Professor and Chair of the Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders (CSD)
University of South Florida, College of Behavioral and Community Sciences

Position Description: 

The University of South Florida invites applications for Professor and Chair of the Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders (CSD) within the College of Behavioral and Community Sciences. Candidates must have a Ph.D. in communication sciences and disorders or a related field and qualify for appointment as a full professor. They should have an internationally recognized research program that complements departmental strengths. A strong history of extramural funding is required for the position. Preference will be given to candidates with evidence of successful academic leadership, a strong commitment to undergraduate and graduate education, and mentorship of students and faculty.

The successful candidate will lead our growing department to continued excellence and national recognition. The candidate will be expected to provide exceptional vision, leadership, and administrative direction to the Department, while fostering a culture of excellence in interdisciplinary research, scholarship, teaching, and service to the community and profession. The Chair will:

  • Advocate for University, community, and extramural support for the Department
  • Advance the strategic plans of the Department, College, and University, to promote the standing and reputation of the Department nationally and internationally
  • Pursue development opportunities, and work collaboratively with other disciplines and programs within the College and the University
  • Promote continued dedication to the Department's faculty, student, and educational program diversity.

CSD has a diverse portfolio of funded research from NIH, NSF, Department of Defense, Department of Education, and Industry sponsors complemented by a strong body of clinical, research, and academic faculty. The interdisciplinary faculty are engaged in basic, applied, and translational research that include areas such as language, literacy, and bilingualism, speech and voice perception and production, communication device development, device and drug evaluation, neuroscience, neurogenics, and molecular biology. The department has partnerships with biomedical engineering, the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, the USF Morsani College of Medicine, the Byrd Alzheimer's Institute, the Global Center for Hearing and Speech Research, and the Rightpath Research and Innovation Center. CSD has over 250 graduate students and 500 undergraduate students in four degree programs: Bachelor's with three possible concentrations, Master's in Speech-Language Pathology, Doctor of Audiology, and Doctor of Philosophy. The Department trains future professionals and serves the Tampa Bay community through the USF Hearing Clinic, USF Speech-Language Clinic, Bolesta Center at USF (Listening and Spoken Language Center), and Hands On USF (sign language interpreting service). Additional information about our programs are available at .

The University of South Florida is a high-impact, global research university dedicated to student success. USF is classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in the top tier of research universities, a distinction attained by only 2.2 percent of all universities. The Carnegie Foundation also classifies USF as a community-engaged university. It is ranked 43rd in total research expenditures ($505.9M FY2016) and 38th in federal research expenditures for public universities by the National Sciences Foundation. The USF System has an annual budget of $1.6 billion, an annual economic impact of $4.4 billion, and serves over 48,000 students in Tampa, St. Petersburg, and Sarasota-Manatee. 

How to Apply: 

To apply, please visit the USF online application system at: and search for Job ID 18714. You must submit: 1) A cover letter, 2) curriculum vitae, 3) description of current research activities and future plans, and 4) statement of administrative activities and leadership philosophy. For questions regarding the position, please contact Search Committee Chair Dr. Catherine Rogers at [email protected]. Visit for a snapshot of the University of South Florida. According to Florida Law, applications and search committee meetings are open to the public. For ADA accommodations, please contact Laura Hemphill at [email protected] at least five working days prior to need. USF is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Employer.