Assistant Professor in Special Education
The University of Kansas, Department of Special Education is seeking applicants for a tenure-track, assistant professor position in special education with an emphasis in the education of students with the most significant cognitive disabilities and inclusive practices. This is a nine-month position that will begin in August, 2020. We are interested in candidates whose research and practice positively impacts knowledge and implementation in areas such as inclusive education and communities for children and youth with the most significant cognitive disabilities. Expertise in the education of learners with the most significant cognitive disabilities is required. Additional expertise in autism spectrum disorder; special education educator preparation; transition and secondary education; or culturally-responsive approaches with diversity and equity perspectives is highly desired. The successful applicant is expected to integrate individual and cultural diversity, equity, and inclusion into teaching, research, and service. In a continuing effort to enrich its academic environment and provide equal educational and employment opportunities, we actively encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups in higher education.
The University of Kansas is a major educational and research institution with 29,000 students on five campuses, 2,600 faculty members, and service centers throughout the state. The main campus is in Lawrence, a vibrant, thriving community of more than 90,000 that is just 40 miles west of Greater Kansas City and 20 miles from the state capital. KU, a member of the Association of American Universities, consistently earns excellent ratings for its academic programs from U.S. News & World Reports. The Department of Special Education at KU consistently ranks number one among public institutions in graduate education in special education.
The successful candidate must have appropriate work authorization by time of appointment.
Teach undergraduate and/or graduate-level courses in special education, advise undergraduate students, master and doctoral graduate students (.40 FTE)
Develop and implement strategies for the recruitment and retention of students, including students from culturally diverse backgrounds;
Advise students working toward doctoral and master’s degrees, as well as Kansas endorsement (low incidence) in Special Education;
Advise students working towards online master’s certificates in additional areas of expertise (e.g., autism spectrum disorder, transition, inclusive education)
Collaborate in the design, development and enhancement of innovative teacher education programs and courses for teacher candidates and their students;
Provide mentoring and leadership for learning through directing and apprenticing students in funded research; theses and dissertations;
Serve on master’s theses/projects and doctoral examination and dissertation committees.
Develop and maintain an active scholarly research agenda and participate in external research and grant activities (.40 FTE).
Create and carry out scholarly work related to identifying, implementing, and evaluating effective and inclusive, research-based practices with individuals with the most significant cognitive disabilities leading to new insights and educational advances for publication in refereed journals, conferences and conventions, and other scholarly outlets;
Obtain external funding for research initiatives in collaboration with colleagues within and across departments at KU as well as universities and communities from outside of KU
Contribute to professional service at all levels (e.g., department, school, university, state and national) (.20 FTE).
Collaborate with Department of Special Education and School of Education (SOE) faculty to ensure effective graduate-level recruitment, advising, and teacher preparation;
Collaborate with Department of Special Education and SOE faculty, interdisciplinary university researchers, and other stakeholders (e.g., educators, families, state, and staff of federal agencies) to ensure program quality, maintain state and national accreditation, and facilitate ongoing program and researcher agendas;
Participate in ongoing and regularly-scheduled Department of Special Education, SOE, and University committees, faculty meetings, and retreats to ensure KU programs meet all professional standards and program quality expectations; and
Collaborate with local, state, and national stakeholders (e.g., educators, Kansas State Department of Education, professional association leaders, U.S. Department of Education, interdisciplinary researchers) to facilitate ongoing communication, advocacy, research initiatives, and teacher preparation.
Earned doctorate in Special Education or related field from an accredited institution;
Specialization in educating learners with the most significant cognitive disabilities with demonstrated conceptual, methodological, and applied knowledge and skills including:
inclusive educational interventions for elementary and/or secondary students with the most significant cognitive disabilities, or
educational supports including modification, accommodation, and universal design for learning to enhance curriculum and instruction for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities in general educational classes, or
collaboration with general education faculty to ensure progress in general education curriculum for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities, or
Specialized expertise related to supporting students with the most significant cognitive disabilities (e.g., health and medical, communication, social relationships, mobility, etc.)
Evidence of successful P-12 classroom teaching experience with students with the most significant cognitive disabilities, including a minimum of three years of experience teaching students with disabilities;
Evidence of successful undergraduate or graduate-level teaching experience focused on students with the most significant cognitive disabilities;
Evidence of an active program of scholarship and research that includes recent publications and grant funding in the area of significant cognitive disabilities; and
Evidence of successful work with families, schools, departments of education, and/or others groups serving learners with the most significant cognitive disabilities.
Contact Information to Applicants
Shaunna Price, Department Manager, Shaunna.Price@ku.edu or
Committee Chairperson: Jennifer Kurth, Associate Professor email@example.com
Additional Candidate Instruction
A complete application includes the following:
An online application,
Letter of application that identifies professional interest generally and specific interest and background relevant to this position
Three samples of scholarly work and a list of three professional/academic references with contact information.
Evidence of effective teaching
Only complete application packages submitted online will be considered. As part of the materials above, applicants should inform us of their contribution and engagement in areas of diversity, equity, and inclusion. As a result, applicants will be presented the following questions at the time of application. Each response must be within 4,000 characters or less.
Please describe your experience, approach or methodologies to create and implement inclusive teaching and advising practices, pedagogical techniques and course materials to create an inclusive classroom environment.
In your current and/or previous role, please provide an example outlining how you demonstrate your ongoing commitment in working with diverse groups/populations.
Application review will begin November 1, 2019, and continue until a pool of qualified applicants is identified. To ensure consideration, please apply by the initial review date.