Assistant Professor - Early Childhood/Early Elementary Special Education

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Assistant Professor - Early Childhood/Early Elementary Special Education


Special Ed & Communic Disorders-1049

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Description of Work:

The Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders at the University of Nebraska Lincoln is searching for a new faculty member at the rank of Assistant Professor, with expertise in early childhood/early elementary special education (birth to Grade 3). The position is tenure leading with a 9-month appointment.

The successful candidate must have the ability to work with and be sensitive to the educational needs of diverse students including underrepresented minorities. Recognizing that diversity within a context of inclusivity enhances creativity, innovation, impact, and a sense of belonging, our department and college are committed to creating learning, research, and work environments that are inclusive of all forms of human diversity. We actively encourage applications from and nominations of qualified individuals from underrepresented groups including racial and ethnic minorities, women, sexual minorities, persons living with disabilities, and veterans. We are particularly interested in receiving applications from candidates who can demonstrate their experience with shaping a workplace culture based on respect for differences and/or experiences with promoting equity and positive cross-cultural relationships.

  • Establish an extramurally fundable and collaborative program of research.
  • Teach undergraduate and graduate courses in area of expertise or closely related areas.
  • Contribute to ongoing development of the Department’s undergraduate and graduate programs, and to the field.
  • Advise and mentor students in research and practice.

The Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders ( is nationally known for its graduate programs in Special Education, Speech Language Pathology, and Audiology. Department faculty are committed to addressing important problems and developing interventions that facilitate academic success, social/emotional development, autonomous communication, and sensory access and rehabilitation throughout the lifespan. Current areas of research include academic (reading, writing, math) and behavioral interventions; learning technologies; neuroimaging; speech physiology; communication technologies; amplification and perception; stuttering; and auditory and vestibular physiology. The Department has active research collaborations on campus with the Center for Brain, Biology and Behavior; the Nebraska Center for Research on Children, Youth, Families and Schools; and the Schmoker Reading Center. Collaborations also exist with Boys Town National Research Institute, Boys Town National Research Hospital, Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital, and school districts.

Lincoln, Nebraska is a vibrant college town of approximately 300,000 that combines the cultural richness of a large university with the affordability of a midwestern city.

As an EO/AA employer, qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation. See

Minimum Required Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in special education or related field (e.g., developmental psychology, school psychology, early childhood).
  • Expertise in young children (birth to Grade 3) with disabilities (e.g., low incidence disabilities, high incidence disabilities) or at risk.
  • Established record of or evidence of strong potential for programmatic research and peer-reviewed publications.
  • Two (2) years of teaching experience or other related experience (e.g., exceptional expertise, documented scholarship, skills, or experience with children).
  • Evidence of commitment to practices that are inclusive of all forms of human diversity.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in college teaching.
  • Experience in academic/instructional methods or behavior.

How to Apply:

Click “Apply to this job” and complete the information form. Attach the following documents:

  1. Letter of application that includes research, teaching, and commitment to diversity statements.
  2. Curriculum vitae.
  3. Two completed research articles. Combine and attach using the “Other Document” link.
  4. Names and contact information for three professional references.
Inquiries should be directed to: Dr. Jessica Namkung at [email protected] or 402-472-3948.

For questions or accommodations related to this position contact:

Dr. Jessica Namkung
[email protected]

Job Category (old):

Faculty Tenure/Tenure Leading

Job Type:

9 Month

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Planned Hire Date:

August 15, 2022


Working at University of Nebraska-Lincoln

For 150 Years, A Leader in Higher Education 
Always a place of high ambition, University of Nebraska was one of the first institutions west of the Mississippi River to award doctoral degrees - the first was granted in 1896. The University of Nebraska established the world's first undergraduate psychology laboratory. The discipline of ecology was born here, and the campuses reflect that tradition, being recognized as botanical gardens and arboreta. An early institutional interest in literature and the arts provided the foundations for today's Prairie Schooner literary magazine, for the University of Nebraska Press, and for the Sheldon Museum of Art, which houses one of the world's most significant collections of 20th century American art.

Today, Nebraska is one of the nation's leading teaching institutions, and a research leader with a wide array of grant-funded projects aimed at broadening knowledge in the sciences and humanities. Nebraska is also a land-grant university and a member of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU). The university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

The University of Nebraska offers an extensive benefits package that includes health, life, disability and long term care insurance; retirement accounts; tuition reimbursement for employees and their spouses and dependent children; and reimbursement accounts for health care and dependent day care. Leave policies are designed to help employees deal with personal or family events or crises.

Diversity and Inclusion
In the spirit of the phrase "Every Interaction Matters", UNL has an enacted commitment to diversity and inclusive excellence for our faculty, staff, and students. On our campus, diversity and inclusion are important priorities. Examples include: Husker Dialogues, which is an event that helps first-year students focus on diversity and inclusion and practice handling difficult conversations around difference; three Chancellor's Diversity Commissions that are charged with informing and advising the Chancellor and addressing issues of constituent campus communities; and the establishment of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion whose leader operates at the Vice Chancellor level. At the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, we strive for excellence in all that we do. True excellence requires that each individual be able to work and learn in an atmosphere of respect, dignity, and belonging. Our commitment to diversity and inclusion requires each of us to continuously ensure our interactions are respectful, protect free speech, and inspire academic freedom.

About Lincoln
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is located in an up-and-coming and safe city of 300,000 people that has many of the cultural and entertainment benefits of a much larger city, with the feel of a friendly Midwestern community. The Pinnacle Bank Arena, opened in 2013, routinely hosts major touring acts. A buzzing entertainment district, the Railyard, connects the arena area to the Historic Haymarket. Cuisines from all continents provide the entree to dynamic urban nightlife and a wide variety of ways to enjoy time with friends. Nebraska's City Campus is one with Lincoln's city center, as it has been since the university was founded.Lincoln has more parkland per capita than Austin, Texas; Portland, Oregon; and all but a handful of U.S. cities. The well-manicured Pioneers Park, the native woods of Wilderness Park and the open grassland of Nine-Mile Prairie are each within a 10-minute trip from campus. Connecting many of these parks is an extensive trails network.

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