Rules Committee Nominees for 2019

Nominees are: Mary J. Sandage, Matthew Hoch, and Anthony Moss. Please read their bios below.
These Rules Committee nominees will be voted on at the March 5, 2019 Senate Meeting.


Mary J. Sandage, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, is an Associate Professor in the Dept. of Communication Disorders and Director of the Voice Physiology Laboratory. She has been a faculty member since 2013. She holds a Ph.D. in Exercise Science at Auburn University School of Kinesiology. She has published 45+ peer-reviewed papers and invited book chapters. She has 100+ invited and peer-reviewed national and international presentations. She currently serves as the Editor for Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups & she is a steering committee member for the Special Interest Group 3, Voice & Upper Airway Disorders for the American Speech Language and Hearing Association. She also currently serves on the Credentialing/Specialization Committee of the Pan-American Vocology Association. In addition to serving on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Voice, she is the Editor for the Voice Foundation Newsletter. Dr. Sandage served as the Chair of the Women’s Center Executive Committee from 2017-2018 and chaired the Women’s Center Strategic Planning Committee from 2015-2017. She served as CLA Diversity Officer for CMDS from 2013-2015. Dr. Sandage earned her M.A. in Speech Language Pathology from the University of Iowa and she is internationally recognized for her clinical expertise in the areas of singing voice rehabilitation, occupational voice and upper airway disorders. Her research interests include skeletal muscle bioenergetics, upper airway thermoregulation, and standardizing objective measures of voice function. She is a long standing member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and former Coordinator for ASHA Special Interest Group 3, Voice & Voice Disorders.


Matthew Hoch is Associate Professor of Voice in the Department of Music at Auburn University, where he teaches applied voice, diction, and Women in Music. Prior to coming to Auburn in 2012, he spent six years as Assistant Professor of Voice at Shorter College, where he taught applied voice, vocal literature, and served as Coordinator of Voice Studies. Dr. Hoch's students have gone on to successful careers in both classical and musical theatre genres and have won awards from the Metropolitan Opera National Council (MONC), NATS, MTNA, ACTF, the Vann Vocal Institute, and others. He has appeared as a soloist with the Oregon Bach Festival, the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, the Vox Consort, Harmonie Universelle, the Hartford, Rome, and Nashua Symphony Orchestras, the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra, and the United States Coast Guard Chamber Players.

Dr. Hoch is the 2016 winner of the Van L. Lawrence Fellowship, awarded jointly by the Voice Foundation and NATS. He is the first author or principal editor of six books, and his articles have appeared in the Journal of SingingJournal of VoiceVoice and Speech ReviewOpera JournalChoral JournalAmerican Music TeacherThe ChoristerClassical SingerCollege Music SymposiumAmerican OrganistThe HymnKodály EnvoyJournal of the International Alliance for Women in Music, and Journal of the Association of Anglican Musicians. From 2008–2016, he served as Editor-in-Chief of VOICEPrints: The Journal of NYSTA. Dr. Hoch has presented his research at many national and international conferences, including ICVT, PEVOC, PAVA, NATS, ACDA, VASTA, MTNA, NOA, CMS, AGO, HICAH, SAM, NAfME, ASA, IHS, the Hymn Society of the United States and Canada, the Voice Foundation Symposium in Philadelphia, and the International Symposium on Singing and Song in St John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. 

Committed to professional service, Dr. Hoch has spent the past six years as the Auburn University Music Department Senator (2013–2019). At Auburn, he has also served on the Administrative Review Committee and on several committees for the Department of Music, where he currently serves as Chair of the Curriculum Committee. He has also held several prominent service positions with national professional organizations, most recently President of the New York Singing Teachers Association (NYSTA), Governor of the Alabama District of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), and Director of Membership for the Pan-American Vocology Association (PAVA).

Dr. Hoch holds the BM from Ithaca College, MM from the Hartt School, DMA from the New England Conservatory, and the Certificate in Vocology from the National Center for Voice and Speech. In 2018, he presented performances and master classes in the United Arab Emirates as was awarded the Auburn University College of Liberal Arts Teaching Excellence Award.


Anthony Moss is an Associate Professor of Biology. He has been a faculty member since 1992. He holds a Ph.D. from Boston University Marine Program/Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA and is currently coordinator of the AU Marine Biology Program, centered in the Department of Biological Sciences, and is a member of the Dauphin Island Program Committee. He has published 43 peer-reviewed papers and chapters on cell biology and cell physiology, and a chapter for an innovative online textbook. He has served as outside reviewer for multiple journals and has reviewed grants for the NSF, Sea Grant and the NSF GRF Program, The Eppley Foundation and other private foundations. He has served as reviewer for multiple textbooks and was on the advisory board for McGraw-Hill for five years. He has advised over 50 graduate students on committees or as major professor, and has trained well over 100 undergraduate students directly in his lab in marine cellular physiology. He currently serves on the Biological Sciences Curriculum Committee, and previously served on the Howard Hughes Future Life Sciences Scholar Seminar committee. He has served on the Biochemistry and Molecular Interdisciplinary Graduate Science Minor Steering Committee, and LSAMP/AGEP Judge, participated in BEST robotics reviews, and other local reviews of research. He served in the local chapter of Sigma Xi as treasurer for 5 years and President of the Chapter for five years. He has served on the Academic Honesty Committee for at least three cycles. With Prof. L. Lamke of Human Sciences, he co-founded the Undergraduate Research Forum, predecessor to the undergraduate ‘This is Research’ program. He has been chair of the COSAM Graduate Travel Committee for approximately 10 years. He has chaired the CMB–COSAM Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowship Program since 2001 until its closure in 2018. He served as DBS Senator for 7 years, and has previously served on Senate Rules Committee. He served on the Faculty Welfare Committee in the late 1990s and on multiple ad hoc and departmental committees since then. Recently, he rejoined the Senate, the Interdisciplinary Studies (IDSC) Oversight committee, Academic Standards, and Safety Committees.