Assistant Professor of Special Education

Rock Hill, South Carolina
Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience
Jul 14, 2017
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The Department of Counseling, Leadership, and Educational Studies at Winthrop University seeks a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Special Education to teach courses in the special education undergraduate and graduate programs.

The Richard W. Riley College of Education (COE) has a strong reputation in the preparation and advancement of highly qualified professionals for South Carolina and the country.  Historically renowned in teacher preparation, Winthrop University is NCATE-accredited and has received national recognition for its clinically-based teacher preparation and partnerships with local schools. The university enjoys close proximity to Charlotte, NC (approximately 20 minutes from downtown), high quality local schools, and an affordable cost of living. The college is committed to building a diverse educational environment in which all students, faculty, and staff collaborate in a supportive and inclusive community. Individuals from under-represented groups or with experience working with under-represented groups are encouraged to apply.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Teach undergraduate and graduate Special Education courses and teach Special Education-related teacher preparation core courses as needed.
  • Supervise students in field and internship placements.
  • Assist with curriculum development, accreditation, program planning, student recruitment and advisement.
  • Participate in service to the program, department, college, and university.
  • Collaborate with public school/university faculty to plan and teach an experience-based curriculum.
  • Conduct socially significant research to improve the education of children.
  • Provide service to the profession in community and professional organizations.
  • Seek grants to support curriculum and program development.
  • Teaching evenings, summers, online, and occasional weekends.

Employment Conditions: A nine-month, full-time, tenure-track position. Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.  Option of summer employment with sufficient enrollments.

Position Availability: January 1, 2018 (actual start date is negotiable)



Required Qualifications:

  • Earned doctorate in Special Education (emphasis in intellectual disabilities, severe disabilities, and/or emotional disabilities).
  • Expertise in working with individuals with intellectual disabilities, severe disabilities, and/ or emotional disabilities.
  • Successful college teaching experience.
  • Minimum of 3 years P-12 teaching experience.
  • Record of emerging or demonstrated scholarship commensurate with rank.
  • Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues at the department, college, university, and community levels.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with preparing special education teacher candidates for the edTPA.
  • Online teaching experience or training in online course development.
  • Documented experience with grant development or management.
  • Knowledge of and experience with multi-tiered systems of support.
  • Expertise in gifted and talented education, co-teaching and inclusion, and/or assistive technology
  • Demonstrated ability to enhance instruction through the use of technology.


Application Instructions

Application review will begin on September 5, 2017. Applications received after this start of review may be consider if an acceptable candidate is not identified.

The following materials should be added to the online application:

  1. A cover letter including the candidate's interest in the position, qualifications, teaching philosophy, research interests, and commitment to educational reform and renewal;
  2. Current curriculum vitae;
  3. Graduate transcripts for all advanced degrees (unofficial acceptable for application phase); and
  4. Names and contact information for five professional references.

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