Job ID 24399
Full/Part Time Full-Time
Location Columbia


  • An earned doctorate in Special Education or closely related field
  • Current or past success in garnering federal funding.

Candidates will be evaluated on the following factors:
  • Expertise in directing teaching with children or youth with disabilities
  • Demonstrated strong record of research, teaching and service
  • Ability to actively seek funding to study teacher related topic areas and other topics of interest in the area of Special Education
  • Ability to provide oversight for a certification program in Cross-Categorical Special Education.

Application Deadline

Closing Date: Review of applications will begin November 1, 2017, and continue until the position is filled.

To Apply: USe the online application and upload (a) a letter of application in which you describe in detail your qualifications for the position, (b) research statement, (c) 2 sample scholarly artifacts, (d) evidence of experiences in generating external funding, (e) evidence of teaching effectiveness (course syllabi, student evaluations, chair/advisor/peer reviews) and (f) names and contact information for three references.

Please contact Dr. Delinda VanGarderen,, for questions about the position.

Other Information

About the Department of Special Education: The Department of Special Education (SPED) is one of five academic units within the MU College of Education. SPED offers programs for students seeking undergraduate, master's and doctoral degrees. The undergraduate program is focused on pre-service teacher preparation in mild/moderate cross-categorical disabilities. Master's programs, both on-line and on-campus, focus on advanced teacher professional development in areas including Early Childhood Special Education, Gifted Education, Cross Categorical, Behavioral Disorders, Learning Disabilities, and Autism Education. Department Faculty continue to be successful in securing federal funding to support Masters students through federal training grants. The department offers Doctoral programs to establish leaders in the area of research and teacher preparation in the following areas: Behavioral Disorders, Autism, Learning Disabilities, Special Education Administration, and Early Childhood Special Education. All admitted doctoral students are supported with tuition and fiscal support through departmental funding as well as federally funded programs.

SPED faculty members are consistently recognized - internationally and across the U.S. - for their individual and collaborative research excellence. SPED is home to several state and federally supported training, demonstration and research projects, including the Center for School-Wide Positive Behavioral Supports, the Center for the Prevention of School Violence, the Center for Social and Behavioral Competence, and the Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders. The department has the highest per faculty member external funding average in the College of Education.

About the College of Education: The College of Education is ranked among the top doctoral granting colleges of education in the country. Today, the College has a student population of approximately 900 undergraduates and 1,400 graduate students with 72 tenured/tenure-track and 25 full-time non-tenure track faculty members. The College is financially well positioned to invest in innovation. Annual expenditures for externally funded projects are approximately $20 million with funded projects in research, instruction and public service. Our research portfolio has increased significantly in recent years, and is poised for continued significant strategic growth. The College is a leader on the campus and is nationally recognized for its distance and online education programs.

About MU and the Surrounding Community: MU, the flagship institution in the University of Missouri System, has nearly 34,000 undergraduate and graduate students. It is a member of the American Association of Universities, a state land grant institution and a RU/VH: Research University (very high research activity) as designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

MU is the oldest state university west of the Mississippi River and the largest of the four institutions in the University of Missouri System. In 1848, MU became the first public university in the nation to open a college specific to teacher preparation. Cultural diversity is an important goal supported by the Division, College, and MU. More information is available on the web at:

MU is located in Columbia, a metropolitan community of approximately 130,000 which has been rated by Money Magazine, Men's Journal and MSN.COM as one of the best places to live in the U.S. MU has a student body of over 34,000, and is designated as a Carnegie Doctoral/Research University Extensive. MU is one of only six universities in the U.S. that is both the flagship and land grant institution housing medicine, veterinary medicine and law on the same campus. As an AAU member institution since 1908, MU is recognized as one of the top research and educational institutions in the nation.

This position provides an opportunity to work at a world-class research university in a beautiful and diverse setting that offers a high quality of life. There are numerous opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts and Columbia has been recognized as a bike-friendly community. Both Kansas City and St. Louis are within a 90-minute drive offering the shopping and cultural opportunities of major metropolitan areas. Columbia has a very high quality public school system and provides many opportunities for art, culture and music enthusiasts.


Salary: Competitive and commensurate with experiences and qualifications.

Appointment: 9 months beginning August 2018.

Benefit Eligibility

This position is eligible for University benefits. The University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, and educational fee discounts. For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at

Diversity Commitment

The University of Missouri is fully committed to achieving the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our core campus values of respect, responsibility, discovery and excellence.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of Missouri is an equal access, equal opportunity, affirmative action employer that is fully committed to achieving a diverse faculty and staff. Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information, call the Vice Chancellor of Human Resource Services/Affirmative Action officer at 573-882-4256.

To request ADA accommodations, please call the Disability Inclusion and ADA Compliance Manager at 573-884-7278.


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Job Description

University Of Missouri

Tenured Faculty Position in Special Education

Associate Professor Rank

Department of Special Education | College Of Education

Special Education at the University of Missouri

The University of Missouri - Columbia (MU) Department of Special Education seeks to recruit an energetic, highly motivated scholar in Special Education to serve as a leader for teacher education in our department.


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