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Department Head of Communication Disorders and Occupational Therapy

University of Arkansas

University of Arkansas

Fayetteville, AR, USA
Posted on Friday, September 22, 2023

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Institution Name:

University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

Founded in 1871, the University of Arkansas is a land grant institution, classified by the Carnegie Foundation among the nation’s top 2 percent of universities with the highest level of research activity. The University of Arkansas works to advance Arkansas and build a better world through education, research and outreach by providing transformational opportunities and skills, promoting an inclusive and diverse culture and climate, and nurturing creativity, discovery and the spread of new ideas and innovations.

The University of Arkansas campus is located in Fayetteville, a welcoming community ranked as one of the best places to live in the U.S. The growing region surrounding Fayetteville is home to numerous Fortune 500 companies and one of the nation’s strongest economies. Northwest Arkansas is also quickly gaining a national reputation for its focus on the arts and overall quality of life.

As an employer, the University of Arkansas offers a vibrant work environment and a workplace culture that promotes a healthy work-life balance. The benefits package includes university contributions to health, dental, life and disability insurance, tuition waivers for employees and their families, 12 official holidays, immediate leave accrual, and a choice of retirement programs with university contributions ranging from 5 to 10% of employee salary.

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College of Education and Health Professions

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Summary of Job Duties:

The Department Head of Communication Disorders and Occupational Therapy leads the department’s human and fiscal resources, provides mentorship to faculty, grows the research strength and capabilities of the department, and models and promotes excellence in teaching, research, and service. The Department Head leads all daily operations of the department, advances its graduate and undergraduate programs, and builds and maintains collaborative relationships among faculty and staff. Specific duties and responsibilities of the Department Head include but are not limited to: 1) providing intellectual and administrative leadership of the faculty, staff, and students in teaching, research, and service; 2) managing and coordinating the department’s human and fiscal resources; 3) advancing the department’s mission and goals; 4) serving as a liaison for the department to the college and university; 5) establishing and promoting relationships with clinical partners, state and federal agencies, and other key stakeholders; and (6) working closely with Occupational Therapy and Communication Sciences and Disorders program directors to coordinate program reviews and accreditation. The Department Head of Communication Disorders and Occupational Therapy serves on the College of Education and Health Professions’ Executive Team and reports directly to the Dean.

About the Department
The Department of Communication Disorders and Occupational Therapy is one of six departments in the College of Education and Health Professions that houses two academic programs. The Department comprises of 421 students, 19 faculty, and 4 staff.

The Program in Communication Sciences and Disorders offers Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in the field. Also offered is a post-master’s Certificate in Advanced School-Based Speech-Language Pathology The program includes the University of Arkansas Speech and Hearing Clinic, which offers comprehensive speech, language, and hearing services to people of all ages and has served Northwest Arkansas since 1960.

The Occupational Therapy program is a 115 credit-hour, post-baccalaureate, 3-year (9 semester), full-time, on-campus program with an off-campus fieldwork and capstone component. On completion, an entry-level Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD) professional degree is awarded. Students begin studies in January and graduate in a future December. The OTD degree is a joint offering between the College of Education and Health Professions of the University of Arkansas and the College of Health Professions of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and UAMS's Northwest campus in Fayetteville.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Earned doctorate in Communication Sciences and Disorders, Occupational Therapy, or a closely related field from an accredited institution of higher education conferred by the start of employment

  • Proven leadership and administrative skills

  • Exemplary record of research, teaching, and service relative to rank

  • Established record as a scholar consistent with an appointment to the rank of tenured associate professor or higher at the University of Arkansas

  • Demonstrated commitment to clinical education

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Record of research, teaching, and service consistent with the criteria for an appointment of a tenured full professor at the University of Arkansas

  • Experience managing budget and personnel

  • Experience mentoring faculty in research, teaching, and service

  • Experience securing and successfully administering external funding

  • Demonstrated effective academic leadership experience in higher education

  • Occupational therapy or speech-language-hearing clinical experience

  • Strong commitment to quality undergraduate and graduate education

  • Experience with national accreditation agencies/organizations

  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize workload and multi-task in a fast-paced, deadline-oriented environment

Additional Information:

Salary Information:

Commensurate with education and experience

Required Documents to Apply:

Cover Letter/Letter of Application, Curriculum Vitae, List of three Professional References (name, email, business title), Other (see special instructions for details)

Optional Documents:

Proof of Veteran Status

Recruitment Contact Information:

Dr. Matt Ganio, PhD
Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs

All application materials must be uploaded to the University of Arkansas System Career Site

Please do not send to listed recruitment contact.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

The cover letter should speak to the qualifications of the position. Position is open until filled. Complete applications received by Oct 15 will receive full consideration. Late applications will be reviewed as necessary to fill the position.

Pre-employment Screening Requirements:

Criminal Background Check, Motor Vehicle Reports Check, Sex Offender Registry

The University of Arkansas is committed to providing a safe campus community. We conduct background checks for applicants being considered for employment. Background checks include a criminal background check and a sex offender registry check. For certain positions, there may also be a financial (credit) background check, a Motor Vehicle Registry (MVR) check, and/or drug screening. Required checks are identified in the position listing. A criminal conviction or arrest pending adjudication or adverse financial history information alone shall not disqualify an applicant in the absence of a relationship to the requirements of the position. Background check information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.

The University of Arkansas seeks to attract, develop and retain high quality faculty, staff and administrators that consistently display practices and behaviors to advance a culture that embeds inclusion, opportunity, educational excellence and unparalleled access for all.

The University of Arkansas is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. The University does not discriminate in its education programs or activities (including in admission and employment) on the basis of age, race, color, national origin, disability, religion, marital or parental status, protected veteran status, military service, genetic information, or sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, and gender identity). Federal law prohibits the University from discriminating on these bases. Questions or concerns about the application of Title IX, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, may be sent to the University's Title IX Coordinator and to the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights.

Persons must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States on the first day of employment.

All application information is subject to public disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.

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