Distinguished Alumni Award

The Distinguished Alumni Award is granted to outstanding SHRS alumni who have distinguished themselves through their academic, professional and humanitarian accomplishments. Their commitment to professional excellence and dedication to serving their communities through scholarship, education and advocacy exemplify the core values of SHRS.
Dave Jedlicka (Communication Science, BA '06; Audiology, AuD '10)

BS – University of Pittsburgh, Communication Science, 2006
AuD – University of Pittsburgh, 2010

David Jedlicka is an accomplished clinical audiologist for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and is part-time faculty for SHRS teaching Audiology Assessment and its lab component. He was probably most recognized during his time as a student for his role as the “Zoo Keeper” of the Oakland Zoo from 2005 to 2009. Jedlicka bleeds blue and gold and is one of the most ardent and loyal alumni ever to emerge from the Audiology program. 

Jedlicka has accrued an impressive array of honors, awards and national recognition from the VA system, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and the American Academy of Audiology (AAA). He has also served as principal investigator or co-investigator in seven approved research projects and as project leader on 24 approved quality improvement projects. He is a familiar face among the presenters at the annual AAA conference and the national VA Audiology meetings. 

After serving in a number of national volunteer roles for AAA, Jedlicka was accepted into the highly competitive Jerger Future Leaders of Audiology (JFLAC) 2016 Leadership Development cohort. He has applied this leadership training to fulfill various national volunteer roles. He is currently chair of the AAA Membership Committee and Research Podium Chair for the 2021 AAA Conference. In 2020, he became the president of the Association of VA Audiologists.

Jedlicka also serves as a beloved instructor for the SHRS Audiology program where he teaches basic clinical skills to first-year students. He also serves as an off-campus clinical instructor for audiology students in their second, third and fourth years. He is extremely giving of his time and talents to help his students succeed and is highly regarded for his generosity of spirit and his commitment to encouraging excellence in practice, teaching and service.