The Academy Honors Committee encourages all Academy members to identify those colleagues they believe have made significant contributions to the audiology profession. If you know someone who should be recognized for his or her efforts, please take the time to submit a nomination packet to the committee for review.
Nomination Process for 2021
Call for nominations is open. Submit nominations to Laura Thayer by October 5, 2020.
To nominate an individual, a nomination packet that includes one letter of nomination (of 1-2 pages in length) addressed to Laura Thayer, and an up-to-date resume or curriculum vitae of the nominated individual should be submitted by the nomination deadline.
- Nominees' achievements will only be considered for the category of award for which they have been nominated.
- Nominees for the Clinical Excellence in Audiology Award, the Jerger Career Award for Research in Audiology, the Outstanding Educator Award, the Marion Downs Pediatric Audiology Award, and the Outstanding Young Audiologist Award must be a member of the American Academy of Audiology at the time they are nominated.
- With the exception of Honors of the Academy, one award in each category will be awarded each year.
Selection of Honorees
The Committee will consider all nominations, and awards will be made to qualified candidates who receive a majority vote of the voting members of the Committee pending final approval of the Academy Board of Directors. Not all awards may be given each year. Selected recipients will be presented at the AAA Annual Conference.
2020 Academy Honors and Awards Recipients
The American Academy of Audiology would like to congratulate the 2020 Academy honorees. These luminaries have made significant contributions within the audiology profession or hearing sciences.
Clinical Excellence in Audiology Award
Awarded to a clinical audiologist whose dedication and clinical excellence have resulted in improved quality of life for individuals with hearing or balance dysfunction, who has distinguished his or herself through innovation in service provision, superior clinical education, and/or effective efforts to educate and inform the public about, prevention and intervention of hearing loss, dizziness, and/or tinnitus.
Jerger Career Award for Research in Audiology
Awarded to an individual for innovative research contributions in the field of audiology/hearing and balance sciences, whose work has had groundbreaking impacts on the field and/or practice of audiology
Samuel F. Lybarger Industry Award
Awarded to an individual who has made important contributions to research, engineering or other technological achievements within the field of audiology. He or she should have been, or should be, employed by a company or corporation in the hearing/balance health-care field but must have made contributions that extend beyond their service to the company by furthering the field of audiology.
Awarded to an individual who has made significant voluntary and/or philanthropic contributions to under-resourced communities through provision of audiology or ear and hearing services, philanthropic development of educational programs, and/or other service-oriented activities. Work that is done in conjunction with the nominee's employment is usually not considered as being relevant for this award.
Outstanding Educator Award
Awarded to an individual who has made significant contributions to audiology through his or her dedication and skills to the education of audiology students. The individual may be a clinical or academic educator but should be a university lecturer, faculty or adjunct faculty member of an accredited AuD/PhD program in the United States.
International Award for Hearing
Awarded to an audiologist and/or hearing or vestibular scientist who lives and works outside of the United States who has provided outstanding contributions to the profession of audiology in a clinical, academic, research, advocacy, or professional capacity.
Marion Downs Pediatric Audiology Award
Awarded to an audiologist for exceptional contributions in pediatric audiology either as an educator or mentor, clinician, advocate, or scientist.
Early-Career Audiologist Award
Awarded to an individual with less than 10 years’ experience who has made outstanding contributions to the profession of audiology. The recipient shall have made notable contributions in one or more of the following areas: outstanding clinical practice and/or patient care; teaching or mentoring; advocacy; research; and service to the profession of audiology.
Honors of the Academy
Awarded to one audiologist and one non-audiologist for their exceptional support of the field of audiology and/or the patients we serve by focusing on issues that directly affect the profession and/or consumers with hearing loss and balance disorders. The recipient shall have made notable contributions in one or more of the following areas: outstanding clinical practice and/or patient care, teaching or mentoring; advocacy; research; and/or exceptional service to the profession of audiology.