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Assistant Professor of Inclusive/Special Education - #171943

Western Carolina University
Cullowhee, NC

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Assistant Professor

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Assistant Professor of Inclusive/Special Education - #171943


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About WCU:

Western Carolina University has been named to the 2022 “America’s Best Employers by State” list by Forbes, ranking 14 out of the top 100 employers in North Carolina. Forbes has also ranked Western Carolina University in the Top 100 of America’s Best Midsize Employers for 2023. Western Carolina University is the UNC system’s westernmost campus and has been consistently ranked as one of the top 15 public regional institutions in the South. WCU’s main campus is nestled in a beautiful valley of the Blue Ridge Mountains, 50 miles west of Asheville. WCU is located just 25 miles from the entrance to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, one of the nation’s most spectacular and most visited national parks. The entire region is known for its excellent quality of life and access to outdoor activities.

Employees of WCU are provided a comprehensive benefits package as well as other resources, policies and programs to ensure a happy and healthy work/life balance. Benefit eligible employees have access to dental, vision and health insurance plans – eligibility begins on the first of the month following date of hire. Retirement plan contributions begin on the eligibility date following election and include employer contributions for either a defined contribution or a defined benefit plan. Optional disability plans are also available.

Also offered are free group exercise classes multiple times per week, a discounted membership to the campus recreation center, and free vaccine and booster shots offered on campus.

Position Summary:

This is a tenure-track, 9-month position at the Assistant Professor rank. Expected begin work date is August 2024. The successful applicant will join a strong faculty in the Inclusive and Special Education Programs within the School of Teaching and Learning at one of the nation’s most beautiful and dynamic universities.
The undergraduate Inclusive Education Program leads to dual North Carolina licensure in K-12 General Curriculum Special Education and K-6 Elementary Education. The Graduate Special Education M.A.T. program leads to initial and advanced licensure in General Curriculum or Adapted Curriculum. The M.A.Ed. program leads to advanced licensure in Special Education with concentrations in Mild to Moderate Disabilities, Severe Disabilities, or Gifted, Creative, & Innovative Education.
Western Carolina University holds inclusive excellence as a core value, and we work together to foster a welcoming community, where all are respected and know they belong. In a program that adheres to this core value, the successful candidate will be expected to teach in person in the Inclusive Education Program and online in the Special Education Program; engage strongly in research, and provide service to both regional and statewide P-12 schools, to the profession, and to the university.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities Required for this Position:

The successful candidate will be expected to meet annual performance requirements in the School of Teaching and Learning for teaching, scholarship, and service, while demonstrating satisfactory progress toward tenure and promotion.
The position will require teaching in the Inclusive and Special Education programs. The successful candidate will teach face to face and online courses in mild to moderate disabilities and supervise interns in special education and K-6 general education settings. The teaching load for this position is three courses per semester with day and evening sections that may vary across terms. Expertise and experience with inclusion in schools is expected for this position. Consistent participation in on- campus responsibilities is expected.
Applicants should provide evidence of these qualifications and experiences. Also, applicants should demonstrate the potential to work collaboratively and across disciplines, contribute to the department’s multicultural and diversity goals, and show successful collaboration with in-service teachers in public school settings.
The institution has fully embraced the Boyer model of scholarship as a means of supporting its commitment to the stewards of place model and integrated learning. As such, faculty members are encouraged to utilize the scholarship of engagement to enhance student learning and fulfill its mission to the region and support the University’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP). Applicants are encouraged to visit the WCU website ( and read the university vision and details about the QEP.

Minimum Qualifications:

The successful candidate should document:• an earned Ph.D. or Ed.D. in special education from an accredited institution• expertise in and experience working with children and youth with disabilities including learning, intellectual, and emotional and/or behavioral disabilities.• eligibility for North Carolina licensure and a minimum of three years of full time K-12 classroom teaching experience in special education mild to moderate or high incidence disabilities.• evidence of or potential for excellence in university teaching, including face to face and online formats.• demonstrated knowledge of inclusive practices and current research in teaching students with disabilities in the general curriculum.• demonstrated record of or potential for research in special education leading to a sustained record of scholarship.• commitment to service to the program (e.g. recruitment, open house), college, university and community.

Preferred Qualifications:

Preference will be given to the candidate with:• experience teaching introductory courses, instructional methods, and supervision of preservice teachers.• familiarity with edTPA requirements• experience in online and face to face instruction and development of courses.• experience with inclusive education teacher preparation (dual preparation and licensure in special and elementary education)• specialty experience with transition, emotional behavior disorders, interventions (e.g. MTSS), and/or gifted instruction.• experience in instructional technology, Personalized learning and Universal Design for Learning.• collaborative work across disciplines; support of underrepresented multilingual, culturally diverse students; and implementation of culturally responsive practices• a productive research agenda or demonstrated line of research in special education in conjunction with the Boyer Model of Scholarship including conference presentations, peer reviewed scholarship, and external funding opportunities.

Position Type:

Permanent Full-Time

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Open Until Filled:


Special Instructions to Applicants:

Application must be made online. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position has been filled.

Please submit a CV, letter of application, unofficial transcripts and a list of three references with complete contact information.

For more information, please contact the Search Committee Co- Chair, Karena Cooper-Duffy, or Adrienne Stuckey


Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks.

Western Carolina University uses E-Verify to confirm employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visit Proper documentation of identity and employability are required at the time of employment.

Credential Verification:

All new employees are required to have listed credentials/degrees verified within 30 days of employment. All new employees who will be teaching are required to provide official transcripts within 30 days of employment. Transcripts should be provided for the highest earned degree and/or the degree which is being used to satisfy credential/qualification requirements.


Western Carolina University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race; color; religion; sex; sexual orientation; gender identity or expression; national origin; age; disability; genetic information; political affiliation; National Guard or veteran status, consistent with applicable federal, state and local laws, regulations, and policies, and the policies of The University of North Carolina. Additionally, the University promotes the realization of equal employment opportunity for minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and veterans through its affirmative action program.
Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations in the application and interview process please call (828) 227-7218 or email at

University Safety:

The Western Carolina University Annual Safety Report is available online at University Annual Safety Report or in hard-copy by request at the office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, 227 HFR Administration Building, Cullowhee, NC 28723 (828-227-7147) or the Office of University Police, 111 Camp Annex, Cullowhee, NC 28723 (828-227-7301). The report, required of all universities participating in Title IV student financial aid programs, discusses crime statistics, procedures for reporting suspicious or criminal activity, security, police authority, crime prevention strategies, university policies on substance abuse and sexual offenses, workplace violence and fire safety.


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About Us

Western Carolina University offers a collaborative community of faculty and staff eager to partner together to support the success of our students and our institution. We attract employees who are inspired to work in higher education because of the difference we can make together in the lives of the more than 10,000 students who study at WCU. For a few other reasons WCU is a great place to work:

Do you like being involved in the local community? So do we. We have robust service learning and community outreach efforts that invite students, faculty and staff to serve our local community in an ever-growing number of ways.

Western Carolina University has been named the Top Adventure College in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic. Our main campus in Cullowhee is situated 15 minutes from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Blue Ridge Parkway. We have a biking and hiking trail on campus and many more in the area.

We attract students who are eager to excel. WCU has the oldest and largest Honors College in the UNC system and is consistently among the Top 5 institutions nationally for undergraduate research projects accepted to the National Conference on Undergraduate Research.

We are a cultural hub for the region. Our College of Fine and Performing Arts produces professional-quality theater under the direction of Broadway star Terrance Mann, and our music programs are recognized as some of the best in the state. Our Pride of the Mountains Marching Band has been invited to the Macy's parade and the Tournament of Roses Parade.

Our healthcare programs are some of the most competitive in the southeast and are housed in an incredible LEED-certified facility complete with some of the best technology in teaching along with community clinics for applied learning.

For more information, please visit our website at


Western Carolina University (WCU) has been honored in multiple areas demonstrating our commitment to our students, faculty, staff and our community.  Our distinguished faculty includes national award-winning authors, nationally and internationally recognized experts, and winners of Emmy, O’Henry, and National Endowment for the Arts awards – to name a few.  WCU has been named a Top Green College by Princeton Review, is among the Top 5 for Undergraduate Research in the nation, and has been named by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance as a Best College Value.  Blue Ridge Outdoors magazine has named WCU the Number 1 Outdoor Adventure College for three years running.  The WCU Pride of the Mountains Marching Band is a Sudler Trophy recipient, having led the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and the Rose Bowl Parade.  WCU is ranked by U.S. News & World Report in the Top 12 Best Online Programs for the Military as well as #27 among institutions in the South for Best Colleges for Veterans.

Faculty and Staff are honored annually with a broad range of Teaching, Scholarship and service honors.  For more information, please visit our website at


Western Carolina University offers a wide array of high quality benefit plans from which to choose. These include comprehensive health and welfare insurance plans, a choice between two retirement programs, both of which provide a valuable retirement benefit, as well as optional retirement savings opportunities. Employees also benefit from a generous leave program. For more information please visit our benefits page at UNC Benefits

Diversity and Inclusion

Western Carolina University has a commitment to recruiting and retaining diverse employees who bring to our campus varied perspective and cultural understanding. Our Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity Programs aspires to strengthen diversity as an integral component of excellence at WCU. Among public universities, our institution leads the region in student body diversity, and our diversity metrics are growing.

Mission and Vision

Our Mission (who we are):

To improve individual lives and enhance economic and community development in our region, state and nation through engaged learning opportunities in our academic programs, educational outreach, research and creative activities, and cultural activities. 

Our Core Values and Guiding Principles (what guides and inspires us):

Excellence in Scholarship, Teaching, and Learning

Collaboration with and Respect for our Communities

Free and Open Interchange of Ideas

Responsible Stewardship and Organizational Effectiveness

Organizational and Environmental Sustainability

Cultural Diversity and Equal Opportunity

Our Vision Statement (who we want to be):

To be a national model for student learning and engagement that embraces its responsibilities as a regionally engaged university.

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