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Speech-Language Pathology Program Faculty- Non-Tenure Track; Director of Clinical Education

Apply now Job no: 492462
Work type: Non-tenure track faculty
Location: Chester
Categories: Administrative (Exempt)

Widener University is applying for Candidacy Accreditation in Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) by the Council of Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA). If Candidacy Accreditation is approved, the program intends to admit its first cohort in Summer, 2021.  The program is actively seeking a Director of Clinical Education to oversee the clinical education portion of the program. This role reports to the Program Director of the Speech-Language Pathology Program in the School of Human Service Professions.

The Director of Clinical Education (DCE) in Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) oversees all aspects of the clinical education portion of the Master of Science in SLP. This position is a 12-month, full-time, non-tenure track position with an administrative role in the program. Responsibilities include oversight of the SLP students’ participation in the interprofessional pro bono Chester Community Clinic; development and maintenance of external contracts for clinical externship sites; management of student externship assignments; and completion of externship visits. The DCE assists the Program Director in managing adjunct clinical faculty who supervise students in the Chester Community Clinic and ensures that the clinical portion of the program is in compliance with all accreditation standards.  Responsibilities also include teaching clinical and didactic courses; service to the university, community, and the profession; and other duties assigned by the Program Director.  

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: (include but are not limited to)

Essential Duties:

Clinical Training:

  • Oversee SLP student participation in the interprofessional pro bono Chester Community Clinic including management of clinical services offered and supervision of student clinical training.
  • Ensure that the clinical portion of the program is in compliance with all accreditation standards, and HIPAA and FERPA policies.
  • Assist the Program Director in managing and evaluating adjunct clinical faculty who supervise students in the Chester Community Clinic.
  • Management of off-campus clinical assignments, including developing and maintaining external contracts for clinical placement sites and completion of externship visits.
  • Management of SLP clinical contract information in Exxat. 
  • Provide guidance and support, as needed and requested, to off-campus clinical supervisors and serve as a resource for the SLP clinical education community.
  • Communicate activities, news, and other relevant information from the academic program to off-campus clinical externship sites.
  • Collect, compile and report pertinent clinical training data and information required for program evaluation, curriculum decisions, and accreditation.

Students: 

  • Interface with off-campus SLP clinical supervisors regarding learning objectives and student performance in order to support quality educational experiences for students.
  • Prepare students for on- and off- campus clinical assignments.
  • Communicate with clinical supervisors and students during on- and off-campus clinical assignments to monitor and facilitate student performance and progress. 
  • Address concerns related to clinical assignments, on- and off-campus, in order to support students as well as maintain collaborative relationships with clinical supervisors.
  • Regularly evaluate clinical supervisors and clinical externships through student feedback and/or observation to ensure high-quality experiences.
  • Update and maintain the clinical education portion of the student handbook.
  • Provide mentorship in Grand Rounds discussion of Chester Community Clinic cases.

Teaching:

  • Participate in curriculum development. 
  • Develop and teach courses in the SLP Program as negotiated with the Program Director including, at a minimum, all clinic-related courses.
  • Ensure courses and syllabi are current and available to all students.
  • Demonstrate competency in teaching as evidenced by supervisor, peer, and student evaluations.
  • Demonstration of expertise in areas of teaching responsibility and content delivery method.
  • Participate in team and/or interdisciplinary teaching.
  • Use faculty development opportunities and teacher effectiveness tools to improve teaching.
  • Supervise students on special projects (e.g. interprofessional, research projects).
  • Maintain regular office hours, guide or support students who reach out for assistance, and identify students who are struggling and need extra attention or support to be successful through use of email, phone or other appropriate means of communication.

Service:

  • Attend all university academic events as required in the faculty handbook.
  • Attend all University, School, and Program faculty meetings.
  • Participate in student recruitment and admission activities.
  • Engage with students via co-curricular activities.
  • Serve as an academic advisor and/or mentor for students and/or student organizations.
  • Assist in the accreditation process including preparation of documents for accreditation applications, annual reviews, and site visits.  
  • Serve as a mentor to new faculty members and/or adjunct faculty.
  • Demonstrate the ability to support the mission of Widener University as evidenced by teaching and clinical assignments, advising, and mentoring of students.
  • Participate in professional activities and service to the University, School, community, and the profession. 

Scholarship/Practice:

  • Engage in scholarly/clinical work related to area of interest on a regular basis and as required by expectations of the Program.
  • Maintain currency of clinical and professional knowledge through regular continuing education.  
  • Conduct applied research as relevant.

Knowledge and Skills:

  • In-depth knowledge of at least one area of SLP practice and scientific knowledge base.
  • Knowledge of education and health care system structures relative to SLP.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and written and oral communication abilities.    
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Clinical and teaching experience in an academic environment.
  • Knowledge of content delivery methods including web-supported classes (e.g., Canvas) and distance learning.
  • Experience networking with various academic disciplines to promote interprofessional education and practice among faculty and students.
  • Active participation and/or leadership in local, regional, national, or international SLP organizations.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: (Education/Training and Experience Required):

  • A master’s degree in speech-language pathology from an accredited college or university.  
  • Certification as a Speech-Language Pathologist by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (CCC-SLP).
  • Licensure in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, or eligibility to apply, as a Speech-Language Pathologist. 
  • Minimum 5 years clinical experience in speech-language pathology; 7 or more years preferred. 
  • Minimum 3 years teaching and/or clinical supervision; 5 or more years preferred.  

Preferred:

  • Experience in teaching and providing clinical supervision to SLP master’s students in an academic setting 
  • Experience with CAA accreditation.

 

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS AND/OR UNUSUAL HOURS:  

  • Must be able to sit, stand and move about a classroom and/or campus for extended periods of time. 
  • May need to lift supplies of up to 20lbs per item.
  • May be required to be available to students via phone, email or other means of communication during nights and weekends.

 

Qualified candidates must submit resume and cover letter for consideration. Incomplete applications will not be considered.  Only those selected to interview will be contacted.  

Widener has a strategic commitment to building an inclusive university community whose diversity enriches the lives of all members and where our students are prepared for living in a pluralistic and ever-changing world. As a leading metropolitan university, Widener strives to embody the values that are inherent in our mission: civic engagement, access, inclusion, academic excellence, innovation, and leadership.

Widener University, an independent, metropolitan, doctoral-intensive University, connects curricula to social issues through civic engagement. Dynamic teaching, active scholarship, personal attention and experiential learning are key components of the Widener Experience. Located in Chester, PA, Widener's main campus is nestled between Philadelphia, PA and Wilmington, DE, with Law School located in both Harrisburg and Wilmington. For more information about the University, please visit our website at www.widener.edu.

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