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Division Director, Speech-Language Pathology Division

Division Director, Speech-Language Pathology Division

DISCIPLINE Speech-Language Pathology TYPE Faculty

Division Director

Speech-Language Pathology Division

College of Health Professions

Medical University of South Carolina


The Position:

The Division of Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) invites applicants for the Division Director position. We are seeking a tenured / tenure-track Associate Professor or Full Professor to join our dynamic team. This position is open to faculty with any area of specialty. The Division includes the newly developed Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology program covering the broad scope of SLP practice with an emphasis in medical SLP. 


Qualified applicants must have clinical experience in the areas they will teach; hold their CCCs and be candidates for state licensure. Academic leadership experience is highly desirable, but not required. A Master’s degree in SLP and a doctorate degree (Ph.D. or Ed.D.) are required. The successful candidate should qualify for appointment at the rank of Associate Professor or Full Professor. Applicants should have prior formal experience educating SLPs and knowledge of SLP practice and professional issues. The successful applicant will demonstrate the following qualities: a passion for education, a belief in continuous quality improvement, well-honed interpersonal communication skills, enjoyment in working in a team environment, and a high-level of organization.


Responsibilities will include leadership of the SLP Division, teaching in the SLP program, scholarship (established researcher preferred), and academic service (student advising, committee service, professional service). University, College and Department/Division level mentorship is available to support career development.

•    Teaching responsibilities will be dependent on the areas of expertise of the applicant. This person will work closely with the other SLP Division faculty, the student services coordinator, and other college, university and community stakeholders to ensure a high-quality educational experience. 

•    All faculty are required to engage in scholarship/research. For this position the focus of the scholarship could be clinical and/or educational (scholarship of teaching and learning). 

•    Clinical practice opportunities through MUSC Health are available and encouraged. We have many inpatient and outpatient opportunities (specialty clinics, etc.) that the faculty would be welcome to join.


The Division:

The Master’s of Science in Speech-Language Pathology Program housed in the SLP Division is a new program that has been approved by the Commission on Higher Education of South Carolina and is a Candidate for Accreditation by the Council on Academic Accreditation and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The SLP Division is housed in the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences in the College of Health Professions within an academic health science center known for excellence in education, clinical care and research. The College is a national leader in education, scholarship, and research. At MUSC, we have active clinical practices (in-patient and out-patient) with 35+ full-time SLPs and 10+ PRN SLPs. 


The Master’s of Science in Speech-Language Pathology program is grounded in evidence-based practice for education and clinical care. The educational philosophy emphasizes motivated, adult learners engaged in activities that they will experience during the evaluation and treatment of patients, guided by experts. The clinical education of future speech-language pathologists (SLPs) is at the heart of our program, with active clinical experiences beginning the first semester with an adult inpatient rotation at MUSC hospitals.  Additionally, each clinical experience is paired with didactic coursework and clinical skills check-offs. All didactic courses are flipped classroom (all lectures pre-recorded and provided prior to class). To prepare for class, students listen to the lectures and take a post-lecture quiz to ensure comprehension of key points. Class time is spent with students actively honing clinical skills with faculty oversight (individual/small group guidance, short breakaway lectures to stress key points). Student performance is focused on acquisition of knowledge and skills as evidenced during in-class activities and clinical skills check-offs (a part of all clinically-focused courses).


The College of Health Professions is ranked 4th in the nation in terms of total NIH funding among Schools of Allied Health & Health Professions. Academic programs within the college include OT, PT, Cardiovascular Perfusion, Anesthesia for Nurses, Health Administration (MHA, DHA), Health Informatics, PhD in Rehabilitation Science, and an undergraduate degree in health care studies.  CHP students collaborate with a broad range of educators, clinicians, and researchers across the state and several faculty hold dual appointments across CHP and in other MUSC Colleges. Further, the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences also is home of a newly launched Neurologic Rehabilitation Institute that is an interdisciplinary clinical, educational, and research outpatient facility. Through its strong commitment, outstanding approach to education, and dedication to interprofessional education and research, the SLP Division is poised to enhance the Department’s and College's overall goal of achieving national distinction in education, research, and service.



The Institution:

MUSC has served the citizens of South Carolina since 1824 and is the state’s only comprehensive academic health sciences center with a unique charge to serve the state through education, research, and patient care. The main campus is located on more than 50 acres in the city of Charleston. MUSC educates and trains more than 3,000 students and 700 residents in six colleges (Dental Medicine, Graduate Studies, Health Professions, Medicine, Nursing, and Pharmacy) at the baccalaureate, masters, doctoral, and other professional levels. The teaching staff is comprised of approximately 1,500 faculty members. As the third largest non-federal employer in South Carolina, the university and its affiliates have collective annual budgets in excess of $3 billion, with an annual economic impact of more than $3.8 billion and annual research funding in excess of $271 million.  


MUSC is committed to providing culturally competent care and ensuring that organizational priorities and goals pertaining to equity, inclusion, and excellence are institutionalized, sustained, and measured in order to “create an inclusive experience for the lives we touch.” Every college has a designated faculty liaison for diversity, and all leaders are required to complete diversity education and training on an annual basis. All new employee orientations include an introduction to MUSC’s diversity goals and values. For two consecutive years (2018 & 2019), Forbes has listed MUSC as one of America’s Best Employers for Diversity. MUSC ranked 13 out of 500 organizations. Moreover, MUSC ranked number 3 out of 30 institutions listed in the education category. Additionally, for four years in a row (2017 – 2020) MUSC has received the Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT in Diversity, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education. The organization has also designated MUSC a Diversity Champion for three consecutive years (2018 – 2020). MUSC was among 46 recipients selected in 2020 for this honor, which is the only national diversity award in higher education.


As the clinical health system of the Medical University of South Carolina, MUSC Health is dedicated to delivering the highest quality patient care available, while training generations of competent, compassionate health care providers to serve the people of South Carolina and beyond. Comprising some 1,600 beds, more than 100 outreach sites, the MUSC College of Medicine, the physicians’ practice plan and nearly 275 telehealth locations, MUSC Health owns and operates eight hospitals situated in Charleston, Chester, Florence, Lancaster and Marion counties. In 2020, for the sixth consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report named MUSC Health the No. 1 hospital in South Carolina. To learn more about clinical patient services, visit http://muschealth.org. 


MUSC and its affiliates have collective annual budgets of more than $3 billion. The more than 17,000 MUSC team members include world-class faculty, physicians, specialty providers and scientists who deliver groundbreaking education, research, technology and patient care. 


The Environment: Charleston, SC seamlessly blends historic charm with modern conveniences and coastal living. Charleston has consecutively been voted the “best city” in the U.S. from both Conde’ Nast Travelers Magazine and Travel + Leisure. Whether you are interested in architecture, history, arts & culture, premiere dining, outdoor recreation, or beautiful beaches, Charleston SC has it all.


To apply: Qualified applicants may apply through MUSC’s Human Resources website. Applications must include a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information for 3 professional references (Note: References will be contacted only with applicant approval).   Applications will be reviewed beginning October 1, but will be accepted until the position is filled.   All inquiries will be confidential. For more information, please contact Abby Kazley PhD, Chair, Search Committee, at swansoaj@musc.edu.


MUSC is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. M/F/D/V



Additional Info

Contact Name : Abby Kazley

Contact Address : 151-B Rutledge Ave
Charleston, SC 29425

Contact Email : swansoaj@musc.edu

Contact Phone : 843-792-0012

Instructions : To apply: Qualified applicants may apply through MUSC’s Human Resources website. Applications must include a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information for 3 professional references (Note: References will be contacted only with applicant approval). Applications will be reviewed beginning October 1, but will be accepted until the position is filled. All inquiries will be confidential. For more information, please contact Abby Kazley PhD, Chair, Search Committee, at swansoaj@musc.edu.

Application Deadline : 11/15/2021

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