Pictured with David P. Goldstein, PhD, (right), are AFA Senior Advisors Council member Tom W. Morris, AuD, (left), AFA Director Judith Horning, AuD, (second from left), and ASHS Associate Professor and Audiology Chair Tabitha Parent Buck, AuD, (second from right).

Audiology Foundation of America (AFA) founder David P. Goldstein, PhD, received an honorary degree, the Doctor of Humane Letters, during August graduation ceremonies at AT Still University’s Arizona School of Health Sciences (ATSU-ASHS) campus in Mesa, Ariz.

ASHS Associate Professor and Audiology Chair Tabitha Parent Buck, AuD, said in a statement released by AFA that he was selected for the honor as a visionary, an educator, and a mentor whose dedication to the profession of audiology and efforts to effect necessary changes have significantly impacted the education and practice of audiology and created the reality of the AuD degree.

Buck was an undergraduate student of Goldstein’s at Purdue University, and went on to become one of the first AuD graduates in the country. Goldstein, currently chair emeritus, served as chair of the AFA for its first 10 years and is commonly regarded at the Father of the AuD, says the statement. Last year, he also donated his collection of AuD articles, commentary, and memorabilia to the newly installed David P. Goldstein, PhD Archive at ASHS.

The AFA, Lafayette, Ind, is an educational foundation that aims to empower audiologists to be independent and autonomous practitioners by supporting their educational preparation, professional practice, and leadership development.

[Source: AFA]