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Associate/Full Professor, Department Chair - Communicative Disorders and Sciences

San José State University
San Jose, CA
Closing date
Apr 11, 2024

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Organization Type
Job no: 533881
Work type: Instructional Faculty - Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: San José
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time, Faculty - Education/Library Science

Position Rank and Title: Associate/Full Professor, Department Chair

School/Department Name: Department of Communicative Disorders and Sciences

Compensation: Commensurate with qualifications, experience, and rank as established by the CSU Salary Schedule.

Anticipated annual salary range by rank:
Professor: $142,000 -155,000

Associate Professor: $119,000 - 131,000

The Salaries above include additional compensation for chair service that will be deducted from the incumbent's salary upon the end of the chair assignment. The ranges above correspond with base academic year salaries of Professor: $120,000 - 130,000; Associate Professor: $100,000 - $110,000.

Faculty employee benefits are very competitive for the higher education sector. See the CSU Employee Benefits Summary for details about the CSU's excellent benefits package.

Target Start Date: August 2024

Application Deadline: Applications will be accepted until the position is filled or closed.

Position Description

The Department of Communicative Disorders and Sciences at San José State University seeks qualified candidates for the position of Department Chair. The Department Chair will provide visionary leadership to further the department's mission, promote research and teaching excellence of the department, manage and secure resources for departmental initiatives, lead a diverse and inclusive community of students, staff and faculty, and maintain productive relationships with department stakeholders. Candidates are expected to have a strong record of accomplishment in administrative activities, research and teaching.

The Department of Communicative Disorders and Sciences is proud of its diversity among students, faculty and staff. We prepare innovative scholars via transformative education and high-impact, equity-minded research. We prioritize clinical education and research that reflect, elevate, and advocate for the interests and needs of our diverse communities. We do this with a culturally responsive and student-centered focus. The department is dedicated to increasing student access into the related professions, and is in the process of developing an online Master's program and a Speech Language Pathology Assistant program.

The Department of Communicative Disorders and Sciences and San José State University value diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. Our excellence in research, teaching, and service can only be fully realized by faculty, students, and staff who share our commitment to these values. SJSU enrolls more than 36,000 students, many of whom are historically underserved, and around 45% are first-generation and 38% are Pell-recipients. SJSU is a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander (AANAPISI) Serving Institution. The university's commitment to social justice extends from its vibrant, inclusive campus to an international network of over 275,000 alumni. As such, San José State is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty so our disciplines, students, and the community can benefit from multiple ethnic and gender perspectives.

Successful candidates will demonstrate evidence of a commitment to equity and inclusion through their research, teaching, and/or service. We ask that all applicants include a Diversity Statement with their application package. A guide to writing this statement can be found at SJSU Diversity Statement Guidelines, along with information about how these statements will be evaluated.

Required Qualifications

  • Ph.D. or Ed.D. in Communication Sciences and Disorders or closely related fields
  • Current CCC-SLP and eligible for California SLP license
  • Established record of administrative responsibilities in higher education
  • Demonstrate effectiveness in teaching, service, research, scholarly and creative activities for appointment as a tenured associate professor or full professor.
  • Applicants must demonstrate an awareness of and sensitivity to the educational goals of a socially and economically diverse student population as might have been gained in cross-cultural study, training, teaching, and other comparable experience.

Preferred Qualifications

Priority will be given to candidates who possess one or more of the following:
  • Experience with university academic administrative positions
  • Experience with program accreditation and assessment
  • Experience with project management, strategic planning, and budgeting
  • Experience with developing and maintaining interdisciplinary partnerships
  • Expertise in speech, language or hearing, with preferences in swallowing, motor speech and/or speech sciences

Key Responsibilities

  • Actively advocate and secure resources for the department within and outside the university, including professional and academic groups at local, regional, state, and national levels.
  • Effectively communicate department mission, vision and values with stakeholders and respond effectively to concerns and issues.
  • Provide visionary leadership in strategic planning and its implementation to guide the future of the department.
  • Oversee program assessment, improvement and alignment with WASC, ASHA CAA and CCTC accreditation standards and department vision.
  • Effectively manage department resources, budget and space with equity and transparency.
  • Promptly manage the recruitment, assignment and performance evaluation of faculty/staff.
  • Provide administrative oversight and mentorship for the retention, tenure, and promotion of tenure-line faculty.
  • Partner with university departments/units and community organizations to develop sustainable inter-professional training opportunities for students.
  • Participate in professional organizations governing academic programs and practices in communicative disorders and sciences.
  • The candidate will participate in shared governance, usually in department, college, and university committees and other service assignments.
  • The candidate must demonstrate awareness and experience understanding the needs of a student population of great diversity - in age, abilities, cultural background, ethnicity, religion, economic background, primary language, sexual orientation, gender identity, and academic preparation - through inclusive course materials, teaching strategies and advisement.

Other Duties

Note that all San José State University employees are considered mandated reporters under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and are required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment. Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act) and CSU systemwide policy, some faculty duties may lead to designation as a Campus Security Authority (CSA). CSAs are required to complete Clery Act training and to immediately report Clery incidents to the institution.

Faculty employees must complete CSU employee training as assigned and required based on their role (e.g., Data Security, FERPA, Preventing Discrimination and Harassment, Title IX, Health and Safety). The President may recommend or require compliance with safety measures that decrease the likelihood of COVID-19 transmission or illness and allows the core mission and activities of the campus to continue.

Application Procedure

Select Apply Now to complete the SJSU Online Employment Application and attach the following documents:
  • letter of interest that includes a statement of leadership approach and philosophy
  • curriculum vitae
  • diversity statement (2 pages)
  • statement of teaching interests/philosophy (2 pages)
  • research plans (2 pages)
  • three references we may contact for letters

Inquiries may be directed to the Search Committee Chair Pei-Tzu Tsai at

Conditional Offer

The work for this faculty position is located in the State of California and requires commuting to the campus. Employment is contingent upon US residence and proof of eligibility to work in the United States. Satisfactory completion of a background check (including a criminal records check) is required for employment. SJSU will make a conditional offer of employment, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current employee who was conditionally offered the position.

San José State University: Silicon Valley's Public University

Located in the heart of Silicon Valley - one of the most innovative regions in the world - San José State University is the founding campus of the 23-campus California State University (CSU) system and the first public university in the West. Recognized as a leading transformative educational institution, San José State is an essential partner in the technological, economic, cultural, and social development of Silicon Valley, the Bay Area, and California. SJSU is a top-200 school nationally in research funding and second highest in research productivity in the CSU system. Cutting-edge research, world-class scholarship, student-centered learning, diverse communities, and commitment to social justice, allow SJSU to provide life-changing opportunities and advance the public good locally and globally.

Equal Employment Statement

San José State University prohibits discrimination on the basis of Age, Ancestry, Caste, Color, Disability, Ethnicity, Gender, Gender Expression, Gender Identity, Genetic Information, Marital Status, Medical Condition, Military Status, Nationality, Race, Religion, Religious Creed, Sex, Sexual Orientation, Sex Stereotype, and Veteran Status. This policy applies to all San José State University students, faculty, and staff as well as University programs and activities. Reasonable accommodations are made for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose.

Campus Security and Fire Safety Notification

Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the Annual Security Report (ASR) is also now available for viewing at The ASR contains the current security and safety-related policy statements, emergency preparedness and evacuation information, crime prevention and Sexual Assault prevention information, and information about drug and alcohol prevention programming. The ASR also contains statistics of Clery crimes for San José State University locations for the three most recent calendar years. A paper copy of the ASR is available upon request by contacting the Office of the Clery Director by phone at 408-924-1501 or by email at

Pursuant to the Higher Education Opportunity Act, the Annual Fire Safety Report (AFSR) is available at The purpose of this report is to disclose statistics for fires that occurred within SJSU on-campus housing facilities for the three most recent calendar years, and to distribute fire safety policies and procedures intended to promote safety on Campus. A paper copy of the AFSR is available upon request by contacting the Housing Office by phone at 408-795-5600 or by email at

Advertised: February 14, 2024 (9:00 AM) Pacific Standard Time
Applications close: Open until filled

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