of testimony as to the benefits of TSHA membership. The membership committee is responsible for creating ideas for retention and they will work with the State Office to implement. SO marketing will also bring ideas to the membership committee for retention initiatives. SO and the committee will work together to decide the best avenues to implement such marketing activities.

Social Media Committee


Purpose of the Committee: Serve as a liaison between the TSHA Executive Board, Council, and State Office to the membership of TSHA on social media platforms. In collaboration with the State Office and the TSHA Executive Council, the Committee will determine the most relevant and pressing topics of interest to TSHA Membership and spread the information appropriately through various social media outlets. The Social Media Committee shall also collaborate with the Graduate Student Representative in order to directly engage Student membership and the TSHA Legislative Team or PAC Board in order to directly engage members on pressing advocacy issues.
Membership and Leadership: The committee consists of a chair and members including 2 student members and a designated member of the State Office. No prior experience is required.
Duties of the Chairperson
• Responsible for communication among the members and with the VP of Public Information & Marketing.
• Facilitate the process of developing goals for the year and seeking approval from the VP.
• Monitor social media activity.
• Collaborate with State Office representative with regard to social media posts no fewer times than once per month
• Collaborate with Committee Membership to post during TSHA Convention and other official TSHA events.
• Attend Executive Council meeting with VP for Public Information & Marketing.
• Report information to VP VP for Public Information & Marketing.
Duties of the Committee Members
• Complete any task that is set forth by the chairs.
• Monitor social media activity.

May is Better Hearing and Speech Month Committee


The goal of MBHSM is to increase awareness of communication and swallowing disorders affecting individuals across the lifespan in Texas. The committee determines how to engage speech-language pathologists and audiologists and ways to promote what speech-language pathologists and audiologists do to improve the quality of life for those affected by communication and related disorders.

Social & Governmental Policy

Political Action Committee (PAC)


A. ORGANIZATION
The Texas Speech-Language-Hearing Association (TSHA) Political Action Committee, hereafter referred to as the TSHA-PAC, is a standing committee of TSHA and operates as a voluntary, nonprofit, unincorporated committee of individual speech-language pathologists and audiologists. It is not affiliated with any political party and it is not affiliated with or a subsidiary of any other political action committee, nor is it subsidiary of any national, state or local speech-language-hearing association. The TSHA-PAC operates as a separate segregated entity of the Texas Speech-Language-Hearing Association, which may defray all costs and expenses incurred in the administration of the TSHAPAC.
B. PURPOSE
The central purposes of the TSHA-PAC are to raise funds for political contributions and to attempt to influence the election of individuals to state offices in order to promote the interests and needs of the speech-language pathology and audiology professionals and of persons with communication disorders and other related disorders.

Grassroots Development

Capitol Visits

Consumer Advocacy

Committees under Presidency

Financial Advisory Committee (FAC)


A. POLICIES
Membership of the Financial Advisory Committee shall be comprised of a Chair and seven appointed members, including one public member. The Chair shall be appointed by the Executive Board and serve a four year term. The public member of the FAC shall be recommended by the Financial Advisory Committee and approved by the Executive Board. At least one of the remaining six members of the Financial Advisory Committee shall have served on the Executive Board, and all members are to be approved by the Executive Board. Each committee member will serve a staggered 3-year term. Members are eligible to serve two consecutive terms at any given time, or, after a leave of absence for 1 or more years they may be eligible to serve one additional 3-year term. The committee shall consist of members with experience in financial management. Ex-officio members of the Financial Advisory Committee will include the President, President Elect/Past President, Association Executive Director, State Office Accountant, and Student Member. The committee shall have at least one meeting each year. Members of the Financial Advisory Committee who miss more than two consecutive meetings may be removed from the Committee pending notification and approval of the Executive Board. The charge of the Financial Advisory Committee shall be to a) review the annual budget proposal of the TSHA Executive Board, b) recommend policies and procedures for increasing non-dues revenue, and c) review fiscal policies and procedures of the Association and recommend changes, including adjustments in dues, fees, investments and other charges. The Financial Advisory Committee will meet on an annual basis to consider the annual audit review. A full audit by an outside source will be conducted every three years. (April 1994) (May 1998) (July 2005) (May 2007) (January 2008)(September 2015)
B. PROCEDURES
The following procedures will serve as minimum guidelines for the Financial Advisory Committee in the execution of its charges:
1. The fiscal process of TSHA is an annually renewable cycle comprised of three basic components: budget preparation, budget implementation, and budget monitoring. The Financial Advisory Committee participates primarily in phase three in an advisory capacity to the Executive Board
2. Executive Board members work with Committee/Board/Task Force Chairs to finalize goals, objectives, and action steps from the strategic plan and to develop initial budget requests.
3. Executive Board Members refine budget requests prior to the Executive Board budget meeting.
4. Executive Board meets at fiscal year end to review budget requests and develop proposed budget.
5. Financial Advisory Committee reviews the proposed budget and overall financial plan of the Association and submits a written report of the budget review in advance of the October Executive Board meeting. (August 2016)
6. Executive Board receives the report of the Financial Advisory Committee, considers recommendations, if any, and votes on budget.
7. Financial Advisory Committee will meet as needed during each fiscal year to review the annual audit review or full audit, income tax return, and annual report to the Executive Board.
8. Funds are to be managed according to TSHA’s Investment Policy.
9. Any financial transactions not covered by TSHA’s Investment Policy statements need to be presented to and voted on by the Financial Advisory Committee. (June 1990) (June 1991) (April 1994) (July 2002) (May 2007) (July 2010)(September 2015)

Honors & Awards Committee


A. POLICIES
The Honors and Awards Committee shall be composed of a chair appointed by the President. Three additional committee members shall be invited to serve at the discretion of the Chair. The Association will pay for the actual costs associated with honoring each recipient and one guest. Honorees may include other guests at the actual cost of the event. (January 2001)
B. PROCEDURES
1. Only members of TSHA may nominate, sponsor, or co-sponsor a nominee. A member may nominate himself/herself. Only one member of the Honors and Awards Committee may either sponsor or co-sponsor a nominee. No other member of this committee may serve as a sponsor or co-sponsor of the same nominee.
2. A CALL FOR NOMINATIONS FOR HONORS AND AWARDS will generally be published in the fall issue of the Communicologist which will list the specific honors and awards of the Association, the requirements and qualifications for each award, the nomination procedure, the deadline for nominations, and the specific nomination form(s) to be utilized. Upon receipt of the nominations and appropriate paperwork for the various Association awards, the Honors and Awards Committee will review the nominations according to the standards to be delineated below and by majority vote decide the year’s recipients of honors and awards. The committee’s decisions will be forwarded to the President of the Association to be presented to the Executive Board for final approval. The Executive Board will vote by secret ballot to approve the nomination of each recipient. Any dissenting votes will be discussed between the President and the Nominations Chair. Executive Board members are not charged with verifying qualifications of nominees but are to ensure that no extenuating circumstances prevent the nominee from receiving the award. Recipients of the honors and awards of the Association will be notified by the Chair of the Honors and Awards Committee. Method of notification will be at the discretion of the Chair. Recipients will also be notified of the time and place at the Annual Convention where the awards will be presented.
Collaboration between the Chair of the TSHA Honors and Awards Committee, the Vice President for Educational and Scientific Affairs, and the Chair of the TSHFoundation annual event is mandatory to establish the time, location, names/numbers of award recipients attending, and order of the awards presentations.
The Chair of the TSHA Honors and Awards Committee should provide a listing of all awardees to the Vice President of Educational and Scientific Affairs and the State Office for publication in the Onsite Convention Program as per established deadlines. The Chair of the TSHA Honors and Awards Committee should also consult with the Chair of the TSHFoundation annual awards dinner to determine the order of the TSHA awards portion, secure presentation medium (audiovisual requirements), and confirm names/guests of TSHA award recipients attending the event.
The State Office, upon the direction of the Chair, will be responsible for having the appropriate certificates and plaques made. The State Office may also be directed to produce specific signage (in collaboration with the designated Convention Committee) to be displayed at the Annual Convention.
The State Office will also be directed to retain a photographer to photograph the recipients during the presentation of the awards. The State Office may also be directed to solicit audiovisual bids from the hotel/ Convention site (for audiovisual use during the awards presentations) at the request of the Chair of the Honors and Awards Committee. The costs of plaques, certificates, signage, and photographer will be budgeted by the Honors and Awards Committee.
The Chair of the Honors and Awards Committee will write an article about recipients of honors and awards for the Communicologist published after the Annual Convention. (June 1990) (February 1992) (June 1992) (June 1998) (January 2001) (July 2002) (April 2010)

Nominations & Elections Committee


A. POLICIES
The Nominations Committee shall be comprised of a chair, appointed at the discretion of the President. Four additional Committee members shall be appointed by the Chair. (July 2001)
B. PROCEDURES
Each year the Nominations Committee will solicit candidates for each TSHA office to be elected. All candidates must meet the eligibility criteria specified below.
1. If nominations are not received by the original deadline set by the Nominations and Elections Committee and promulgated in the Communicologist, then the Nominations and Elections Committee will actively solicit suggestions for candidates from the membership, contact all persons suggested to advise them that they have been suggested for a particular office. If interested in being considered a candidate by the Nominations and Elections Committee, everyone contacted shall be asked to submit a letter indicating their interest in running for that office along with a vitae. The committee shall set a revised deadline for receipt of all documentation.
2. No more than two qualified candidates will be selected by the Nominations and Elections Committee for each office. If more than two candidates are suggested for an office, the committee will review the credentials of each possible nominee and by majority vote select the two most qualified candidates for that position.
3. After two candidates for each office are selected, the Nominating Committee Chair notifies the President, who notifies the Executive Board for approval. Once approved the Nominations Chair will notify the candidates.
4. The candidates selected by the committee will be notified prior to the Annual Convention and will be presented to the membership at the annual business meeting that occurs at Convention.
5. Nominations from the floor can be accepted during the business meeting at Convention. If nominations from the floor result in more than two candidates for a particular office, the Nominations and Elections Committee will review all candidates’ credentials and provide the Executive Board with a slate of two candidates. If nominations from the floor during the business meeting result in one or two candidates for a particular office, the Nominations and Elections Committee will review the credentials for any person nominated from the floor to determine eligibility for office, and provide the Executive Board with a slate of one or two candidates for approval.
6. Eligibility for each office is as specified below:
a. Candidates for office of Vice President shall have been a member of TSHA for at least 3 years and have had at least 2 years of experience at the TSHA Task Force or Council level. Special consideration may be made for individuals from other states to recognize reciprocal duties.
b. Candidates for office of President shall have been a member of TSHA for at least 5 years and shall have served on the Executive Council with due consideration given to former Vice Presidents. Special consideration may be made for individuals from other states to recognize reciprocal duties.
7. Information for the ballots will be gathered by the Chair of the Nominations and Elections Committee or a designated representative on an Officer Nominee Vitae Form [See Forms] and submitted to the State Office, which is responsible for formatting, printing, and mailing the ballots.
8. Election ballots will be distributed to the voting membership no later than 3 weeks following the end of the Annual Convention, and the election will cover a period of at least 4 weeks from the date the ballots are distributed. If an outside source is not hired to handle elections, at least one member of the vote-counting committee shall be a member of the Executive Board or a designee of the Executive Board.
9. Nominations and Elections Committee will write and publish the announcement of the winners of the elections in the next available Communicologist published after the election. (June 1990) (February 1992) (June 1992) (June 1998) (January 2008)

Publications Board


1. Membership: The Publications Board shall consist of a minimum of five but no more than 18 members including the following: Publications Board Chair, Advertising Coordinator, Policy & Procedure (P&P) Manual Editor, Communicologist Editors (2), Communicologist Associate Editors (2), Website Editor, Associate Website Editor, Social Media Editor, Associate Social Media Editor, TSHA Talk Editors (2), Associate TSHA Talk Editors (2), Member at Large, TSHA President (Ex-Officio), and the TSHA Publications Editor (Ex-Officio). (July2002) (July 2007) (June 2010) (July 2011)
2. Publications: The Association’s publications may include but are not limited to the following: a newsletter, website, Policy & Procedure Manual, journal, annual report, and electronic bulletin. (July2002) (July 2007) (June 2010) (July 2011) (November 2015)
3. The Publications Board Chair is appointed by the President for a 2-year term that coincides with the TSHA Presidency. Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
a. Serving as the liaison between the Executive Board and the Publications Board.
b. Presenting the Publications Board recommendations for publication editors for approval to the Executive Board on an annual basis.
c. Coordinating an annual review with the Publications Board to vote on the recommendations from the TSHA Publications Board to the Executive Board.
d. Maintaining communication with the Publications Board members and editors.
e. Drafting a proposed budget and submitting it to the President. The budget will be presented to the Executive Board for approval.
f. Monitoring and approving the Publications Board budget.
g. Attending the Executive Board long-range planning meeting to present recommendations and plans for future publication issues. (November 2015)
h. Scheduling, preparing an agenda, and chairing the Publications Board meetings.
i. Making arrangements for the preparation and distribution of Publications Board meeting minutes.
j. Attending or appointing a Publications Board member or editor to attend each Executive Board meeting. (June 1999) (March 2006) (June 2009) (June 2010)
4. Publications Board Members’ Responsibilities The Publications Board members will be appointed by the Publications Board Chair to serve a 2-year term to correlate with the Association’s fiscal year. The Publications Board members’ responsibilities include but are not limited to:
a. Recommending and defining the publications of the Association that the Publications Board monitors, which include the state journal, the newsletter, the website, and the P&P Manual.
b. Making recommendations to the Executive Board through the Publications Board Chair.
c. Reviewing and approving any awards developed by the editors.
d. Promoting all publications of the Association.
e. Serving as a resource for the editors.
f. Reviewing and approving the publications budget prior to submission by the Chair to the President.
g. Developing strategic plans for TSHA publications.
h. Serving in a quality assurance role by monitoring final publication products prior to going to print.
i. Recommending to the Executive Board the names of editors each year, which will be presented in a report to the Executive Board (long-range planning or executive board meetings) by the Chair. (November 2015)
j. Attending at least one Publications Board meeting a year as set by the Chair.
k. Approving the delay of any publication for time-critical issues or expediting the publication without needed material.
l. Following the guidelines set forth by TSHA Bylaws, Article XI, Section 2. (June 1999) (June 2010)

SEAL/STAR/STAMP


State Education Advocacy Leader (SEAL) - State Education Advocacy Leaders (SEALs) are appointed by ASHA recognized state speech-language hearing associations to advocate on education issues. These issues may include caseload/workload, salary supplements, and maintenance of personnel standards in school settings.
State Advocate for Medicare Policy (StAMP) - StAMP participants are appointed by ASHA recognized state speech-language-hearing associations. They advocate for Medicare coverage and reimbursement of audiology and speech-language pathology services in the states.
State Advocate for Reimbursement (STAR) - The State Advocates for Reimbursement (STARs) are ASHA-member audiologists and speech-language pathologists who advocate in their states for improved health care coverage and reasonable reimbursement.

Student Engagement Committee


The SETF is comprised of undergraduate and graduate students in speech-language pathology and audiology and both newly-minted and seasoned professionals. The tasks include dreaming up and implementing ideas that are student-focused and that will encourage students to find their place in TSHA as active participants. As we grow this task force, be on the lookout for your opportunity to use your ideas, skills, and talents to partner with us in the near future.

Committees under Past Presidency/President-Elect

Leadership Development Committee


Purpose of the Committee: Plan and execute leadership development and mentoring activities for TSHA members.
Goals:
1. Complete the first year of TSHA Leadership Academy (TLA) having provided leadership training to 25 participants.
2. Provide training which increases participants’ basic leadership skills enabling them to take a leadership role in TSHA.
3. Participants complete a project which benefits the participant and the organization.
4. Develop program for leadership for EB and EC.
Membership and Leadership: Prior experience is not required.
Duties of the Chairperson
• Setting goals for committee
• Reporting information about how goals are being accomplished and progress of goal in quarterly reports
• Following through with objectives
• Attend Executive Council meeting with VP Research and Development
• Report information to VP Research and Development
Duties of the Committee Members
• Completing goals/objectives as outlined by the committee and reporting to the chairperson.

Foundation

Raising money for scholarships and research

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