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Special Education Open Rank Tenure-line Assistant, Associate, Professor or non-tenure line Lecturer

Central College
Pella, IA

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Education, Special Education, Teacher Education
Position Type
Assistant Professor
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
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Category:: Academic / Faculty
Department:: Academic Affairs
Locations:: Pella, IA
Posted:: Oct 8, 2021
Closes:: Open Until Filled
Type:: Faculty
Position ID:: 137836

About Central College:

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Job Description:

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POSITION: Tenure-line, or non-tenure line, open-rank faculty position, beginning August 2022, Department of Education

QUALIFICATIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES: The ideal candidate will embrace Central College's commitment to be a leader in preparing the next generation of pre-K-12 educators in the state of Iowa. Our new colleague will join an active and highly collaborative partnership with school districts, local corporations, cross-curricular college departments, and state-level agencies on current state education initiatives.

The successful candidate will preferably have a Ph.D. or Ed.D. in Education or related field (ABD considered) for a tenure-line position or a master's in special education for a non-tenure line position Candidates should have special education teaching experience, preferably in a pre-K-6 special education setting. College teaching experience is desirable. Our new colleague will have the opportunity to teach undergraduate courses in the teacher preparation program (e.g., Classroom Behavior Management Strategies, Individualized Education Plans & Assessment, Elementary Curriculum & Methods for Teaching Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities and Instructional Strategist I: Behavior Modification) and college-wide liberal arts courses. Additionally, candidates will be expected to contribute to program development and assessment, advising and mentoring of students, supervision of practicum and student teaching experiences, and engaging in scholarship and service that contributes to the institution and profession.

Central's DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION featuring both Elementary Education and Secondary Education is a highly collaborative, collegial department that is well integrated in the life of campus across disciplines and provides rich and meaningful collaborative opportunities with regional school districts and community partners. Central College Education students exhibit highly successful Praxis Exam completion rates (over 96%) and are annually awarded the Recognition of Excellence Indicator Award for exemplary scores.

The department is highly committed to a novel developmental model to prepare students to become effective educators in elementary and secondary education. This unique model aligns with InTASC standards for teacher preparation and provides students with fundamental, developmentally appropriate coursework and experiences. The Central Teachers Academy (CTA) is an exceptional teacher preparation program, highly regarded in the state, and the only one of its kind in Iowa. CTA students are trained and paired with mentor teachers in the Pella Community School District and Pella Christian School for three years.

Central College of Pella, Iowa, is a private, four-year liberal arts college. Central is known for its academic rigor, leadership and character formation, global experiential learning, STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and sustainability education, athletics and service. The Central experience is rooted in exploration and self-discovery and enhanced by life in a residential community of 1,100 students. Founded in 1853, Central values its long-standing relationship with the Reformed Church in America. The college participates in NCAA Division III athletics and is a member of the American Rivers Conference. Central is an active part of the Greater Des Moines region and just minutes from Lake Red Rock, Iowa's largest lake.

Application Instructions:

To apply for this position visit . Review of applications will begin 1 November 2021 and will continue until the position is filled. Candidates recommended for employment are subject to a background investigation. Academic positions at Central College use E-verify. Please submit the following materials online:

1. a letter of application relating your qualifications to the position at liberal arts, residential college
2. a curriculum vitae
3. copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts
4. a one-page statement of teaching philosophy

Three confidential letters of reference addressing the candidate's qualifications for this leadership opportunity at a liberal arts college can be sent electronically to [email protected] or mailed to: Vice President for Academic Affairs & Dean of the Faculty, Central College, 812 University, Pella, Iowa 50219.

Central College is strongly committed to creating a diverse and inclusive community where students and employees feel welcome and can thrive. The Central College Welcome Statement is designed to promote and protect the safety, respect, and integrity of relationships among all members of our community. Each individual is responsible for creating an atmosphere that fosters openness, mutual respect, and inclusivity. To achieve these ends, Central College aims to establish a safe environment for all persons, including those considered diverse by contemporary and sometimes changing standards.

Central College is an equal opportunity employer. The college encourages candidates to apply who are from diverse backgrounds and historically underrepresented groups. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, national origin, religion, disability, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, gender expression and identity, genetic information (for employees), or any other characteristic protected by law. Additionally, Central seeks candidates who have had experience working with and/or interacting with individuals from diverse populations to apply.


Founded in 1853, Central College of Pella, Iowa, is a private, residential four-year liberal arts college known for its academic rigor and strength in global experiential learning, STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), sustainability education, athletics success and tradition, and leadership and service. Central continues to value its long-standing relationship with the Reformed Church in America. The college participates in NCAA Division III athletics and is a member of the Iowa Conference. Central is an active part of the Greater Des Moines region and just two minutes from Lake Red Rock, Iowa’s largest lake.

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At Central, curiosity is met with challenge and exploration yields self-discovery. Students focus on hands-on learning experiences and expand their worlds through service and internship opportunities, research projects with faculty and work-study positions. Central also actively supports off-campus study-abroad programs around the world as part of our commitment to global experiential learning and well over half of Central students study internationally prior to graduation.

The Central College academic community is dedicated to educating undergraduate students. Approximately 100 faculty and 300 staff members, full- and part-time, serve more than 1,300 undergraduates, who hail from Iowa, 26 other states, the District of Columbia, and nine countries around the world. The power of the Central global network through alumni, parents, donors, and corporate partners brings significant opportunities for the college and its students. Over 70 academic programs of study are offered to undergraduates, in addition to integrated interdisciplinary studies student-designed majors.

The campus culture is one of engagement. Half of the students participate in intercollegiate athletics. Central is in the NCAA Division III and a member the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletics Conference (IIAC). Of current students, 26% are enrolled in a fine arts course (art, music or theatre). The Mills Gallery showcases art exhibitions throughout the year, including student exhibits in the spring. Theatre programs involve students in every facet of stage production with a handful of major productions annually. A wide range of campus life and student leadership opportunities attract students in large numbers.  Over 100 student organizations and clubs enjoy robust student involvement at Central.

Mission statement:

Central College is a residential liberal arts college dedicated to helping students discover and develop their greatest potential. Guided by its ecumenical Christian tradition, the college community engages in vigorous, open inquiry in pursuit of academic excellence.

The College nurtures the development of the mind, while fostering spiritual and emotional maturity and physical well-being. Central integrates career preparation with the development of values essential to responsible citizenship, empowering graduates for effective service in local, national and international communities.

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Just two minutes from Lake Red Rock, Iowa’s largest lake, the community of Pella is home to corporate headquarters of international companies such as Vermeer Corporation, Pella Corporation (Pella Windows and Doors), and Precision Pulley and Idler, Inc. (PPI). Pella is a thriving community of 10,350 residents, famous for its annual Tulip Time festival which is held each May.

While located in Pella, Central is also an active part of the Greater Des Moines region – a region ranked No. 1 for Metro with the Most Community Pride (Gallup, 2015), No. 2 in Top 10 U.S. Cities to Land Work (NBC News, 2015), No. 2 in Best Cities for Jobs 2015 (Forbes), No. 1 for America’s best cities for young professionals (Forbes, 2014) and has earned dozens of other top rankings as well. The college and the Pella community are both members of the Greater Des Moines Partnership, a regional economic and community development organization.



Central College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of:

  • North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
  • State of Iowa Board of Education
  • Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Educators
  • National Association of Schools of Music
  • American Chemical Society

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