Assistant Professor in Communication Sciences & Disorders (Generalist) - 13503


The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders in the College of Education and Professional Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater seeks a tenure-track Assistant Professor in speech-language pathology beginning August 2018. This is a full-time position with responsibilities for teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in communication sciences and disorders, research, and service to the university and community. The candidate’s expertise should complement existing faculty expertise and may include areas of adult and/or child language, cognition, speech production, and aural habilitation/rehabilitation.


The candidate for the assistant professor position should be able to teach courses throughout the Communication Sciences and Disorders undergraduate and graduate curriculum. This candidate will also be expected to pursue an active research agenda that engages undergraduate and graduate students, results in publications and contributes to advancing the department, university, the profession, and society. The candidate will also be expected to participate in service activities and embrace the principles of diversity inclusion as a member of the university community.


Ph.D. or other terminal degree in speech-language pathology or a related discipline is required. ABD candidates will be given equal consideration if they have their degree completed by the contract start date in August 2018; if not, they will be hired on a one-year contract with the understanding that their degree will be completed before January 2019 in advance of their first scheduled review.


Full-Time teaching responsibilities may include undergraduate and graduate courses throughout the curriculum as well as graduate clinical supervision. Research expectations include publication, grant activity, other requirements. In addition, faculty members serve as advisors/mentors to students and are encouraged to engage students in undergraduate research or other scholarly and creative activities. Service responsibilities include committee service at the departmental, college, and university levels as well as participation in community organizations as relevant to the candidate’s expertise and interest. Faculty at UW-W may be required to teach online and/or in a hybrid format, or courses in the evenings. Faculty may also elect to teach New Student Seminar or University Learning Communities, or participate in other programs geared toward improving student success.

Given the emphasis on teaching, collaboration, and clinical training at UW-Whitewater, candidates will have an understanding of evidence-based practice, scholarship of teaching and learning, community-based learning/partnerships, integration of teaching, research and clinical practice, and team-oriented approach to collaboration.

The candidate's experience should complement existing faculty expertise which may include areas of adult and/or child language, cognition, speech production, and aural habilitation/rehabilitation, and credentials such as ASHA CCC-SLP.


The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (http://www.uww.edu/coeps/departments/comdis) in Whitewater WI is uniquely situated in a relatively rural setting, with reasonable proximity to the Chicago, Milwaukee, and Madison communities for ongoing collaborations. The current faculty members have established research and clinical collaborations in these urban and rural settings, adding to the rich experience of the students. The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is a regional comprehensive public university, and has several initiatives to actively engage undergraduate students in faculty research, with a particular focus on students with disabilities and from underrepresented backgrounds. The graduate student pass rate on the Praxis and success in securing employment after graduation is 100%. The modest size of the graduate classes (approximately 15) provides an excellent ratio for teaching and mentoring. Resources on campus are available to support intramural and extramural research funding for faculty and students, including the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, the Undergraduate Research Program, and the Center for Global Education. On campus collaborations include colleagues in education, occupational health and safety, business, music, psychology, biology, computer science, social work, and kinesiology. Collaborations focused on evidence-based practice, the scholarship of teaching and learning, community-based learning/partnerships, and the integration of teaching, research, and clinical practice are highly valued.


UW-Whitewater (http://www.uww.edu) is the largest regional comprehensive university within the UW System and enjoys a reputation as a high quality residential campus located near the scenic Kettle Moraine State Forest in southeastern Wisconsin. UW-W is situated on 400 acres of land and has an annual budget of more than $219 million. UW-W is located in the community of Whitewater, which has 14,622 residents and is within convenient driving distance to the metropolitan areas of Madison, Milwaukee and Chicago. The university enrolls more than 12,000 students in 50 majors housed within four academic colleges. UW-Whitewater also offers 16 master’s degrees and a Doctorate in Business Administration. The university’s strategic plan can be found at: http://www.uww.edu/strategic-plan. It has a special mission within the UW System to serve students with disabilities and, as such, embraces the principles of university design and is one of the most accessible campuses in the state. UW-Whitewater is a Division III NCAA university and member of WIAC (http://wiacsports.com). The campus has over 200 student organizations and is a vital economic engine for southeastern Wisconsin.

UW-W is committed to seeking and sustaining a culturally and ethnically diverse campus environment, building a diverse faculty and staff with expertise and interest in serving students with diverse needs, backgrounds, ethnicities, abilities and other distinct characteristics in respectful, sensitive and understanding ways. The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer, and actively seeks and encourages applications from women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and veterans.


The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is part of the 26-campus University of Wisconsin System (https://www.wisconsin.edu).

Wisconsin Statute 19.36(7)(b) provides that applicants may indicate in writing that their identity should be kept confidential. In response to a public records request, the University will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful final candidate will be released. See Wisconsin Statute 19.36(7)(a).

UW-Whitewater requires criminal background checks as a contingency to employment. A criminal background check will be conducted prior to an offer of employment.

The University of Wisconsin - Whitewater requires that all employees be active participants in following applicable safety rules and regulations including necessary training and drills.

For UW-W Campus safety information and crime statistics/annual Security Report, see http://www.uww.edu/asfr. If you would like a paper copy of the report please contact the UW-Whitewater Police at 262-472-4660.


UW-Whitewater embraces the teacher-scholar model. New faculty are provided with additional resources to ensure a strong start in their teaching and research activities. A first-year professional development program is also provided to all new faculty, including participation in ACUE’s Course in Effective Teaching Practices (http://acue.org). UW-Whitewater embraces AAC&U’s LEAP principles (http://www.uww.edu/leap) and emphasizes student, staff and faculty participation in High-Impact Practices (https://www.aacu.org/resources/high-impact-practices). The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (http://www.uww.edu/orsp) provides support for faculty scholarly and creative activities as well as other opportunities to apply for reassigned time and/or other resources to support research activities. UW-Whitewater faculty and staff also have access to technology transfer and research resources provided by WiSys (https://www.wisys.org).


Applications received by December 11, 2017 are ensured full consideration. Applications received after that date may be given consideration at the discretion of the search committee. Application materials will be evaluated and the most qualified applicants will be invited to participate in the next step of the selection process.

If you have questions regarding this recruitment, or if you are able to complete the application online due to a disability or system problem, please contact us at 262-472-1024 or hrstudent@uww.edu.

For questions regarding the position please contact:

Lynn Gilbertson
Assistant Professor


Only complete application packages will be considered. A complete application includes online submission of the following documents:

  • Names and contact information for three professional references (letters of recommendation may be solicited at a later time);
  • Copies of unofficial graduate transcripts (Official transcripts will be required if offered the position);
  • Current Curriculum Vita;
  • Cover letter including: Statement of interest in our department at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater; Statement of approach to teaching and learning; Statement of content areas you would be willing and able to teach; Statement of research experience and goals.
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