- BS: Communication Sciences and Disorders, 2000, Plattsburgh State University of New York
- AuD: Audiology, 2004, Gallaudet University
- PhD: Audiology, 2006, Gallaudet University
In your role as a member of the Academy Board of Directors, what role will you play in increasing diversity and inclusion in the Academy and the profession?
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I am honored to be nominated for the position of member-at-large on the Academy Board of Directors. I have witnessed my peers and predecessors work tirelessly to serve the Academy and the profession, and it is my time to give back. The changing landscape of health care in the United States brings both challenges and opportunities for audiologists. With clear goals and efforts directed in a unified manner—being meaningfully inclusive of diverse clinicians, researchers, and consumers—we will continue to advance this profession forward.
These efforts include legislative advocacy (e.g., Medicare Audiology Access, VA Mental Health Care Improvement Act, annual revision of CMS Physician Fee Schedule), public outreach, scientific and research development and support, and the continued advancement of education and training in academia and beyond. Through my leadership opportunities over the last seven years, I brought people of varying perspectives and opinions together by being intentional about listening to multiple constituents. I made decisions based on diverse sources of information, and paid attention to the reactions that occur when making hard decisions as to not alienate team members from the process. If I am fortunate to earn your trust, I will bring these practices to the Board in ways that reflect and unite the membership of the Academy.
About Chizuko Tamaki, AuD, PhD
Chizuko Tamaki, AuD, PhD, is professor and AuD program director in the School of Human Services and Sciences at Gallaudet University. Prior to joining the Gallaudet tenure track faculty, she was an audiologist at a multi-office practice for nine years, primarily providing vestibular and electrophysiology services.
In her current role, Dr. Tamaki teaches AuD and PhD courses in the areas of diagnostic audiology, vestibular studies, and professional issues; mentors student research in AuD and PhD programs; directs the Vestibular and Balance Lab, an interdisciplinary research program exploring the interactions of vestibular functions, sign language use, and spatial functions; and oversees the curriculum, assessment, strategic planning, other administrative tasks for the AuD program.
Dr. Tamaki is an assistant editor for the Journal of the American Academy of Audiology and a reviewer for Ear and Hearing. She has served as a peer reviewer for Academy and ASHA convention submissions, and as a reviewer of the ASHA’s Minority Student Leadership Program applications.