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Speech-Language Pathology - Academic Program Director - MS-SLP

Job ID 532 Location : Austin, TX, US Date Updated 05/27/2021


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The mission of The University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences is the development of professional health care practitioners through innovation, individualized, and quality classroom, clinical, and distance education.


At the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences (USAHS) we are committed to the development of professional health care practitioners through innovative, individualized, and quality classroom, clinical, and distance education.The institution has a far-reaching presence through distance education and campuses located in San Marcos, California; St. Augustine, Florida; and Austin, Texas, Miami, Florida and Dallas, Texas.

As a Program Director for Speech and Language Pathology (SLP), you help to create the energy and excitement about our new SLP Programs.“Clinical Excellence” is our sacred mantra and every day is an opportunity for you to live the mission of developing professional health care practitioners through innovative, individualized and quality teaching methods.Together with the support of fellow clinical experts, USAHS is dedicated to delivering a top-notch education to our students.


The Program Director will assist in planning, development and implementation of Master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology.In collaboration with Executive Dean and faculty, the Program Director assures delivery of the curriculum in a manner that meets program goals, learning outcomes, consistency, and institutional expectations.

  • Works with the accreditation team and leads programmatic accreditation to assure all standards are met and reports are appropriately filed.
  • Works closely with the Executive Dean and other Program Directors and/or faculty on revisions of program policies, admissions, academic progress and graduation competencies.
  • Directly accountable for the strategic plan initiatives concerning the program, as well integrating with other departments and programs to resolve student and faculty issues and promote assessment of educational effectiveness.
  • Serve as an important conduit connecting the program with other University departments, communicating information and contributing to the growth and improvement of the institution.
  • Working in collaboration with other departments, the Program Director will assist in the planning and implementation of a clinic and associated clinical education resources, per accreditation standards.


May perform other duties and responsibilities that management may deem necessary from time to time, to include:

  • Work with instructional design team to lead course development process, including hiring appropriate subject matter experts
  • Collaborates with Clinical Education department to assure quality clinical experiences for studentsLeads curriculum development and improvement efforts in concert with other disciplines as needed.
  • Serve on identified committees and councils
  • Complete scholarship, service and clinical work as identified in professional development plan
  • Participates in student recruiting and marketing efforts
  • Works closely with enrollment and admission departments to meet projected enrollment goals


REPORTS TO:Executive Dean, Rehabilitative Sciences

POSITIONS SUPERVISED:SLP Core and Contributing faculty


Candidates should demonstrate the ability to assess problems utilizing evidence, objective data and critical thinking, develop solutions, implement change and assess impact. A successful problem-solver will demonstrate a high degree of flexibility in their leadership style and adapt to change accordingly.

Candidates are expected to demonstrate leadership in innovative educational delivery approaches to education, including the use of online education, simulation technologies and interprofessional education.

To perform this job successfully an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Incumbents will be evaluated, in part, based on performance of each essential function. Appropriate reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.


  • The successful candidate will have a Doctorate (PhD) in Speech - Language Pathology or similar academic terminal degrees will also be considered (EdD, PhD, DHSc).
  • Master’s degree in SLP is required.
  • A minimum of at least 5 years’ experience teaching in the field of Speech – Language Pathology, have earned a rank of Associate Professor or Professor.
  • At least three years’ experience as a chairperson or program director of a CAA accredited program in Speech – Language Pathology.


  • Current clinical certification in speech-language pathology from the American Speech – Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).
  • Must be licensure eligible in Texas, and other states as needed.


The Program Director role will be responsible for multiple campuses, specifically USAHS campuses located in Austin and Dallas, Texas. Position will require periodic travel, up to 25%, to other campuses and professional events.


To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:

  • Collaborates - Building partnerships and working collaboratively with others to meet shared objectives.

  • Being Resilient - Rebounding from setbacks and adversity when facing difficult situations.

  • Instills Trust - Gaining the confidence and trust of others through honesty, integrity, and authenticity.

  • Drives Results - Consistently achieving results, even under tough circumstances.

  • Innovation - Creating new and better ways for the organization to be successful.

  • Customer Focus - Building strong customer relationships and delivering customer-centric solutions.

  • Drives Engagement (People Managers Only) - Creating a climate where people are motivated to do their best to help the organization achieve its objectives.

  • People Leadership (People Managers Only) - Leads by example when it comes to finding and developing talent, with a focus on talent acquisition strategies, setting performance targets that raises standards and development of high potential talent.

Work is performed primarily in a standard office environment but may involve exposure to moderate noise levels. Work involves operation of personal computer equipment for six to eight hours daily and includes physical demands associated with a traditional office setting, e.g., walking, standing, communicating, and other physical functions as necessary.

Physical requirements of this position include the following:

üDoes not apply

The University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences is an equal opportunity at will employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of age, race, religion, color, disability, sex, sexual orientation or national origin.  

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