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Department Chair and Professor

Department Chair and Professor

DISCIPLINE Nonspecific

The search will remain open until filled. First consideration will be given to applications received by December 1, 2022. Second consideration may be given to applications received by January 10, 2023. Applications received subsequent to the second consideration date (January 10, 2023) may not be given full consideration.

The Department of Communicative Disorders (CMD) at the University of Rhode Island seeks an innovative and energetic department chair and scholar who has the capacity to leverage the existing strengths of the department to create a meaningful impact on the discipline, the college, the university, and the community. Appointment will be made at the rank of Associate or Full Professor, depending on qualifications. CMD seeks a candidate who can lead the academic, research, clinical education, patient-serving clinics, and administrative responsibilities and activities of the department in a manner that supports excellence, and to do this with a strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. The successful candidate will facilitate intra- and inter-departmental collaborations to enhance the impact of scholarship, teaching, and service; support and mentor faculty in research; and facilitate meaningful growth to fill the healthcare needs of Rhode Island.

The Department, College, and University recognize that the field of CMD needs to be strengthened by contributions from a broad range of perspectives. CMD is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. As such, individuals underrepresented in the CMD disciplineacross race, religion, national origin, sex, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other legally protected designation, are encouraged to apply. Candidates will be expected to demonstrate a commitment to inclusivity to enhance a sense of belonging and academic success among faculty and undergraduate and graduate students from diverse cultures and backgrounds.

CMD is housed within the College of Health Sciences and offers a B.S. degree in Communicative Disorders and an M.S. degree in Speech-Language Pathology. The Chair reports to the Dean of the College of Health Sciences which also contains the Departments of Health Studies, Human Development and Family Science, Kinesiology, Nutrition and Food Sciences, Physical Therapy, Neuroscience, and Psychology.

The University of Rhode Island enrolls approximately 17,000 students across its graduate and undergraduate programs and is the principal public research university, as well as the    land grant and sea grant university, for the state of Rhode Island. The main campus is  located in the historic village of Kingston and is close to the ocean and major beaches in a beautiful coastal community. The campus is just 30 minutes from Providence, RI and within easy reach of Newport, Boston and New York City.

      Duties and Responsibilities


  • Advance the research, teaching, and clinical education missions of the department
  • Collaborate with clinic directors in supporting and growing the URI Speech and Hearing clinic 
  • Teach graduate and/or undergraduate courses
  • Contribute to departmental, college, and university service




  • A terminal degree in Communication Sciences & Disorders or in a related discipline (e.g., Speech and Hearing Science, Neuroscience, Psychology, Linguistics, Human Development, Education).
  • A record of teaching, research, and service commensurate with a tenured faculty appointment at the rank of associate or full professor at URI.
  • Experience mentoring junior faculty and graduate students.
  • Demonstrated strong communication skills.
  • A record of externally funded research.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Experience with curriculum and course development.
  • Commitment to clinical education.



  • The Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology.
  • Experience with program accreditation.
  • Experience with alumni engagement.
  • Experience facilitating successful internal and external collaborations.
  • Understanding of administrative budgets and budgeting processes.    



Additional Info

Contact Name : Dana Kovarsky

Contact Address : Department of Communicative Disorders
25 West Independence Way
University of Rhode Island
Kingston RI 02881

Contact Email :

Contact Phone : 14018296415

Instructions : Job applications must be submitted directly online only at:
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Application Deadline : 12/1/2022

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