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Department Head & Professor

Department Head & Professor

Department Head & Professor

TYPE Program Director/Chair

The University of Connecticut seeks a dynamic leader to serve as Department Head of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences (SLHS).  The successful candidate will be appointed at the rank of Professor and will be expected to lead the SLHS Department by strengthening the academic and professional success of its faculty, students, and staff, and developing its diverse, vibrant, and inclusive intellectual community. The head guides the Department’s commitment to teaching, research, and service and builds connections between the Department and the College and University.

The missions of the SLHS department are to educate students about the processes of hearing, speech, language, cognition, and swallowing, to engage in the scientific study of human communication and its disorders, and to serve the community of individuals with communication disorders or differences. The SLHS Department offers CAA-accredited graduate training programs in audiology and speech language pathology.  It is home to the UConn Speech and Hearing Clinic, a full-service health care facility offering audiology and speech language pathology services to the community, from infants to adults.  The Department is a key contributor to the UConn Cognitive Sciences Program and the Institute for Brain and Cognitive Sciences. It is also a participating department in interdisciplinary graduate training programs funded by the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Defense, and various foundations and industry partners.  Department faculty are involved in interdisciplinary research with the Brain Imaging Research Center on the Storrs campus and collaborate with external partners including Haskins Laboratory in New Haven, CT and the Naval Submarine Medical Research Laboratory in Groton, CT. 

Applicants are expected to demonstrate effective leadership in a diverse community of faculty colleagues, students, and staff by fostering inclusion and equity, developing faculty and student scholarship, and advancing innovative programming and professional opportunities. The head will be an articulate and vigorous spokesperson and advocate for the department’s scientific, clinical, translational, and educational missions.

Founded in 1881, the UConn is a Land Grant and Sea Grant institution and member of the Space Grant Consortium. It is the state’s flagship institution of higher education and includes a main campus in Storrs, CT, four regional campuses throughout the state, and 13 Schools and Colleges, including a Law School in Hartford, and Medical and Dental Schools at the UConn Health campus in Farmington. The University has approximately 10,000 faculty and staff and 32,000 students, including nearly 24,000 undergraduates and over 8,000 graduate and professional students. UConn is a Carnegie Foundation R1 (highest research activity) institution, among the top 25 public universities in the nation. Through research, teaching, service, and outreach, UConn embraces diversity and cultivates leadership, integrity, and engaged citizenship in its students, faculty, staff, and alumni. UConn promotes the health and well-being of citizens by enhancing the social, economic, cultural, and natural environments of the state and beyond. The University serves as a beacon of academic and research excellence as well as a center for innovation and social service to communities. UConn is a leader in many scholarly, research, and innovation areas. Today, the path forward includes exciting opportunities and notable challenges. Record numbers of undergraduate applications and support for student success have enabled the University to become extraordinarily selective.


The successful candidate for this position will have a Ph.D. or Sc.D. in SLHS or a related field; an active, distinguished record of research including external grant support for research, clinical, or educational activities; significant and widespread recognition in their field; strong written and oral communication skills; a proven record of excellence in teaching; evidence of relevant administrative experience through leadership positions in academia or their discipline; evidence of ability to foster a collegial working atmosphere; and evidence of service to the field or profession.


Clinical certification by the American Speech, Language, Hearing Association (CCC-A, CCC-SLP). Experience or facility with diversity and equity in the profession, such as recruitment and retention of minority and women scholars, outreach to under-represented student and scholarly communities, mentorship of faculty and graduate students, and incorporation of diverse subjects and approaches into pedagogy and scholarship.


This is a full time, 10 month tenured/tenure-track position with an anticipated start date of August 23, 2020.  The successful candidate’s academic appointment will be at the Storrs campus. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Additional Info

Contact Name : Carl Coelho, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Contact Address : 2 Alethia Drive, Unit 1085<br />Storrs, CT 06269-1085

Contact Email :

Contact Phone : (860) 486-4482

Instructions : Interested candidates, please submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, declaration of scholarship (a philosophical statement that will form the basis of the academic career and mentorship of graduate students; 1-2 pages), commitment to diversity statement (including broadening participation, integrating multicultural experiences in instruction and research and pedagogical techniques to meet the needs of diverse learning styles, etc.; 1-2 pages), brief statement of teaching philosophy and interest (1-2 pages), and description of three specific research projects (6 page limit). Additionally, please follow the instructions on Academic Jobs Online to direct at least three reference writers to submit letters of reference on your behalf. The link is

Application Deadline : 4/1/2020

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