Assistant/Associate Professor of Inclusive/Special Education - #002045

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Assistant/Associate Professor of Inclusive/Special Education - #002045


School of Teaching and Learning

Position Summary:

This is a tenure-track, 9-month position at either the Assistant or Associate Professor rank. Expected begin work date is August 2021. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until a candidate has been selected for hire.

The successful applicant will join a strong faculty in the Inclusive and Special Education Programs within the School of Teaching and Learning at one of the nation’s most beautiful and dynamic universities.

The undergraduate Inclusive Education Program leads to dual North Carolina licensure in K-12 General Curriculum Special Education and K-6 Elementary Education. The Graduate Special Education M.A.T. program leads to initial and advanced licensure in General Curriculum or Adapted Curriculum. The M.A.Ed. program leads to advanced licensure in Special Education with concentrations in Mild to Moderate Disabilities, Severe Disabilities, or Gifted, Creative, & Innovative Education.

In a program that highly values collaboration and diversity, the successful candidate will be expected to teach in the Inclusive Education Program and Special Education Program; strongly engage in research, and provide service to P-12 schools, to the profession, and to the university.

Carnegie statement:

WCU embraces its role as a regionally engaged university and is designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a community engaged university. Preference will be given to candidates who can demonstrate a commitment to public engagement through their teaching, service, and scholarship.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities Required for this Position:

The successful candidate will be expected to meet annual performance requirements in the School of Teaching and Learning for teaching, scholarship, and service, while demonstrating satisfactory progress toward tenure and promotion.

The position will require teaching in the Inclusive and Special Education programs. The successful candidate will teach face to face and online courses in mild to moderate disabilities and supervise interns in special education and K-6 general education settings. The teaching load for this position is three courses per semester with day and evening sections that may vary across terms. Expertise and experience with inclusion in schools is expected for this position. Consistent participation in on-campus responsibilities is expected.

Applicants should provide evidence of these qualifications and experiences. Also, applicants should demonstrate the potential to work collaboratively and across disciplines, contribute to the department’s multicultural and diversity goals, and show successful collaboration with in-service teachers in public school settings.

The institution has fully embraced the Boyer model of scholarship as a means of supporting its commitment to the stewards of place model and integrated learning. As such, faculty members are encouraged to utilize the scholarship of engagement to enhance student learning and fulfill its mission to the region and support the University’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP). Applicants are encouraged to visit the WCU website ( and read the university vision and details about the QEP.

Minimum Qualifications:

The successful candidate should document:
•an earned Ph.D. or Ed.D. in special education from an accredited institution, or a closely related field from an accredited institution. (ABD applicants with completion by hire date will be considered)
•expertise in and three years of demonstrated experience working with children and youth with mild to moderate disabilities including learning, intellectual, and emotional and/or behavioral disabilities.
•eligibility for North Carolina licensure and a minimum of three years of full time K-12 teaching experience in special education mild to moderate disabilities

Preferred Qualifications:

Preference will be given to the candidate with:
•experience teaching courses in instructional methods and supervision of preservice teachers with edTPA.
•experience with inclusive education teacher preparation (dual preparation and licensure in special and elementary education)
•collaborative work across disciplines; support of underrepresented multilingual, culturally diverse students; and implementation of culturally responsive practices
•evidence of or potential for excellence in university teaching, including face to face and online formats.
•demonstrated knowledge of inclusive practices and current research in teaching students with disabilities in the general curriculum.
•demonstrated record of or potential for research in special education leading to a sustained record of scholarship.
•evidence of strong interpersonal and communication skills, effective collaboration, and collegiality.
•a productive research agenda or demonstrated line of research in special education in conjunction with the Boyer Model of Scholarship including conference presentations, peer reviewed scholarship, and external funding opportunities.
•experience and expertise in any of the following:
oUniversal Design for Learning and differentiated instruction
oco-teaching models and best practice
omethods of teaching across content areas including:
oreading development and instruction
omathematics development and instruction
owriting development and instruction
othe Council for Exceptional Children’s High Leverage Practices
opreparing preservice candidates for edTPA success
oexpertise in and experience working with children and youth with severe disabilities including:
otransition and community-based services
ocollaboration with families
oassistive technologies
oexpertise in and experience working with children and youth who are academically and intellectually gifted
oinstructional methods
ostrategies for supporting twice-exceptional learners

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Permanent Full-Time

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Special Instructions to Applicants:

Application must be made online. Hard copy materials will not be accepted for review.

Please submit a CV, letter of application, unofficial transcripts from terminal degree, and a list of at least three professional references to include their complete contact information.

For more information, please contact the Search Committee Chair, Dr. Kelly R. Kelley, 828-227-3298, [email protected]


Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks.

Western Carolina University uses E-Verify to confirm employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visit Proper documentation of identity and employability are required at the time of employment.

Credential Verification:

All new employees are required to have listed credentials/degrees verified within 30 days of employment. All new employees who will be teaching are required to provide official transcripts within 30 days of employment. Transcripts should be provided for the highest earned degree and/or the degree which is being used to satisfy credential/qualification requirements.


Western Carolina University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race; color; religion; sex; sexual orientation; gender identity or expression; national origin; age; disability; genetic information; political affiliation; National Guard or veteran status, consistent with applicable federal, state and local laws, regulations, and policies, and the policies of The University of North Carolina. Additionally, the University promotes the realization of equal employment opportunity for minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and veterans through its affirmative action program.
Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations in the application and interview process please call (828) 227-7218 or email at [email protected]

University Safety:

The Western Carolina University Annual Safety Report is available online at University Annual Safety Report or in hard-copy by request at the office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, 227 HFR Administration Building, Cullowhee, NC 28723 (828-227-7147) or the Office of University Police, 111 Camp Annex, Cullowhee, NC 28723 (828-227-7301). The report, required of all universities participating in Title IV student financial aid programs, discusses crime statistics, procedures for reporting suspicious or criminal activity, security, police authority, crime prevention strategies, university policies on substance abuse and sexual offenses, workplace violence and fire safety.




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Posted: 2/17/2021
Application Due: 5/18/2021
Work Type: Full Time