Message from SAA President

Message from SAA President


Welcome to leadership in the Student Academy of Audiology!

For those of you serving in a leadership role with the SAA for the first time, I hope this resource packet serves as a guide to point you towards all the great opportunities at your disposal over the coming year. The SAA is the largest organization of, by, and for audiology students, and chapter leadership is an incredibly important part of making sure that student members are connected to all of the resources available to them. If you have any questions during the year, please don’t hesitate to reach out to your regional representative or to me personally to make sure that you have everything you need for your chapter and for yourself! Leadership in the SAA is a great gateway into future professional involvement and I encourage you to also join us as a national volunteer to network with other students around the country while working to make sure that the SAA is always a source of incredible resources and information for members.

For those of you returning, I’m so glad you’re back! Experienced local leaders are often some of the most useful voices in this organization. Whether it’s contributing helpful advice on regional calls or providing seasoned insight as committee volunteers, your voice is important and contributes to the overall success of this organization and our profession. If there’s anything you’d like to see improved over this year, and especially if you’d like to be the one to make it happen, please reach out to your regional representative or directly to me to share your ideas.

Regardless of whether you are a new or returning leader, you’re a leader in our profession and I’m excited to work with you this year. I hope that from now until July, we’ll be able to work together to develop into better leaders and to advance the profession that we’re all working towards. With that said, I’ll let you go on to read the rest of the great information provided in this packet and I hope to HEAR from you soon!

Riley DeBacker, SAA President

Welcome to the SAA!

Hello! I am so pleased and so thankful you have decided to volunteer with the SAA and give back to the profession. It’s individuals like you who contribute their unique knowledge, ideas, and insights that make up the best part of the SAA. Volunteering your time to the audiology student community provides the perfect platform to develop leadership skills that will continue to serve you well into the profession.

My name is Stephanie Tittle, and I am in my third year at the University of Texas at Dallas. This year, I will be serving as the President-Elect of the national SAA; primarily, I’m a President in training and will extensively learn the ins and outs of the SAA over the next year. My introduction to the SAA started at my local chapter when I served as the first-year liaison and shared information between my class and the board. The following year I served as President of our local chapter and joined the Communications Committee for the national SAA.

I thoroughly enjoy working with students to brainstorm ideas and turn them into large-scale projects that benefit everyone. You will learn from so many different people throughout your time in graduate school, and these people also include your fellow student colleagues. We each bring our own voice to the conversation, and it’s so important to learn from others’ mistakes as well as their triumphs. I hope you make your voice heard and can grow from contributing to the conversation. This will make you not only a better leader but a better audiologist. I am so excited for another year and am looking forward to serving you and the audiology student community in the upcoming years.

Stephanie Tittle, SAA President-Elect