Associate Professor - Communication Disorders and Sciences

Posting Date: November 8, 2018

Closing Date: Open until filled

Communication Disorders and Sciences Associate or Full Professor, tenure-track faculty Chairperson

Full-time 10-month position – with expectation for summer administrative duties with additional compensation. Target start September 2019.

Join the faculty of the Department of Communication Disorders and Sciences in the College of Science and Health, which is one of the five comprehensive and diverse colleges at William Paterson University.  The Department of Communication Disorders and Sciences offers an undergraduate degree and a master’s degree. The Department's graduate program is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.  The Department includes a vibrant on-campus Speech and Hearing Clinic that provides diagnostic and treatment services to the community. The department and clinic are located in a new, state-of-the-art building on our beautiful 370-acre suburban campus in Wayne, New Jersey, just twenty miles west of New York City.

The Chairperson will be responsible for providing academic and administrative leadership for the Department and the Speech and Hearing Clinic, providing innovative teaching and research, advocating for the Department’s needs and fostering an atmosphere that supports the department and university’s mission. Chairpersons serve three year terms. At the end of three years, chairs may be re-elected by the faculty.

Reporting relationship: The Department of Communication Disorders and Sciences invites applications for the position of Department Chair at the rank of Associate Professor/Professor. The Chair reports to the Dean of the College.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Educating: Teaching graduate and/or undergraduate coursework; clinical supervision is possible based on interest and expertise.
  • Scholarship: Continuing to advance a research agenda in area of expertise
  •  Service: Actively participating in the variety of service opportunities within the department, college, and university community including advising and mentoring students.
  • Administrative: Department Chairs will:
    • Coordinate and oversee department operations, including student and peer evaluation of faculty, course enrollments, departmental expenditures, faculty and adjunct assignments, scheduling of academic coursework, and other duties as assigned.
    • Coordinate with the Speech and Hearing Clinic Director in synchronizing the clinical component with the academic programs.
    • Lead the department in meeting accreditation standards, with the assistance of faculty members, the graduate program director, and the Speech and Hearing Clinic Director.
    • Coordinate the review process for undergraduate and graduate programs.

Required qualifications:

• Earned research doctorate in Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) or related field
• Demonstration of strong written and oral communication skills
• Exemplary record of teaching, research, and service appropriate to the rank of associate or full professor in one of the academic disciplines housed in the Department
• Demonstrated ability to foster a collegial work environment
• Five or more years of relevant administrative and leadership experience in a similar academic environment
• Knowledge of CAA standards to lead the department through successful reaccreditation in 2020

Preferred qualifications:

• ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence in SLP
• Eligibility for New Jersey Licensure
• Specialization in AAC, dysphagia, child or adult language disorders are preferred, but all areas of     expertise will be considered

Personal attributes and traits:

• A demonstrated attitude of enjoyment toward chosen job and career
• Ability to positively engage with others
• A collaborative style of leadership and administration, embracing shared governance and building a culture of trust and confidence with faculty, staff, students, and administrators.

About William Paterson

William Paterson University is the third most diverse public university in New Jersey. As a longstanding member of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU), we have been designated by the US Department of Education as a Hispanic-Serving Institution. The University offers more than 250 undergraduate and graduate academic programs that range from liberal arts and sciences to pre-professional and professional programs; it enrolls nearly 10,000 students from across the country and from over 40 nations.

Invitation to apply:

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Interested candidates will be prompted to:

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Submit a cover letter & CV

Provide names/contacts of three professional references. 


Submission of all documents listed above is required for consideration.

Review of applications will begin immediately and preference will be given to completed applications received by January 15, 2019.

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William Paterson University is an equal opportunity employer that actively values and supports diversity among faculty, staff and students. Women, minorities, and members of under-represented groups are encouraged to apply.