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Call for Nominations

Wednesday, October 25, 2017  
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We are seeking nominations for Board Members of the American Board of Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders.  This Board consists of 12 members who are current AB-SSD affiliates and 1 consumer member.  At present, we have two positions open for a term beginning January 1, 2018 through December 2020.  We request that you submit names of individuals who you recommend. Nominations may be self-initiated or initiated by another affiliate who has confirmed that the nominee is willing to serve.


The mission of the American Board of Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders is:


  • To administer an efficient certification program for specialists in the clinical practice and research in swallowing and swallowing disorders,
  • To provide the opportunity for practitioners to specify the nature of the clinical practice they provide,
  • To provide advanced-level educational opportunities for practitioners,
  • To maintain a mechanism by which the public can identify those practitioners with specialized clinical education and experience, and
  • To increase awareness of validated assessment and treatment procedures, and promote educated choices for provision of services.


Qualifications:  Nominees must hold current status as a Board Certified Specialist in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders.


Term: The term is three (3) years and for no more than two (2) consecutive terms (i.e., six (6) years).  A Board member may be eligible for re-election after the first 6-year terms following a 3-year hiatus. 


Responsibilities: Responsibilities include attendance at the annual meeting usually scheduled on the pre-conference day for the annual meeting of the ASHA convention, one-hour monthly teleconference, and committee participation.


Nomination forms: Nomination forms will be posted on the specialty certification website ( and must be returned by e-mail to the AB-SSD office by the deadline posted, which is 30 days after this announcement: November 13, 2017.  A copy of the nomination form is provided here.


Election Process:  The nominations committee will select up to two (2) nominees per available position and present the slate to the Board.  After approval by the Board, all current AB-SSD affiliates will vote by e-mail ballot.  The chair of the executive committee will notify all applicants of the results of the election, and then announce the results to all affiliates by email and a posting on the website. 


Thank for your consideration to serve. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact:

Luis F. Riquelme, Chair