Department Chair

University of Central Florida in Florida

Deadline Open until filled
Date Posted January 7, 2014
Type Tenured, tenure track
Salary Commensurate with experience
Employment Type Full-time

Department Chair

Communication Sciences and Disorders
University of Central Florida

Position Overview/Context.

The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Central Florida (UCF) invites applications for Department Chair, a 12-month, tenured position at the associate or full level to begin July 2014. The Department was founded in 1969 and accredited in 1987, and has a strong history of excellence in teaching and community service as well as an evolving research culture. The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders is one of seven departments and schools in the College of Health and Public Affairs at UCF and includes 26 full-time faculty members. The department offers a bachelor’s degree in communication sciences and disorders, a master’s degree in speech-language pathology, and a collaborative Ph.D. program with the College of Education, targeting a specialization in language and literacy. The Communication Disorders Clinic, with several specialty clinics and numerous external affiliations, serves as the centerpiece for clinical education and applied research. UCF is a metropolitan research university located in beautiful Orlando, Florida and has the second largest student enrollment in the nation. UCF has an institutional partnership goal and offers unique opportunities for collaborative
research within and across disciplines. Innovative partnerships are in place with community agencies, healthcare facilities, public schools, business industries, government agencies, UCF
Medical College, hospitals and biomedical research institutes. In its commitment to excellence, UCF provides support for both instructional and research efforts, including advanced instructional
technology and support, nationally recognized web-based course development assistance, state-of-the-art instrumentation, simulation training, and grant support specialists. The
university is committed to building a world-class Department in Communication Sciences and Disorders, and seeks an innovative, energetic leader to build on the existing strengths of the
program and its personnel. The successful candidate will join a diverse faculty and staff in a dynamic and growing university with high research activity (RU/H) and an expanding clinical


Candidates must hold a doctoral degree in communication sciences and disorders or a related discipline from an accredited institution and be eligible for appointment as a tenured associate or full professor. Preference will be given to candidates who have a distinguished record of research, teaching, and leadership; a record of external funding; budget management experience;
the ability to effectively articulate and further the vision of the department; and the ability to develop and maintain productive collaborative relationships with university administrators,
faculty, staff, students, and alumni, as well as individuals affiliated with state and federal agencies, foundations, and other nongovernmental organizations. CCC-SLP or CCC-A certification is
strongly desirable.


The successful candidate will provide academic and administrative leadership (i.e., management of human resources, budget, academic programming, clinical programming, and fundraising), facilitate programs of individual and collaborative research, support and mentor faculty in necessary steps to secure external funding, and promote a collegial and collaborative

Application Process: To apply for this position, please visit and attach the following: (1) a curriculum vitae, (2) a letter of intent succinctly describing your experience as
related to the preferred candidate qualifications, a proposed vision for the department, as well as an overview of your research background, and (3) the names, addresses, and phone numbers of five professional references. The search committee will contact candidates prior to contacting references. As an agency of the State of Florida, UCF makes all application materials, including
transcripts used in final screening, available to the public upon request.

For   questions   about   the   position,   please   contact   James   Beckman,   Search   Committee   Chair   at    Review of applications, for a July 1, 2014 start date, will begin on November 22, 2013, and will continue until the position is filled. UCF is an equal opportunity/affirmative
action employer. Women, minorities, and individuals with disabilities are strongly urged to apply.


As an agency of the State of Florida, UCF makes all application materials, including transcripts used in final screening, available to the public upon request.

How To Apply

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