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Associate/Full Professor, School of Education

University of Rhode Island
Kingston, RI

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Education, Special Education
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Associate/Full Professor, School of Education

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School of Education Special Education Position SEARCH

The search will remain open until the position has been filled.
First consideration will be given to applications received by December 1, 2022.

FULL-TIME Tenure-track Associate/Full Professor, School of Education, specialization in Special Education.


The University of Rhode Island’s College of Education and Professional Studies invites applications for an Associate or Full Professor of Special Education. This is a nine-month, tenure-track position. The primary responsibilities include research, program development, and teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in Special Education. There is also an expectation for university, local, and (inter)national service, as well as (inter)national leadership in the field of Special Education. This position begins in Fall 2023.

Priorities for new faculty will include conducting research and scholarly activities, teaching undergraduate and graduate level courses, and working with faculty to update the undergraduate Special Education program and redesign the master’s in special education program, with a focus on equity, culturally responsive teaching evidence-based teaching practices, and inclusion of students with disabilities.

The search committee is particularly interested in candidates who, through their research, teaching, and/or service, will enhance the College and University’s commitment to anti-racism, diversity, equity, and academic excellence.


● Maintain and advance an appropriate agenda of research and grant funding.
● Teach graduate courses in the Special Education Master’s degree program and teach undergraduate special education courses.
● Develop, implement, maintain, and lead Special Education programs.
● Engage in local, state, and (inter)national professional service.
● Work with a diverse population and maintain the program’s particular focus on equity, culturally responsive teaching, evidence-based teaching practices, and inclusion of students with disabilities.
● Advise undergraduate and graduate students.
● Collaborate with clinical educators in field placements and student teaching residency.
● Engage in program development and accreditation activities.
● Recruit students to the graduate and undergraduate programs in special education. Develop and maintain collaborative and professional partnerships with local schools and districts.
● Serve on college and university committees.


1) Evidence of tenured associate or full professorship in special education or a closely related educational field from an accredited institution.
2) Demonstrated record of scholarly activity (e.g., journal articles, conference presentations etc.) commensurate with level of professional experience.
3) Demonstrated track record of external research funding.
4) Minimum of five years of experience teaching in a college/university special education program.
5) Demonstrated experience with and commitment to anti-racism, diversity, equity, justice, and inclusion in research and teaching (please elaborate on this in your cover letter.)
6) Demonstrated exceptional verbal and interpersonal communication skills.
7) Demonstrated exceptional written communication skills.
8) Evidence of (inter)national leadership in the field of special education (*please elaborate on this in your cover letter.)
9) Evidence of special education program development and clinical teacher preparation.


1) Evidence of (inter)national recognition for research/scholarship in the field of special education.
2) Demonstrated record of scholarly leadership, such as first authored papers, primary investigator status on grant applications, and grant awards.
3) Demonstrated experience and/or evidence of success in developing or redesigning the master’s in special education.
4) Minimum of three years of teaching experience with students with disabilities in a public elementary school.
5) Demonstrated experience teaching in urban settings.
6) Demonstrated experience in reading/learning disabilities.




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Academic Year, Full-time, Tenure-track


School of Education


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Please submit a cover letter outlining how you are qualified based on the job description along with teaching philosophy and a current vita including a list of three references and contact information


Please attach the following four (PDF) documents to your online Faculty Profile Application
1) Curriculum Vitae should include the names and contact information for three professional references.
2) Cover letter including a description of how your qualifications match the requirements for the position.
3) 500-word Statement of teaching philosophy, including your approach to teaching a diverse student body.
4) 500-word Statement of research interests.

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