Volunteer Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Interested in volunteering or new to the Academy? Below is everything you need to know about the volunteer process, including dates to watch out for regarding the 2019-2020 volunteer term. You can also download the call for volunteers schedule to keep up-to-date on when opportunities are generally announced and open to receive applications.
How do I volunteer?
The main application process will open on March 1, 2019, and close on June 1, 2019. During that time, please visit the Audiology Community and complete the application for each volunteer opportunity you are interested in. Step-by-step instructions are available for new volunteers and for returning volunteers in need of a refresher.
Who can join?
All applicants must be Academy members in good standing and have paid 2019 Academy dues no later than January 15, 2019, and have an active email address which is used regularly to be considered for appointment to a committee.
Student members are eligible for some Academy opportunities; however, it is recommended students volunteer with the Student Academy of Audiology to receive the highest value from volunteering.
When can I apply?
All open volunteer opportunities are listed on the Audiology Community under “Current Opportunities.” Members can volunteer through the Academy Reserve outside of the main call for volunteers.
The next call for volunteers will open January 1, 2019, for the AAA Annual Conference Program Subcommittees, and March 1, 2019, for all other Academy committees, subcommittees, and task forces. Notifications announcing the start of the application period will appear in the Audiology Weekly e-newsletter, on Academy social media, and in dedicated e-mails to membership. The application period will close on March 31, 2019, for the AAA Annual Conference Program Subcommittees, and on June 1, 2019, for all other Academy committees, subcommittees, and task forces.
When will I be notified regarding a possible committee appointment?
Applicants are notified electronically mid-July, whether they have been appointed or not appointed. All terms begin October 1, 2019, unless otherwise specified.
Do I have to complete a disclosure/conflict of interest form?
All applicants must complete the Academy’s Conflict of Interest Form upon acceptance of an appointment. Volunteers are also required to agree to the Academy's Volunteer Code of Conduct.
All potential conflicts are reviewed before appointments are finalized.
What type of commitment is involved?
Volunteers should make every effort to attend all meetings and participate in conference calls. In-person meetings are usually held during the AAA Annual Conference.
Members must also be able to devote the time and effort required to accomplish the objectives and fulfill assignments on a timely basis as delegated by the chair.
Do I have to attend meetings if I do not officially begin until after that meeting?
Newly appointed members are not required, but are encouraged to attend meetings as invited guests to be given an opportunity to familiarize themselves with the objectives.
How many years are in a term?
Chairs and council, committee, and subcommittee member serve one, three-year term. Task forces and other micro-volunteer opportunities are finite and will be determined once work has begun.
How many terms can I serve?
Chairs and council, committee, and subcommittee members typically serve for one, three-year term. Exceptions can be made for committee and subcommittee members who are existing members and are appointed to become chairs during their current terms.
How are members selected to serve on Academy committees?
Applications must go through an extensive approval process before appointments are made.
An initial review is completed by the Academy Executive Committee. The Executive Committee makes recommendations to the Academy Board of Directors for final review and approval.
Is it difficult to become a volunteer? Do I need to know someone who is already involved?
Members are appointed based on background and interest in a particular field. Because volunteer opportunities are limited, some opportunities are very competitive but the majority of committees have openings. You do not need to have a personal connection to be selected for service. Please keep in mind that the broader your scope of interest, the more likely you will be appointed to volunteer work that is both personally and professionally rewarding.
What are the benefits of volunteering?
Volunteering offers members the opportunity to strengthen and influence the Academy while building a network of valuable professional contacts and friendships. Volunteer work also helps members to stay on the cutting edge of research and those issues affecting the field of audiology.
Have a question that was not answered here?
Visit the Volunteer Resources section of the website or contact Lauren Reimer, Volunteer Leadership Coordinator, for more information or assistance.