- BA: Communicative Sciences and Disorder, 1997, Hampton University
- MBA: Business Administration, 2004, Nova Southeastern University
- AuD: Audiology, 2001, Central Michigan University
What is an area, in your opinion, that needs improvement within the Academy and how will your involvement on the Board of Directors improve that area?
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The Academy serves as an important catalyst in advancing the audiology community and also serving the general community. I cannot think of a better way to contribute to the profession in giving of one’s time, talent, and service. Throughout my professional career, I have had the privilege of working on various Academy committees as well as civic organizations. The benefits I obtained from the Academy contributed to my preparation and growth when leadership positions or opportunities have arisen in either professional or personal settings.
One of the most memorable experiences for me was participating in the inaugural Jerger Future Leaders of Audiology Conference (JFLAC). The experience exposed me to the tireless work the Academy does on behalf of the profession. During that time, I was also introduced to other Future Leaders who continue to support and encourage each other to this day. I have watched the Academy grow and engage its members to volunteer and provide their expertise on the many committees, task forces and councils. Now more than ever, diverse voices are needed to assist in moving the Academy forward and laying the ground work for current and future Audiologist. I do believe in giving back and contributing and feel that the time has presented itself for me to actively engage in the process.
About Saunja T. Burt, AuD, MBA
Saunja T. Burt, AuD, MBA, received her BA in communicative sciences and disorders from Hampton University, a master’s in business administration (MBA) from Nova Southeastern University, and her AuD from Central Michigan University. She is a clinic support audiologist at Oticon, Inc.
Prior to joining Oticon, Dr. Burt was the supervisory audiologist at the Miami Veterans Administration (VA) Healthcare System for 17 years where she managed the northern outpatient and community-based clinics. Dr. Burt was also a clinical preceptor for third and fourth year AuD students. Her clinical interest focused on auditory processing and traumatic brain injury.
Dr. Burt served on the Academy’s Public Relations Committee and Professional Standards and Practices Committee, and currently is on the Inclusion, Representation, and Equity Steering Committee. She was a participant in the inaugural class of the Jerger Future Leaders of Audiology Conference (JFLAC). Dr. Burt completed the Department of Veteran’s Affairs Competency Development for Leaders Program. She is a Distinguished Fellow of the National Academies of Practice (NAP) in Audiology.
Dr. Burt is a Certified Mentor. She has mentored over 45 students and professionals throughout her career. She often encourages students to pursue an audiology degree by discussing her journey. She recently was a guest on the All About Audiology podcast and co-wrote an article with her mentors, which was published in Audiology Today.
Dr. Burt is actively involved in her community. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated and Jack and Jill of America, Inc. – Greater Fort Lauderdale Chapter, where she has served in many capacities including the Audit Committee, Historian, Grade Group Sponsor, and the Five-Star Committee Chair.