SSO Position Descriptions

Student State Officers (SSOs) work closely with the Regional Councilor (RC) in their region to disseminate information about National NSSLHA and liaise with chapters, National NSSLHA members, and state speech-language-hearing associations.

Similar to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association's (ASHA) Advisory Council, NSSLHA's goal is to have one audiology Student State Officer (AuD SSO) and one speech-language pathology Student State Officer (SLP SSO) from each state where there is at least one affiliated NSSLHA chapter.


SSO terms last for 1 year and run September through August.

Time Commitment

Approximately 20 hours per month.

Primary Responsibilities

Provide Guidance to Affiliated NSSLHA Chapters

SSOs will be informed of National NSSLHA's mission, services, policies, and programs. With this background and through various forms of communication (email, Skype, phone calls, visits), SSOs will relay accurate and updated information to affiliated NSSLHA chapters about:

  • National NSSLHA programs (e.g., chapter affiliation, Honors Program, Undergraduate Scholarship, student leadership opportunities, NSSLHA activities at the annual ASHA Convention)
  • National NSSLHA publications (National NSSLHA BlogNational NSSLHA Updates e-newsletter)
  • National NSSLHA membership
  • Fundraising (for the American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation's NSSLHA Scholarship and NSSLHA Loves)
  • Advocacy (developing grassroots advocacy efforts in their state)
  • Events (e.g., Better Hearing and Speech Month)


With Regional Councilors

SSOs will participate in monthly conference calls with their RC and other SSOs in their state, working closely with them to:

  • Identify, analyze, discuss, and prioritize issues of concern to NSSLHA members and/or affiliated NSSLHA chapters.
  • Discuss issues that need to be considered as National NSSLHA engages in new programming and activities.

With Affiliated NSSLHA Chapters

SSOs will encourage and facilitate collaboration between affiliated NSSLHA chapters in their state.

With State Associations

SSOs will build relationships and grow student involvement within their state speech-language-hearing associations.

Growth Opportunities

Work with your state association, and support your local chapters while keeping constituents apprised of current student issues.

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