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Full Time Faculty: Speech Language Pathology, Director of Clinical Education – Assistant Professor

Full Time Faculty: Speech Language Pathology, Director of Clinical Education – Assistant Professor

DISCIPLINE Speech-Language Pathology TYPE Faculty TYPE Clinic Director

DeSales University invites qualified applications for a full-time, 12-month, renewable faculty appointment for our Director of Clinical Education (DCE) position in the new Communication Sciences & Disorders (CS&D) program. We value hands-on clinical instruction and supervision for student clinicians, interprofessional training, evidence-based practice, clinical innovation, community engagement, and culturally responsive practice. Along with dedicated classroom and clinical laboratory space, the Speech Language Pathology (SLP) program shares classrooms, a human gross anatomy laboratory, and a state-of-the-art Simulation Center with students in our nationally recognized nursing, physical therapy, and physician assistant science programs.    

Job Description

The DCE will provide leadership for the new University Speech Clinic and clinical education curriculum to meet the educational needs of our students, the mission and outcomes of the SLP program, and the evaluative criteria set by the Council on Academic Accreditation for Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA). The DCE will play a key role in the development of the program and will report to and receive direction from the Program Director to oversee management of all aspects of the University Speech & Swallowing Clinic and external clinical placements. The DCE will bring experience in clinic development and administration and serve as the primary liaison between the academic program and affiliated clinical education sites. Expectations of this role include:

  • Assisting in the development of Clinic policies and procedures
  • Assisting in establishing partnerships with the community and referral sources
  • Assisting in the development of clinical faculty
  • Managing operations of the Clinic to include the budget, schedule, and procurement of clinical materials and supplies
  • Establishing, developing, and maintaining affiliation agreements with an adequate number of diverse external clinical placements to meet the educational needs of students, the mission and outcomes of the academic program, and the evaluative criteria set by CAA
  • Overseeing the placement selection process and providing effective, ongoing communication with clinical educators and students while monitoring and documenting the academic performance of students to assure that they successfully achieve the criteria for completing clinical learning experiences
  • Coordinating and teaching clinical education and other core curriculum courses based on areas of content knowledge and clinical expertise
  • Awareness and experience understanding the needs of a student population of great diversity – in age, cultural background, ethnicity, primary language and academic preparation – through inclusive course materials, teaching strategies and advisement
  • Contributing to SLP program curriculum design, review, and revision through the collection, analysis and dissemination of pertinent information from clinical education sites and student assessments to the program director and faculty
  • Collaborating with the Program Director in producing reports and accreditation documents outlining the performance outcomes of students in the clinical education component of the SLP program
  • Establishing and maintaining a plan for self-development that includes the participation in and enhancement of teaching, delivery of SLP services, and development of scholarly activities consistent with the SLP program, CAA, and university expectations

All faculty members at DeSales are expected to contribute to university, division and program level service, including student advisement, scholarly activity and professional development, and support the university, division, and program’s missions and visions and advance the strategic plan.

Required Job Qualifications

- M.A. or M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology

- Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) in Speech-Language Pathology

- Pennsylvania licensure (or eligible) in Speech-Language Pathology

- Minimum 3 years’ post-master’s clinical experience as a speech-language pathologist

- Knowledge of communication disorders across the lifespan

- Clinical supervision experience with ability to objectively evaluate clinical performance of student clinicians

- Commitment to interprofessional training and practice as might have been gained in clinical practice, training, teaching and other comparable experience

- An awareness of and sensitivity to the educational goals of a multicultural population as might have been gained in cross-cultural study, training, teaching and other comparable experience

- Strong communication, organization, interpersonal, problem-solving, and counseling skills

- Knowledge of legislative, regulatory, legal, and practice issues affecting clinical education, students and the profession of speech-language pathology

Preferred Qualifications

- Clinical doctorate, PhD, EdD or desire to pursue doctoral studies

- Three years clinical teaching or clinical coordination leading to the skills and networking abilities needed to be successful in this position

- Prior teaching experience with demonstrated understanding of adult learning theory and principles

- Extensive experience with supervision of graduate student clinicians

- Experience with managing speech and hearing clinics

- Training in best practices for clinical supervision and telepractice in speech-language pathology

- An active membership in the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) is highly valued

- Previous experience with the CAA accreditation process, particularly as it relates to the clinical education curriculum is also a valuable asset

Review of applications begins immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Qualified applicants should submit a letter of interest, statement of clinical practice and teaching, three professional references with contact information, photocopies of transcripts and current curriculum vitae to the Program Director, Dr. Susy Keller at For additional information contact Dr. Keller at (610) 282-1100, extension 2163.

DeSales University, in Center Valley, PA, is a private, coeducational, four-year liberal arts Salesian, Catholic university, under the leadership of the Oblates of Saint Francis de Sales. Founded in 1965, the 550-acre suburban campus is located 50 miles north of Philadelphia and about 90 miles southwest of New York City. A total enrollment of nearly 3,500 includes undergraduate day and evening students, and graduate students. DeSales has approximately 135 full-time faculty members and offers more than 40 bachelor’s degrees, twelve graduate programs, and over 20 certificate programs in a wide range of disciplines; many of these can be completed fully online. For further information, please visit our website, E.O.E.

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