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DISCIPLINE Speech-Language Pathology

The Roxelyn and Richard Pepper Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Northwestern University is searching for a clinical faculty member in speech-language pathology. The successful applicant will hold a position of clinical assistant professor and will be responsible for provision of clinical care, supervision of graduate students, and support of research and educational missions of the Department’s Center for Audiology, Speech, Language, and Learning and the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. 

The position will be primarily housed in the Voice, Speech, Language Service and Swallowing Center, located on Northwestern’s downtown Chicago medical campus.  The Center provides specialized care to inpatients and outpatients at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and serves as an exceptional educational setting for graduate students.  The successful candidate will be responsible for staffing the head and neck cancer clinic within the department of Otolaryngology. Candidates must have extensive experience in the management of speech and swallowing in the head and neck cancer population.

The Center has strong partnerships with world-renowned research scientists housed within the Northwestern University Communication and Sciences Disorders Department. The successful candidate will conduct research-related activities, including, but not limited to, assisting in participant accrual, chart review, eligibility determination, obtaining informed consent, scheduling appointments, and managing research databases.

Employment term: An 11-month appointment. The appointment may be renewed on an annual basis.


  • Earned Master's, SLPD or Ph.D in Speech-Language Pathology
  • Eligibility for Illinois SLP licensure
  • Minimum of five years’ clinical experience in the management of speech, voice, and swallowing disorders in the head and neck cancer population, with specific proficiency in the areas of:
  • Laryngectomy (artificial larynx, TEP management, esophageal speech)
  • Post-surgical and post radiation dysphagia
  • Tracheostomy, speaking valves
  • Previous research experience is preferred, but not required.
  • Strong interpersonal skills necessary to interact effectively with patients, caregivers, physicians, researchers, and a variety of clinical and research supervisors.
  • Flexibility to manage clinical and research tasks and scheduling with other staff members. 


  • Provide exceptional, evidence-based diagnosis and treatment for patients with head and neck cancer before, during, and after treatment, in an acute-care hospital and outpatient multidisciplinary Otolaryngology head and neck cancer clinic setting.
  • Develop and maintain a full caseload of head and neck outpatients in the Otolaryngology head and neck cancer center.
  • Coordinate with inpatient SLP team to provide seamless care for inpatients with head and neck cancer.
  • Perform and interpret diagnostic swallow examinations via Videofluoroscopic Swallow Studies and Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing.
  • Collaborate with head and neck surgeons, radiation oncologists, medical oncologists, and researchers on both campuses.
  • Participate in research activities for funded and non-funded research projects, with a primary emphasis on head and neck cancer.
  • Attend weekly tumor board to identify potential subjects.
  • Develop and maintain a database of patients with head and neck cancer who meet the eligibility criteria for ongoing research projects.
  • Manage participant accrual, obtaining informed consent, and scheduling of diagnostic procedures and treatment sessions.
  • Assist in data entry and various record-keeping tasks and data management. 
  • Attend weekly progress meetings with the research study team.
  • Develop the clinical skills of graduate students via direct instruction and supervision within a team-based educational model.
  • Assist in student advising and other activities related to student development.
  • Participate in professional activities and service to the University, community, and the profession.

Salary: Commensurate with experience.

Application procedure: Send cover letter describing your clinical interests, teaching and research experience, a current vita (including e-mail address), and three letters of recommendation to or mail to CSD Speech-Language Pathologist/Clinical Assistant Professor Position Search, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, 2240 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL 60208. For more information about clinical services, please visit and for more information about the Department, please visit 

The University: Northwestern University is one of the nation’s largest private research universities. The main campus is located in Evanston and the medical campus is located 12 miles south in Chicago. Both campuses are located on the shore of Lake Michigan. There is continuing expansion of University facilities and programs, particularly in the sciences and medicine. Diverse cultural, social, and recreational activities abound on and near each campus.


Closing Date: Ongoing until position is filled. Review of applications will begin immediately. Northwestern University is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.

Additional Info

Contact Name : Pamela Souza

Contact Address : 2240 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL 60201

Contact Email :

Contact Phone : 847-491-3066

Application Deadline : 10/31/2021

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