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Job ID 25752
Full/Part Time Full-Time
Location Columbia

Job Description

University of Missouri

Non-Tenure Track Teaching Professor & Program Coordinator

Department of Special Education | College of Education

Special Education at the University of Missouri

The Department of Special Education seeks a candidate for an innovative position that integrates teaching, advising, and program coordination for our undergraduate students. The candidate selected will work collaboratively with faculty and staff in the College of Education to provide oversight of coursework, accreditation, and field experiences for our students seeking teacher certification.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • An earned doctorate in Special Education
  • Expertise in directly teaching with children or youth with disabilities
  • Understanding of the design and goals of the special education preservice program
  • Willingness to teach undergraduate courses in an online or face-to-face environment
  • Willingness to actively participate in assessment activities and redesign processes
  • Experience with or knowledge about accreditation processes/program evaluation processes
  • Ability to work collaboratively and collegially with representatives from Missouri Department of Education, faculty from other teacher preparation institutions in MO, school administrators, teachers, faculty, staff and students to answer questions, problem solve, and ensure that the undergraduate program is effectively implemented
  • Ability to provide oversight for a certification program in Cross-Categorical Special Education
  • Commitment to special education and enthusiasm for work in the field of special education
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

Candidates will be Evaluated on the Following Factors:
  • Experience teaching courses aligned with teacher preparation
  • Proven project management ability and organization skills
  • Ability to advise and provide instructional supervision to a diverse undergraduate student body
  • Teaching abilities in various special education content areas (e.g., high-incidence disabilities, assessment, evidence-based practices, law & policy, identification & classification procedures, collaboration, co-teaching)
  • Evidence of participation in state and national professional organizations

Application Deadline

Appointment: 12 months beginning July 2018.

Closing Date: Review of applications will begin March 15, 2018 and continue until the position is filled.

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 is the oldest state university west of the Mississippi River and the largest of the four institutions in the University of Missouri System. In 1867, MU became one of the first public universities in the nation to establish an academic program specific to teacher preparation. Cultural diversity is an important goal supported by the Department, College, and MU. More information is available on the web at:

MU is located in Columbia, a metropolitan community of approximately 120,000 that 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 30,000, and is designated as a Carnegie Research University with very high research activity. 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.

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

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, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy shall not be interpreted in such a manner as to violate the legal rights of religious organizations or the recruiting rights of military organizations associated with the Armed Forces or the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America. 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.


To read more about Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) please use the following links:

Application Materials

To Apply: All candidates should upload (a) a letter of application describing the position to which you are applying and detailing your qualifications for the position, including which classes or subject areas you are prepared to teach; (b) philosophy of teaching/advising statement; (c) a syllabus for a course you have designed and/or taught, and (d) names and contact information for three references in the Attachments section of the application. For candidates applying at the Associate level, additionally send evidence of teaching effectiveness (course syllabi, student evaluations, chair/advisor/peer reviews).

Please contact Dr. Delinda van Garderen, [email protected], for questions about the position.





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Posted: 2/28/2018
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