Academic Chair/Professor for Special Education and Communication Disorders and
Center Director for Barkley Memorial Center
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Lincoln, Nebraska

The Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders (SECD) is housed in the Barkley Memorial Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and is comprised of audiology, special education, and speech and language pathology within the College of Education and Human Sciences. The Barkley Memorial Center is an exceptional facility with faculty who enjoy national and international reputations for research and teaching excellence. Several programs have high national rankings. Graduates are in great demand with almost 100% placement. There is more than the usual budgetary flexibility due to grant, foundation, and state support. The position is comprised of administrative responsibilities as department chair and director of the Barkley Memorial Center as well as teaching, research/creative activity or outreach as professor based on the successful applicant's strengths and interests, and the needs of the Department and the College. Anticipated start date is Fall 2011. For information on the College of Education and Human Sciences visit For information on the Barkley Memorial Center and departmental units visit

Responsibilities include:
(1) Leadership and Administration: (a) Provide leadership in the development, implementation, and evaluation of the department's three programs; (b) Support research, teaching, outreach, public service, and international programs; (c) Oversee the direction of the Department's clinics; (d) Maintain compliance with University, state, and federal regulations including licensing, accreditation, safety, and diversity
(2) Vision: (a) Develop the future direction for the Barkley Center with input from faculty and Barkley Trust; (b) Provide support and leadership for the faculty's vision for academic, research, and outreach programs; (c) Work with faculty in developing and implementing a comprehensive research agenda
(3) Personnel and Resource Management:(a) Facilitate and recognize achievement among faculty, staff, and students; (b) Develop, retain, and attract a diverse faculty and staff within the department; (c) Coordinate workloads, supervise and evaluate faculty and staff; (d) Maintain a positive, productive environment; (e) Support professional development for faculty, staff, and students; (f) Develop and administer budgets for the Department, clinics and Barkley Trust with appropriate input
(4) Communication and Collaboration: (a) Maintain a strong relationship with members of the Barkley Trust Board and NU Foundation; (b) Inform the Dean, NU Foundation, and Barkley Trust board members about use of the Barkley Funds consistent with the intent of the donor; (c) Foster collaborative efforts within and across the department, college, community, and schools; (d) Serve as liaison between faculty and University administrators; (e) Maintain a positive working relationship with the special education and communication disorders program directors at other institutions in the state; (f) Facilitate linkages with external groups to strengthen ties with alumni, relevant professionals and organizations, private companies, industry, state and federal agencies and citizens of Nebraska
(5) Teaching, Research, and Outreach: Engage in academic activities based on applicant's strengths, interests and needs of the department and college

Qualifications include: terminal degree in audiology, special education, speech and language pathology, or closely related discipline. High quality teaching, research, and outreach skills and a record at a level appropriate to Professor rank or associate professor who qualifies for promotion to full professor based on UNL's qualifications. Experience in higher education required. Demonstration of management and leadership abilities.

Salary dependent upon experiences and qualifications. This is a 12 month appointment with one month of vacation.

Review of applications will begin January 5, 2011, and continue until the position is filled or the search is closed. To be considered for this position go to, requisition #100629, complete the Faculty/Academic Administrative form and attach a letter of application that includes administrative experience and vision, curriculum vitae, and contact information (mailing address, phone number, and e-mail address, if available) for three professional references.

The University of Nebraska has an active National Science Foundation ADVANCE gender equity program, and is committed to a pluralistic campus community through affirmative action, equal opportunity, work-life balance, and dual careers.

Posted 10/13/10

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