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Job No: 514505
Work Type: On Campus
Location: Normal, Illinois

Title: Assistant/Associate Professor of Special Education with English as a Second Language/Bilingual Expertise

Division Name: Academic Affairs

College/Unit: College of Education

Department: Special Education

Campus Location: Normal, IL

General Summary

To demonstrate its commitment to our core values, ISU has committed $4.5 million over a five-year period (2022-2027) to develop an incentive program with the goal of attracting candidates who advance our commitment to fostering an inclusive environment characterized by cultural understanding and engagement, ethical behavior, and a commitment to social justice.

The Department of Special Education invites applications for one tenure-track position at the Assistant/Associate level beginning August 16, 2023. We are seeking qualified candidates with a specialization in Special Education with English as a Second Language and/or Bilingual Expertise.

Responsibilities include scholarly research/publishing, effective undergraduate and graduate teaching, and service. The normal teaching load is nine credit hours per semester. The individual in this position is thus expected to teach 3 courses each semester in the Department of Special Education.

The Department of Special Education and the College of Education are committed to increasing the diversity of the campus community. ISU recognizes that a diverse faculty, staff, and student body enriches the educational experiences of the entire campus and greater community. Candidates must have demonstrated commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion and access in teaching, research, and service. ISU is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Persons with disabilities, people of color, women, veterans, and members of underserved/underrepresented communities are encouraged to apply.

The locus of annual evaluation, tenure, and promotion in rank will be in the Department of Special Education. A comprehensive benefits package is included.

Additional Information

As one of the largest producers of teachers in the nation, ISU is positioned at the crossroads of urban and rural communities with a need to produce teachers who can serve in a variety of settings. Our department has an immense responsibility to produce high quality teachers that can meet the diverse needs of students today. One area of importance is meeting the needs of students who are bilingual and with special needs. Research shows that these students have a critical need for support that can be mediated by highly trained professionals. Therefore, we desire to find faculty with expertise and a deep understanding of the issues faced by this population. For example, research shows that programming must prepare special education candidates so that they are well equipped to address the needs of monolingual/monocultural students with disabilities. Further, programming must emphasize language development for bi/multilingual and bi/multicultural students with and without disabilities. Therefore, to serve emergent bilingual students with disabilities, our special education candidates must possess skills and knowledge to attend to unique ways in which language, culture, identity, and disability intersect and influence teaching and learning especially in the early childhood years. Another dimension of effective practice in bilingual/ESL special education relates to knowledge about language and linguistics. Research and professional organizations have identified proficiency in two or more language/dialects, abilities to assess language development within and across languages/dialects, and knowledge of second language acquisition theories. Finally, we desire to strengthen our faculty expertise to meet recently described competencies for all literacy teachers who serve emergent bilingual students who have, or are at risk for, language and/or literacy related disability difficulties. These include understanding developmental stages of literacy and biliteracy, valuing and promoting bilingualism/biliteracy, and recognizing the influences of organizational cultures on teaching and learning.

Illinois State University: Illinois State University, founded in 1857, is the oldest public university in Illinois. There are approximately 21,000 students in the six colleges of Illinois State University. In our most recent strategic plan Educate ∙ Connect ∙ Elevate, we have committed our resources to realizing seven core values: Learning and Scholarship, Diversity and Inclusion, Respect, Collaboration, Individualized Attention, Civic Engagement, and Integrity. By acting on these values, we create a learning environment that results in our University being the first-choice public university in Illinois for high-achieving, motivated students who seek an individualized educational experience combined with the resources of a large university. Also visit the University’s metrics of excellence at (

Bloomington-Normal Community: Illinois State University is located in the growing twin cities of Bloomington and Normal, with a metro population of approximately 172,000. The community is also home to Illinois Wesleyan University, Heartland Community College, St. Joseph Medical Center, Carle BroMenn Medical Center, COUNTRY Financial, State Farm Insurance’s International Headquarters, Central Illinois Regional Airport, and electric truck manufacturer Rivian Motors. The community has distinguished itself for its outstanding school systems and its citizens’ high level of educational attainment, as well as its parks and recreation, health care, vibrant fine arts scene, job growth, economic opportunity, historic sites, and low crime rates. SmartAsset ranked Bloomington IL, in the top 20 of the most livable cities in the U.S. (2022). Zippia named Bloomington, IL, as #1 on their “Happiest Cities” list (2020), and Best Choice Schools listed the area on its “30 Small College Towns with Great Quality of Life” (2020). Bloomington-Normal is conveniently located about three hours from Indianapolis, two hours from both Chicago and St. Louis, and an hour from Peoria, Champaign-Urbana, Decatur, and Springfield; many of these locations are accessible from Bloomington-Normal via the Amtrak located 1 block from ISU’s campus. For more information on our community, please visit (

Required Qualifications

1) Hold a terminal degree in a field of education (i.e., Special Education) or related field; however, exceptional A.B.D. candidates will also be considered with expected completion of their doctoral degree before May 15, 2024.
2) Have demonstrated commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion, and access in their teaching, research, and service through: a) the ability to work with, and be sensitive to, the educational needs of students from a diverse population, including prior experience teaching and/or mentoring students from diverse cultural backgrounds and underserved populations; b) intellectual contributions focused on the education of culturally diverse and underserved populations; c) demonstrated commitment to collaborative work related to individuals from diverse cultural backgrounds and underserved populations.
3) Have evidence of experience teaching in P-12 education.
4) Demonstrate expertise in teaching and/or scholarship focused on culturally and linguistically responsive assessments and/or instruction. This work should focus on learners with and without disabilities who are bilingual and/or learning a second language in P-12 education. This expertise should demonstrate the unique ways in which language, culture, identity, and disability intersect and influence teaching and learning.
5) Be able to demonstrate oral proficiency in the English language as a requirement for this position, as mandated by state law

Work Hours


Proposed Starting Date

August 16, 2023

Salary Rate / Pay Rate

Commensurate with experience and qualifications

Required Applicant Documents

1) Letter of application.
2) 1-2 page statement on how your teaching, research and service demonstrate a commitment to EDI based on ISU’s definitions of equity, diversity, and inclusion; examples might include scholarly work, efforts to improve access to higher education for underrepresented individuals or groups, or other contributions to diverse communities.
3) 1-2 page document describing your teaching philosophy and research agenda.
4) Curriculum Vitae.
5) The names and contact details of three references.

PLEASE NOTE: These documents are required to be submitted online in order to complete the application process. Please have these documents ready prior to clicking on "Apply"

Special Instructions for Applicants

Initial review of applications will begin on November 21 and continue until the position is filled.
Applications will be considered incomplete until all required items are uploaded and will not be reviewed until complete applications are received by the committee.

Contact Information for Applicants

Dr. Mindy Ely
[email protected]

Important Information for Applicants

This position is subject to a criminal background investigation based on University Policy 3.1.30 and any offer of employment is contingent upon you passing a satisfactory criminal background investigation. You may not begin work until the criminal background investigation results have been received and cleared by Human Resources.

Illinois State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

If you are an individual with a disability and need a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or other state or federal law you may request an accommodation by contacting the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access at (309) 438-3383. The Office of Equal Opportunity and Access will hold any confidential information you provide in confidence.

If you are having difficulty accessing the system, please call Human Resources at (309) 438-8311.

Application Opened: 10/05/2022 08:00 AM CST
Application Closes: Open until filled



Illinois State University, founded in 1857, is the oldest public university in Illinois. Illinois State is a co-educational, residential university committed to fostering a small-college atmosphere with large-university opportunities and promoting the highest academic standards in teaching, scholarship, and community service. Serving more than 20,000 students, our six colleges offer 178 undergraduate majors, 77 minors, 102 master’s programs, 18 doctoral degrees, and 42 certificate options. We have repeatedly been named a “Great Place to Work” by the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Illinois State University is committed to and accountable for advancing equity, diversity, and inclusion in all of its forms. We embrace individual uniqueness, foster a culture of inclusion that supports both broad and specific diversity initiatives, leverage the educational and institutional benefits of diversity, and engage all individuals to help them thrive. We value inclusion as a core strength and an essential element of our mission.


Illinois State University, a first-choice public university, will be increasingly recognized as a national leader for educating high-achieving, motivated students who seek an individualized and transformative experience at an institution that:

  • Offers premier undergraduate and graduate programs that integrate traditional knowledge and methods with emerging ideas and innovations
  • Generates knowledge through high-quality research, scholarship, and creative activities
  • Supports student learning and development inside and outside of the classroom
  • Serves the region, state, nation, and world through its commitments to responsible stewardship, meaningful civic engagement, cultural enrichment, and the development of global citizens


We at Illinois State University work as a diverse community of scholars with a commitment to fostering a small-college atmosphere with large-university opportunities. We promote the highest academic standards in our teaching, scholarship, public service and the connections we build among them. We devote all of our resources and energies to creating the most supportive and productive community possible to serve the citizens of Illinois and beyond.


Pursuit of Learning and Scholarship

Illinois State University works with students as partners in their educational development inside and outside of the classroom so that students come to appreciate learning as an active and lifelong process. The University contributes new knowledge through research, scholarship, and creative activities in which all students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to participate. Faculty members embrace a balanced teacher–scholar model that values their contributions as teachers (facilitators of learning) and scholars (creators and discoverers of knowledge and information). 

Individualized Attention

Illinois State University provides a supportive environment that places all learners at the center of teaching and scholarship. Innovative curricular and cocurricular programs, strong student-faculty-staff connections, and superior student services focus on each student as an individual. The University fosters academic and personal growth, recognizes unique educational aspirations, and acknowledges that each faculty and staff member is integral to student success.


Illinois State University affirms and encourages community and a respect for differences by fostering an inclusive environment characterized by cultural understanding, ethical behavior, and social justice. The University supports a diverse faculty and staff who mentor a diverse student population. The University endeavors to provide opportunities for all students, staff, and faculty to participate in a global society.


Illinois State University promotes an environment defined by the highest ethical standards. Leadership of the University is characterized by stability, adherence to shared values, collaborative decision making, and accountable stewardship of all university resources. Members of the University community work collaboratively through shared governance to ensure the success of the University and are dedicated to making ongoing improvements, always enhancing their contribution to Illinois State University and building on prior accomplishments. Teaching and learning, including research and creative activities, are conducted at the highest level of academic quality and integrity.

Civic Engagement

Illinois State University prepares students to be informed and engaged global citizens who will promote and further the goals of society. The University promotes active learning experiences through which students will gain an awareness and understanding of civic engagement as a lifelong responsibility. The University partners with business, industry, government, and educational entities providing leadership in local, statewide, national, and international initiatives; expanding service and outreach; and enhancing financial support for instructional, scholarly, and service activities.

Illinois State University, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding affirmative action, nondiscrimination, and anti-harassment. Illinois State University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, order of protection, gender identity and expression, ancestry, age, marital status, disability, genetic information, unfavorable military discharge, or status as a veteran in employment, educational programs and activities, or admissions. Inquiries or complaints may be addressed by contacting the director of the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access by email at [email protected], by calling (309) 438-3383, or by mail at Illinois State University, Campus Box 1280, Normal, IL 61790.

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