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Department Chairperson

Department Chairperson

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The Department of Communicative Disorders at Jackson State University invites applications for the position of Department Chair, starting Summer 2021. The Chair has the responsibility for providing leadership toward the achievement of the highest possible level of excellence in the teaching, research and service activities of the department.

Jackson State University is an urban, public research-intensive, Historically Black University in Jackson, the capital city of Mississippi. The Department of Communicative Disorders, housed in the School of Public Health within the College of Health Sciences, offers a B.S. degree program in Communicative Disorders and a M.S. degree program in speech-language pathology. The department has a strong reputation for excellent teaching, outstanding clinical training, scholarly productivity, and service to the community.

Qualifications: The successful candidate will lead and enhance the teaching, research and service mission of the Department in collaboration with faculty, staff and students. The preferred candidate must have an earned doctorate in Communication Sciences and Disorders or a closely related discipline. Preference will be given to candidates currently at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor. Candidates should have a demonstrated record in academic leadership, including experience with budgeting and resource allocation, academic program assessment, as well as hiring, developing and supervising faculty and staff. An established record of excellence in scholarship, extramural research funding, teaching and experience educating diverse students is important. The certificate of clinical competence, awarded by the American Speech-Language, Hearing Association in speech-language pathology or audiology, is preferred.

Responsibilities: Report to the Dean of the College of Health Sciences; Represent and advocate for the interests of faculty, staff, and students to the Dean, the University and the community; Advance core values of the department and University; Demonstrate shared departmental commitment to equity, access and inclusion; Manage and allocate department budget and resources; Oversee the growth of departmental external funding portfolio; Supervise academic program review; Serve as the graduate program director for the accredited graduate program; Oversee the quality of instruction, credit hour production, and class assignment; Evaluate faculty annually, and for promotion and tenure; Oversee faculty hiring and development; Engage in strategic planning for the department and college; Teach or supervise, as needed.

Applications/Nominations: Applicants should submit an application, a letter of interest that includes evidence of academic leadership and program assessment experience, CV, a teaching philosophy, and a transcript of graduate degrees earned. Candidates selected for interviews will also be asked to submit 3 letters of recommendation. Inquiries should be addressed to Dr. Brandi Newkirk-Turner, at or 601-979-1609.

Find more information about the Department of Communicative Disorders, please visit: Expected start date is July 1, 2021. Jackson State University is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against applicants due to race, ethnicity, gender, veteran status, or on the basis of disability or any other federal, state, or local protected class.

Additional Info

Contact Name : Brandi Newkirk-Turner

Contact Address : 350 W. Woodrow Wilson Drive, Suite 2260, Jackson, MS 39217

Contact Email :

Contact Phone : 601-979-1609

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