Department Head/Full Professor of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences



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Job description

West Lafayette, IN

Applications and nominations are invited for the position of Head of the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences in the College of Health and Human Sciences at Purdue University. The position will be available July 1, 2019. We seek an internationally recognized researcher with a history of skillful interdisciplinary leadership and an inspiring vision for the Department. The successful candidate will serve as advocate for the Department to the College, University, and larger community.

The successful candidate will be an academic leader and scholar with a commitment to the research, clinical, and teaching missions of the Department. Applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent degree, have scholarly credentials commensurate with the rank of Tenured Full Professor in the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Science, and have expertise in one of the departments’ subject areas and have a program of publication in this field. Furthermore, the candidate must be able to contribute to the portfolio of the department. Desirable attributes include a strong record of published research and external funding as well as prior experience in academic and clinical program administration and program development. The successful candidate must also value and promote diversity.

The Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences is a diverse and collegial department with 22 research/tenure track faculty and 15 clinical faculty members. Research areas represented in the Department include: Speech-Language Pathology, Audiology, Linguistics, Neuroscience, and Speech & Hearing Sciences. The Department houses a thriving interdisciplinary community, including ongoing collaborations with other departments (e.g., Biomedical Engineering, Biological Sciences, Psychological Sciences) and programs/centers (e.g., Linguistics, Institute for Integrative Neuroscience, Center on Aging and the Life Course, Purdue Autism Cluster, Center for Research on Brain, Behavior, and NeuroRehabilitation, and Ray W. Herrick Acoustic Laboratories). Faculty lead two interdisciplinary NIH training grants in Communication Disorders and in Auditory Neuroscience. The Department has accredited and highly ranked clinical programs in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. It awards Bachelors, Masters, Au.D., and Ph.D. degrees.

Purdue University’s Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences is committed to advancing diversity in all areas of faculty effort, including scholarship, instruction, and engagement. Candidates should address at least one of these areas in their cover letter, including their experiences, current interests or activities, and/or future goals to promote a climate that values diversity and inclusion. A background check will be required for employment in this position.

How to apply

Review of applications will begin January 7, 2019, and will continue until the position is filled. Applicants should submit their curriculum vitae, a letter of interest indicating relevant experience, qualifications, and commitment to diversity, and names of three individuals from whom references may be obtained. Materials should be sent electronically to Questions may be directed to Doran C. French (, Committee Chair, or Jessica Huber (

Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

Purdue University, located in West Lafayette, Indiana, U.S., is the flagship university of the six-campus Purdue University system. Purdue was founded on May 6, 1869, as a land-grant university when the Indiana General Assembly, taking advantage of the Morrill Act, accepted a donation of land and money from Lafayette businessman John Purdue to establish a college of science, technology, and agriculture in his name