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Department Chair of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences,
University of Missouri

Date Posted Jul. 5, 2022
Title Department Chair of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences,
University University of Missouri
Columbia, MO, United States
Department School of Health Professions
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Department Head/Head/Chair
  • Administration - Academic Unit


Department Chair of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences,

School of Health Professions,

University of Missouri, Columbia

The University of Missouri – Columbia (MU), invites nominations and applications for the Department Chair of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences, within the School of Health Professions. The Department seeks an outstanding collaborator, educator, and researcher with demonstrated leadership to further advance excellence in the areas of teaching, training, research, and service.

The mission of the MU Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences is to offer outstanding educational and research programs in the areas of language, speech, and hearing and in the diagnosis and treatment of communication disorders. The department prioritizes diversity, equity, and inclusion in its programs, curriculum, and clinical activities as it strives to prepare professionals who are culturally aware and culturally responsive. Composed of a close-knit talented faculty, this department seeks chair candidates ready to lead and work with the Dean’s office and campus to advance their growth and departmental initiatives— the ideal candidate will bring energy, creativity, leadership experience, and innovation with a steadfast commitment to departmental mission and goals.


  • Serve as a leader, role model, and advocate for the Department to achieve the highest possible level of excellence in teaching, research, and service

  • Develop a shared growth vision and strategy that aligns stakeholders’ strengths and direction, strategic faculty hires and programmatic enhancement by actively engaging faculty, staff, and School leadership

  • Strengthen existing campus and community partnerships, as well as develop new relationships and partners

  • Recruit and retain diverse Tenure Track and Non-Tenure Track faculty with track records of excellence in teaching and research

  • Work collaboratively with clinic director, clinical and academic faculty to maintain ASHA accreditation standards

  • Manage the day-to-day operations, including personnel and resource management


  • Doctorate in applicable research field

  • Academic accomplishments that merit an appointment at the rank of an Associate Professor or Full Professor

  • Strong commitment to inclusion, diversity, and equal opportunity in all activities

  • Experience with fiscal and budget management

  • Evidence of academic leadership is highly desired

Application Detail

We anticipate the appointment will be made for the Fall of 2022 with a targeted January 2023 start. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. For full consideration, applicant material should be received by August 19th, 2022, and will continue until the position is filled.

Candidates should include a cover letter outlining leadership qualifications, teaching, and research interests, as well as a detailed curriculum vitae. Later in the search process, statements of current and future research plans along with names and contact information for four references may be requested. Candidates will be notified before references are contacted.

Partnering in the search is Patrick Arens, Lead HR Consultant, for the University of Missouri System. Inquiries and nominations can be sent to

The position is posted on the University’s website. The job posting: 

Job ID is 42500.

About the University of Missouri-Columbia

The University of Missouri-Columbia is the flagship, comprehensive campus of the University of Missouri system with membership in the Association of American Universities (since 1908). The Columbia campus is a land-grant, state-supported, multi-purpose university of approximately 35,425 students offering a wide variety of academic, cultural, and athletic activities. Please see

Columbia, Missouri is a regional center for health care and financial services surrounded by a large rural population. Recognized for its high quality of life in national media, Columbia is a community of approximately 108,000 people with a wide-range of activities and opportunities; it is in central Missouri equidistant between St. Louis or Kansas City.

The University of Missouri is fully committed to achieving the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our core campus values of respect, responsibility, discovery and excellence. The University of Missouri does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, or status as disabled veteran or veteran of the Vietnam Era. To request AD Accommodations, please contact our ADA Coordinator at 573-884-7278 (V/TTY).


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