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Assistant Professor, Speech Language and Hearing Sciences

Apply now Job no: 533187
Work type: Instructional Faculty – Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: San Francisco
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time, Faculty - Education/Library Science, On-site (work in-person at business location)
Position Description

San Francisco State University, Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences offers an exciting opportunity for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences beginning August 7, 2024. We seek a colleague whose teaching and research interests include issues of equity as they pertain to speech, language, communication, hearing, cognitive, and swallowing disabilities. We are especially interested in qualified candidates with a demonstrated commitment -- through their research, teaching, and service -- to fostering equity, diversity, and criticality in our academic department. If you are unsure whether your expertise falls within our recruitment parameters, please follow up with our department’s Academic Office Coordinator at email

We are seeking applicants with experience in and demonstrated commitment to teaching and working effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and members of underrepresented groups. This faculty search is part of a university-wide cohort hire focused on Black and Latinx/e student success.  We are looking for teacher/scholars who have an established commitment to teaching, research and/or service in and with the Black and Latinx/e community.  Candidates for this position are expected to satisfy two or more of the eight Black and Latinx/e Student Success Cohort Hire criteria:

  1. Training in and knowledge of historical and present-day structural racism, and practice that engages that knowledge (practice may include teaching, research, and/or service).
  2. Demonstrated knowledge of challenges and barriers for Black and Latinx/e students, and evidence of strategies employed to help students overcome such barriers.
  3. Evidence of employing anti-racist teaching strategies that support the learning and success of Black and Latinx students.
  4. Mentors and engages Black and Latinx/e students in research, scholarship, and creative activities.
  5. Evidence of research that contributes to equity, opportunities, and inclusion in higher education.
  6. Evidence of research that integrates understanding of and/or engages Black and Latinx/e communities’ challenges and structural realities.
  7. Evidence of engaging in service to Black and Latinx/e populations within the discipline.
  8. Evidence of service and contributions to Black and Latinx/e communities. 

The Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences at San Francisco State University was first established in 1948 as the Speech and Hearing program in the Department of Special Education, one of the first academic units of its kind in California. We became a department in 2018 and were renamed the Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences (SLHS). Faculty in the SLHS department draw on interdisciplinary approaches informed by SLHS, education, cognitive neuroscience, cortical plasticity in hearing, conversation/discourse analysis, gender-affirming care, and disability studies and critical race theory. We are guided by principles of equity, inclusion, collaboration with communities, and systemic change for social justice. We emphasize the integration of theory, research, and practice, and we value interdisciplinary perspectives. San Francisco State University is one of the most diverse academic institutions in the country. Our departmental student body is also among the most racially and linguistically diverse in the SLHS field. Our faculty are leaders in multilingual and culturally/linguistically responsive scholarship and practices. We encourage collaborations within and across departments, and support applications for internal and external funding for research productivity and curricular innovations.

The Graduate College of Education has close to 1,000 students and serves the San Francisco peninsula and Bay Area, providing teachers in every subject and many specializations. Our Statement of Purpose is that "The GCOE develops transformative and visionary educators, clinicians, and leaders for social justice, to effect change for good across the Bay Area and beyond, and to create an engaged, and productive democracy. Together we do the work necessary to understand and welcome all; prepare equity-focused, caring, and highly skilled professionals; to identify and dismantle racist, ableist, and oppressive systems; and to build an equitable and accessible present and future.” 

SF State is a major public urban university, situated in one of the world’s great cities. Building on a century-long history of commitment to quality teaching and broad access to undergraduate and graduate education, the University offers comprehensive, rigorous, and integrated academic programs that require students to engage in open-minded inquiry and reflection. SF State prepares its students to become productive, ethical, active citizens with a global perspective.

Mission Statement

San Francisco State University educates and equips students to thrive in a global society. We deliver academic excellence by pursuing knowledge, inspiring creativity, supporting our diverse community and advancing social justice and positive change in the world. Visit the Strategic Planning website to learn more.


Responsibilities: The position requires graduate and undergraduate teaching in issues of equity as they pertain to speech, language, communication, hearing, cognitive, and swallowing disabilities, mentoring and advising graduate and undergraduate students, developing an active ongoing scholarly program in one’s area of specialty, developing curricular innovations that address issues of SLHS practice, and ongoing committee and service assignments. The SLHS department regards scholarship and practice as mutually informing and of equal value. Most of our faculty members are also practitioners. Applicants who hold or are able to obtain a Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) and/or a California license in speech-language pathology preferred.

Required qualifications:

  • Ph.D. or equivalent terminal degree in the Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences, or related disciplines. Terminal degree must be completed by the first day of employment.
  • Record of working and communicating effectively with colleagues and students.


The anticipated Assistant Professor (Academic Year) classification salary range is:  

$87,500 to $89,500 annually (12 monthly payments per academic year). 

The anticipated hiring range is $7,292 to $7,458 per month.

Salary offered is commensurate with experience and qualifications. In addition, the California Equal Pay Act prohibits employers from paying its employees less than those of the opposite sex and/or another race or ethnicity for substantially similar work (

Professional development funds, moving expenses, start‐up funds, and a reduced teaching load may be available.

The California State University (CSU) provides generous health, retirement, and other benefits. 

Application Procedure:

A complete online application must be submitted to receive consideration. To apply, please upload the following materials:

  1. Cover letter (relating your experience to the required qualifications)
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. A statement that is no more than 500 words that provides an understanding of your capabilities to address diversity, equity, and inclusion in support of SFSU’s diverse student and community populations. Please provide specific examples in your teaching, research, and service
  4. A teaching philosophy statement of no more than 500 words
  5. Two-Three samples of your scholarly work that may include: Peer-reviewed publications, conference papers/abstracts, grant applications, or in prep manuscripts
  6. Names and contact information of three references who will provide letters of recommendation upon request at a later date.

Please direct all questions about the position to: Mallorie Desimone, Academic Office Coordinator at email

CSU strongly encourages faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so. Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process are encouraged to comply with this requirement. The systemwide policy can be found at and questions may be sent to

Thank you for your interest in employment with California State University (CSU). CSU is a state entity whose business operations reside within the State of California. Because of this, CSU prohibits hiring employees to perform CSU-related work outside of California with very limited exception. While this position may be eligible for occasional telework, all work is expected to be performed in the state of California, and this position is assigned to on-campus operations.

San Francisco State is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, color, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, covered veteran status, or any other protected status. We strongly encourage the application of individuals from historically underrepresented groups. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting the Senior Human Resources Manager. Additional information on the requirements for new hires may be found at the Human Resources web page ( ).


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