The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders within the College of Allied Health Sciences at the University of Cincinnati invites applications and nominations for the position of Academic Unit Head. The successful candidate will demonstrate a strong commitment to excellence in research, education, and clinical and community engagement, while fostering a collaborative and inclusive environment within the department.
The Academic Unit Head will be responsible for providing strategic leadership, promoting scholarly activities, and ensuring the continued growth and success of the department within the framework of the university’s mission and goals. The Academic Unit Head position will be hired as full professor on the Educator or Tenure Track. Competitive salary support will be commensurate with credentials and experience.
About the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) has a large and diverse graduate program including both distance learning and on-campus MA-SLP programs, an AuD program, and a PhD program. There is also a well-developed, high-enrollment undergraduate program. Faculty within CSD represent adjunct, clinical, educator, research, and tenure track professors. Staff within the department include program managers, financial administrators, and program coordinators for the clinic. The CSD department is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA).
The department has established, long-running collaborations across the university and with highly regarded, local health and educational entities, such as the Cincinnati Public Schools, the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, the Cincinnati Veterans Affairs, and UC Health. Aligned with these collaborations, we have a large portfolio of clinical placement opportunities in area hospitals, clinics, and schools. The department also runs an on-site speech and hearing clinic that provides student training and clinical services.
About the College of Allied Health Sciences
The College of Allied Health Sciences educates and prepares future allied health and other health science professionals to provide high quality service in their respective fields. In conjunction with community-based partners, students achieve clinical skills and learn the values of critical thinking, good communication, teamwork, cultural competence, and service learning. The college’s faculty is committed to excellence in research, teaching, service, and leadership. The College of Allied Health Sciences consists of four academic units including: Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders; Department of Rehabilitation, Exercise and Nutrition Sciences; Department of Clinical Health and Information Sciences; and the School of Social Work.
About the University of Cincinnati
The University of Cincinnati is a premier, public, urban research university; ranked as one of America’s top 26 public research universities by the National Science Foundation. U.S. News has ranked UC in the Top Tier of America’s Best Colleges. The Chronicle of Higher Education calls UC a “research heavy weight”. Forbes, Delta Sky, and Travel + Leisure magazines have named UC one of the most beautiful campuses: #HottestCollegeInAmerica. The city is a regional healthcare hub for Southern Ohio, Southeastern Indiana, and Northern Kentucky, providing opportunities for research and clinical collaborations with multiple local hospitals and educational institutions.
The University of Cincinnati is located in beautiful southwest Ohio. This great region, positioned along the banks of the scenic Ohio River reaches across portions of three states. Cincinnati is a vibrant metropolis full of culture & history and overflowing with endless events & attractions, outdoor activities and sporting events. The City of Cincinnati is known for a strong art culture; including Aronoff Center, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Cincinnati Museum Center and Cincinnati Art Museum. Greater Cincinnati is also home to nine Fortune 500 companies and 2 Fortune 100 companies.
For more information about the college and department, visit our website at Communication Sciences & Disorders | University of Cincinnati – About the College of Allied Health Sciences | University of Cincinnati (uc.edu). For more information about the university, visit our website at https://www.uc.edu/.
- Research, teaching, and service activities consistent with faculty evaluation criteria and the missions of the department, college, and university;
- Direct and/or indirect supervision and retention of outstanding, productive, and diversified faculty and staff;
- Leadership in academic governance, including the collaborative development of appropriate policies and procedures regarding: reappointment, promotion, and tenure; leaves; long-range planning; curriculum development; program review; distribution and utilization of resources, etc.;
- Management and oversight of the department’s budget (all funds), class schedules, course offerings, teaching assignments, and faculty/staff professional development;
- Ongoing collaboration with the UC Speech and Hearing Clinic to develop, implement, and grow clinical programs to foster student success;
- Partnerships with the CAHS Dean and Associate Dean of Research to carry out the mission, vision, and strategic goals of the department, college, and university;
- Commitment to upholding the University of Cincinnati’s Next Lives Here initiative of academic excellence, innovation, and urban impact;
- Adherence to national CSD accreditation standards and regulations;
- Other duties as prescribed in Article 31 of the AAUP-UC Collective Bargaining Agreement found at https://www.uc.edu/about/provost/faculty/aaup.html Required Education An earned doctoral degree in speech-language pathology, audiology, or related field.
- An established record of research, teaching, and service that meets the criteria for appointment at the rank of full professor on the educator or tenure track;
- Exceptional interpersonal skills that foster collaborative communication among faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community stakeholders;
- Leadership that fosters a culture of collaboration, inclusion, ongoing learning, and positivity among students, faculty, staff, and community partners;
- Three to five years of administrative experience, including sound fiscal management; interest and proficiency in faculty and staff development and mentoring; experience with curriculum development and implementation; and proficiency with educational technology;
- A demonstrated commitment to supporting efforts related to diversity, equity, and inclusion;
- Advocacy of policies and practices that promote diversity, equity, and inclusion at all levels of the academic community;
- Knowledge of scholarly research activities, including the pursuance and management of external funding;
- Knowledge of a CSD clinical education program, including a verifiable understanding of program requirements, knowledge of the innerworkings of an on-campus clinic, and aptitude for supporting clinical faculty, supervisors, and staff;
- Familiarity with national accreditation standards and procedures relevant to a CSD program.
Additional Qualifications Considered
- Demonstrated experience operating a clinical training facility
- Strong record of extramural funding
Applicants should submit the following by February 29, 2024:
- Cover letter describing qualifications; highlighting experiences, leadership in teaching, research and administration and interest in the position
- Current CV
- A diversity statement describing commitment to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion, outlining efforts to foster an inclusive environment and enhance diversity in all aspects of the department.
- A list of at least three professional references with contact information
Review of applicants will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Questions regarding the position or the process may be directed to CAHS Human Resource Manager, Mercia Tawiah at email@example.com.