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Professor/Associate Professor and Chair

Professor/Associate Professor and Chair

TYPE Program Director/Chair

Professor/Associate Professor and Chair 

Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences


The University of Florida is one of the top six public universities in the nation, with a demonstrated commitment to recruiting and retaining outstanding leaders and scholars in critical areas of health research, education, and service. As part of its pursuit of excellence, the UF College of Public Health and Health Professions (PHHP) is actively seeking a new chair of its Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences (SLHS). The department strives to improve the lives of people affected by communication and related disorders through excellence and innovation in clinical training, service, and research. 

UF offers unparalleled, multidisciplinary collaborative opportunities for faculty and students across its nationally-recognized departments and academic programs. In addition to SLHS, PHHP comprises seven other departments — Biostatistics; Clinical and Health Psychology; Environmental and Global Health; Epidemiology; Health Services Research, Management and Policy; Occupational Therapy; and Physical Therapy— that offer two bachelor’s, seven master’s, eight PhD and three professional degree programs. The college is also home to five National Institutes of Health-funded training grants (T32’s) in breathing research and therapeutics; movement disorders and neurorestoration; physical, cognitive and mental health; rehabilitation and neuromuscular plasticity; and substance abuse. The college’s research funding has more than doubled during the last decade, and its faculty members are among the most productive at the university. The college is currently ranked ninth in NIH funding among public university public heath colleges and accrued $36 million in research awards for FY 2019-2020. 

SLHS currently comprises 18 accomplished faculty members who are committed to teaching as well as scholarly research, which is conducted in conjunction with undergraduate, master’s and doctoral students. The department offers four top-notch, accredited academic programs, including a Bachelor of Health Science program in Communication Sciences and Disorders and two professional graduate programs, one in speech-language pathology, and one in audiology. The department also contributes to the PhD program in Rehabilitation Sciences through a Communication and Swallowing Sciences concentration. The department has multiple well-outfitted laboratories engaged in multidisciplinary work on swallowing, speech, language, and hearing processes. These labs house state-of-the-art equipment for dynamic imaging of the vocal tract during swallowing, breathing, and speaking, auditory feedback manipulation, kinematic and acoustic analysis, and perceptual testing. 

In appointing its next SLHS Chair, UF seeks a competent, integrous leader with a clear vision and steadfast commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. S/he will lead the department in spearheading innovative research synergies and foci across UF’s major institutes and centers, such as the Hearing Research Center, the Norman Fixel Institute of Neurological Diseases, and the McKnight Brain Institute. The chair will strengthen the existing academic programs and create new programs or collaborations, designed to train the next generation of communication scientists and clinicians and expanding its portfolio of extramurally funded research. Additional responsibilities of the chair include mentoring and championing the faculty, advocating for diversity, and overseeing key departmental functions, such as finances, human resources, and governance structures. The Chair will work with the Dean and faculty to assure appropriate academic career development, such as the facilitation of tenure and promotion, and participate in the leadership and policy infrastructures of the college and university. 

The Search Committee welcomes your applications or nominations for the next Chair of SLHS. Essential qualifications include a doctoral degree in speech-language pathology, audiology, or a closely related field, a proven track record of scholarly publications and grant funding, and demonstrated leadership in the field of Communication Sciences and Disorders. A successful candidate’s credentials will be expected to support an academic rank of associate professor or professor. Desired qualifications include clinical practice experience and eligibility for Florida licensure, if appropriate to their degree. The review of applications will continue until a suitable applicant pool has been established.

Additional Info

Contact Name : Sherrilene Classen, PhD, MPH, OTR/L, FAOTA, FGSA

Contact Address : Dept. of Occupational Therapy, 1225 Center Drive, HPNP Room 2107, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611

Contact Email : sclassen@PHHP.UFL.EDU

Contact Phone : (352) 273-6883

Instructions : Applicants should submit a letter of interest, Curriculum Vitae, and contact information for three referees to http://apply.interfolio.com/79738. Job# 65511.

Application Deadline : 1/1/2021

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