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Communication Sciences & Disorders

Communication Sciences & Disorders

Communication Sciences & Disorders

DISCIPLINE Speech-Language Pathology DISCIPLINE Speech/Hearing Science TYPE Program Director/Chair

The Arnold School of Public Health (ASPH) at the University of South Carolina is seeking an outstanding faculty leader to serve as Chair of its highly successful Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (COMD). COMD offers a master’s degree and a PhD in speech-language pathology and puts specific emphasis on educating clinician-scientists. Along with its focus on educating students, COMD has a strong research program that is a leader in federal funding in several different scientific areas.    

The University of South Carolina has been designated by the Carnegie Foundation as a “R1: Doctoral University – Very high research activity” institution.  COMD is a central contributor to the Arnold School of Public Health’s research mission, and the School is a University leader in scholarship with over $30 million in annual research funding.  ASPH leadership is committed to providing the new Department Chair with the resources necessary to enhance the Department’s research and academic activities. More information about the ASPH and COMD is available at:

The successful Department Chair candidate with the faculty rank of full professor will have a PhD in Communication Sciences/Disorders or related fields, as well as: at least 9 years of relevant experience beyond the PhD; demonstrated a high level of scholarly achievement, an established record of research funding, teaching excellence, professional leadership commensurate with a tenured academic appointment at full professor rank.  The successful Department Chair candidate with a faculty rank of associate professor will demonstrate strong potential for promotion to full professor and have a demonstrated record as an established academic leader who can facilitate faculty, staff, and student development and build collaborations with intramural and extramural partners.  

The University of South Carolina is located in Columbia, the state capital and the center of a metropolitan area that is home to over 800,000 residents.  Columbia is situated in the center of the state, approximately 100 miles from both the Atlantic coast and foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.  The Columbia area offers a wide range of cultural and recreational resources including Lake Murray, Riverbanks Zoo, Congaree National Park, Koger Center for the Performing Arts, the SC State Museum, and the EdVenture Children’s Museum.  The climate is sub-tropical featuring long, temperate falls and springs; warm and humid summers; and short, mild winters.  

The position will remain open until filled.  Application review will begin January 30th, 2020.  Interested candidates must submit a curriculum vitae, research statement, teaching statement, list of three professional references with contact information, and a letter of application describing their qualifications and leadership experience at the following link: For more information about the position, please contact Dr. Julius Fridriksson, Search Committee Chair, Telephone: (803) 777-5931, E-mail:

The University of South Carolina does not discriminate in educational or employment opportunities on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, including pregnancy & childbirth (or related medical conditions) sexual orientation, gender, age, disability, protected veteran status or genetics. The University of South Carolina and the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders seek to promote equity, diversity, and inclusivity among our students, faculty, staff, and community. Thus, we strongly encourage applications from candidates whose research, teaching, and/or service align with this commitment. The University of South Carolina has been awarded the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award from Insight into Diversity for eight consecutive years.

Additional Info

Contact Name : Julius Fridriksson

Contact Address : School of Public Health, University of South Carolina

Contact Email :

Contact Phone : 8037775931

Instructions : For inquiries, please contact Julius Fridriksson, chair of the search committee.

Application Deadline : 1/30/2020

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