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Special Education and Disability Justice - Open-Rank Tenure/Track Faculty

Temple University
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Commensurate with experience

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Open Rank Professor of Special Education: 

The Special Education Program in the Department of Teaching and Learning, in collaboration with the Institute on Disabilities (IOD) at Temple University, invites applications for an Open Rank faculty position to begin August 2024. This is a nine-month, tenured or tenure-track faculty position. We are seeking an individual with a demonstrated capacity or clear potential to execute an impactful research agenda that advances knowledge and practice in special education while maintaining a strong commitment to special educator preparation and disability justice. The College of Education and Human Development’s dedication to Philadelphia and surrounding communities reflects our shared interest in improving educational outcomes for its diverse population. The IOD is the University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities for the state of Pennsylvania funded by the Administration on Community Living with a commitment to research and pre-service professional training/education. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:  

Candidates interested in applying for the rank of professor should have a clearly established and active research agenda with a strong history of extramural funding that reflects prominence in the field and a clear record of effective special educator preparation. Candidates at the assistant professor or associate professor level should have a demonstrated capacity for or developed lines of scholarship, grant experience, and special educator preparation commensurate with the preferred rank. The successful candidate will be responsible for maintaining an active scholarly research agenda by seeking external funds to support their research as well as teaching courses in the undergraduate and graduate special education degree programs and disability justice. Candidates are expected to provide leadership, mentor graduate and doctoral students via diverse learning experiences, and contribute to community-based initiatives with IOD. Candidates also are expected to engage in impactful service to the profession, university, and community. 


Candidates must have an earned doctorate in special education or a closely related field from an accredited university by the position start date. Candidates must have at least three years of experience teaching in schools as a special educator or related service provider. The candidate must be able to teach special educator certification program courses that are rooted in an inclusive, evidence-based practice perspective that integrates socio-cultural competence and prevention-based perspectives of special education, which may include assessment, assistive and instructional technology, language and communication strategies, literacy interventions, strategies and instruction for students with intensive support needs, transition to post-secondary education and employment, family collaboration and support, or others pertinent to their expertise. Additionally, the candidate must be able to further develop and teach courses in the IOD’s disability studies graduate certificate program. We prefer candidates with expertise in inclusive special education who can bring social, cultural, legal, and political perspectives to our growing special educator preparation programs. Candidates must also demonstrate the ability to teach at the college/university level, conduct externally funded research, present at state and/or national conferences, and engage in relevant service to advance the field. 


The Department of Teaching & Learning (TEAL) is dedicated to preparing new teachers who are equipped with evidence-based knowledge and skills to enable all children to achieve high academic standards and develop as adults who can meaningfully contribute to society. At Temple, our work with preservice teachers, in-service teachers, and doctoral students is grounded in the belief that education is a primary mechanism for social mobility and social justice. We seek to conduct research and to prepare doctoral students to do research that has the potential to improve learning and teaching, especially of historically underserved populations. We also seek to provide our in-service and preservice teachers with deep understandings of research and theory that will help them become reflective practitioners who are committed to serving diverse students and to becoming educational leaders and agents of change in whatever setting they teach. Program areas include: Early Childhood Education (Grades PreK-4); Middle Grades Education (Grades 4-8); Secondary Education (Grades 7-12); Special Education; TESOL and Accomplished Teaching; Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) / Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA); Career & Technical Education. Information about the department is available at

The College of Education and Human Development is dedicated to preparing effective and compassionate educators who positively influence the lives of their students. The College’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion is at the heart of its mission and fosters an inclusive learning environment that prepares educators who reflect the diverse communities they serve. The College is committed to building a diverse educational community founded on respect, open-mindedness, and the appreciation of others. We strive to enhance the quality of life for all members of our communities by providing a safe, welcoming, and supportive environment in which to work, learn and grow. Accordingly, Temple University’s policies, practices, and programs exemplify a commitment to civility, non-discrimination, and pluralism in ways that encourage dialogue for collaborative relationships. 

Temple University is a public, four-year doctoral institution with very high research activity and a national leader in education, research, and healthcare. With 30,000 students, Temple is a vital institution in the Philadelphia region and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, contributing significantly toward Pennsylvania’s economy each year. The university also has a strong global reach, with long-standing and vibrant campuses in Japan and Rome. Temple University is committed to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in all of its forms. We embrace individual uniqueness, foster a culture of inclusion and excellence that supports both broad and specific diversity initiatives, leverage the educational and institutional benefits of diversity, and engage all individuals to help them thrive. Temple University is an equal opportunity, equal access, affirmative action employer (AA, EOE, m/f/d/v). All prospective candidates must prove eligibility to work in the United States.

 Application and Materials: 

Screening of applicants shall begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Applicants interested in the position should send their application materials to using the subject line “Open Rank Special Education position.” Applications should include: 

1.     A cover letter describing how the applicant meets the qualifications of the position and expected rank as well as their dedication to fulfilling the required duties and responsibilities outlined above.  

2.     Current curriculum vita

3.     Names and contact information for 3-5 references 

4.     Other supporting materials pertinent to the applicant’s scholarly work, teaching effectiveness, and service

5.     Questions about the position can be directed to Dr. Sally Gould-Taylor, chair of the search committee, by emailing



One of the nation’s top urban public research universities, Temple University is a dynamic workplace in the heart of one of the nation’s most vibrant cities. Founded in 1884 as a night school for the working-class men and women of North Philadelphia, for 130 years Temple has retained its core mission of being a beacon of educational opportunity to students of every background, while adding a national and global reputation as a leader in education, research and real-world oriented instruction.

With nearly 39,000 students and 290,000 living alumni, Temple has a major impact on its region and on Philadelphia, the nation’s 5th largest city. One in seven college graduates in the Philadelphia area holds a Temple degree, and the university is the 4th largest provider of professional education in the nation (law, medicine, dentistry, pharmacy and podiatry). Temple offers 17 schools and colleges, 399 academic degree programs, 17 Division 1 intercollegiate men’s and women’s athletic teams, as well as nine campuses including international campuses in Italy and Rome.  

Like the students the university serves, Temple’s approximately 8,000 employees are hardworking, diverse and energized by the vibrant and supportive work environments across the university, all aligned towards advancing the teaching, research and service missions of Temple University.

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