Utah State University
Center for Persons with Disabilities
Applications and nominations are sought for a senior faculty member to serve as the Director of
the Center for Persons with Disabilities (CPD) and as a tenured professor in an appropriate
academic department at Utah State University. The Director serves as the chief executive officer
for the CPD and is responsible for providing leadership and direction to Center activities,
ensuring efficient operation and compliance with policies and regulations, and serving as a
liaison with relevant university and government officials. Working with the Associate Director
and management team, the Director also organizes, delegates responsibilities, and monitors
implementation of activities related to fiscal management, facilities, equipment, personnel
policies, and reporting.
The Center for Persons with Disabilities was established at Utah State University in 1972 as a
interdisciplinary research, service, training, and technical assistance center addressing the needs
of persons with disabilities. The Center receives core support funding from the U.S. Department
of Health and Human Services as a University Affiliated Program administered by the
Administration on Developmental Disabilities. Additional core support (including hard money
to support the Director) is provided by the Utah State Legislature.
The Director is responsible to a 13-member board appointed by the President of the University.
Day-to-day activities of the CPD are administered in cooperation with 7 Division Directors
(Interdisciplinary Training, Services, Technology, Biomedical, Outreach, Regional Resource
Center, and Early Intervention Research Institute) and a professional staff of approximately 90
people. Currently, these Divisions operate approximately 60 projects with a total annual budget
of $12.5 million (of which 75% is competitively-awarded extramural funding). Most pro-jects
are conducted within Utah and neighboring states, but some have a regional or national
1. Provide leadership for:
a) Overall workscope of the Center, including the development and approval of
goals and objectives consistent with university, state, and federal legislative expectations;
b) CPD faculty and staff in pursuing program development activities to expand
service, training, and research projects consistent with state and federal legislative intent; and
c) Day-to-day administration of the Center, ensuring compliance with university
policies and procedures, maintaining working relationships with academic units, initiating
appropriate policies, and representing the CPD on appropriate university, state, and national
committees, councils, and task forces.
2. Direct core grant from the Administration on Developmental Disabilities to the CPD.
3. Participate in and provide leadership as appropriate with the American Association of
University Affiliated Facilities.
4. Work with state and national executive agencies and legislative groups to draft and
implement laws for the benefit of people with disabilities.
5. Pursue extramural funding from state, federal, and private organizations and administer
appropriate grants when awarded.
6. As a tenured professor in an academic department, conduct research, teach, produce
scholarly products, and serve on university, college, and departmental governance and student
Applicants must meet the following criteria:
1. Earned doctorate in an appropriate field.
2. Evidence of eligibility for tenure in an appropriate academic department at Utah State
3. Demonstrated skills in program development, including experience identifying and
implementing initiatives to strengthen and increase the impact and relevance of programs
comparable to the CPD.
4. National leadership experience in the disability field.
5. Demonstrated expertise in program administration and cooperative work with state and
federal agencies, consumer organizations, and private service providers.
6. Evidence of excellent verbal and written communication skills.
7. Evidence of excellent interpersonal skills.
1. Knowledge about and experience with the network of University Affiliated Programs
funded by the Administration on Developmental Disabilities.
2. Experience with initiatives that support consumers with disabilities and family members.
3. Evidence of ability to work independently and in cooperation with consumers and
personnel from various disciplines to meet the objectives similar to those being addressed by the
4. Experience working with executive agencies and legislative bodies to draft and
implement laws and regulations for the benefit of people with disabilities.
Utah State University, a land-grant institution with a student body of over 20,000, has 47
departments, 8 academic colleges, a School of Graduate Studies, and diverse research programs.
Located in a picturesque valley in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, 85 miles north of Salt Lake
City, the area offers wide cultural opportunities (e.g., ballet, theater, symphony, opera),
outstanding outdoor recreational activities (e.g., skiing, horseback riding, hiking, boating, etc.),
spectacular scenic beauty, and an appealing lifestyle.
Review of applications will begin May 1, 2000 and continue until the position is filled. The
position is available July 1, 2000.
Applicant must send letter of application, detailed vita, and names and contact information of
three references who can be contacted by the Committee. Examples of reprints of publications or
other relevant materials are also highly desirable. Send application to:
Karl R. White, PhD
Chair, CPD Director Search Committee
Utah State University
6800 Old Main Hill
Logan, UT 84322-6800