Director of Clinical Education - Speech/ Language Pathology (Asst/Assoc Clinical Professor)

27 Oct 2022
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27 Oct 2023
Contract Type
Full Time

Director of Clinical Education - Speech/ Language Pathology (Asst/Assoc Clinical Professor)

Location: Communication Sci & Disorders
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Job ID: 606667
Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Workplace Culture

NAU aims to be the nation's preeminent engine of opportunity, vehicle of economic mobility, and driver of social impact by delivering equitable postsecondary value in Arizona and beyond.

Special Information

This is a 12-mo faculty position with administrative duties in the department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD).

The selected candidate can start as soon as January 2023.

NAU workplace culture embodies an environment that nurtures faculty and staff professional growth opportunities, excellence in research, and the economic, physical and mental well-being of our community. We foster a sense of shared responsibility to promote student success while cultivating a culture that embraces diversity, equity and inclusion through our institutional practices. We work side-by-side with our community partners to carry out our civic responsibility and contribute to the public good.

The New NAU Charter

Vision: NAU aims to be the nation's preeminent engine of opportunity, vehicle of economic mobility, and driver of social impact by delivering equitable postsecondary value in Arizona and beyond.

Mission: NAU transforms lives and enriches communities through high-quality academics and impactful scholarship, creative endeavors, and public service.

Commitment: NAU will educate, support, and empower students from all backgrounds, identities, and lived experiences to reach their full potential and contribute to a more just, equitable, inclusive, prosperous, and sustainable future.

Job Description

The Director of Clinical Education for the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) at Northern Arizona University (NAU) oversees the practicum and externship experiences for students in the Clinical Speech-Language Pathology program. The Director of Clinical Education acts as a liaison between the academic program administration, faculty, training sites, and students.

This is a year-round, 12-month faculty position with administrative duties. The Director of Clinical Education reports to the Department Chair. The successful applicant will join a diverse faculty that is committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice. NAU is designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution and as a university with a specific commitment to Indigenous Peoples. As such, we are committed to providing equitable, high impact learning opportunities and to embracing the cultural and linguistic diversity of our region.

The Director of Clinical Education will be responsible for:
  • Developing, maintaining, and coordinating all clinical practicum placement sites for graduate students
  • Overseeing operations of the NAU Speech-Language and Hearing Clinic
  • Collaborating with the chair and faculty in delivering a high-quality, evidence-based clinical curriculum
  • Maintaining ASHA accreditation standards related to clinical education
  • Engaging in clinical teaching and implementing evidence-based teaching techniques
  • Overseeing record keeping requirements for all students engaged in clinical experiences
  • Communicating information regarding students' clinical progress to the academic department chair and faculty
  • Developing clinical performance plans to ensure clinical success for all students
  • Participating in department-level strategic planning
  • Coordinating interprofessional practice opportunities
  • Collaborating with department faculty to create, administer, and assess results of summative assessments of student knowledge and skills
  • Interacting and communicating with diverse populations
  • Fostering the mission, vision, and values of NAU
  • Adhering to all HIPAA, FERPA, and CAA requirements for clinical programs
  • Completing all administrative duties required for clinical education

    Minimum Qualifications

    For the rank of Assistant Clinical Professor:
    • Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology and eligibility for licensure in Arizona
    • 2 years of clinical experience
    • Experience with clinical education
    • Meet ASHA continuing education requirements for clinical supervision [earned at least 2 hours of professional development post-certification (one-time requirement) in the area of supervision and/or clinical instruction]

    For the rank of Associate Clinical Professor: all of the above, and
    • Equivalent of 6 years (12 semesters) of full-time college-level teaching at the rank of assistant clinical professor (or equivalent faculty classification)

    Preferred Qualifications

    • Doctorate degree
    • Clinical experience in a variety of settings
    • Experience with both pediatric and adult populations
    • 7 years of clinical supervision experience
    • Teaching experience for more than one college level course
    • Knowledge and experience with ensuring compliance with ASHA and CAA clinical standards
    • Clinical experience in providing culturally and linguistically responsive services

    General Information

    The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) offers a Master of Science in Clinical Speech-Language Pathology through a full-time program and a part-time Summers Track program. We also offer an undergraduate degree preparing students for graduate work in Communication Sciences and Disorders as well as a Speech-Language Pathology Assistant certificate program. We have a fully operational clinic that serves clients across the lifespan. CSD excels in its preparation of Speech-Language Pathology clinicians to become leaders in the profession by participating in a unique blend of coursework, clinical experiences, and research. CSD is committed to enriching research, teaching, learning, and the professional service environment by embracing the cultural and linguistic diversity of our region and nation. Our department is housed in the College of Health and Human Services, whose mission is to prepare students to become and remain excellent health professionals. The college aims to facilitate high quality learning and education, to advance knowledge and practice in the health professions, and to provide service to improve the health and well-being of the communities served, particularly Arizona residents, Indigenous Peoples, and individuals considered disadvantaged. Candidates must be committed to the NAU and CHHS commitment to educate, support, and empower students from all backgrounds, identities, and lived experiences.

    Northern Arizona University has a student population of 29,569, including approximately 21,000 on its main campus in Flagstaff and the remainder at more than 20 locations statewide and online.

    Committed to a diverse and civil working and learning environment, NAU has earned a solid reputation as a university with all the features of a large institution but with a personal touch. NAU carefully balances teaching, scholarship and service with a faculty and staff dedicated to each student's success. All faculty members are expected to promote student learning and help students achieve academic outcomes. For information about diversity, access and equity at NAU, see the Center for University Access and Inclusion webpage.

    NAU affirms the importance and critical need for diversity, equity, inclusion and justice (DEIJ) in higher education and we seek to hire individuals with a strong commitment to DEIJ in their professional endeavors. NAU is committed to enhancing campus diversity and creating a more inclusive and diverse institution.

    While our emphasis is undergraduate education, we offer a wide range of graduate programs and research that extend to such national concerns as forest health and bioterrorism. Our institution has carefully integrated on-campus education with distance learning, forming seamless avenues for students to earn degrees.

    Flagstaff has a population of about 70,000, rich in cultural diversity. Located at the base of the majestic San Francisco Peaks, Flagstaff is 140 miles north of Phoenix at the intersection of Interstate 17 and Interstate 40.

    With its elevation of 7,000 feet and four-season climate, Flagstaff is ideal for year-round outdoor activities. Nearby attractions include Grand Canyon, Lowell Observatory, Oak Creek Canyon, Sedona, Monument Valley, Sunset Crater, Meteor Crater, and Arizona Snowbowl.

    Background Information

    This position has been identified as a safety/security sensitive position. Therefore, per AZ Revised Statute, Northern Arizona University requires satisfactory results for the following: a criminal background investigation, employment history investigation, degree verification (in some cases) and fingerprinting. If you are applying for a job that requires a CDL, you will be required to register with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse and adhere to the clearinghouse requirements. Additionally, as an employer in the state of Arizona, NAU is required to participate in the federal E-Verify program that assists employers with verifying new employees' right to work in the United States. Finally, each year Northern Arizona University releases an Annual Security Report. The report is a result of a federal law known as the Clery Act. The report includes Clery reportable crime statistics for the three most recent completed calendar years and discloses procedures, practices and programs NAU uses to keep students and employees safe including how to report crimes or other emergencies occurring on campus. In addition, the Fire Safety Report is combined with the Annual Security Report for the NAU Flagstaff Mountain Campus as this campus has on-campus student housing. This report discloses fire safety policies and procedures related to on-campus student housing and statistics for fires that occurred in those facilities. If you would like a free paper copy of the report, please contact the NAUPD Records Department at (928) 523-8884 or by visiting the department at 525 E. Pine Knoll Drive in Flagstaff.


    Salary is commensurate with academic credentials and experience.

    Rank, including the possibility of prior credit towards the next rank, will be determined based on the experience of the finalist in accordance with the department guidelines and the NAU Conditions of Faculty Service.


    This is a Faculty (FAC) position. NAU offers an excellent benefit package including generous health, dental and vision insurance; participation in the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) or the Optional Retirement Program (ORP); sick leave accruals and 10 holidays per year; and tuition reduction for employees and qualified family members. More information on benefits at NAU is available at the NAU HR benefits page. Faculty are hired on a contract basis, renewable according to terms of the Conditions of Faculty Service. Employees offered a position will be eligible for state health plans (including NAU's BCBS Plan). Employees will have 31 days from date of hire to enroll in benefits, and their benefits will then be effective the first day of the pay period following their completed enrollment. If a new employee chooses the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) retirement option, participation in the ASRS Plan (and the long-term disability coverage that accompanies it) will begin on the first of the pay period following 183 days of employment. New employees who choose to participate in the Optional Retirement Plan (ORP; an alternative to the ASRS plan) will begin to participate on the first day of the pay period following election. The long-term disability plan that accompanies the ORP will begin on the first day of the pay period following election. More information about NAU benefits is available at the NAU HR benefits page.

    Immigration Suppt/Sponsorship

    NAU will not provide any U.S. immigration support or sponsorship for this position.

    Submission Deadline

    This vacancy will be open until filled or closed. Review of applications will begin on November 28, 2022.

    How to Apply

    To apply for this position, please click on the "Apply" button at the end of the job description if viewing this position through the NAU HR website. Otherwise, to view the original post and to apply, proceed to, follow the 'Faculty and Administrator Openings' link, locate vacancy 606667, and then "Apply" at the bottom of the page.

    Application must include: (1) a cover letter highlighting your particular qualifications for this position; (2) a curriculum vitae; (3) a brief statement that highlights your commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion; please include examples from your past experiences and/or your future plans to further diversity, equity and inclusion; (4) a statement of research interests; and (5) names and contact information for three references. Save all items as PDF and/or Word documents.

    If you need assistance completing your application there are instructions available on the HR website or in person in the Human Resources Department located in Building 91 on the NAU Campus - on the corner of Beaver and DuPont Streets.

    If you are an individual with a disability and need reasonable accommodation to participate in the hiring process please contact the Office of Equity and Access at: 928-523-3312/TDD - 928-523-1006 or PO Box 4083, Flagstaff AZ 86011.

    FLSA Status

    This position is exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and therefore will not earn overtime or compensatory time for additional time worked.

    Equal Employment Opportunity

    Northern Arizona University is a committed Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. NAU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

    EEO is the Law Poster and Supplements

    NAU is an Employer of National Service. AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other National Service alumni are encouraged to apply.

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