Assistant Professor of Practice - Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education

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Assistant Professor of Practice - Early Intervention/Early Childhood 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 faculty member at the rank of Assistant Professor of Practice with expertise in early intervention and/or early childhood special education. This position is non-tenure leading with a 12-month appointment for up to 3 years and renewable thereafter with potential for promotion in rank to Associate or Full Professor of Practice.

Coordinate the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s online graduate program in Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education. Teach online graduate courses in early intervention/early childhood education. Recruit and advise graduate students; coordinate and supervise field/practicum and student teaching experiences; seek financial support for personnel preparation; and provide professional outreach and service in the department, college, university, and broader community. Collaborative research opportunities are also possible.

The Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders ( is nationally known for its graduate programs in Special Education, Speech Language Pathology, and Audiology and is committed to innovative inquiry to understand and mitigate learning and behavior disorders, speech/language impairments, and sensory differences. Department faculty are addressing important problems and developing interventions that facilitate academic success, social/emotional development, autonomous communication, sensory access, and rehabilitation throughout the lifespan.
Lincoln, Nebraska is a vibrant college town of approximately 270,000 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:

  • Earned doctorate in Special Education or related area with minimum two years professional employment as an early interventionist, early childhood special educator, or related professional working with young children with disabilities birth to age 5.
  • Teaching experience in higher education is required.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • College teaching in special education, early intervention, and/or early childhood special education programs.
  • Experience in distance education pedagogy and technologies; interdisciplinary collaboration or training in early intervention or early childhood special education,
  • Training or experience with young children, ages birth to 5, with sensory differences, autism, or severe disabilities
  • Eligibility for Nebraska teacher certification in early intervention or early childhood special education.

How to Apply:

Click “Apply to this job.” Complete the information form and attach the following documents:

  1. Letter of application with brief narrative addressing qualifications for the position.
  2. Curriculum vita.
  3. Teaching Philosophy Statement for EI/ECSE graduate level training/professional development. Attach as “Other Document."
  4. Contact information for three professional references.
Inquiries should be directed to: Dr. Anne Thomas, 402-4752-2149 or [email protected].

For questions or accommodations related to this position contact:

Dr. Anne Thomas
[email protected]

Job Category (old):

Faculty Non-Tenure Leading

Job Type:

12 Month (Faculty Only)

Position funded by grant or other form of temporary funding?:


Planned Hire Date:

July 1, 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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