Assistant Professor of Special Education

Westerville, Ohio
Aug 15, 2017
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Assistant Professor of Special Education, Tenure Track.  Otterbein University, a comprehensive liberal arts institution in the suburban Columbus area, invites immediate applications for an Assistant Professor of Special Education, with the appointment beginning in August 2018.  This is a tenure-track position with commensurate expectations for teaching, scholarship and service.

Responsibilities: Responsibilities include teaching graduate courses during the daytime and evening hours, such as methods of special education, assessment in special education, and specialized instructional planning; supporting the process of yearly evaluation of program data; leading part-time instructors in program reviews and improvements; and co-writing reports for the Council of Exceptional Children and state program reviews.  A significant part of our special education programs are the field placements and required hours of observation and teaching in K-12 settings. An additional responsibility is building and maintaining relationships with schools to promote collaboration to benefit schools and the department. Faculty members at Otterbein University are expected to be involved in professional activities for the purposes of building and maintaining one’s scholarship, such as research, writing, and presenting, self-development, and service.

Qualifications: The successful candidate will teach primarily in the graduate programs, engage in scholarly activities, have knowledge of and experience with the Council of Exceptional Children standards for teacher preparation, and provide service to the department, university, community and profession.  Candidates will also be expected to maintain relationships with area schools to support field placements and to supervise field placements for teacher candidates. The ideal candidate will possess a terminal degree in Special Education (or related field) by the 2018-2019 academic year, and at least three years of K-12 teaching experience. Candidates should also have strong skills in leadership and communication, and an ability to work effectively with students, faculty, and staff from diverse communities and cultures. Teaching experience in graduate programs, demonstrated record of scholarship, experience in curriculum development and evaluation, and experience in online and/or blended education preferred

Application: To apply, send letter of interest, curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching experience and philosophy, a statement of research interests to: Dr. Barbara Schaffner, Dean of the School of Professional Studies, Otterbein University, One South Grove Street, Westerville, OH 43081.  Applicants should also request that three (3) current letters of reference be sent directly to Dean Schaffner, separate from the initial application packet.  Email submissions to  Note that we are leaving the faculty position open until filled, but candidates who apply before October 15, 2017 will have the best opportunity for consideration.  Finalists for the position will be asked to submit official transcripts for their highest degree earned.  To learn more about the School of Professional Studies, please visit us at studies.

Otterbein University is committed to providing a welcoming environment free from unlawful discrimination.  To this end, the University prohibits any form of discrimination against any person on the basis of race, color, sex, gender, pregnancy, religion, creed, marital status, partnership status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, disability, military status, or any other legally protected status in its programs and activities.  However, the University’s commitment to a nondiscriminatory environment is not intended to abridge unduly its commitment to academic freedom, free speech, or its educational mission. Inquiries or complaints regarding any form of discrimination or harassment may be directed to: Scott Fitzgerald, Director of Human Resources, 614.823.1130 or

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