James Madison University (JMU) invites applications for the position of Department Head for Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) in the College of Health and Behavioral Studies (CHBS).  We seek a visionary and collaborative leader whose experience emphasizes a commitment to undergraduate and graduate education as well as research scholarship as JMU transitions from a regional to a national R2-status university.

The College of Health and Behavioral Studies (CHBS) is working to identify and dismantle oppressive racist and discriminatory policies, practices, and processes while advancing inclusive excellence and promoting a CHBS culture in which every member can flourish.  We are especially interested in qualified candidates with a demonstrated commitment towards building equitable and inclusive environments. Join us in achieving our goal of continuing to grow as a diverse college that embodies an atmosphere of belonging.

The position is a 12-month, tenure-track faculty appointment at the Associate/Full Professor rank with consideration of tenure upon appointment. The Department Head reports to the Dean of the College of Health and Behavioral Studies, in which the Communication Sciences and Disorders department is one of eight academic units. The desired start date is July 1, 2022.

The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders is a thriving and collegial academic unit with 18 full-time faculty and six part-time faculty with additional adjunct and clinical educators as needed. The department serves an average of 350 undergraduate majors and 125 graduate students across multiple degree-granting academic programs: Undergraduate Program (B.A. or B.S.), Master’s Program in Speech-Language Pathology (offering both residential and online programs), Doctor of Audiology Program, Dual Doctor of Audiology and Doctor of Philosophy Program and Doctor of Philosophy Program.  The Clinical Doctorate in Audiology (Au.D.) and the M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology programs are accredited by the Council for Academic Accreditation (CAA) through the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association. We have a well-established and growing research doctorate (Ph.D).  The program has an in-house, state-of-the-art clinic and team of dedicated clinical educators with rich community outreach to support evidence-based practice science.

The departmental vision is, “we will be recognized for bridging science and clinical practice.” We are achieving this vision through our state-of-the-art classrooms, research labs, clinic facilities, stellar faculty, and innovative programming. James Madison University is the sole university in the Commonwealth of Virginia to offer this comprehensive array of CSD program options. U.S News & World Report on “America’s Best Graduate Schools” has consistently ranked the JMU graduate programs in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology among the top programs in the United States.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Department Head is responsible for working with faculty to set a strategic direction for the department, as well as administering and integrating all aspects of the department to promote excellence on a national and international level.


Successful candidates will demonstrate
(1) a record of outstanding leadership, creative vision, and budget management;
(2) excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both within the unit (e.g., promoting an inclusive and collaborative environment) and more broadly with other academic unit heads, administrators, campus partners and external stakeholders;
(3) experience supporting and advancing efforts related to interprofessional and interdisciplinary education and those related to diversity, equity and inclusion;
(4) an integrated record of teaching, scholarship and service, including achievements in external funding and research productivity, and service to the discipline and/or professional associations; and
(5) a Ph.D. with a major emphasis in an area related to speech-language pathology, audiology and/or speech, hearing, or language science. Preference will be given to candidates who exhibit evidence of effectiveness in academic or professional leadership roles.

To apply, visit JMU’s electronic application system at https://joblink.jmu.edu and reference job posting number F1710, or go directly to https://joblink.jmu.edu/postings/10273.

Candidates will submit:

  • a letter of application
  • a statement of administrative leadership philosophy (listed as other document #1)
  • a statement addressing the candidate’s vision for diversity, equity and inclusion (listed as other document #2)
  • current vita
  • contact information for three references

Review of applications will begin October 31, 2021. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Salary is commensurate with experience. For questions, please contact Dr. Linda Plitt Donaldson, Search Chair, 540-568-2705 or plittdlx@jmu.edu.

James Madison University is committed to creating and supporting a diverse and inclusive work and educational community that is free of all forms of discrimination. This institution does not tolerate discrimination or harassment on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, national origin, parental status, political affiliation, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or veteran status We promote access, inclusion and diversity for all students, faculty, staff, constituents and programs, believing that these qualities are foundational components of an outstanding education in keeping with our mission. The university is interested in candidates whose experience and qualifications support an ongoing commitment to this core quality Anyone having questions concerning discrimination should contact the Office for Equal Opportunity: (540) 568-6991.