Audiology Issues: Career Paths for Clinical Faculty: Four University Approaches Academia maintains a system of promotion, tenure, and annual performance evaluation that is designed for faculty members who fill traditional roles of teaching, scholarly activity (research), and service. The system provides a career ladder for those individuals who hold typical academic appointments, but can be a major obstacle for ... Article
Article  |   March 01, 2002
Audiology Issues: Career Paths for Clinical Faculty: Four University Approaches
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Colleen M. O’Rourke
    Georgia State University, Department of Educational Psychology and Special Education, Atlanta, GA
  • Maureen Valente
    St. Louis University, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, St. Louis, MO
  • C. Frederick Britten
    Fort Hays State University, Department of Communication Disorders, Hays, KS
  • Rose L. Allen
    East Carolina University, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Greenville, NC
  • Marla S. Staab
    Fort Hays State University, Department of Communication Disorders, Hays, KS
  • Debra Schober-Peterson
    Georgia State University, Department of Educational Psychology and Special Education, Atlanta, GA
  • Rose AllenColumn Editor
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Professional Issues & Training / Audiology Issues
Article   |   March 01, 2002
Audiology Issues: Career Paths for Clinical Faculty: Four University Approaches
SIG 11 Perspectives on Administration and Supervision, March 2002, Vol. 12, 3-7. doi:10.1044/aas12.1.3
SIG 11 Perspectives on Administration and Supervision, March 2002, Vol. 12, 3-7. doi:10.1044/aas12.1.3
Academia maintains a system of promotion, tenure, and annual performance evaluation that is designed for faculty members who fill traditional roles of teaching, scholarly activity (research), and service. The system provides a career ladder for those individuals who hold typical academic appointments, but can be a major obstacle for those who are in clinical education positions.
The policies and procedures at most universities require a number of faculty within each department to hold the terminal degree (the doctorate) due to accreditation issues. Traditionally, these faculty members enter academia at the assistant professor level without tenure. The faculty member has approximately 7 years to establish a record of publications, demonstrate excellence in teaching didactic courses, and provide service to the profession through serving on committees at the departmental, university, state, and national levels or by serving in an editorial capacity for professional journals. In Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) programs, doctoral level faculty may also be required to provide clinical education and supervision, fulfill administrative roles such as clinic coordinator or director of graduate curriculum, and obtain grant funding. At the time that tenure is granted, the individual also may be promoted to associate professor. The third and highest rank, professor, is usually bestowed when the individual has made a significant contribution to the profession in the areas of teaching, scholarly activity, and service. Each promotion may carry an increase in salary. In addition, tenured or tenure-track faculty may receive additional incentives and awards for excellence in teaching, research, and service.
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