Honors Committee Policies
- The Chair of the Honors Committee will oversee all awards associated with the Honors Committee.
- The nomination process requires: 1) a letter of nomination addressed to the Committee Chair, 2) an up-to-date resume or cirriculum vitae of the nominated individual
- Nominations must be from an Academy Member. Self-nominations will not be accepted.
- All of the award categories, expect for Distinguished Achievement Award, will honor one person per category. The Distinguished Achievement Award is unlimited in the number of potential honorees. It is not mandatory to have an honoree for every award category each year.
- An individual may receive an award in a category (eg. Humanitarian Award) one time; however, an individual subsequently may receive an award in a different category.
- Membership in the Academy is required for recipients of the Jerger Career Award for Research in Audiology and the Distinguished Achievement Award. Membership is not required for recipients of the Samuel F. Lybarger Award for Achievements in Industry, the International Award in Hearing, the Humanitarian Award or the Career Award in Hearing or Balance.
- Posthumous awards may be given.
- Members of the Honors Committee cannot be nominated for an honor. The nomination should be deferred until that member is no longer serving on the Honors Committee.
- A sitting Academy Board member may not be nominated for an honor until they are no longer serving on the Board.
- A committee member may not nominate an individual for an award, may not solicit a nomination for a particular person, and may not write a supporting letter for a nominee.
- The Chair of the Honors Committee will encourage nominations (for example: by contacting other Committee Chairs).
- The Committee will review award categories, titles, and descriptions annually. Suggested changes will be submitted for the Board to review.
- Nominations in all categories, except Distinguished Achievement, have a three-year life span, after which an interim of at least one year is required before resubmission. Nominations for the Distinguished Achievement Award do not have a limited lifespan and nominations can be resubmitted each year for consideration by submitting an nomination packet. Additional supporting data, if available, should be submitted to the Honors Committee each year a nominee is being considered.
- Selection of honorees will be based on a majority vote.
- The Committee Chair does not vote. However, the Chair may vote in case of a tie regarding other issues decided by the committee, including the selection of honorees.
- If applicable, the SAA committee member will be allowed to vote.
- Committee members should recuse themselves from any award categories that include nominees with whom they have direct relations, i.e., same work place.