Professor and Director, School of Communication Sciences and Disorders

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Work type: Faculty
Location: Main Campus (Orlando)
Categories: Health Professions & Sciences

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Professor and Director, School of Communication Sciences and Disorders

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Job Description:

The School of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) at the University of Central Florida (UCF) invites applications for a 12-month, tenured professor to serve as school director, with an anticipated start date of August 2022.


The successful candidate will assume leadership of a school with a growing team of (inter)nationally recognized faculty engaged in rigorous graduate and undergraduate education, expansive clinical service-delivery, cutting-edge research, and innovative partnerships. Opportunities for innovation and expansion abound in the interprofessional context of the College of Health Professions and Sciences within UCF’s new Academic Health Sciences Center. The selected candidate will lead the program through faculty expansion as UCF  advances its focus on justice, diversity, inclusion, and equity; provide academic and administrative leadership (i.e., management of human resources, implementation of a new budget model, academic and clinical programming, and fundraising); facilitate intra- and inter- school collaborations to enhance the impact of scholarship, teaching, and service; support and mentor faculty to secure external funding; advance impactful programming to fulfill the healthcare needs of the community; and participate in the development of a doctoral program.


The School of Communication Sciences and Disorders was founded in 1969 and was first accredited in 1987. It has a strong history of excellence in teaching, research, and community service. The school includes 24 full-time faculty members serving an average of 200 graduate and 700 undergraduate students. It offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in communication sciences and disorders and  ranks among the top 25% of speech-language pathology programs in the nation. The Master of Arts program boasts numerous internal and external affiliations, and the UCF Communication Disorders Clinic serves as the centerpiece for clinical education and applied research. This 15,000+ square foot state-of-the-art facility houses several research labs and specialty services, including audiology, the Aphasia House, the Listening Center, the Fluency Disorders Clinic, the Voice Care Center, and the AAC Lab / Florida Alliance for Assistive Services and Technology (FAAST) Center, which provides assistive technology services for Floridians in surrounding counties for individuals across the spectrum of age and disability. For more information about the school, visit our website at:


Along with the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders, the College of Health Professions and Sciences at UCF is home to the Department of Health Sciences, the School of Kinesiology and Physical Therapy, and the School of Social Work. The college also houses several centers and institutes, including the CHPS Innovation Center – a new state-of-the art interdisciplinary facility designed to become a destination center for solving complex healthcare problems through allied healthcare research, education, technology development/applications, and collaboration. UCF and its 13 colleges provide opportunities to more than 69,000 students offering 188 bachelor's and master's, 34 doctoral and three specialist degree programs. UCF is proud to have earned the U.S. Department of Education designation as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, with students coming from all 50 states and over 147 countries. A priority on diversity and inclusiveness led UCF to co-found the University Innovation Alliance, a consortium of large public research universities committed to better serve first-generation, low-income students. U.S. News & World Report ranked UCF among the nation’s 20 most innovative universities in its Best Colleges 2020 report. Additionally, UCF is one of 56 public universities with the Carnegie Foundation's highest designation in two categories: community engagement and very high research activity. As one of the largest universities in the country located in a culturally and linguistically diverse major metropolitan center, UCF is committed to innovative community partnerships, world-class research with local and global impact, and the integration of technology and learning. For additional information about the University of Central Florida, please visit our website:


AHSC-College of Health Professions and Sciences, School of Communication Sciences and Disorders

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Minimum Qualifications:

A research doctoral degree in communication sciences and disorders or a related discipline from an accredited institution; a record of teaching, research/scholarly achievements, and service commensurate with a tenured faculty appointment at the rank of professor in the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders at UCF; and a record of administrative leadership and mentoring in a university setting.

Preferred Qualifications:

•             Effective communication skills;

•             Experience overseeing complex budgets;

•             Experience with program accreditation;

•             A record of externally funded research;

•             Experience with interprofessional education;

•             A record of advancing justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives;

•             A record of facilitating successful collaborations within and outside the university setting;

•             Experience with alumni engagement; and

•             Experience with curriculum revisions and launching new educational programs.

Special Instructions to Applicants:





Additional Application Materials Required:

The university requires that all applicants apply and submit all supporting documents through the UCF Online Recruitment System at No paper applications will be considered. Applicants must complete the online application and submit the following: (1) a letter of application including a statement on qualifications as they relate to the position announcement; (2) a current curriculum vitae; (3) copies of all graduate level transcripts; and (4) a list of at least three professional references (including names, addresses, emails, and phone numbers for each reference). The search committee will contact candidates prior to contacting references provided or other references.


NOTE: Please have all documents ready when applying so they can be attached at that time. Once the online submission process is finalized, the system does not allow applicants to submit additional documents later.


Review of applications will begin immediately – with priority review of materials submitted by December 31, 2021 – and will continue until the position is filled. Candidates will not be considered until all of the above materials are received. Candidates are responsible for ensuring all materials have been uploaded correctly.


For further questions about this position, please contact Dr. Jennifer Kent-Walsh, Search Committee Chair, at

Florida Clause:

UCF’s expectation is that an employee of UCF will reside in Florida as of the date the employment begins.

Additional Requirements related to Research Positions:

Pursuant to Florida State Statute 1010.35, prior to offering employment to certain individuals in research related positions, UCF is required to conduct additional screening.  Applicants subject to additional screening include any citizen of a foreign country who is not a permanent resident of the U.S., or who is a citizen or permanent resident but is affiliated with or has had at least 1 year of employment or training in the People's Republic of China, the Russian Federation, the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, the Republic of Cuba, the Venezuelan regime of Nicolás Maduro, or the Syrian Arab Republic.


The additional screening requirements only apply to research-related positions, including, but not limited to faculty, graduate positions, individuals compensated by research grants or contract funds, post-doctoral positions, undergraduate positions, visiting assistant professors, and visiting research associates. 


These requirements do not apply to U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents if the employment or training was/is through an agency of the U.S. Government.  For more information on what information must be provided and the screening process, please see:

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

The University of Central Florida is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law. UCF's Equal Opportunity Statement can be viewed at: As a Florida public university, UCF makes all application materials and selection procedures available to the public upon request. The UCF's affirmative action plans for qualified individuals with disabilities and protected Veterans are available for inspection in the Office for Institutional Equity, Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., upon request.


The University of Central Florida is proud to be a smoke-free campus and an E-Verify employer.

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