Assistant Professor of Communication Disorders, School of Health Sciences & Education

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The School of Health Sciences and Education and the Communication Disorders (CMDS) Department invite applications for a full-time, tenure-track position in Speech-Language Pathology.

Responsibilities: Teaching responsibilities include undergraduate and graduate courses in speech-language pathology with a focus on language development and disorders in children. Additionally, teaching emphasis on autism and/or augmentative and alternative communication is desired. There is potential for a successful candidate to help develop the Greenwood Autism Center. All Truman CMDS faculty perform clinical supervision, which is included in course load calculation. Scholarly activity and output appropriate to rank is expected, consistent with the teacher-scholar model. Additional duties (after the first year) may include advising; mentoring of students in research and other experiences; and service to the university and community. Summer teaching/supervision is available and intermittently expected. There is potential to run summer camps through the Greenwood Autism Center.

Required Qualifications:

  • Ph.D., or equivalent doctoral level degree(s) in Communication Disorders or closely related field (ABD considered, with an expected completion date within one calendar year beginning at appointment)

  • ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language-Pathology.

Candidates Evaluated On:

· Professional certification (CCC-SLP) and qualification for state licensure;

· Evidence of or demonstrated potential for teaching effectiveness in Speech-Language Pathology;

· Strong oral, written, and interpersonal skills;

· Evidence of or demonstrated potential for mentoring students in transformative learning experiences such as undergraduate and graduate research, service-learning, study abroad, and clinical practicum;

· Research background that meets Truman’s standards and teacher-scholar model;

· Ability to teach and/or develop a variety of courses within the department;

· Related professional experience;

· Potential for collaboration with and clinical supervision in the new Greenwood Autism Center.

Rank and Salary: Assistant Professor: Salary and tenure-track status will be negotiated according to experience and qualifications. Promotion to Associate Professor normally based on: six years at rank of Assistant Professor, record of effective instruction; sustained record of scholarly production; history of meaningful service. Truman offers an attractive benefits package including life, health, and disability insurance, retirement contributions, and stipend for moving expenses.

The Department: The Communication Disorders department offers undergraduate (B.A./B.S) and graduate (M.A.) degrees in communication disorders. The department currently enrolls approximately 240 students. Academically talented students from around the region make up the student body. About 75% of CMDS majors go on to graduate study. Graduates are admitted to top graduate programs around the country. Graduate students for the past 3 years have maintained a 100% pass rate on the Praxis exam.

The Communication Disorders department, faculty offices, clinic and classroom facilities are housed in the new (2011) Health Sciences building. The Truman State University Speech and Hearing Clinic operates all year round, serving a wide range of clients from a 100-mile radius (7 therapy rooms, audiology suite, labs, Rite Care/Truman Early Literacy Lab). State of the art resources are available for clinic and classroom instruction, including digital video recording of therapy rooms and classrooms, and telepractice equipment.

The School of Health Sciences and Education is committed to the integration of professional curricula within the framework of a liberal arts education. High priority is placed on instructional excellence, collegiality, and a commitment to student learning. For more information about the program and Truman State University, please visit

The University: Truman State University is home to a vibrant educational community. The approximately 6,000 students who make up its student body are well prepared for the academic rigors of a highly selective university. More than 20 percent engage in significant undergraduate research and creative projects. Most gain leadership experience and nearly half go on to graduate or professional school within a year of earning a degree. Founded in 1867, Truman is known for its focus on student learning and outcomes and places an emphasis on high-impact experiences such as internships, research, and study abroad opportunities. Truman has the highest overall graduation rate among the state’s public colleges and universities. For more than two decades, Truman has been recognized as the No. 1 public university in the Midwest regional category by U.S. News & World Report. Washington Monthly has included Truman in the top five of its master’s university rankings in each of the past five years. For more information regarding additional rankings and acknowledgements, visit

The Community: Located in Northeast Missouri, Kirksville is a cultural and economic hub in the region. In addition to Truman, Kirksville is the birthplace of osteopathic medicine and has a medical school, dental school, and community college.  The Kirksville School District is consistently recognized for academic excellence, and the community takes pride in several annual events including the Red Barn Arts and Crafts Festival, the NEMO Triathlon, and the Red, White, and Blue Festival. Just a few minutes outside of town is beautiful Thousand Hills State Park with hiking and biking opportunities surrounding the 700-acre Forest Lake.  Kirksville offers easy access by car to Kansas City, St. Louis, Chicago and Des Moines. Daily flights from Kirksville Regional Airport to St. Louis provide quick access to one of the Midwest’s major metropolitan areas. More information about Kirksville can be found at  

Application: The application process is coordinated by the Communication Disorders department. Electronic submission of applications is required and must be completed at Completed applications must include:

· Cover letter that addresses the required and preferred qualifications, scholarly activity interests and any other applicant characteristics that merit emphasis;

· Current curriculum vitae;

· Statement of teaching philosophy that presents the candidate’s commitment to the liberal arts and sciences and to student development;

· Evidence of potential for or demonstrated success in teaching excellence and scholarly activity;

· Copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts (unofficial transcripts are acceptable);

· Contact information for at least three references.

Review of applications will begin continue until the position is filled. If hired, applicants must provide proof of eligibility to work in the United States, official graduate and undergraduate transcripts, or documentation of degrees if transcripts are not available.

Questions about the position may be directed to Amy Teten, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Assistant Professor and Chair, Department of Communication Disorders by email at

Truman State University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act; women and minority candidates are particularly encouraged to apply.





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