Assistant Professor (Special Education: Learning Disabilities)

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General Summary

The Department of Special Education & Communication Sciences and Disorders, College of Education at Eastern Michigan University, is seeking applicants for one tenure track position in Special Education: Learning Disabilities. The appointment will be at the rank of Assistant Professor with a start in Fall, 2021.

Eastern Michigan University is an R2 institution enrolling approximately 17,000 students and offers an outstanding benefits package and a collegial work environment. EMU’s distinct mix of comprehensive academic resources, strong community initiatives, and nationally-recognized undergraduate and graduate research achievements set it apart. The EMU campus is located in the Ypsilanti/Ann Arbor community, five miles from downtown Ann Arbor and 35 miles west of Detroit, MI and Windsor, Ontario.

The Special Education Program within the Department of Special Education & Communication Sciences and Disorders offers a wide range of undergraduate categorical special education degrees leading to initial state licensure in one or more categories. The program also offers a range of certificate, master’s, and specialist programs.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

Teach undergraduate, graduate, and specialist courses for preservice and in-service teachers in the Learning Disabilities program area in addition to general special education courses, including some in field-based settings.

Establish, develop, and maintain an active research agenda and related disseminations in the form of scholarly publications, grant proposals, and/or conference presentations, including the mentoring of graduate and undergraduate student research projects.

Assist with the design of courses for the Learning Disabilities undergraduate and graduate programs in the areas of reading, written expression, and mathematics.

Maintain an active service record at the department, college, and university levels, in addition to establishing partnerships with local K-12 schools.

Perform related Departmental duties as required.

This position is covered under the collective bargaining agreement between EMU and the EMU Chapter of the American Association of University Professors, which contains and settles all matters with respect to wages, benefits, hours and other terms and conditions of employment.


Minimum Qualifications

  • Earned doctorate in Learning Disabilities, Special Education, or related field with a special education cognate concentration completed by date of appointment from an accredited institution.
  • ABD status at time of application requires a letter of confirmation from the applicant’s dissertation chairperson.
  • Coursework concentration and/or dissertation topic related to students with Specific Learning Disabilities.
  • Specific expertise regarding the eligibility process, continuum of interventions, delivery models, and progress monitoring for students with Specific Learning Disabilities in one or more of the following domains:
  • Reading (dyslexia included);
  • Oral expression, listening comprehension, and written expression; and/or
  • Mathematics
  • An active research/scholarly agenda and accomplishments related to the appointment.
  • PK-12 school experience, special education/students with Specific Learning Disabilities included.
  • Desired Qualifications

  • Previous higher education teaching experience preferred.
  • Able to teach undergraduate and graduate (through specialist level) courses for preservice and in-service teachers about students with Specific Learning Disabilities (K-12).
  • Able to teach undergraduate and graduate courses about general special education/ inclusion topics for preservice and in-service teachers.
  • Experience and an expressed interest in mixed methods research.

  • Experience acquiring or pursuing external funding
  • The successful candidate will serve an eight-month, tenure track appointment with summer employment contingent on student demand and funding. A competitive salary will be based on qualifications and prior experience with a tenure track appointment at the assistant professor rank. Starting date should be no later than August 30, 2021.

    Supplemental Information

    Applicants should submit a letter of interest that addresses the credentials relative to the minimum and desired qualifications stated above, detailed vitae, teaching statement, research statement including two samples of recent scholarship, graduate transcripts, and names/telephone numbers of at least three references.

    Application review will begin on February 12, 2021.

    For more information contact Dr. David Winters, Department Head, at [email protected]

    or 734.487.3300.

    If contacted, candidates will present official transcripts of their highest degree earned at the time of an interview.

    Multicultural experience is desired. Women and members of under-represented groups are encouraged to apply. EMU is an equal opportunity employer.




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    Job No:
    Posted: 12/3/2020
    Application Due: 2/12/2021
    Work Type: Full Time