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Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Communication Arts Sciences
Department: Communicative Sciences Disorders Cas 10010084
Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: PR/Media/Graphics/Comm/Fund Raising, Tenure System Faculty, Full Time (90-100%), Non-Union

Position Summary

The Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders (CSD) at Michigan State University invites applicants for one Assistant Professor position that is part of a multi-position thematic hire within the College of Communication Arts and Sciences that focuses on age, disability status, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, veteran status, and other social identities. We seek scholar-teachers whose research, teaching, outreach, and/or service addresses systemic inequities and who will advance the College’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). A link to MSU’s DEI Strategic Plan can be found   

The goal of the thematic hire is to grow our collaborative network of scholars focused on communication, communicative disorders, and disparities across a broad range of subdisciplines, bringing together new hires and existing faculty. Successful candidates will be part of a community of scholars and practitioners working to enhance social justice through research, teaching, outreach, and service in the fields of communicative sciences and disorders, communication, journalism studies, advertising, public relations, information science, and game studies. The hiring initiative will bring in five or more new faculty over two years.

The Department of CSD seeks an individual committed to developing an outstanding program of research and demonstrating excellence in teaching and service. The ideal candidate will be an energetic educator and scholar who is excited to join a dynamic department and work with similarly dedicated scientists in a collaborative and inclusive environment. We are particularly interested in candidates with expertise in developmental or acquired language disorders. We are open to a wide range of research interests related to language including augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), bilingualism, neurodevelopmental disorders, cognitive/neurogenic aspects of communication, and non-mainstream dialect usage, among others. Outstanding candidates with expertise outside of developmental or acquired language disorders will also be considered.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Degree

Doctorate -communicative sciences and disorders or related field 

Minimum Requirements

  • Ph.D. in communicative sciences and disorders or a terminal degree in a related discipline (e.g., education, linguistics, neuroscience, psychology, etc.)
  • Demonstrated success, or potential for success, in obtaining external funding
  • Demonstrated success, or potential for success, in scholarly productivity

Desired Qualifications

  • Expertise in developmental or acquired language disorders. Subspecialty within the field of language is open to a wide range of areas such as augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), bilingualism, neurodevelopmental disorders, cognitive/neurogenic aspects of communication, and non-mainstream dialect usage, among others. Outstanding candidates with expertise outside of developmental or acquired language disorders will also be considered.
  • Commitment to mentoring undergraduate and graduate students
  • Ability to teach required and elective courses, some of which are clinical in nature, in our undergraduate and graduate degree programs
  • Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology from the American Speech Language Hearing Association

Required Application Materials

Applicants should submit the following electronically:

  1. Cover letter summarizing qualifications for the position
  2. Research Statement (maximum of 2 pages)
  3. Teaching/Mentoring Philosophy (maximum of 2 pages)
  4. DEI Statement. In keeping with the thematic nature of this hire, please include a statement highlighting how your research, teaching, outreach, and/or service supports the MSU strategic plan which can be found here  (maximum of 2 pages)
  5. Curriculum vitae
  6. Names and contact information of three references

Together-we-will Statement

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Special Instructions

To apply, please refer to Posting #799230 and complete an electronic submission at the Michigan State University Employment Opportunities website

Please direct inquiries to the chair of the search committee, Jeff Searl ( The search committee will begin its evaluation of applicants immediately and will continue until an outstanding candidate is selected.

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Department Statement

The Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders has grown dramatically in recent years, with ten active research laboratories and five endowments to support student and faculty development. The Department’s thriving undergraduate major and minor, MA, and PhD programs prepare students for successful clinical and research careers in speech-language pathology and related fields. The Department is housed within MSU’s world-renowned College of Communication Arts and Sciences. The College provides excellent infrastructure for pre-award extramural grant submission, post-award grant administration, and information technology support for research and teaching. The College has an active DEI committee that advocates on behalf of students, faculty, and staff to ensure equity and opportunity and to foster an environment that empowers and includes all

The Department of CSD implemented a strategic plan in 2020 to guide our work as a leader in the field of communicative sciences and disorders. Woven throughout the plan is an emphasis on DEI. We believe it is our responsibility to foster an open and welcoming environment that aspires to attract, recruit, and sustain diverse students, faculty, and staff. Diversity is among the main drivers of institutional excellence, and we are proud to embrace and promote broad communities of knowledge, backgrounds, and experiences. Our efforts to advance DEI are guided by a shared vision grounded in a culture of caring, belonging, transparency, and accountability. In alignment with the University’s DEI plan, we commit to actively challenging, disrupting, and dismantling systems that reinforce and/or maintain historical and contemporary social inequalities. We are dedicated to ongoing dialogue to strengthen our commitment to social justice, advocacy, and activism. We strive to be DEI thought leaders who inspire, influence, and cultivate progress in our College and throughout the MSU community.  

Michigan State University, the nation’s pioneer land-grant institution, offers excellent opportunities for collaborative research across a wide range of disciplines, including two medical programs (College of Human Medicine and College of Osteopathic Medicine), a College of Veterinary Medicine, College of Nursing, College of Engineering, and College of Education, among others. MSU is one of the nation’s largest and greenest campuses and is in East Lansing, a college town just three miles from Michigan’s capital, Lansing. Michigan, the Great Lakes State, offers countless things to do, see and experience — from art galleries, concerts, and restaurants to gardens, parks, and trails.

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