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Special Education Clinical Assistant/Associate Professor

Special Education Clinical Assistant/Associate Professor

Job No: 524965
Work Type: Non-Tenure-Track Faculty
Location: Main Campus (Gainesville, FL)
Categories: Education/Training/Instructional Design
Department: 18080000 - ED-SPED SPECIAL EDUCATION

Job Description

Classification Title:
Assistant/Associate Clinical Professor

Job Description:

The University of Florida invites applications for a Assistant/Associate Clinical Professor position to work within the Special Education program in the School of Special Education, School Psychology, and Early Childhood Studies. The Special Education program prepares future leaders and researchers to examine and address pressing issues in our field within nationally recognized and top-ranked undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

The College of Education at the University of Florida is committed to preparing professionals and scholars to meet the needs of a diverse and global society. We are particularly interested in candidates who have a demonstrated commitment to meeting the needs of diverse and underserved populations. The successful applicant will join a collaborative, cohesive, and energetic community of scholars representing a range of races, cultures, and nationalities committed to high quality research, teaching, and service as well as to developing a culturally diverse faculty and student body.

We welcome a candidate whose teaching and scholarship focuses on issues in the field of special education of national and global importance. The successful applicant is expected to: teach and advise doctoral students in our online professional practice doctorate (Ed.D.) program; contribute to undergraduate and master's degree course offerings; further their scholarship at meetings of professional organizations and through appropriate publications; and engage in service to the program, school, college, university, and profession. This 12-month non-tenure-accruing faculty appointment will begin August 2023.
Anticipated Start Date: August 15, 2023 Responsibilities:
  • Teach (online, blended, and/or face-to-face) courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels
  • Advise/mentor graduate students in an online professional practice doctorate (Ed.D.)
  • Participate in special education program development and continuous improvement efforts
  • Coordinate administrative activities for special education programs
  • Provide service to the program, school, college, university, and the profession
  • Conduct scholarly activities commensurate with expectations of a clinical faculty member

ABOUT THE COLLEGE: The College of Education at the University of Florida College, founded in 1906, has consistently been ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in the nation in Online Graduate Education for the last six years, 3th nationally for undergraduate education, and 12th nationally among public graduate colleges of education (U.S. News & World Report). Two of the College's academic programs occupy top-10 spots in the U.S. News rankings: Special Education (5th) and Counselor Education (5th). Our Teachers, Schools, and Society (TSS) program was named the 2020 Program of the Year by the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED). The College has added 45 faculty in the past three years. Cutting-edge interdisciplinary research and public scholarship—often conducted in partnership with other UF colleges, school districts and communities across the state—are yielding powerful learning systems and models that are helping to transform education in today's changing world, starting with our youngest learners. The College of Education is involved in three of UF's designated priority research areas in UF's state-funded Preeminence initiative. The College has 100 full-time faculty members with distinguished records in teaching, research and service. Faculty researchers last year held more than $97 million worth in awards supporting studies and projects addressing education's most critical issues. Teaching is one of several areas of study from which UF education students can choose. More than 1,400 education students are enrolled on campus in 28 bachelor's and advanced degree programs and concentration areas, within nine academic specialties: K-12 Curriculum and Instruction
  • Counseling and Counselor Education
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Educational Leadership
  • Higher Education Administration
  • Research and Evaluation Methods
  • School Psychology
  • Special Education
  • Student Personnel in Higher Education. Enrollment in the College's nationally ranked online programs tops 1,900 students from around the world. To sustain the college's innovative edge deep into the 21st century, heightened emphasis on emerging technology, advanced graduate studies and interdisciplinary research will effectively prepare tomorrow's leaders in all education disciplines. The College's educator preparation programs have been continuously accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) since 1954. Almost 36,000 “EduGator” alumni are located throughout the world.

    ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY: The University of Florida, established in 1853, is a public, land-grant research university and one of the most comprehensive and academically diverse universities in the nation. U.S. News & World Report ranks UF 14th among public universities. Rankings such as 4th among AAU publics and 2nd in both Forbes and Kiplinger's “Best Values in Public Colleges” are a result of UF's commitment to provide the highest quality education at the best value. UF is home to 16 colleges and more than 200 research, service and education centers, bureaus and institutes, and boasts more than 4,000 faculty members, 50,000 students and 367,000 alumni. Faculty scholars last year generated $724 million in research awards. The Florida Legislature designated UF as a “preeminent” state university in 2013.

    ABOUT THE AREA: UF is situated in Gainesville in north central Florida, a progressive college town that blends big-city cultural and athletic offerings with small-town friendliness and Southern charm, along with excellent schools. Gainesville is often recognized as one of America's best college towns and is easily accessible to three major metropolitan areas (Jacksonville, Orlando, and Tampa). The National Arbor Day Foundation has recognized Gainesville as a “Tree City USA” every year since 1982. Add the allure of Florida's famous sunshine, tropical breezes, and abundant wilderness, springs, and rivers nearby, and it's little wonder

    that top-caliber faculty and students find our College and University to be the perfect balance of premier academics and a fulfilling lifestyle.

    Expected Salary:

    Salary is negotiable, competitive, and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

    Minimum Requirements:
    • Earned doctorate in Special Education or closely related field
    • Record of excellence in teaching, advising, and/or mentoring students in higher education contexts
    • Experience in K-12 teaching and/or leadership positions involving students with disabilities
    • Evidence of commitment to matters of equity, diversity, and inclusion of students with disabilities
    • Evidence of successful collaboration with faculty, students, and other stakeholders
    • Evidence of strong organizational and administrative skills

    Preferred Qualifications:
    • Experience designing and delivering high quality instruction in face-to-face, hybrid, and online formats in higher education settings
    • Experience with online learning management systems (e.g., Canvas, Blackboard, Moodle)

    Special Instructions to Applicants:

    Applicants for the Assistant/Associate Clinical Professor position should send: (1) a letter of application addressing required and desired qualifications, (2) curriculum vitae, and (3) contact information for three references who will be asked to send a letter of recommendation through the online application system. Candidates should submit application materials electronically at, referencing job number 524965. Inquiries about the position can be addressed to the search committee chair, Dr. Cynthia Griffin ( This position is open until filled. To ensure full consideration, application materials should be submitted by January 15, 2023. Applications received after this date may be considered at the discretion of the committee and hiring authority. If you need technical assistance, please contact Human Resources at 352-392-2477.

    Final candidate will be required to provide official transcript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible. Degrees earned from an education institution outside of the United States are required to be evaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approved by National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at

    The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff.

    The University of Florida is An Equal Employment Opportunity Institution. If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for this position, please call 352/392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at 800/955-8771 (TDD). Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the US. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida's Sunshine Law.

    Health Assessment Required:

    Applications Close: 19 May 2023

    To apply, visit

    The University is committed to non-discrimination with respect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status, national origin, political opinions or affiliations, genetic information and veteran status in all aspects of employment including recruitment, hiring, promotions, transfers, discipline, terminations, wage and salary administration, benefits, and training.

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