Assistant Professor in Special Education

Macomb, McDonough County
Mar 05, 2014
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track

Company Description:

Western Illinois University, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, serves approximately 12,200 students at its traditional, residential four-year campus in Macomb, IL and its metropolitan, non-residential campus in Moline, IL. Compliance to state and federal hiring standards is coordinated through WIU's Office of Equal Opportunity & Access.

Western Illinois University is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity employer with a strong commitment to diversity. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of people, including, but not limited to, minorities, women and individuals with disabilities. WIU has a non-discrimination policy that includes sex, race, color, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, religion, age, marital status, national origin, disability, and veteran status.

Job Description:

APPOINTMENT: August 1, 2014

RESPONSIBILITIES: The successful candidate will assume a range of responsibilities including: teaching undergraduate and graduate courses, participating in broad-based university, college, and departmental committee work and professional service, supervising students in field experiences in various school settings, serving on master’s committees at the college level, research and scholarly activity, and developing and teaching online courses.

RANK & SALARY: Assistant Professor.  Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.  Western Illinois University offers a competitive benefits package including domestic partner benefits. For full benefit information visit:


REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: The successful candidate will have:

  1. Earned doctoral degree in Special Education or related field (ABD will be considered);
  2. A minimum of 3 years of successful teaching experience in P-12 special education;
  3. Informed understandings of the field, including evidence based methodologies for students with various disabilities;
  4.  Evidence of and/or potential for successful scholarship, teaching, service and leadership; and
  5. Demonstrated ability to actively collaborate and communicate with colleagues and the community. 

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: The successful candidate will have:

  1. Expertise in assessment, planning for instruction, instructional and/or assistive technologies, special education laws, and RtI procedures and rules
  2. A range of P-12 special education teaching or experiences with students who have a broad range of disabilities (e.g., mild through intensive disorders, inclusion setting, assessment, IEPs, methods)
  3. University teaching experience in special education or related field
  4. A proven record of commitment to diverse student populations; and
  5. Experience in online instruction and development of online courses.

Additional Information:


The Department of Curriculum and Instruction offers undergraduate programs in Elementary Education, Early Childhood Education, Special Education and a dual program in Special Education and Elementary Education.  We also offer graduate programs in Reading (leading to the Reading Specialist and Reading Teacher endorsements), Special Education (including a track for certified teachers seeking an endorsement in special education and a track for special education teachers seeking advanced coursework), and Elementary Education (including on campus options as well as an option offered entirely online).

The goal of each undergraduate and graduate program is to assist candidates in developing the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to positively impact P-12 student learning.  To achieve this goal, we offer coursework and a variety of field experiences that focus on the use of evidence-based practices, differentiated instruction, technology, and varied assessments to plan and implement instruction in ways that promote student growth and achievement.

THE UNIVERSITY: Recognized as a "Best Midwestern College" by the Princeton Review and one of 39 public universities ranked a top tier "Best Midwestern University" by U.S.News & World Report, Western Illinois University (WIU) serves approximately 12,200 students in the heart of the Midwest through its traditional residential campus in Macomb and its metropolitan, non-residential location in Moline, Illinois.

The WIU-Macomb and -Quad Cities campuses are comprised of accomplished faculty, state-of-the-art technology and facilities, and a wide range of academic and extracurricular opportunities. Western is a comprehensive university offering 65 undergraduate and 37 graduate degree programs, including a doctorate in education. With a student-to-faculty ratio of 15:1, the University's 612 full-time faculty members teach 93.5 percent of all undergraduate and graduate courses, in addition to 10 pre-professional degree programs and 19 certificate programs.

Western offers a broad-based athletics program, sponsoring 20 NCAA Division I intercollegiate varsity sports. Football competes in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision through the Missouri Valley Football Conference; all other varsity sports compete at the Division I level through The Summit League. WIU is the cultural center of the region. University Libraries house an extensive collection and offer online database access to thousands of academic periodic journals and publications. 

WIU-Macomb, IL (Student Population: 10,003): A traditional, residential four-year campus with select graduate programs, WIU-Macomb is located in the heart of west central Illinois in Macomb (population 20,000). Macomb is an Amtrak city with twice-daily service to Chicago. Macomb is located approximately 75 miles from the Quad Cities International Airport (Moline, IL) and 70 miles from the Greater Peoria Regional Airport (Peoria, IL).

WIU-Quad Cities (Student Population: 1,204): The only public university in the Quad Cities area, WIU-QC offers select undergraduate and graduate programs, including a doctorate in education, at its metropolitan, non-residential campuses in Moline, IL (population 44,000). The Quad Cities (population 376,000) rests on the banks of the Mississippi River and is comprised of Moline and Rock Island in western Illinois and Davenport and Bettendorf in eastern Iowa. Moline, Illinois is home to the Quad Cities International Airport.

Application Instructions:

Complete applications include:

1) a letter of application

2) current curriculum vita or resume

3) the names, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three current professional references

4) copies of unofficial academic transcripts, official transcripts will be required for selected candidate

Please upload the requested documents by clicking APPLY NOW or by navigating to the WIU Employment page at the following URL

**Note** Individual documents must be under 2 MB in size in order to upload.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Questions regarding the search may be directed to: Dr. Christine Anderson at CJ-Anderson2@WIU.EDU

For assistance with the online application system call the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access at (309)298-1977.