FAQs

FAQs

The Student Academy of Audiology (SAA) is pleased to provide these FAQs regarding the SAA. We hope that you find this information helpful. Please feel free to contact the SAA Board of Directors or Academy staff with any additional questions or for assistance.

SAA’s Purpose, Mission, Vision, and Primary Goal

What is the SAA?
The Student Academy of Audiology (SAA) is the national student representation of the American Academy of Audiology (AAA).

Why was the SAA created?
The SAA was founded in 2009 after NAFDA (National Association of Future Doctors of Audiology) approached the AAA for support. Various professional healthcare organizations have affiliated student institutions, such as the American Medical Association-Medical Student Section (AMA-MSS) as well as the American Psychological Association (APA), the American Dental Association (ADA), the American Nurses Association (ANA), and the American Veterinary Association (AVA). All have student sections that work together with the parent organization to achieve common goals.  In October 2008, Dr. Brian Vesely, the former NAFDA President, and Dr. Patrick Feeney, the former AAA  President, signed an agreement that merged NAFDA into the AAA’s student organization, the Student Academy of Audiology (SAA). The ultimate goal of the merger was to maintain an independent student voice, while maximizing the opportunities that come with joining the AAA.

What is the mission of the SAA?
The Student Academy of Audiology (SAA) is the national student division of the American Academy of Audiology (AAA) that serves as a collective voice for students and advances the rights, interests, and welfare of students pursuing careers in audiology. The SAA introduces students to lifelong involvement in activities that promote and advance the profession of audiology and that provide services, information, education, representation and advocacy for the profession and for consumers of audiology services.

What is the vision of the SAA?
The vision of the SAA is to be essential in the lives of audiology students by equipping them with the knowledge to begin a patient-centered career that promotes the profession and advances research in audiology.

What is the goal of the SAA?
The primary goal of the SAA is to provide students with opportunities for information, resources, leadership, mentorship, and student-to-student networking as they progress through their educational programs and transition to professional status.


SAA Membership

Who can join the SAA?
SAA membership consists of students enrolled in AuD, PhD, or other accredited audiology doctoral programs for a first professional degree in audiology as well as undergraduate/post-baccalaureate students interested in audiology. If you are interested in becoming a student member, you can join online through the SAA website.

What are the dues to be a member of the SAA?
National SAA dues are $60 for SAA Members and $40 for Undergraduate Associates. Membership runs on a calenday year (January-December) and are paid annually. 

What are the tangible benefits students receive by being members of the national SAA?
Some of the tangible benefits of SAA membership include:

  • A subscription to the Journal of the American Academy of Audiology (JAAA) Online, the Academy’s research journal
  • A subscription to Audiology Today (AT), the Academy's bi-monthly (six times per year) magazine
  • A subscription to Audiology Weekly, the Academy's weekly e-newsletter
  • A subscription to SAAy Anything, the SAA's quarterly e-newsletter
  • Discounted student registration rates for attendance at the AAA Annual Conference and eAudiology
  • Opportunities to participate in a comprehensive student track and additional student focused activities at the AAA Annual Conference
  • Opportunities to participate in Special Olympics Healthy Hearing (SOHH)
  • Access to the Students Community and the online membership directory
  • Research and scholarship opportunities including, but not limited to, the Student Travel Award Reimbursement (STAR) Program and the SAA Student Leader Scholarship

What are the intangible benefits students will receive?
The most valuable, intangible, benefit of SAA membership is the student voice, heard through participation in the Academy’s activities. This includes representation on SAA committees, task forces, Academy committees, leadership councils, and the opportunity for the SAA President to attend the Academy’s Board of Directors meetings.


Establishing a Local SAA Chapter

What are the benefits of forming a local SAA chapter?
One of the most important benefits of forming a local SAA chapter is the opportunity local chapter settings provide for students to interact with their peers, other cohorts, and undergraduate students interested in audiology. Local chapters can also provide opportunities for a richer student life through mentorship, educational experiences outside the classroom, community involvement, and humanitarian efforts. Additionally, being achapter affiliated with the SAA provides unique funding opportunities through activities such as the SAA Chapter Challenges, a program generously underwritten by Hearing Healthcare Recruiters.

What are the requirements to establish a local SAA chapter?
SAA chapters may be established on a campus with an AuD, PhD, or other accredited audiology doctoral program. SAA Undergraduate Chapters may also be formed at universities where there is no accredited audiology doctoral program, and there are undergraduate students interested in the profession of audiology. The American Academy of Audiology recognizes that universities will differ in their requirements for approving a SAA chapter on campus, and local chapters must follow guidelines for student organizations at their universities. Potential chapters must apply to the national SAA by filling out a Chapter Application Form and submitting a copy of the chapter’s bylaws. Please visit the Becoming a Chapter web page for more information and to retrieve the appropriate documents.

How do we find out what our university's requirements are for starting a new student organization?
Most universities have an Office of Student Affairs that can provide this information. Consult your university’s directory, website, faculty, and/or staff for guidance.

Can a university have a SAA chapter if they already have another audiology student organization?
Yes. Student organizations and affiliations are determined by students, their faculty advisors, and their universities. We encourage the formation of SAA chapters at all universities that offer doctoral training in audiology.

Are local SAA chapters required to have a faculty advisor?
Yes. This person is considered your SAA Advisor.

Can a university have a local SAA chapter without being affiliated with the national SAA?
No.

Can students join a local SAA chapter without being members of the national SAA?
There are many benefits associated with national SAA membership, and students are encouraged to be members of both the national SAA and their local SAA chapter. Please consult the SAA Member Benefits web page for a full listing of national SAA member benefits and chapter resources. 

How does the SAA assist our University in establishing a local SAA chapter?
The national SAA will communicate with university programs to help facilitate this process. Email saa@audiology.org for assistance.


Other Audiology Student Organizations

Can a university have an SAA chapter if they already have another audiology student organization?
Yes. Student organizations and affiliations are determined by students, their faculty advisors, and their universities. We encourage the formation of SAA chapters at all universities that offer doctoral training in audiology.


SAA Governance

Does the SAA have a Board of Directors?
Yes. The SAA Board of Directors is composed of the President, President-Elect, immediate Past-President, and eight Members-at-Large.

When are the SAA officers and members at large elected?
Applications for the SAA Board of Directors are released each fall, and elections are held in late winter (January/February).  

Are local SAA chapters able to elect their own officers?
Yes. SAA chapters must have a Board of Directors consisting of a President, a Vice President, a Treasurer, and a Secretary elected by chapter membership. Chapters may also include other board members in addition to the officer positions, and are encouraged to include a national SAA representative among their elected officers.

Are local SAA chapters permitted to raise funds for educational events (e.g., local and national conferences?)
Yes, as long as they follow regulations established by their universities.

Are local SAA chapters required to pay taxes on the funds they raise?
It depends on how the funds are collected. Local chapters will need to consult with faculty advisors and university representatives regarding tax questions.