Rockhurst University — Professor and Department Chair, Communication Sciences and Disorders

Department Chair of Communication Sciences and Disorders and Graduate Program Director

The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) at Rockhurst University seeks an innovative and dynamic leader for the position of Department Chair and Graduate Program Director. The Department Chair is a member of the faculty who provides academic leadership of the undergraduate, graduate, and certificate programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders. As Graduate Program Director, this individual oversees all aspects of accreditation compliance and management of the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) accredited Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders.

Housed in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, the CSD Department offers a combination of online and traditional in-person programs. With a 20-year history of excellent academic and clinical preparation of students, community partnerships are the heart of this well-established program. Our students gain clinical skills in real-world environments while guided by Rockhurst clinical educators who carefully mentor and support their development. This service-focused model aligns with 100+ year Jesuit identity of Rockhurst University, “In the City for Good”.Additional information about the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders may be found here:


This 11-month, full time, tenure-track/eligible position includes the following responsibilities:
• Lead and develop the Undergraduate and Graduate CSD Programs
• Support faculty development across teaching, research, and service
• Complete yearly evaluations of faculty and staff based on annual reviews
• Teach 3-4 credits per year
• Engage with a variety of stakeholder groups to represent departmental interests
• Support marketing and admissions/student recruitment initiatives and events
• Assist with preparation of the yearly departmental budget and oversee departmental resource management
• Direct departmental initiatives in strategic planning, program development, curriculum review/revision, and program evaluation activities
• Maintain a productive line of scholarship aligned with CNHS requirements
• Serve on a variety of college and university-level committees as requested
• Supervise the Clinical Director, CSD Administrative Assistant, and Clinical Educators
• Complete yearly departmental reports including yearly CAA accreditation report, program evaluation/assessment reports, and yearly college-level departmental reports.
• Ensure compliance with all accreditation, certification, and licensure requirements
• Direct departmental operations in compliance with all university and college level policies and procedures
• Support diversity, equity, and inclusion
• Advise graduate students regarding program completion requirements

• Research doctorate (PhD or EdD) in Communication Sciences and Disorders or closely related field
• Eligible for appointment at Associate or Full Professor level
• ASHA Certification in Speech-Language Pathology
• Eligible for Missouri licensure in Speech-Language Pathology
• Strong record of successful teaching in higher education (including hybrid and online formats)
• Record of scholarly contributions to the CSD field
• Record of positive leadership in CSD
• Evidence of strong, positive departmental collaboration
• Experience with program development
• Alignment with the Jesuit, Catholic mission of Rockhurst University

Required Materials
• Letter of interest
• Curriculum vita
• Three letters of recommendation from those who can attest to your successful teaching and leadership in higher education
• Sample teaching materials (sample syllabus, lecture materials, assignments)
• Contact information of three references (only contacted if selected to interview)

Located in the heartland of the nation, Kansas City is an affordable city with a metropolitan population of 2.5 million people, known for its barbeque, jazz heritage, sports teams with enthusiastic fans, and numerous cultural opportunities. The occupational therapy education program values community partnerships, which promote active student engagement through service learning and clinical practice opportunities for interested faculty. For additional information about Kansas City, please visit

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, Rockhurst University is committed to creating a diverse working environment. The University recruits and employs successful candidates without regard to race, religion, gender, national origin, age, marital status, sexual orientation, and/or disability in employment, educational programs, or activities that it operates.

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