Western Washington University, with over 15,000 students in seven colleges and the graduate school, is nationally recognized for its educational programs, students and faculty. The campus is located in Bellingham, Washington, a coastal community of 83,000 overlooking Bellingham Bay, the San Juan Islands and the North Cascades Mountain range. The city lies 90 miles north of Seattle and 60 miles south of Vancouver, British Columbia. Western is the highest-ranking public, master’s-granting university in the Pacific Northwest, according to the 2017 U.S. News & World Report rankings.
About the Department
The College of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders support Western’s mission to bring together individuals of diverse backgrounds and perspectives in an inclusive, student-centered university that develops the potential of learners and the well-being of communities. We encourage applications from women, people of color, people with disabilities, veterans, and other candidates from underrepresented backgrounds and with diverse experiences interested in this opportunity.
The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) offers engaging and challenging courses and clinical experiences for students studying at the undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, and graduate levels. Upon graduation, undergraduate students majoring in CSD will be well-prepared to pursue advanced degrees in speech-language pathology or audiology. Our master's degree program in speech-language pathology provides exceptional academic, clinical, and research opportunities for students who intend to practice in private, educational, or medical settings.
About the Position
As the internship coordinator and a clinical educator, you will be responsible for indentifying internship sites and developing quality internship experiences for speech-language graduate student practicums, while ensuring professional standards and experiences across the lifespan and disorder types. You will plan, administer, monitor and evaluate internship/externship coordinating services, including managing contracts. You will work collaboratively with faculty and staff in maintaining accreditation of the Speech-Language Pathology graduate program. As a clinical educator, you will educate, prepare, and supervise speech-language pathology graduate students in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) in the evaluation and treatment of communication disorders, and in the development of related interpersonal and professional/technical skills. You may also provide direct services to patients, demonstrating clinical skills for undergraduate and graduate CSD students.
As a member of an interdisciplinary team in Western Washington University’s Speech and Hearing Clinics, you will also provide direct professional speech-language pathology services to individuals with communicative disabilities. Develop habilitation or rehabilitation programs for individuals and monitor/evaluate client progress. You may also teach clinical courses as necessary and per areas of expertise. You will report directly to the department chair and clinical director.
Your responsibilities will include:
Establishing new placement sites for interning SLP students and maintaining ties with previous sites. Assuring that SLP off-campus clinical preceptors have the experience, ethical practices and support needed for supervising our students.
Placing and providing supervisory oversight during the internship phase of the SLP student’s experience. Assuring that the students have all required documentation before beginning internships. Matching personalities and skills of student clinicians with community clinical preceptors. Orienting field supervisors to the WWU Internship program, reviewing evaluation forms and techniques, and providing supervision instruction as needed. Handling any disciplinary issues or clinical preceptor’s concerns while student clinicians are on internships. Counseling students when necessary. Documenting internship hours and grades.
Establishing, maintaining, and renegotiating contracts and training agreements with internship sites in coordination with WWU Contract Administration.
Ensuring that SLP students complete a minimum of 400 hours of supervised clinical practicum sufficient in depth and breadth to achieve the knowledge and skills required to meet the certification standards for the American Speech Language and Hearing Association.
Providing the SLP Program Director and CSD department with knowledge needed regarding ASHA certification and eligibility requirements; national, state, and local rules and regulations; certification for public schools; and state licensure that govern the clinical activities of the department, faculty, staff and students. Reporting on internship and employment data required for continued program accreditation with the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
Directing and evaluating graduate students in the speech-language clinic. Supervision of graduate student responsibilities include: Directing, overseeing, and evaluating graduate student conducted diagnostic and treatment activities. Providing oral and written feedback to students for cases observed. Directing and evaluating graduate students' written reports, treatment plans, and progress reports; post-session patient and professional contacts; cleanup of work areas, maintenance of clinical clock hours, etc.. Providing in-person or written evaluations of student performances on a bi-quarterly basis. Consulting with faculty members and coordinating clinical procedures to correspond with academic coursework. Conferring with other clinical personnel regarding student progress and training procedures, or in speech-language clinical practicum and academic activities. Modelling professional conduct.
Completing direct service client/patient intake, speech language screenings, evaluations, tests for verbal ability and for specific language learning disabilities including deficits in auditory and visual memory or discrimination, tests for voice disorders, articulatory problems, sensory-neural problems of the speech mechanism, and complete evaluations for dysphasia, treatment plans, progress reports, referral letters, and other clinical and administrative responsibilities as assigned and authorized.
The position helps fulfill the mission of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders by providing the highest quality student-centered learning environment where undergraduate and graduate students develop the knowledge, clinical skills, and life-long learning skills to prepare them for professional careers and advanced study in speech-language pathology and audiology.
A master's degree in speech-language pathology;
A Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC-SLP) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA);
License to practice speech-language pathology or ability to acquire from the state of Washington;
Experience as a clinical supervisor;
And, three years of experience as a speech-language pathologist, including experience with both diagnostic and therapeutic approaches.
Clinical Internship Coordinator in a university setting;
Experience as a clinical educator at a university;
Specific clinical experience in the areas of autism spectrum disorders, traumatic brain injury, or augmentative and alternative communication.
Expertise in a range of communication disorders, with interest in both adults and pediatrics.
Range $62,748 - $82,344
This position is part of a Public School Employees of WWU bargaining union. New employees are required to meet the membership requirements of the current collective bargaining agreement within 30 calendar days of employment.
A cover letter and resume are required and should address your experience related to the position responsibilities and the required and preferred qualifications.
Please include the names and contact information of three professional references.
Closing Date Notes
Application review begins March 6, 2018; position is open until filled
Western Washington University (WWU) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, WWU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and parenting status), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or genetic information in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. See WWU’s Policy on Ensuring Equal Opportunity and Prohibiting Discrimination and Retaliation. Inquiries may be directed to the Vice Provost for Equal Opportunity and Employment Diversity, Title IX and ADA Coordinator, Equal Opportunity Office, Western Washington University, Old Main 345 (MS 9021), 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225; 360.650.3307 (voice) or 711 (Washington Relay); firstname.lastname@example.org
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With 15,000 students, 160 academic programs, and an energized campus community, Western offers the focus on students and the faculty access of a smaller college and the academic choice, resources, multicultural diversity, and room to grow of a large university. Western is located in beautiful Bellingham, a scenic coastal city of approximately 80,000 situated between Seattle, Washington and Vancouver, British Columbia. With easy access to both the Cascade mountain range and the Pacific coast, the region is rich in cultural events and attractions as well as many recreational activities. Western is known nationally for its successes, including being named the top public master’s granting university in the Pacific Northwest by U. S. News and World Report and one of the best colleges in the nation to work for by the Chronicle of Higher Education.