J. Riley DeBacker

J. Riley DeBacker

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SAA SPOTLIGHT | Ten Years of the Student Academy of Audiology

October 2018 marked the 10th anniversary of the Student Academy of Audiology (SAA). In the past decade, the student organization has become the strongest, most unified representation of the audiology student population. 

The Past 

The first and original student audiology organization was not the SAA. The National Association of Future Doctors of Audiology (NAFDA), founded in 1998 at the University of Louisville by Delbert Ault, was an independent audiology student organization. In an Audiology Online interview, Ault stated, 

Topic(s): SAA - Student Academy of Audiology, audiology, Education

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SAA SPOTLIGHT | Say the Word “Survey”: Inspiring Data-Driven Change for Audiology Externships

Since the creation of the AuD, many conversations have taken place to evaluate audiology education and the externship, but few of those have included large perspectives from significant stakeholders—students and recent graduates. To address this, the Student Academy of Audiology Education and Externship Survey was disseminated in September 2018 to current graduate students, externs, and new professionals to further investigate areas of strengths and weaknesses in the current education model and the externship process. 

Topic(s): SAA - Student Academy of Audiology, Students, Professional, Professional Development