Assistant Professor, Special Education

Job description

The University of Northern Iowa's College of Education seeks applications for a full-time tenure-track Assistant Professor in Special Education, focusing on instructional methods for K-8 students with high incidence disabilities, beginning August, 2019. We seek an individual capable of fulfilling the following roles: teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in special education; collaborating with local schools, agencies and service providers; providing field-based supervision; advising students; engaging in scholarly activity and research pertinent to special education and/or related fields such as Disability Studies in Education; and providing service to the department, college, university, community and profession at large. The Department of Special Education provides education, advocacy, and leadership at the local, state, and national level. We are located in a recently renovated building that includes a state-of-the-art learning technology classroom.

UNI has a bold vision that we will be a diverse and inclusive campus community that provides an engaged education empowering students to lead locally and globally. We seek faculty across disciplines, departments, and colleges to work together to build our national prominence in any of four distinct but interrelated areas of our vision and strategic plan: engaged learning, diversity and inclusion, sustainability, and community engagement. Successful candidates with background and interest in these areas will collaborate to advance our work, joining current faculty conducting teaching, scholarship, and service in these areas.


An earned doctorate in special education or a closely related field by time of appointment in Fall 2019 is required.

Required qualifications include experience providing instructional services to students with high incidence disabilities in various settings such as inclusive, co-teaching, resource, etc.; content-area expertise (e.g. literacy, math), including the provision of accommodations and differentiated instruction; knowledge of assessment; an emerging record of higher education teaching, research, and scholarship focused on special education or a closely related field; and demonstrated competence in interdisciplinary and inter-agency collaboration.

Preference will be given to candidates with expertise or experience with one or more of the following: (1) three or more years teaching experience with children with disabilities; particularly high incidence disabilities; (2) teaching experience at the undergraduate and graduate level in a variety of formats (e.g. face-to-face, online, blended); (3) expertise in one or more of the following: curriculum design, assistive technology; students from diverse backgrounds utilizing culturally relevant or sustaining pedagogy and/or Disability Studies in Education practices and conceptual frameworks; (4) inclusive education praxis; and, (5) publication record in peer-reviewed journals and evidence of potential to secure external funding.

Applications received by March 8, 2019, will receive full consideration. To apply, visit Inquiries may be sent to Amy Staples at [email protected] or 319-273-7468. Pre-employment background checks required.

UNI actively seeks to enhance diversity and is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.  The University encourages applications from persons of color, women, individuals living with disabilities, and protected veterans.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, creed, disability, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by federal and/or state law.

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Posted: 2/11/2019
Application Due: 4/12/2019
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