Professor & Director of the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders

November 17, 2021
Priority Deadline to Apply:
December 31, 2021
University of Central Florida

Position Description

The University of Central Florida (UCF), in partnership with the national search firm of Scott Healy & Associates, invites applications and nominations for the position of Professor & Director of the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD).  This is a 12-month, tenured position at the full professor rank. 

UCF seeks an innovative, energetic, and visionary leader and scholar who has the capacity to leverage the size and existing strengths of the school to create a meaningful impact on the discipline, university, college, and community. The selected candidate will lead the school through exciting changes as UCF strengthens interprofessional programming on the main campus in Orlando and the Academic Health Sciences campus at Lake Nona. The successful candidate will provide academic and administrative leadership (i.e., management of human resources, budget, academic and clinical programming, and fundraising) and will facilitate intra- and inter-departmental collaborations to enhance the impact of scholarship, teaching, and service. Furthermore, with a focus on justice, diversity, inclusion, and equity, the candidate will lead the program through faculty and program expansion (including development of a doctoral program), support and mentor faculty to secure external funding, and facilitate meaningful growth to fill the healthcare needs of the community.

Candidates should have a strong record of research and external financial support, teaching, experience with operating a clinical/training facility, and proven visionary leadership. Administrative and leadership experience should include sound fiscal management, strong interest and proficiency in faculty development and mentoring, demonstrated experience in curriculum development and implementation, and proficiency with educational technology. Candidates should possess the ability to effectively express and implement the shared vision of the School, College, and University. They should demonstrate the ability to establish collaborative working relationships with administrators, faculty, staff, students, and alumni, as well as with individuals from our regional and global communities.


The Successful Candidate Will Have:

  • A research doctoral degree in communication sciences and disorders or related discipline from an accredited institution;
  • An outstanding record of teaching, research, and scholarly achievements commensurate with a tenured faculty appointment at the rank of full professor at UCF; and
  • Demonstrated significant and successful administrative leadership and mentoring experience in a university setting.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Effective communication skills;
  • Experience overseeing complex budgets;
  • Experience with program accreditation;
  • A record of externally funded research;
  • Experience with interprofessional education;
  • A record of advancing justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives;
  •  A record of facilitating successful collaborations within and outside the university setting;
  •  Experience with alumni engagement; and
  •  Experience with curriculum revisions and launching new educational programs.

About The Institution

The University of Central Florida School of Communication Sciences and Disorders:

The School of Communication Sciences and Disorders was founded in 1969 and was first accredited in 1987. It has a strong history of excellence in teaching, research, and community service. The school includes 24 full-time faculty members serving an average of 200 graduate and 700 undergraduate students. It offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in communication sciences and disorders and is ranked among the top 25% of speech-language pathology programs in the nation. The Master of Arts program boasts numerous internal and external affiliations, and the UCF Communication Disorders Clinic serves as the centerpiece for clinical education and applied research. This 15,000+ square foot state-of-the-art facility houses several research labs and specialty services, including audiology, the Aphasia House, the Listening Center, the Fluency Disorders Clinic, the Voice Care Center, and the AAC Lab / Florida Alliance for Assistive Services and Technology (FAAST) Center, which provides assistive technology services for Floridians in surrounding counties for individuals across the spectrum of age and disability. For more information about the school, visit our website at:

The University of Central Florida:

UCF and its 13 colleges provide opportunities for approximately 72,000 students through 194 bachelor's and master's, 37 doctoral and three specialist degree programs. Students come from all 50 states and over 147 countries and UCF is proud to have earned the US Department of Education designation as a Hispanic Serving Institution. A priority on diversity and inclusiveness led UCF to co-found the University Innovation Alliance, a consortium of large public research universities committed to better serve first-generation, low-income students. U.S. News & World Report ranks UCF among the nation’s 20 most innovative universities in its Best Colleges 2020 report. Additionally, UCF is one of 56 public universities with the Carnegie Foundation's highest designation in two categories: community engagement and very high research activity. As one of the largest universities in the country, UCF is committed to innovative community partnerships, world-class research with local and global impact, and the integration of technology and learning. For additional information about the University of Central Florida, please visit our website: University of Central Florida

Application Process

Inquiries relating to the position of Professor and Director of the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Central Florida should be directed in confidence to the University’s executive recruitment consultant: 

Mr. Christopher S. Healy, Vice President
Scott Healy & Associates 

The University requires that all applicants apply and submit all supporting documents through the UCF Online Recruitment System at  No paper applications will be considered. Applicants must complete the online application with the following additional attachments:

  • Cover letter, including a statement on qualifications as they relate to the requirements and preferences outlined in the position announcement.
  • Detailed curriculum vitae.
  • Copies of all graduate level transcripts.
  • A list of at least three professional references (including names, addresses, emails, and phone numbers for each reference); the search committee will consult with candidates prior to contacting references.

Complete applications submitted by December 31, 2021, will receive priority consideration. The search will remain open until the position is filled.

The University of Central Florida is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law. UCF's Equal Opportunity Statement can be viewed at: As a Florida public university, UCF makes all application materials and selection procedures available to the public upon request. The UCF's affirmative action plans for qualified individuals with disabilities and protected Veterans are available for inspection in the Office for Institutional Equity, Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., upon request.

Pursuant to Florida State Statute 1010.35, prior to offering employment to certain individuals in research related positions, UCF is required to conduct additional screening. Applicants subject to additional screening include any citizen of a foreign country who is not a permanent resident of the U.S., or who is a citizen or permanent resident but is affiliated with or has had at least 1 year of employment or training in the People's Republic of China, the Russian Federation, the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, the Republic of Cuba, the Venezuelan regime of Nicolás Maduro, or the Syrian Arab Republic. The additional screening requirements only apply to research-related positions, including, but not limited to faculty, graduate positions, individuals compensated by research grants or contract funds, post-doctoral positions, undergraduate positions, visiting assistant professors, and visiting research associates. These requirements do not apply to U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents if the employment or training was/is through an agency of the U.S. Government. For more information on what information must be provided and the screening process, please see: