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Chairperson of the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology

Ball State University

Last Updated: 5/04/23

Job Description

The College of Health at Ball State University seek a dynamic individual who will work collaboratively and congenially serving in a professional role as Chairperson of the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology.

The successful candidate will:
- provide administrative and faculty leadership for the Department and its reporting units
- teach courses in general and expertise-specific areas of the discipline as negotiated with the Dean
- motivate faculty toward strategic goals
- demonstrate commitment to inclusive excellence
- advance student enrollment growth with attention to increasing diversity and retention
- conduct research and publish in areas of specialization
- provide example of engagement through academic, professional, and public service
- manage course scheduling and faculty assignments
- monitor budget oversight and stewardship of departmental resources
- oversee fundraising and development
- maintain community partnerships, and
- effectively represent the Department and its faculty to the college and university.

The successful candidate will be appointed at the tenured rank of Associate or Full Professor and will serve during the fiscal year as a Professional Continuing Contract employee. The position candidate is expected to work on campus in Muncie to allow full engagement with students, department, college, and university colleagues, and the community.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Assure that administrative duties associated with the Department are carried out in a timely manner. These include class scheduling, making teaching assignments, overseeing the budget, preparing required forms and reports, etc.
  2. Convey the policies of the Administration to the Department, seeking clarification as necessary.
  3. Interpret the needs and concerns of the Department and its personnel to the Dean.
  4. Assist faculty and staff in reaching their maximum potential.
  5. Oversee the use of the resources of the Department to ensure that these resources are used in accordance with University policies, and as effectively and efficiently as possible.
  6. Provide leadership in the areas of teaching, scholarly productivity, and service.
  7. Provide leadership and guidance in the formulation and implementation of personnel, curricular, academic, and budgetary planning policies.
  8. Seek solutions to the problems faced by the Department and its faculty.
  9. Assume leadership in making personnel decisions (hiring, promotion & tenure) that best further the quality and goals of the Department.
  10. Determine, in conjunction with the faculty and administration and taking into account trends in the discipline, the major directions and goals of the Department, and then provide leadership to move the Department in the desired directions and achieve the goals sought.
  11. Make sure that the Department and its programs meet existing and long-term student needs relative to both departmental majors and service areas to the extent that resources allow.
  12. Maintain communication with external constituent groups which are important to the enhancement of the academic programs.
  13. Serve as appeal officer for faculty/staff/student/client grievances.
  14. Coordinate the peer evaluation process in the Department.
  15. Develop in-service and continuing education programs for professionals in the field.
  16. Be responsible for maintenance and coordination of departmental resources.
  17. Coordinate public relations (e.g., speakers’ bureau, newspapers, radio & TV)
  18. Serve on the SLP and/or AUD Admissions Committee, as necessary.
  19. All duties listed in the College Chairs handbook under Chair Position Description.

At Ball State University, Inclusiveness and freedom of expression are a part of our enduring values and inform all of our efforts. We encourage applicants to familiarize themselves with our Inclusive Excellence Plan to learn more about our commitment and to identify how you might contribute to these efforts.

Minimum Qualifications: A research doctoral degree in Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology or other related discipline. Five years of tenure-line faculty teaching and research experience; significant record of scholarship and demonstrated excellence in teaching.

Employer will consider sponsorship.

Preferred Qualifications: Three years of academic department, college or university administrative experience. Experience as chairperson of an academic department or assistant/associate dean of a college. Substantial record of research and publication in own area(s) of specialization.

Apply online at: Include the following documents with your application: leadership statement, teaching philosophy statement, curriculum vitae, and cover letter addressed to Glen Stone. In the Applicant Documents section of this application, please provide an inclusive excellence statement describing how you would contribute to the development of a diverse and inclusive learning community at Ball State University through your teaching, research, and/or service. Please include examples of your contributions when possible. Word limit 500.

The option to upload transcripts is available. Original, official transcripts showing the highest related degree earned is required at the time of hire (even if obtained at BSU). Degree verification will be conducted.

Review of applications will begin immediately and to ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 12/2/2022.

Ball State University is located in Muncie, Indiana, on an attractive campus 45 miles northeast of Indianapolis. Approximately 22,000 graduate and undergraduate students enroll in one of eight academic colleges that offer 120 undergraduate programs. We offer more than 140 master’s, doctoral, certificate, and specialist degrees, with many of them ranking among the best in the nation. Ball State aspires to be the model of the most student-centered and community-engaged of the 21st century public research universities, transforming entrepreneurial learners into impactful leaders – committed to improving the quality of life for all.

The Ball State way is rooted in the Beneficence Pledge – a commitment to excellence in teaching and scholarship, honesty and integrity, social responsibility, gratitude and valuing the intrinsic worth of each member of our community. Ball State students, faculty and staff are empowered in a culture that believes in them and demands they believe in themselves. They are partners in an innovative, immersive approach to education. They are supported by living and learning facilities that enable intellectual curiosity. We graduate scholars who are changing the world, and we’ve dedicated our University to do the same.

The university offers an excellent wellness program and extensive benefits offerings to include a generous paid time off package and paid parental leave. For further information regarding benefits please visit:

Ball State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that is strongly and actively committed to diversity within its community. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status or any other legally protected status.

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Muncie, Indiana, United States
Ball State University is located in Muncie, Indiana, on an attractive campus 45 miles northeast of Indianapolis. Approximately 22,000 graduate and undergraduate students enroll in one of eight academic colleges that offer 120 undergraduate programs. We offer more than 140 master’s, doctoral, certificate, and specialist degrees, with many of them ranking among the best in the nation. Ball Sta...