Department Chair and Director

Lincoln, Nebraska
Salary dependent on experience
Sep 16, 2019
Oct 16, 2019
Position Type
Full Time

Chair, Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders and Director, Barkley Memorial Center, College of Education and Human Sciences, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

The Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders (SECD) is housed in the Barkley Memorial Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. SECD is dedicated to enhancing the lives of individuals with special needs, their families, schools, and communities. The department has academic programs in 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 includes 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 July 2020. For information on the College of Education and Human Sciences visit For information on the department and the Barkley Memorial Center visit

Salary dependent upon experiences and qualifications. This is a 12-month appointment.

Review of applications will begin October 7, 2019, and continue until the position is filled or the search is closed. To view details of the position and make application, go to, requisition F_190139. Click “Apply to this Job” and complete the information form. Applicants will be required to attach the following documents: 1) letter of application that includes a description of qualifications and fit with the position; 2) curriculum vitae; 3) a statement of leadership philosophy (attach using the Other Document link); and 4) contact information (mailing address, phone number and email address) for three professional references who can speak to the candidate’s abilities to carry out the responsibilities of the job.

For more information, qualified candidates should contact Search Committee Chair, Dr. Mary Ann Johnson, 402-472-7114 or by email:

As an EO/AA employer, qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status and/or political affiliation. See


1)    Terminal degree in audiology, special education, speech and language pathology, or closely related discipline.
2)    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.
3)    Experience in higher education required.
4)    Demonstration of management and leadership abilities.
5)    Demonstrated commitment to diversity and equity.


1)    Current rank of full professor.
2)    Experience managing financial and physical resources.
3)    Leadership experience with complex programs.