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Associate/Full Professor and Director of PhD Program

Associate/Full Professor and Director of PhD Program

DISCIPLINE Speech-Language Pathology TYPE Faculty TYPE Program Director/Chair


POSITION DESCRIPTION: Associate/Full Professor, Tenure Stream, Full-Time (9-month) faculty member and Director of the PhD Program in Communication Science and Disorders in the Department of Communication Science and Disorders, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh.  


CONTENT AREA: Pediatric Speech and Language Disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Language Development, Language Delay, Developmental Disabilities, Early Communication Interventions 


STARTING DATE: September 1, 2022  


RESEARCH FOCUS: Pitt SHRS invites applications and nominations for a 9-month faculty position at the Associate/Full Professor Rank. The successful candidate will have expertise in one or more of the following areas: childhood speech and language disorders; autism spectrum disorders; language development; language delay; developmental disabilities; and/or early communication interventions in children. The department is also seeking a dynamic individual with outstanding potential to serve as Director of the PhD Program in Communication Science and Disorders in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh. The successful candidate will be expected to establish an extramurally funded research program in their area of expertise.  


Priority will be given to candidates whose scholarship and discovery will contribute to advancing pediatric speech and language disorders. Depending on the expertise of the candidate, secondary appointments may also be offered in other units, centers, and programs at the University of Pittsburgh. 




1. The successful candidate will engage in projects that seek to advance outcomes associated with pediatric speech and language disorders, autism spectrum disorders, language development, language delay, developmental disabilities, and/or early communication interventions. 

2. The successful candidate will be expected to lead an extramurally funded research program in their area of research expertise and provide students with access to high quality research training experiences in their laboratory.  

3. The successful candidate will leverage collaborative relationships with clinical partners within a vibrant healthcare community that includes the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) and Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh (CHP). 

4. The successful candidate will demonstrate high potential for academic collaboration and/or a strong motivation for such collaboration and building and maintaining excellence in scholarly research and teaching in a research-intensive department, school, and university. 

5. The successful candidate will provide visionary leadership and administration of the PhD Program in Communication Science and Disorders at the University of Pittsburgh as Director of the PhD Program and participate in departmental, school, university, and professional service.  

COLLABORATION EXPECTATIONS: The successful candidate will be expected to develop and maintain school, university, and community collaborations with UPMC and CHP to advance research and clinical outcomes in their area of scholarship, locally, regionally, and nationally. It is expected that these collaborations will include speech-language pathologists, physicians, occupational therapists, rehabilitation science and technology engineers, and other health services researchers. The tenure home will be in the Department of Communication Science and Disorders. Competitive candidates may also be offered secondary appointments in other collaborating units. 


QUALIFICATIONS: A doctoral degree in Communication Science and Disorders and/or related fields with demonstrated expertise in specified subject areas.  


While no candidate will embody every quality, the successful candidate will demonstrate many of the following professional and personal qualifications:  


1. Evidence of collaboration and successful partnerships in pediatric speech & language disorders. 

2. Evidence of research and scholarship and the potential to secure extramural funding. 

3. Experience with pre-doctoral and post-doctoral training. 

4. Ability to mentor students to achieve personal, departmental, school and university goals. 

5. Familiarity with and experience with diverse types of funding sources, including federal and non-federal sources, private foundations, industry,  training grants, and private public partnerships. 


INSTITUTION: University of Pittsburgh is one of the oldest institutions of higher education in the United States. Founded in 1787 as The Pittsburgh Academy, 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. Pitt is home to 16 schools and colleges that offer a breadth of high-quality undergraduate and graduate programs. The university offers over 645 degrees and certificate programs. Total enrollment at Pitt (including graduate and professional schools) is 28,234 (18,274 full-time undergraduates, 9,960 graduate students). A proven economic engine, Pitt contributes $4.2 billion to communities throughout Pennsylvania. In addition to membership in the Association of American Universities (AAU), Pitt consistently appears in the top echelon of national and global university rankings. In 2021, the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Rankings again named the Pittsburgh campus as the No. 1 public university in the Northeastern United States. Pitt ranks fifth among U.S. universities in competitive grants awarded to members of its faculty by the National Institutes of Health. The university ranks ninth nationally in federal science and engineering funding, according to the National Science Foundation. Pitt is No. 19 among the nation’s top public colleges and universities in the 2021 U.S. News & World Report of Best Colleges and No. 47 on its lists of best global universities.  


SCHOOL: The School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences was established in 1969 as a health sciences school of the University of Pittsburgh. SHRS stands on its solid reputation as an international leader in rehabilitation and disabilities education, research, and community services, improving the lives and independent of all people with a focus on people at risk for our having chronic conditions or disabilities and those who have traditionally been underserved and underrepresented. The vision of the school is to be a catalyst for a world free of barriers and disparities that allows all people, regardless of health, to have opportunities to participate in life to the fullest; to be accomplished through education, research, and service. SHRS is a nationally renowned leader in the field of health care education, research, and clinical practice preparation. With 13 different disciplines related to health and rehabilitative care, SHRS shapes future generations of health care professionals, therapists, counselors, advocates, scientists, providers, and practitioners, trained to serve the needs of all people, regardless of background, levels of health or mobility. Pitt SHRS has grown to over 20-degree programs, forged beneficial linkages across the Health Sciences and University, and has found its graduate programs holding top spots in annual graduate school rankings. Five SHRS graduate programs earned top spots in the recent US News and World Report's annual graduate school ranking of disciplines: Physical Therapy (#1), Occupational Therapy (#3), Speech-Language Pathology (#3), Audiology (#7), and Rehabilitation Counseling (#18). Pitt 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 relationships with the world-class University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), the Veterans Administration (VA) Pittsburgh Healthcare System, as well as collaborations with researchers at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) in its Robotics Institute and the School of Computer Science. Pitt SHRS is well positioned for the future with unparalleled research activity, including the recent receipt of four 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 interprofessional education and practice (IPE/IPP). 


DEPARTMENT: The Department of Communication Science and Disorders (CSD) is one of seven departments in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. The department currently has 25 FTE (Full Time Equivalent) faculty including 10 full professors, 4 associate professors, 10 assistant professors, and 1 research assistant professor. The faculty are engaged in local, state-wide, national, and international collaborations and have a formidable reputation for the areas of expertise to which they contribute through research, teaching and professional service. CSD is the largest department in SHRS (School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences) (School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences), enrolling over 264 students across 5-degree programs, including an undergraduate (BA) degree in communication science, doctor of audiology (AuD), Master of Arts or Master of Science in speech-language pathology (MA/MS-SLP), clinical science doctorate (CScD) in speech language pathology, and research doctorate in communication science and disorders (PhD). Speech-language pathology (ranked #3 by U.S. News and World Report) and Audiology (ranked #7 by U.S. News and World Report) are among the nation’s top programs in the field. 


APPLICATION PROCESS: Applications should be submitted through the Talent Center Careers at Pitt Online Portal: requisition # 21006574. A complete application includes: (1) a curriculum vitae; (2) a cover letter; and (3) three letters of recommendation. Recruitment and review of applications will be conducted immediately and continued with full consideration until the position is filled. 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. 


CONFIDENTIAL INQUIRIES: Nominations and confidential inquiries may also be sent to the Search Committee Chair: 


Dr. Bharath Chandrasekaran, 

Search Committee Chair 

University of Pittsburgh

  The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and values equality of opportunity, human dignity and diversity. EOE, including disability/vets

Additional Info

Contact Name : Dr. Bharath Chandrasekaran

Contact Email :

Contact Phone : 412-383-0631

Application Deadline : 4/30/2022

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