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Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor

DISCIPLINE Speech-Language Pathology TYPE Faculty

The School of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Central Florida (UCF) invites applications for a 9-month, tenure-earning assistant professor position to begin August 2020.  

The successful candidate will join a diverse faculty and staff in a dynamic and growing university with high research activity (RU/H) and a robust clinical program. The successful candidate will be expected to develop a strong research program, obtain external funding for research or service programs, teach graduate/undergraduate academic and/or clinical courses, advise and mentor students, direct student research, and participate in school, college, and university service.

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. It is one of four schools/departments in the newly established College of Health Professions and Sciences within the Academic Health Sciences Center. The school includes 30 full-time faculty members serving an average of 200 graduate and 700 undergraduate students. It offers a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD). A proposal for a college-level Ph.D. program in rehabilitation sciences is currently in development. 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. The university and college stress the importance of community engagement and partnerships and offer unique opportunities for collaborative research within and across disciplines. The CSD program has numerous internal and external affiliation agreements with local organizations, including Nemours Children’s Hospital, the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD), ten public-school systems through the consortium program, and the Toni Jennings Exceptional Education Institute at the UCF College of Community Innovation and Education. The Communication Disorders Clinic serves as the hub for clinical education and applied research. This 13,500 square foot state-of-the-art facility includes an audiological suite and several specialty services, including the Florida Alliance for Assistive Services and Technology (FAAST) Center, the UCF Listening Center, the Aphasia House, the Center for Upper Aerodigestive Functions, the Fluency Disorders Clinic, and the Voice Care Center. For additional information, visit our website at

Founded in 1963, UCF has enjoyed phenomenal growth in the years since and is one of the largest universities in the country with approximately 68,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Located in Orlando, UCF has 13 colleges with 32 doctoral programs and was identified as one of the top five “Schools to Watch” by U.S. News & World Report. 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. In 2019, UCF was designated by the U.S. Department of Education as a Hispanic Serving Institution, with 27.5% Hispanic students enrolled for undergraduate studies. U.S. News & World Report ranked UCF the 16th "Most Innovative School" in its Best Colleges 2019 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. Faculty at UCF also enjoy the region’s mild climate, natural beauty, area attractions and nearby beaches.

Minimum Qualifications: A research doctorate (i.e., Doctor of Philosophy or Doctor of Science) in Communication Sciences and Disorders or a related discipline from an accredited institution by August 2020 and eligibility for appointment as a tenure-earning assistant professor. 

Preferred Qualifications: A history of, or potential for, an emergent record of teaching and funded/fundable applied research in the area of language and literacy (K-12) with underrepresented populations. CCC-SLP or eligibility for CCC-SLP is preferred, but not required. Related areas of language and literacy will be considered.

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 faculty application and submit the following: (1) a letter of application including a statement on qualifications as they relate to the position announcement and a research plan; (2) a curriculum vitae; (3) copies of all graduate level transcripts; and (4) contact information for three (up to five) 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.

Please have all documents ready when applying so they can be attached at that time. Review of applications for an August 2020 start date will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Candidates will not be considered until all 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. Jacqueline Towson, search committee chair at

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