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DISCIPLINE Speech/Hearing Science TYPE Program Director/Chair



(12-month, Tenure track)

Samford University’s School of Health Professions invites applicants interested in serving in a Christian university environment to apply for the position of Department Chair and Associate Professor/Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. This tenure-track faculty position is a 12-month appointment and will begin in Summer 2022. The major responsibilities of the department chair are to provide leadership in strategic planning, fiscal management, assessment, and overall development and evaluation of the faculty and staff in the department. Responsibilities as a faculty member, include teaching, scholarly activity, and service. Additional responsibilities may include, but are not limited to: program assessment, accreditation standards and reports, curriculum development and assessment, student advising, and student mentoring.

Qualified candidates will hold a doctoral degree in communication sciences and disorders, speech-language pathology, or related field (Ph.D. or Ed.D preferred; SLP-D considered) from an institutionally accredited university (or equivalent). Candidates should have previous academic experience as a faculty member and have demonstrated leadership experience. Preferred candidates have experience in the following areas: clinical speech-language pathology (eligible for license in AL); administration/supervision/faculty development; clinical supervision of SLP students; and expertise in the areas of adult neurogenics (e.g. – aphasia, motor speech disorders), though other areas will be considered. A commitment to academic excellence and the ability to work and communicate effectively with faculty, students and colleagues are expected.

The College of Health Sciences includes four schools: School of Health Professions, Moffett & Sanders School of Nursing, McWhorter School of Pharmacy, and School of Public Health. The College offers multiple degree programs and majors within the health sciences with an inter-professional education focus that reflects today’s team approach to health care delivery and professional practice.

Samford University ( is the largest privately supported and fully accredited institution for higher learning in Alabama. Located in suburban Birmingham, the University was founded in 1841 and has 425 full time faculty and more than 5,700 students representing 44 states and 30 countries. Samford has been nationally recognized for academics, affordability and value by a number of prestigious publications and rankings. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 2nd nationally for student engagement and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance ranks Samford 34th among private universities in the U.S. for value and affordability. The University is dedicated to the promotion of rigorous academic inquiry in a Christian setting. The University offers competitive salaries with a generous benefits package.

Applications will be accepted beginning August 27, 2021. The committee will begin reviewing applications on October 1, 2021, and new applications will continue to be accepted until December 1, 2021. Please submit a cover letter, curriculum vita, the names of three professional references, Application for Faculty Position and Faculty Applicant Christian Mission Statement. Academic rank and salary are dependent upon academic qualifications, clinical experiences, previous academic teaching experiences, and scholarship accomplishments. The successful candidate must pass a background check. Applicants must be authorized to work in the United States, as Samford will not sponsor any employment visas for this position. Samford University and the School of Health Professions embrace diversity in their faculty, students, and staff and encourage applications from those who would add to the diversity of our academic community.

“Application for Faculty Position” can be found at:

“Faculty Applicant Christian Mission Statement” can be found at:

Please submit all materials in PDF format to:

ATTN: Communication Sciences and Disorders Department Chair Search

Except as specifically exempted by federal law requirements, Samford University does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin, disability or age in the administration or application of its educational programs and policies, admissions policies, employment policies, scholarship and loan programs. Consistent with its Christian mission and organizations, Samford is exempt from the religious provisions of Title VII pursuant to 42 U.S.C. Sections 2000e-1(a) and 2000e-2(e).

Additional Info

Contact Name : John Petrella

Contact Address : 800 Lakeshore Drive, Birmingham AL 35229

Contact Email :

Contact Phone : 205-726-4548

Application Deadline : 12/1/2021

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