AVAILABLE: Chair, Communication Science and Disorders Department at the University of Pittsburgh

Chair, Communication Science and Disorders Department School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Pittsburgh

the search and the position

The University of Pittsburgh School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (SHRS) invites applications and nominations for the Chair position of the Communication Science and Disorders (CSD) Department. The program is seeking a dynamic individual with outstanding communication and collaborative abilities to lead the department in its ongoing pursuit of excellence in academics, research, and service through partnerships regionally, nationally and internationally. The Chair will have a commitment to diversity and interdisciplinary/inter-professional education while representing audiology and speech-language pathology in the academy, the professions, and the University.

The CSD Chair will demonstrate a history of or evidence of potential for accomplished academic leadership. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated excellence in research, teaching (didactic or clinical) and/or administration.  They will have an understanding of systems that impact audiology and speech-language pathology currently with projections of changes in healthcare for the future. This is a 12-month tenure track position at the Associate/Full Professor Level.

the role of the chair

The Chair reports directly to the Dean of the School of Health and Rehabilitation and will lead the CSD department in contributing to the University of Pittsburgh Strategic Plan (for details see The Plan for Pitt: Making a Difference Together). In collaboration with the faculty, the Chair is responsible for the following: setting curricular and program priorities and allocating resources to meet those priorities; mentoring the faculty; managing the departmental budget; determining and assigning faculty and staff teaching and service assignments; managing administrative staff operations; evaluating faculty and staff performance and recommending salary raises based on performance; and ensuring program adherence to accreditation and certification standards.

qualifications and experience

The successful candidate must have a record that would earn tenure at the rank of associate/full professor at the University of Pittsburgh. While no candidate will embody every quality, the successful candidate will demonstrate many of the following professional and personal qualifications:

  • Demonstrated record of collaborative engagement and successful partnerships
  • Ability to flexibly guide organizational change and growth
  • Experience building research and scholarship
  • A commitment to excellence in academic and clinical education
  • Knowledge of pedagogy and curriculum development
  • Experience in administration and fiscal management of an organizational unit
  • Ability to recruit and mentor staff and faculty to achieve personal, departmental, School and University goals
  • Demonstrated knowledge of accreditation and credentialing processes
  • Experience with innovative program development (i.e., in research, teaching)

the communication science and disorders department

CSD is one of seven departments in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences.  The department currently has 20 FTE faculty including 6 full-professors (3 tenured), 9 associate professors (3 tenured) and 5 assistant professors (2 tenure stream). The faculty are engaged in local, state-wide, national and international collaborations and have a strong reputation for the areas of expertise to which they contribute through research, teaching and professional service. Approximately 325 students are enrolled across the CSD department, which offers undergraduate (BA), entry level clinical degrees in audiology (AuD) and speech-language pathology (MA/MS-SLP), advanced clinical degree in medical speech-language pathology (CScD), and research doctorate (PhD).

The AuD and SLP clinical degree programs were both ranked seventh according to the 2016 US News and World Reports graduate program rankings. Additional information on the CSD Department can be found at https://www.shrs.pitt.edu/CSD/  The CSD Department does not have a traditional speech and hearing clinic, but instead has a Network of clinical education sites where first year students are trained in the context of community agencies that include a wide variety of setting types (e.g., medical, private practice, early intervention, school, outpatient rehabilitation).

The School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences

Since its founding in 1969, the School has created the notion of Rehabilitation Science as a discipline, grown to over 20 degree programs, forged beneficial linkages across the Health Sciences and the University, and has found their graduate programs holding top spots in annual graduate school rankings. SHRS reaps many benefits as part of a research-intensive university, and as a member of a cohesive and well-organized cadre of health sciences schools. Additionally, SHRS enjoys strong associations with the world-class UPMC (University of Pittsburgh Medical Center), the Veterans Administration Pittsburgh Healthcare System, as well as collaborations with researchers at Carnegie Mellon University in its Robotics Institute and the School of Computer Science. The School is well positioned for the future with unparalleled research activity, including the recent receipt of three Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) grants, a strong cadre of faculty and staff, clinical education programs with excellent student outcomes, and a major focus on active/engaged learning. Five SHRS graduate programs earned top spots in the most recent US News and World Report's annual graduate school ranking of disciplines: Physical Therapy (#1), Occupational Therapy (#4), Audiology (#7), Speech-Language Pathology (#7) and Rehabilitation Counseling (#18).

the university of Pittsburgh

Founded in 1787, the University of Pittsburgh (Pitt) is one of the oldest institutions of higher education in the United States. In 1787, The Pittsburgh Academy was on the edge of the American frontier. A private institution until 1966, the University is now a state-related research university as part of the Commonwealth System of Higher Education in Pennsylvania.  Pitt has its main campus in the Oakland neighborhood of Pittsburgh and four regional undergraduate campuses.  Current enrollment at Pitt is 34,934 (25,074 undergraduates, 9,860 graduate students). In addition to numerous certificate and degree program options, Pitt offers 471 distinct degree programs, including 20 associate, 212 baccalaureate, 141 master's, 86 doctorate-research/scholarship, and 12 doctorate-professional practice programs. A member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), Pitt consistently appears in the top echelon of national and global university rankings. It was ranked #68 among national research universities in the US in the 2017 rankings of the US News and World Report.  With $740.4 million in federally funded research, Pitt ranks fifth overall and third among public institutions in the U.S. National Science Foundation’s rankings. The School of Medicine and its affiliates rank fifth among U.S. medical schools in NIH funding, and the University ranks #1 in funding from the NIH’s National Institute of Mental Health.

applications and queries

The search committee chair Dr. G. Kelley Fitzgerald, welcomes questions, confidential inquiries and nominations at kfitzger@pitt.edu . Applications should be submitted to Debby Keelan at dkeelan@pitt.edu and should include a detailed cover letter of interest describing their leadership skills, qualifications and experiences, a curriculum vitae and three letters of recommendation.  The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and values equality of opportunity, human dignity and diversity. EEO/AA/M/F/Vets/Disabled.

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