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Assistant Professor

University of South Carolina

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Assistant Professor




Arnold School of Public Health


ASPH Communication Sciences and Disorders

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Salary commensurate with experience

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Full Time

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Full-time Equivalent (FTE)

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9 months

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About University of South Carolina:

From the Upstate to the Lowcountry, the University of South Carolina system is transforming the lives of South Carolinians through the impact of our eight institutions and 20 locations throughout the state. More than 50,000 students are enrolled at one of eight institutions, including the research campus in Columbia and comprehensive four-year universities in Aiken, Upstate and Beaufort. In addition, our Palmetto College campuses in Salkehatchie, Union, Lancaster and Sumter enable students to earn associate or bachelor’s degrees through a combination of in-person, online or blended learning. All of our system institutions place strong emphasis on service — helping to build healthier, more educated communities in South Carolina and beyond.

Inclusive Excellence Statement:

At the University of South Carolina, we strive to cultivate an inclusive environment that is open, welcoming, and supportive of individuals of all backgrounds. We recognize diversity in our workforce is essential to providing academic excellence and critical to our sustainability. The University is committed to eliminating barriers created by institutional discrimination through accountability and continuous process improvement. We celebrate the diverse voices, perspectives, and experiences of our employees.

Advertised Job Summary:

The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of South Carolina (USC) Arnold School of Public Health (ASPH; invites applications for a nine-month Assistant Professor tenure-track faculty position with an anticipated start date of August 2024.

The position will be responsible for developing and maintaining an independent, extramurally funded program of research in the areas of aphasia and longitudinal studies of aging. We seek a candidate who will also collaborate with other investigators in COMD who have expertise in aphasia, dementia, and hearing. The faculty member will also be responsible for teaching a distance education course in stuttering and other clinical courses in speech-language pathology within the department. Finally, they will contribute service to the department, university, and their field.The successful candidate must hold a Ph.D. in Communication Sciences and Disorders or closely related discipline (e.g., Psychology or Human Development) and have completed at least twenty-four months of postdoctoral research experience by the beginning date of employment. Research areas of interest should include but are not limited to aphasia, gerontology, stuttering, and longitudinal research design.

The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders hosts an active and collaborative research faculty, with existing strengths in child language and literacy, aphasia, neurodevelopmental disorders, motor speech disorders, and neurodegenerative disease. Our faculty have strong ties with community entities including local public and private schools, Prisma Health, the local VA hospital, as well as with research groups across the university, including:

·Research Consortium on Children and Families (·USC Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders Center of Excellence·Institute for Mind and Brain (·McCausland Center for Brain Imaging (

We currently have 25 full-time faculty and offer a CAA-accredited speech-language pathology master’s degree program (in two modalities, on-campus and via distance-learning) as well as a PhD program. We offer a low teaching load to support faculty in developing and maintaining their research programs.

The Department is housed within the Arnold School of Public Health, which hosts a highly active and interdisciplinary research community, with $43.5 million in extramural funding garnered in the School in 2020. The Carnegie Foundation ranks the University of South Carolina as a “very high research activity” institution (R1).
We share the University of South Carolina’s commitment to inclusive excellence overall, and our Department is specifically committed to increasing equity, inclusion, and by extension diversity in the field of speech-language pathology. Evidence of our department’s ongoing commitment to this important objective includes: (a) our faculty has established a fellowship to financially support students from backgrounds that are under-represented in the field, (b) faculty, staff, and students have been participating in formal and informal instruction to further develop an inclusive environment that spans research, teaching, and service endeavors, and © the department has a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee comprised of students, staff, and faculty members that continually seeks to promote learning and responsiveness among all individuals affiliated with the department. We appreciate applications from individuals who are invested in supporting these efforts.

The University of South Carolina offers Family Friendly policies for faculty, including modified duties for childbirth or adoption and accommodations for dual career faculty. Columbia, SC enjoys more than 300 days of sunshine annually and has ready access to pristine beaches, lakes, rivers, and mountains. The city hosts historical and cultural attractions, festivals, performing arts and sporting events, parks and outdoor recreation including Congaree National Park and 50,000-acre Lake Murray.

Required Education and Experience:

The successful candidate must hold a Ph.D. in Communication Sciences and Disorders or closely related discipline (e.g., Psychology or Human Development) and have completed at least twenty-four months of postdoctoral research experience by the beginning date of employment. Research areas of interest should include but are not limited to aphasia, gerontology, stuttering, and longitudinal research design.

Preferred Qualifications:

The successful candidate must hold a Ph.D. in Communication Sciences and Disorders or closely related discipline (e.g., Psychology or Human Development) and have completed at least twenty-four months of postdoctoral research experience by the beginning date of employment. Research areas of interest should include but are not limited to aphasia, gerontology, stuttering, and longitudinal research design.

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Special Instructions to Applicant:

Candidates should upload (1) a cover letter of application describing experience, accomplishments, and potential to contribute to research, teaching, and service; (2) a CV; (3) a research statement; (4) a statement of commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion; (5) contact information for three references (letters will be requested for short-listed candidates). Review of applications will begin April 4, 2024. Inquiries should be directed to the Search Committee Chair, Dr. Angela McLeod,

This position is open until filled. This employment site is updated on a regular basis. The length of the recruitment and screening process may vary from position to position, depending upon a variety of factors. Should review of your qualifications result in a decision to pursue your candidacy, you will be contacted by phone or email.

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EEO Statement:

The University of South Carolina does not discriminate in educational or employment opportunities or decisions for qualified persons on the basis of age, ancestry, citizenship status, color, disability, ethnicity, familial status, gender (including transgender), gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDs status, military status, national origin, pregnancy (false pregnancy, termination of pregnancy, childbirth, recovery therefrom or related medical conditions, breastfeeding), race, religion (including religious dress and grooming practices), sex, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other bases under federal, state, local law, or regulations.


Working at University of South Carolina

With more than 200 years of history and tradition, the University of South Carolina is redefining itself for decades to come. There's never been a better time to be at South Carolina, the state's flagship university and one of only 62 public universities to receive the Carnegie Foundation's highest designation for research.

The University is located in the heart of South Carolina in the capital city of Columbia, which is the nexus of government, a thriving arts and culture center, a venue for big-time Southeastern Conference intercollegiate athletics, and a community that is reinventing itself with redevelopment projects citywide. Much of the development is tied to land along the scenic, slow-moving Congaree River. Working with government, business, and community leaders, Carolina has developed a unified plan that will allow the University to expand from its origins on the historic Horseshoe to its future-Innovista, a research and innovation district that will stretch to the banks of the Congaree.

Innovista represents a new vision for research by creating a vibrant, urban community where students and researchers, including those from private firms, will live, work, learn, and play. Innovista will represent the University's four core research areas-hydrogen fuel cells, nanoscience and technology, biomedical and public health, and the environment-but will include other initiatives and business partners that serve the knowledge economy. Innovista's first private tenant, for example, is a leader in software applications for the insurance industry and will create several hundred high-paying jobs.

By attracting similar companies and jobs-and by capitalizing on an attractive location for restaurants and residential and retail space-Innovista will help drive the economy and increase per-capita income in the city and state. Recreational space will include a world-class waterfront park along the Congaree River and a new stadium for the Gamecocks' nationally ranked baseball program. Greenway paths for biking, walking, and running already line much of the river area. Innovista's 8 million square feet will blend seamlessly with the Vista, the city's nearby entertainment district of restaurants, bars, shops, and art galleries.

Chartered in 1801, Carolina began classes in 1805 with nine students and a single building, Rutledge College. As the campus grew and buildings were added during the next 50 years, a horseshoe layout was adopted. Today, the Horseshoe is on the National Register of Historic Places, with 10 of its 11 buildings dating to the 19th century. Those renovated buildings house, among other areas, the South Carolina Honors College and Undergraduate Admissions, representing much of the University's current and future lifeblood.

In fact, incoming freshman classes have never been larger or more competitive. The freshmen from fall 2006 set records for their size (more than 3,700) and SAT scores (1171 average). Freshmen enrolling in the Honors College had average SAT scores of 1398. Members of the University's prestigious scholarship programs, Carolina Scholars for in-state students and McNair Scholars for out-of-state students, had average scores of 1449 and 1477, respectively. Total enrollment at Carolina for undergraduates and graduates is more than 27,300, with some 350 degree programs to choose from. Since 1994, Carolina students have earned more than $9.9 million in prestigious national scholarships such as the Goldwater, Truman, Rhodes, and NSF scholarships and the Fulbright Fellowships.

South Carolina's student body is diverse. In fact, Carolina was recently recognized as the state flagship university with the highest percentage of African-American student enrollment in the nation. Research by the Journal of Blacks in Higher Education shows African-American students made up 14.7 percent of enrollment in 2004, the latest year available. The JBHE also ranks Carolina eighth in the nation in percentage of African-American faculty at a state flagship university with 4.3 percent.

The University's faculty garnered a record $173.3 million in federal, state, and private funding for research, outreach, and training programs in 2005-06, and several key hiring plans will introduce more talent and expertise to the faculty ranks. An aggressive campus building master plan and the faculty recruiting initiatives will change the collective face of the University and the faces of many of its key teachers and researchers.

South Carolina is recruiting world-class faculty to be endowed chairs-and change agents-for a series of "research centers of economic excellence" in areas such as nanoelectronics, polymer nanocomposites, brain imaging, regenerative medicine, cancer therapeutics, drug discovery, vision research, hydrogen fuel cells, and travel and tourism technology. These centers, some in collaboration with other state research universities and health and hospital systems, are funded with $30 million annually in state lottery money, as well as private matching money. Carolina is in the midst of a faculty recruitment plan to hire 600 new members. The Faculty Excellence Initiative is recruiting 150 faculty, many in interdisciplinary clusters of emphasis, while the Centenary Plan will recruit 100 elite research faculty to lead the University's core initiatives. Additionally, 350 faculty will be hired across disciplines to replace retirees over the next few years.

The University has forged a number of international collaborations in research, and the University's global connections are also strong in academics, particularly in international business. U.S. News & World Report has consistently ranked the Moore School of Business best in the nation for its undergraduate and graduate programs in international business; the undergraduate program is No. 1 for the 10th consecutive time, while the graduate program is No. 1 among public universities for the 18th consecutive year and No. 2 overall, continuing a streak of 18 years with a top-two overall ranking.

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