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Professor and Director, School of Communication Sciences & Disorders

Professor and Director, School of Communication Sciences & Disorders

DISCIPLINE Speech-Language Pathology

The School of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) at the University of Central Florida (UCF) invites applications for a 12-month, tenured position at the full professor rank to serve as school director beginning late summer or fall of 2021. 

The school seeks an innovative, energetic, visionary leader and scholar who has the capacity to leverage the large size and existing strengths of the school to create a meaningful impact on the college, university, and community. The selected candidate will lead the school through exciting changes as UCF strengthens interprofessional programming on the main campus in Orlando and the Academic Health Sciences campus at Lake Nona. 

The successful candidate will provide academic and administrative leadership (i.e., management of human resources, budget, academic and clinical programming, and fundraising) and will facilitate intra- and inter- school collaborations to enhance the impact of scholarship, teaching, and service. Furthermore, the candidate will support and mentor faculty to secure external funding, promote a collegial and collaborative environment, and facilitate meaningful growth to fill the healthcare needs of the community. 

The School of Communication Sciences and Disorders was founded in 1969 and was first accredited in 1987. It has a strong history of excellence in teaching, research, and community service. The school includes 28 full-time faculty members serving an average of 200 graduate and 700 undergraduate students. It offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in communication sciences and disorders and is ranked among the top 25% of speech-language pathology programs in the nation. A proposal for a college-level PhD program in rehabilitation sciences is currently under development. The Master of Arts program boasts numerous internal and external affiliations, including Nemours Children’s Hospital, the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD), a large number of public school systems throughout Central Florida, and the UCF College of Community Innovation and Education. The Communication Disorders Clinic serves as the centerpiece for clinical education and applied research. This 13,500 square foot state-of-the-art facility houses several specialty services, including audiology, the Aphasia House, the UCF Listening Center, the Center for Upper Aerodigestive Functions, the Fluency Disorders Clinic, the Voice Care Center, and the Florida Alliance for Assistive Services and Technology (FAAST) Center, which provides assistive technology services in ten Florida counties for individuals across the spectrum of age and disability. For more information about the School, visit our website at: 

The College of Health Professions and Sciences is home to three schools, one department, and six centers and institutes and is a leader in creating positive community change by building partnerships that transcend traditional disciplinary boundaries. 

UCF and its 13 colleges provide opportunities to more than 69,000 students offering 188 bachelor's and master's, 34 doctoral and three specialist degree programs. Students come from all 50 states and over 147 countries. A priority on diversity and inclusiveness led UCF to co-found the University Innovation Alliance, a consortium of large public research universities committed to better serve first-generation, low-income students. U.S. News & World Report ranked UCF among the nation’s 20 most innovative universities in its Best Colleges 2020 report. Additionally, UCF is one of 56 public universities with the Carnegie Foundation's highest designation in two categories: community engagement and very high research activity. As one of the largest universities in the country, UCF is committed to innovative community partnerships, world-class research with local and global impact, and the integration of technology and learning. For additional information about the University of Central Florida, please visit our website:

Minimum Qualifications 

A research doctoral degree in communication sciences and disorders or related discipline from an accredited institution; an outstanding record of teaching, research, and scholarly achievements commensurate with a tenured faculty appointment at the rank of full professor; and demonstration of significant and successful administrative leadership and mentoring experience in a university setting. 

Preferred Qualifications 

The ideal candidate should be a proven leader with the ability to oversee diverse academic and clinical programs; have experience overseeing complex budgets and accreditation processes; be an effective communicator with strong interpersonal skills; demonstrate a history of externally funded research and scholarly achievement; have experience with interdisciplinary initiatives and clinical programming; provide evidence of a commitment to fostering diversity; and possess the ability to support future growth and expansion of the school. The selected candidate should also have the necessary academic experience to be a committed and effective leader and mentor to the faculty and staff within the school’s current and future programs. The ideal candidate will have the ability to cultivate collaborative relationships with university administrators, faculty, staff, students, and alumni, as well as create partnerships both within and outside the college and university. 

Additional Application Materials Required 

The university requires that all applicants apply and submit all supporting documents through the UCF online recruitment system at No paper applications will be considered. 

Applicants must complete the online faculty and submit the following: (1) a letter of application indicating qualifications for the position; (2) a curriculum vitae; (3) copy of transcripts; and (4) contact information for three [up to five] professional references. The selected candidate will be required to provide official transcripts within thirty days of hire date. 

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Candidates will not be considered until all the above materials are received. Candidates are responsible for ensuring that all materials have been uploaded correctly. For further questions about this position, please contact Dr. Gail Kauwell, search committee chair at

Additional Info

Contact Name : Dr. Gail Kauwell

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Instructions : For further questions about this position, please contact Dr. Gail Kauwell, search committee chair at

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