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Department Head

Department Head

DISCIPLINE Nonspecific TYPE Program Director/Chair

General Information

James Madison University (JMU) invites applications for the position of Department Head for Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) in the College of Health and Behavioral Studies (CHBS). We seek a visionary and collaborative leader whose experience emphasizes a commitment to undergraduate and graduate education as well as research scholarship as JMU transitions from a regional to a national R2-status university.

The College of Health and Behavioral Studies (CHBS) is working to identify and dismantle oppressive racist and discriminatory policies, practices, and processes while advancing inclusive excellence and promoting a CHBS culture in which every member can flourish. We are especially interested in qualified candidates with a demonstrated commitment towards building equitable and inclusive environments. Join us in achieving our goal of continuing to grow as a diverse college that embodies an atmosphere of belonging.

The position is a 12-month, tenure-track faculty appointment at the Associate/Full Professor rank with consideration of tenure upon appointment. The Department Head reports to the Dean of the College of Health and Behavioral Studies, in which the Communication Sciences and Disorders department is one of eight academic units. The desired start date is July 1, 2022.

The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders is a thriving and collegial academic unit with 18 full-time faculty and six part-time faculty with additional adjunct and clinical educators as needed. The department serves an average of 350 undergraduate majors and 125 graduate students across multiple degree-granting academic programs: Undergraduate Program (B.A. or B.S.), Master’s Program in Speech-Language Pathology (offering both residential and online programs), Doctor of Audiology Program, Dual Doctor of Audiology and Doctor of Philosophy Program and Doctor of Philosophy Program. The Clinical Doctorate in Audiology (Au.D.) and the M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology programs are accredited by the Council for Academic Accreditation (CAA) through the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association. We have a well-established and growing research doctorate (Ph.D). The program has an in-house, state-of-the-art clinic and team of dedicated clinical educators with rich community outreach to support evidence-based practice science.

The departmental vision is, “we will be recognized for bridging science and clinical practice.” We are achieving this vision through our state-of-the-art classrooms, research labs, clinic facilities, stellar faculty, and innovative programming. James Madison University is the sole university in the Commonwealth of Virginia to offer this comprehensive array of CSD program options. U.S News & World Report on “America’s Best Graduate Schools” has consistently ranked the JMU graduate programs in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology among the top programs in the United States.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Department Head is responsible for working with faculty to set a strategic direction for the department, as well as administering and integrating all aspects of the department to promote excellence on a national and international level. 

A full description of the posting and its requirements is available at


Successful candidates will demonstrate
(1) a record of outstanding leadership, creative vision, and budget management;
(2) excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both within the unit (e.g., promoting an inclusive and collaborative environment) and more broadly with other academic unit heads, administrators, campus partners and external stakeholders;
(3) experience supporting and advancing efforts related to interprofessional and/or interdisciplinary education and those related to diversity, equity and inclusion;
(4) an integrated record of teaching, scholarship and service, including achievements in external funding and research productivity, and service to the discipline and/or professional associations; and
(5) a Ph.D. with a major emphasis in an area related to speech-language pathology, audiology and/or speech, hearing, or language science. Preference will be given to candidates who exhibit evidence of effectiveness in academic or professional leadership roles.

Conditions of Employment

Per the Governor’s Executive Directive #18, new JMU employees upon hire must disclose to the University Health Center their COVID-19 vaccination status. Unvaccinated employees are required to be tested weekly.

Employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a criminal background check.

E-Verify Notice: After accepting employment, new hires are required to complete an I-9 form and present documentation of their identity and eligibility to work in the United States. James Madison University uses the E-Verify system to confirm identity and work authorization.

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EEO Statement

James Madison University is committed to creating and supporting a diverse and inclusive work and educational community that is free of all forms of discrimination. This institution does not tolerate discrimination or harassment on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, national origin, parental status, political affiliation, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or veteran status.

We promote access, inclusion and diversity for all students, faculty, staff, constituents and programs, believing that these qualities are foundational components of an outstanding education in keeping with our mission. The university is interested in candidates whose experience and qualifications support an ongoing commitment to this core quality.

Anyone having questions concerning discrimination should contact the Office for Equal Opportunity: (540) 568-6991.

Reasonable Accommodation Request

If you are an individual with a disability and need assistance searching or applying for jobs please contact us at (540) 568-3597 or You may also visit the JMU Human Resource Office, located at 752 Ott Street, Harrisonburg, VA 22807 and we will be happy to assist you.

Annual Security and Annual Fire Safety Report

Notice of Availability – Annual Security and Fire Safety Report

The Annual Security and Fire Safety Report contains information regarding campus security and personal safety including topics such as: crime prevention, the university police law enforcement authority, crime reporting policies, disciplinary procedures, protocols for the immediate notification of students and staff upon confirmation of a significant emergency on campus and other matters of importance related to security and safety. The report includes statistics for the most recent three-year period of reported crimes that have occurred on campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by JMU or its affiliates; and on public property within or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus.

The Annual Security and Fire Safety Report includes campus housing fire statistics for the most recent three-year period, a description of each on-campus student housing facility fire safety system, the number of fire drills held during the previous calendar year, policies or rules on portable electrical appliances, smoking, and open flames in student housing; and procedures for student housing evacuation in the event of fire along with other fire safety information.

The JMU Annual Security and Fire Safety Report includes the Harrisonburg campus and the three overseas branch campuses; Florence, Antwerp, and London. It is available electronically

You can obtain a copy of any of this report by contacting the Office of Public Safety, MSC 6810, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA 22807 or request that a copy be mailed to you by calling (540)568-6769/6913.

Minimum Reference(s) Required


Quick Link for Direct Access to Posting

To apply, visit JMU’s electronic application system at and reference job posting number F1710. Candidates will submit:

  • a letter of application
  • a statement of administrative leadership philosophy (listed as other document #1)
  • a statement addressing the candidate’s vision for diversity, equity and inclusion (listed as other document #2)
  • current vita
  • contact information for three references

Additional Info

Contact Name : Linda Plitt Donaldson

Contact Email :

Contact Phone : 540-568-2705

Instructions : To apply, visit JMU’s electronic application system at and reference job posting number F1710.

Candidates will submit:

a letter of application
a statement of administrative leadership philosophy (listed as other document #1)
a statement addressing the candidate’s vision for diversity, equity and inclusion (listed as other document #2)
current vita
contact information for three references

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