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Chair, School of Allied Health and Communicative Disorders (Position #6451) (Updated)

Posted On: Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Position Type: Faculty
College/Division: College of Health and Human Sciences
Department: School of Allied Health and Communicative Disorders
Contact: Dr. Derryl E. Block, Dean | jridge@niu.edu | 815-753-1877
Phone: 815-753-1877
Fax: 815-752-5361


Provide dynamic leadership for academic programs in Audiology, Physical Therapy, Speech-Language Pathology, and Rehabilitation Counseling, as well as the Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic and Physical Therapy Clinic. Assume an exemplary academic and scholarly role within the School, maintain professional/disciplinary currency, further the development of and advocate for the three academic areas, serve as a member of the college senior leadership team, and promote research productivity including encouraging proposals for external funding, teach courses, and oversee graduate research in discipline area as appropriate.

Start Date: January 15, 2017 (12-month contract)

Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

University: Northern Illinois University is a comprehensive teaching and research institution with a diverse and international student body of approximately 22,000. NIU is included in the Research Universities – High Research Activity and Community Engaged Institution categories by the Carnegie Foundation and is a member of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities. School programs hold CAA, CAPTE, CORE, accreditation and offer the B.S., M.A., Au.D., and D.P.T. degrees. There are 14 academic and 10 clinical faculty members and approximately 250 graduate students and 940 undergraduate students enrolled. The school has service contracts in the community and excellent off-campus sites are available for clinical experiences, research, and grant development. The School has alliances with early intervention, early childhood, and gerontology programs, as well as public schools, hospitals, community rehabilitation centers, and state divisions of rehabilitation services. Visit the school website at http://www.chhs.niu.edu/ahcd/. NIU is located in DeKalb, IL, 60 miles west of Chicago. For information about DeKalb, visit http://www.niu.edu/visit/dekalb.shtml.


Ph.D. or other doctoral degree in one of the academic disciplines (or a closely related discipline) represented in the school; eligible for tenure at the rank of associate professor or professor; eligible for appropriate professional credential(s). Required: evidence of leadership skills, effective interpersonal skills, successful teaching, research, professional service, and mentoring. Preferred: successful academic administrative, clinical administrative, budgetary, and grant experience; experience with professional accreditation and credentialing processes.


To Apply: Send (1) cover letter of application describing how knowledge, skills, experience, and philosophy fit this position, (2) vita, (3) copies of graduate transcripts, (4) list of three references with contact information to:

Dr. Derryl E. Block, Dean
College of Health and Human Sciences
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, Illinois 60115
Fax: 815-752-5361, Phone: 815-753-1877; E-mail: jridge@niu.edu

Review of completed applications will begin on March 15, 2016. However, applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

In compliance with the Illinois Campus Security Act, before an offer of employment is made, the university will conduct a pre-employment background investigation, which includes a criminal background check.

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