University of Connecticut, Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences

Position ID:UConn-Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences-495754 [#20413, 495754]
Position Title: Head of Speech Language and Hearing Sciences Department
Position Type:Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Storrs, Connecticut 06269, United States [map]
Subject Area: Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences
Appl Deadline: finished (2021/11/05, finished 2022/05/16, listed until 2022/03/05)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed and new applications are no longer accepted. ***


The University of Connecticut seeks a dynamic, inclusive leader to serve as head of the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences (SLHS). The successful candidate will be appointed at the rank of Professor and will be expected to lead the SLHS department by strengthening the academic and professional success of its faculty, students, and staff, and developing its diverse, vibrant, and inclusive intellectual community. The head guides the department’s commitment to teaching, research, and service and builds connections between the department and the College and University. 

The SLHS department is housed within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Its primary missions are to conduct and disseminate high-quality basic, translational, and applied research in the speech, language, and hearing sciences; to educate and support graduate students and postdocs in becoming highly-qualified, ethical, and discerning researchers, clinical practitioners, and other professionals in SLHS; and to prepare undergraduate students for graduate study in SLHS with a strong and comprehensive foundational curriculum. SLHS offers CAA-accredited clinical graduate training programs in audiology and speech language pathology, an undergraduate major, and a PhD program. It is home to the UConn Speech and Hearing Clinic, a full-service healthcare facility offering audiology and speech language pathology services to the community, from infants to adults. The department is a key contributor to the UConn Cognitive Sciences Program and the Institute for Brain and Cognitive Sciences. Department faculty are involved in interdisciplinary research with the Brain Imaging Research Center on the Storrs campus and collaborate with external partners including Haskins Laboratory in New Haven, CT, the Naval Submarine Medical Research Laboratory in Groton, CT, and with UConn Health in Farmington, CT. Faculty research is funded by the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Defense, and various foundations and industry partners. 

Applicants are expected to demonstrate effective leadership in a diverse community of faculty colleagues, students, and staff by fostering inclusion and equity, developing faculty and student scholarship, and advancing innovative programming and professional opportunities. The head will be an articulate and vigorous spokesperson and advocate for the department’s scientific, clinical, translational, and educational missions. This person will have an outstanding record of professional accomplishments commensurate with appointment at the rank of Professor, with the opportunity for tenure at hire.

Founded in 1881, UConn is a Land and Grant and Sea Grant institution and member of the Space Grant Consortium. It is the state’s flagship Institution of higher education and includes a main campus in Storrs, Ct., four regional campuses throughout the state, and 13 schools and Colleges, including a Law School in Hartford, and a Medical and Dental Schools at the UConn Health campus in Farmington, CT. The university has approximately 10, 000 faculty and staff and 32, 000 students, including nearly 24, 000 undergraduate and 8, 000 graduate and professional students. UConn is a Carnegie Foundation R1 (highest research activity) institution, among the top 25 public universities in the nation. Through research, teaching, service, and outreach, UConn cultivates leadership, integrity, and engaged citizenship in its students, faculty, staff, and alumni. UConn promotes the health and well-being of citizens by enhancing the social, economic, cultural, and natural environments of the state and beyond. The university serves as a beacon of academic and research excellence as well as a center for innovation and social service to communities. UConn Is a leader in many scholarly, research, and innovation areas. Today, the path forward includes exciting opportunities and notable challenges. Record numbers of undergraduate applications and support for student success have enabled the University to become extraordinarily selective.

UConn’s main campus at Storrs is in rural Connecticut, 30 minutes from Hartford, and 45 minutes from Providence, between Boston (90 minutes away) and New York City (2½ hours away). 


  • Ph.D. or Sc.D. in SLHS or a related field
  • A distinguished record of research including grant support for research, clinical, or educational activities
  • Evidence of leadership experience in academia or their discipline
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Evidence of excellence in teaching
  • A record of service to the field or profession
  • Commitment to the clinical mission of the department
  • Commitment to promoting diversity and equity in the profession and in academia  


This is a full time, 10 month tenured/tenure-track position with an anticipated start date of August 23, 2022. The successful candidate’s academic appointment will be at the Storrs campus. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.  Applicants must meet University requirements for appointment at the rank of full Professor, with tenure to be considered upon hire.


Employment at the University of Connecticut is contingent upon the successful candidate’s compliance with the University’s Mandatory Workforce COVID-19 Vaccination Policy.  This Policy states that all workforce members are required to have or obtain a Covid-19 vaccination as a term and condition of employment at UConn, unless an exemption or deferral has been approved. 

Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.


Please apply online to Academic Jobs Online via and submit the following application materials:

  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Record of scholarship (a statement summarizing the candidate’s history of accomplishments in research and mentorship, and future research and mentorship goals; 1-2 pages)
  • Commitment to diversity statement (including broadening participation, integrating multicultural experiences in instruction and research and pedagogical techniques to meet the needs of diverse learning styles, etc.; 1-2 pages)
  • Statement of teaching philosophy and interest (1-2 pages)
  • At least three reference writers to submit letters of reference on your behalf

Evaluation of applicants will begin immediately. For more information regarding the Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences please visit the department website at

At the University of Connecticut, our commitment to excellence is complemented by our commitment to building a culturally diverse community.

The position will be filled subject to budgetary approval.

All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics, which may be found at

The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty, and staff. The diversity of students, faculty, and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural, and disabilities, and members of traditionally underrepresented populations. 

Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
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Further Info:
Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences
University of Connecticut
850 Bolton Road, Unit 1085
Storrs, CT 06269-1085