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Department Chair, Communication Sciences and Disorders
Abilene Christian University
Location: Abilene, Texas
Type: Full Time
Faculty Careers - Other
Abilene Christian University is affiliated with the fellowship of the Church of Christ. ACU is affiliated with the fellowship of the Church of Christ. All applicants must be professing Christians and willing to support the Christian mission and purpose of Abilene Christian University while employed by the university.
Title of Position
Department Chair, Communication Sciences and Disorders
Communication Sciences and Disorders
Faculty Position Information
The College of Health and Behavioral Sciences at Abilene Christian University invites applications and nominations for the role of Department Chair for the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. The successful candidate will oversee the daily administrative operations of the department and provide academic leadership in evidence-based practice, administration, curriculum innovation, instructional planning, and strategic program development.
Abilene Christian University is a private Christian institution accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
The mission of the ACU Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders is to equip students with the necessary knowledge and skills for effective ministry to persons with communication, cognitive, and swallowing disorders from a Christ-centered perspective. The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders offers a dynamic and distinct academic and clinical environment facilitated by faculty who are dedicated to providing students with the highest level of professional training in the classroom and within The ACU Center for Speech, Language, and Learning and other community partners.
The ACU Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders has two sites at campuses in Abilene and Dallas. The graduate MS-SLP program is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and is accredited as a single program with a main campus and branch campus cohorts. The 14 Abilene faculty and staff serve approximately 80 undergraduate students and 39 graduate students. Seven Dallas faculty and staff serve 46 graduate students. The department chair, located at the main campus in Abilene, is responsible for oversight of the undergraduate program in Abilene and graduate programs at both campuses. A supportive administrative structure is in place to assist in the successful management of the Department at both campuses.
The Abilene campus also houses the ACU Center for Speech, Language and Learning at the Duncum Center. Free services are provided at the Center to members of the Abilene community by graduate SLP students. The Center is led by a clinic director, clinical educator and supervisor, and four clinical supervisors.
Current American Speech-Language-Hearing Association certification
Eligible for licensure in Texas
Terminal degree (preferably PhD) in Communication Sciences and Disorders or a terminal degree in a related discipline with a Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology required.
Teaching experience of five years or more and at least two years of administrative experience as a Department Chair/Head, Association Department Chair/Head, Program Director, or Associate Program Director in a baccalaureate or higher degree program.
Academic credentials commensurate with an appointment at the rank of associate professor.
Experience with managing budgets, financial and grant reporting, and national accreditation requirements
Must be a practicing Christian.
Strong interpersonal and collaborative communication skills to manage a diverse faculty and student population
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with all community partners and constituents to advance funding and clinical opportunities
Evidence of scholarly work to advance the profession of speech-language pathology
Experience in grant writing and locating funding sources
Experience with strategic planning for future growth and development of student populations and additional educational programs
Ability to develop curriculum and teaching excellence to meet the needs of students and future demands of the speech-language pathology profession
Proven commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
ACU does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, sex, disability, genetic information, national or ethnic origin in employment opportunities, in keeping with applicable state and federal law.
ACU is committed to maintaining a safe and secure campus environment and protecting the university's financial and physical assets. Therefore, Abilene Christian University conducts background checks on all candidates for employment in security sensitive positions.
ACU is in Abilene, Texas, a city of nearly 120,000 people 150 miles west of the Dallas and Fort Worth area. ACU Dallas, a branch campus in Addison, Texas, is the home of the university’s online programs. A selective, four-year private Christian university, ACU is a diverse, welcoming, academically rigorous community redefining what it means to be a Christian university in the 21st century. It has been acknowledged as one of the top institutions in the nation for first-year experiences, service learning and learning communities. ACU is affiliated with the Churches of Christ and is one of the largest private universities in the Southwest. ACU aims to contribute to its students’ spiritual and intellectual growth, as well as their vocational formation. ACU enrolls 5,293 students, comprising 3,496 undergraduates and 1,797 graduate students, generally from 51 states and territories, and 45 nations. Nearly 44% of ACU’s student body is racially and ethnically diverse.
The university is experiencing enrollment growth, as well as record private giving, and continues to stand out in national rankings and benchmarks. U.S. News & World Report has ranked Abilene Christian in the top 10 nation...ally, out of 1,500 universities evaluated, in three categories for two consecutive years for its exceptional commitment to student success. It was also the highest-ranking university in Texas. For the 11th time in the last 12 years, ACU was recognized as one of the Great Colleges to Work For by The Chronicle of Higher Education, and for the second time is also among 30 four-year institutions named to the “Great Colleges” Honor Roll for achievements in five categories: Facilities, Workspace and Security; Job Satisfaction; Professional/Career Development Programs; Supervisor/Department Chair Relationship; and Work/Life Balance.
ACU is committed to building a culturally diverse staff and faculty and strongly encourages applications from women and minority candidates. The university is affiliated with the fellowship of the Churches of Christ and its mission is to educate students for Christian service and leadership throughout the world. All applicants must be professing Christians and be deeply committed to service in Christian higher education. ACU does not unlawfully discriminate in employment opportunities.