Department Chair - Associate Professor/Professor in Communication Sciences & Disorders - 13603


The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders in the College of Education and Professional Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater seeks a department chair at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor in speech-language pathology beginning August 2018. This is a full-time position with responsibilities for departmental leadership and teaching and/or clinical supervision.


The candidate who will serve as department chair will provide programmatic leadership and vision to a thriving academic graduate and undergraduate program and maintain a 50% teaching and/or clinical supervision load. Rank and tenure status commensurate with UW-W Standards and Chancellor's approval. Chair reappointment contingent upon successful annual performance evaluations.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • PhD or terminal degree in speech-language pathology or a related discipline.
  • A strong record of accomplishment in the areas of teaching, research and service that would merit appointment as an Associate Professor or Professor in the Communication Sciences and Disorders Department.
  • Excellent communication and human relation skills.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • A record of experience as an administrator, or department chair, or similar experience in public or private industry.

As department chair, responsibilities include providing leadership and collegial support for faculty and staff as well as fulfilling the variety of administrative tasks required by the Department, College and University. Teaching at the graduate and/or undergraduate level and/or clinical supervision and continued pursuit of a SLP discipline-related scholarly research agenda are expected. Service responsibilities include committee membership at the departmental, college, and university level as well as participation in regional community initiatives. Faculty at UW-W have the opportunity to teach courses online and/or in a hybrid format, in the evenings, or on weekends and are encouraged to participate in a variety of campus-wide programs geared toward improving student success (e.g., New Student Seminar, University Learning Communities, etc.).

Given the emphasis on teaching, collaboration, and clinical training at UW-Whitewater, the candidate will be expected to show a commitment to the application of evidence-based practices as well as community-based learning/partnerships. Essential is the ability to integrate teaching, research, and clinical practices and to engage in sustained scholarly work. The candidate will value collaboration and shared decision-making in departmental practices, and demonstrate evidence of leadership, budget management, program development, and a clearly articulated vision for leading a department. It is expected that the candidate will demonstrate commitment to teaching with an emphasis on promoting the success of undergraduate and graduate students. The candidate will be expected to be committed to working with diverse populations and serving as an active member of the university and regional community.

The candidate's expertise should complement existing faculty expertise which may include areas of adult and/or child language, cognition, speech production, aural habilitation/rehabilitation, credentials such as ASHA CCC-SLP, and applicable knowledge about critical, contemporary issues related to preparation of Speech and Language Pathologists.


The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders ( 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 ( 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: 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 ( 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 (

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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 ( UW-Whitewater embraces AAC&U’s LEAP principles ( and emphasizes student, staff and faculty participation in High-Impact Practices ( The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs ( 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 (


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

For questions regarding the position please contact:

Lynn Gilbertson
Assistant Professor


A complete application includes online submission of the following documents:
  • 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.
  • Current Curriculum Vita.
  • Statement and evidence of established/sustained record of teaching, mentoring, research, and service. Statement and evidence of leadership, budget management, and program development. Statement of vision and leadership style for leading a department.
  • 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).

This Job ID is 13603.

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