Assistant Professor - Early Childhood Special Education/Early Childhood

Job description

Job Title: Assistant Professor - Early Childhood Special Education/Early Childhood
Location: COE: Teaching and Learning
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 605421
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Job Description

This is a tenure track, Assistant Professor, academic year position based in Flagstaff, Arizona, split between the Department of Teaching and Learning and the Department of Educational Specialties. The appointment will begin in the Fall 2021 academic semester. The Departments of Teaching and Learning and Educational Specialties are located within the College of Education and offers undergraduate and graduate programs in special education, career and technical education, bilingual and multicultural education and educational technology. The Departments of Teaching and Learning (T and L)and Educational Specialties have statewide locations that also offer accredited programs.

The Department of Educational Specialties (ESP) is seeking to fill an Assistant Professor position in Early Childhood Special Education/Early Childhood at our Flagstaff Mountain campus beginning in August 2021. The position is a 9-month tenure-track faculty line. This position also has the opportunity for summer course teaching.

The T and L and ESP Departments invite applicants who will contribute to our undergraduate and graduate programs in Early Childhood and Early Childhood Special Education. The successful candidate should also have a demonstrated potential for an active, independent and collaborative research agenda and external research funding.

Our programs include the following:

The M.Ed. in Early Childhood Special Education with Certification is a 37-46-unit program that is aligned with certification requirements in the state and is CAEP accredited. The program is offered to students in the state and many of the courses are delivered through online formats. The program attracts strong and diverse applicants from the state and is currently in a growth phase. Many of the graduate courses in early childhood special education are also included in a specialization in the M.Ed. in Special Education (Non-Certification). Students in the program are seeking further training in early childhood special education and are not needing certification.

The M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education degree program provides students with the necessary framework for an advanced career in working with pre-school and primary-level children. This degree offers students, typically practicing teachers of young children, the opportunity to enhance their content, pedagogical, and professional knowledge and skills.

The Dual Certification B.S. Ed. in Early Childhood was launched in the fall 2018 semester. College faculty have developed many new undergraduate courses for this blended and integrated program and have been pleased to offer this innovative degree to our students.

The B.A.S. in Early Childhood Education is based on state and national education reforms and concentrates on educating you about the expanding specialized knowledge base concerning early childhood.


    Teach graduate classes for the M.Ed. in Early Childhood and the M.Ed. in Early Childhood Special Education in both synchronous and asynchronous formats Teach in-person undergraduate teacher candidates in Flagstaff Maintain an active, independent and collaborative research agenda
  1. Prepare and manage external grant proposals/programs
  2. Collaborate with faculty from the college in updating, revising, and delivering the blended early childhood/early childhood special education coursework in partnership with the schools
  3. Supervise graduate student internships and undergraduate practica
  4. Recruit and advise teacher candidates
  5. Fulfill service responsibilities to the department, college, university, and the profession
  6. Work collaboratively with university departments related to admissions, assistantship, fieldwork, practicum, and internship experiences for teacher candidates.
  7. Contribute to assessment activities and help prepare reports for accrediting bodies and the Arizona Department of Education
  8. Direct graduate student research and serve on dissertation committees

Minimum Qualifications
    Earned doctorate or ABD in Special Education or related field with doctorate no later than September 1, 2021 Three years working with children with disabilities ages birth to eight years

Preferred Qualifications
    Specialized training in early childhood special education as evidenced by a Doctoral degree in Early Childhood Special Education, or related areaFive or more years teaching children birth to eight with disabilitiesExperience and demonstrated knowledge in early interventionExperience and demonstrated knowledge in instructional approaches for young children with disabilities ages birth to eight yearsStrong commitment to inclusive teaching practices in special educationExperience and demonstrated knowledge in Universal Design for Learning practicesExperience with diverse populations of students to include people from Indigenous and Hispanic communities Knowledge of and ability to successfully work in college/university teacher preparation programs Experience teaching undergraduate and graduate college/university courses that are campus-basedDemonstrated ability to integrate technology into teaching including experience with both synchronous and asynchronous formats Experience collaborating with teachers and other service professionals in applied settingsExperience in developing curriculum or courses for blended early childhood/early childhood special education programs with colleagues across disciplines Ability/experience in recruiting, advising, and mentoring students Ability/experience in working with graduate students on research projectsEvidence of scholarship or scholarship potentialExperience in grant writing for external fundingExperience with program and/or accreditation assessment

General Information

Northern Arizona University is a 29,569-student institution with its main campus in Flagstaff, a four-season community of about 70,000 at the base of the majestic San Francisco Peaks. NAU’s emphasis on undergraduate education is enhanced by its graduate programs and research as well as distance learning. All faculty members are expected to promote student learning and help students achieve academic outcomes.

The university is committed to a diverse and civil working and learning environment. We acknowledge that NAU sits at the base of the San Francisco Peaks, on the homelands sacred to the people of Native American tribes throughout the region. We honor the past present, and future generations, who have lived here for millennia and for who will forever call this place home. We are proud to note that our institution is designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution with 25% of students identified as Hispanic/Latino/a/x, 3% American Indian, 3% African American, 2% Asian American, 55% White, and 5% as multiracial. We are committed to recruiting individuals who are dedicated to inclusive excellence. For information about diversity, access, and equity at NAU, see the Center for University Access and Inclusion webpage.

Background Information

This position has been identified as a safety/security sensitive position. Therefore, per AZ Revised Statute, Northern Arizona University requires satisfactory results for the following: a criminal background investigation, employment history investigation, degree verification (in some cases) and fingerprinting.

If you are applying for a job that requires a CDL, you will be required to register with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse and adhere to the clearinghouse requirements.

Additionally, as an employer in the state of Arizona, NAU is required to participate in the federal E-Verify program that assists employers with verifying new employees' right to work in the United States.

Finally, each year Northern Arizona University releases an Annual Security Report. The report is a result of a federal law known as the Clery Act. The report includes Clery reportable crime statistics for the three most recent completed calendar years and discloses procedures, practices and programs NAU uses to keep students and employees safe including how to report crimes or other emergencies occurring on campus. In addition, the Fire Safety Report is combined with the Annual Security Report for the NAU Flagstaff Mountain Campus and NAU-Fort Defiance as these campuses have on-campus student housing. This report discloses fire safety policies and procedures related to on-campus student housing and statistics for fires that occurred in those facilities.

If you would like a free paper copy of the report, please contact the NAUPD Records Department at (928) 523-8884 or by visiting the department at 525 E. Pine Knoll Drive in Flagstaff.




This is a Faculty (FAC) position. NAU offers an excellent benefit package including generous health, dental and vision insurance; participation in the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) or the Optional Retirement Program (ORP); sick leave accruals and 10 holidays per year; and tuition reduction for employees and qualified family members. More information on benefits at NAU is available at the NAU HR benefits page.

Faculty are hired on a contract basis, renewable according to terms of the Conditions of Faculty Service. Employees offered a position will be eligible for state health plans (including NAU's BCBS Plan). Employees will have 31 days from date of hire to enroll in benefits, and their benefits will then be effective the first day of the pay period following their completed enrollment.

If a new employee chooses the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) retirement option, participation in the ASRS Plan (and the long-term disability coverage that accompanies it) will begin on the first of the pay period following 183 days of employment. New employees who choose to participate in the Optional Retirement Plan (ORP; an alternative to the ASRS plan) will begin to participate on the first day of employment. The long-term disability plan that accompanies the ORP will begin on the first day of the pay period following 90 days of employment. More information about NAU benefits is available at the NAU HR benefits page.

Submission Deadline

This position will be open until filled or closed. Review of applications will begin on June 11, 2021.

How to Apply

To apply for this position, please click on the "Apply" button at the end of the job description if viewing this position through the NAU HR website. Otherwise, to view the original post and to apply, proceed to, follow the 'Faculty and Administrator Openings' link, locate vacancy 605421, and then "Apply" at the bottom of the page.

The online application must include:

  1. a cover letter highlighting your interest in and particular qualifications for this position;
  2. a curriculum vitae;
  3. copies of transcripts (officials will be required of the successful applicant)
  4. a statement of teaching philosophy
  5. a statement of research interests
  6. a statement of your commitment to diversity
  7. sample syllabi and teaching evaluations from one or two college course
  8. three research/scholarly artifacts
  9. names and contact information for three references

If you have any difficulties uploading your materials, please reach out to [email protected] with your name and the position you are applying for listed in the subject line.

Other materials may be requested of finalists selected for interviews.

For further information about the position, contact Educational Specialties Department Chair Shadow Armfield ([email protected]) or Teaching and Learning Department Chair Clement Lambert ([email protected])

If you need assistance completing your application there are instructions available on the HR website or in person in the Human Resources Department located in Building 91 on the NAU Campus - on the corner of Beaver and DuPont Streets.

If you are an individual with a disability and need reasonable accommodation to participate in the hiring process please contact the Office of Equity and Access at: 928-523-3312/TDD - 928-523-1006 or PO Box 4083, Flagstaff AZ 86011.

FLSA Status

This position is exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and therefore will not earn overtime or compensatory time for additional time worked.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Northern Arizona University is a committed Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. NAU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

EEO is the Law Poster and Supplements

NAU is an Employer of National Service. AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other National Service alumni are encouraged to apply.




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Posted: 5/12/2021
Application Due: 8/10/2021
Work Type: Full Time