Greetings fellow Academy members! I am honored and excited to serve as the next editor-in-chief of Audiology Today and

I recognize that I have some large shoes to fill, given the excellent leadership and vision provided by Dave Fabry, PhD, but you can bet your boots (I’m a native Texan) that I am ready for the challenge. 

I have been reading Audiology Today since the late ’90s when I began my graduate studies at the University of Texas at Dallas. At this time, the doctor of audiology degree was just emerging, and its development left current and future audiology graduate students at a crossroads. AuD or PhD? This was a tough decision for me because I loved working with patients, but at the same time, my eyes were open to the beauty of research and statistics. 

Luckily, my advisor, Linda Thibodeau, helped me to understand that, with a PhD, I could still wear two hats. I wear my beanie (the kind with the propeller) and pocket protector for research, especially when doing statistics, and reserve my felt cowgirl hat for clinic. After all, clinical audiology is a bit like the Wild West where, at times, we must hold on for dear life.

Since 2005, I have been on a wild ride as a faculty member at University of North Texas, where I have expanded my writing and editorial experience. As faculty members know, you wear your publish-or-perish belt for the first six years, followed by your still-can’t-rest belt thereafter. 

Due to the brilliance and hard work of many collaborators, most importantly Jace Wolfe, PhD, I helped to shape some facets of evidence-based clinical practice through peer-reviewed publications, textbooks, and book chapters. 

In addition, from 2010 to 2017, I gained valuable experience as the editor and associate editor of the Journal of Educational, Pediatric, and (Re)Habilitative Audiology (formerly the Journal of Educational Audiology), as well as a reviewer for multiple peer-reviewed journals. 

These opportunities have prepared me to collaborate with the fantastic AT and website associate editors: Sumitrajit Dhar, PhD; Samantha Lewis, PhD; Bre Myers, AuD, PhD; and Christopher Spankovich, AuD, PhD, as well as AT executive editor Amy Miedema, CAE, to ensure that we produce a magazine that addresses controversial topics and common threads in audiology, presents interesting clinical cases and novel technological advancements, and summarizes important research in the field. 

In closing, I appreciate the opportunity to shape the future of the magazine and website. I’m bringing my boots, hats, belts, and I am ready to get to work.  

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