Greetings, and allow me to introduce myself as the new Chair of the SAA Advisory Committee (SAAAC), which also serves as the National SAA Advisor. My name is Steve Madix and I received my PhD from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and I have been part of the Audiology faculty at Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, LA since 2005 where I teach academic courses, supervise clinical practicum, serve as the residency coordinator for our program, and serve as the LA Tech SAA chapter advisor. For the past several years, professional advocacy has been my main focus and passion, and I am extremely excited to have the opportunity to work with all of you in this thriving and dynamic organization. Kate Marchelletta, AuD, the previous SAA National Advisor, and Rachael Sifuentes, the Associate Director of SAA and Volunteer Engagement, have shared their experiences with me about my role and duties of this position, and I would like to thank them both for their time and patience!
I became interested in this role through my involvement with the Louisiana Academy of Audiology which I founded in 2012. From this experience, I quickly realized the importance of student participation and engagement if our state academy was to be successful. As an academic, I see the importance of showing students the “business behind the profession” in order to advance the professional and the autonomous goals of Audiology. My goal for the SAAAC is to help set the professional tone and strike the spark for advocacy within our future colleagues so that it becomes a lifelong motivation and passion. If our profession is to realize the autonomous goals we have set for ourselves, the future leaders that are emerging from the SAA will ultimately be the ones to accomplish them. Addressing student concerns and equipping them with the tools to implement strategies for making Audiology stronger is my goal for the SAAAC, and I very much look forward to your input and leadership in achieving this. If I can ever be of service, please do not hesitate to contact me as I welcome your thoughts and ideas!