Assistant Professor of Special Education, Behavior Analysis - College of Education (34708)

Illinois, United States
Salary Not Specified
Jan 16, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time

Position Description Summary

This nine-month tenure-track appointment begins August 16, 2021. The successful candidate will teach coursework in our BCBA certification and special education licensure programs, will pursue a research agenda leading to scholarly publications and presentations, and will participate in program, department, and college service. SEED’s highly collaborative faculty provide mentoring to undergraduate and graduate students and maintain high levels of student engagement through research and partnerships with area school districts. We seek a faculty member who embraces NIU’s mission of providing opportunity to a diverse student body, providing them with access to high quality education and hands-on involvement in research and community engagement.
Duties and Responsibilities
• Teach graduate and undergraduate coursework in the LBS and BCBA sequences;
• Engage in scholarly activities (e.g., research, publications, presentations, grant-writing);
• Contribute to service activities of the program, department, college, and university;
• Mentor graduate students related to their academic program;
• Participate in program development, course revision, and internship/clinical supervision.

Required Qualifications

Minimum Required Qualifications
• Earned doctorate in Special Education or related field by time of appointment ( ABD considered with established defense date);
• Current Board Certified Behavior Analyst credential;
• Evidence of ability to engage in and publish research and present at professional meetings;
• Minimum of three years of full-time experience as a behavior analyst or teacher delivering research-based behavioral instruction in special education settings;
• Experience working collaboratively with students, families, and/or colleagues from diverse backgrounds in a professional setting.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
• Ability and willingness to contribute to the organization’s vision and mission of preparing excellent educators;
• Strong written and oral communication skills;
• Ability to communicate and collaborate effectively with people with varying viewpoints;
• Commitment to diversity, equity, and social justice;
• Expertise in data collection and analysis, intervention, professional development, and translating research to practice.

Preferred Qualifications

Preferred Qualifications
• Experience in one area related to special education in addition to behavior analysis (e.g., developmental disabilities, Director of Special Education, assistive technology, transition services, or early childhood special education);
• Evidence of effectiveness and innovation in teaching at the college level including hybrid or synchronous instruction;
• Experience directing student research;
• Experience supervising candidates in internships;
• Record of collaboration and scholarly productivity within and across disciplines;
• Experience with assistive technology and its use with individuals with significant disabilities.

Hiring Rate/Range
Commensurate with experience and qualifications, and internal equity
Working Hours
8 am to 4:30 pm/varies
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Closing Date

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Special Instructions to Applicants

Applicants must apply online at and complete their applicant profile and upload their materials. To ensure full consideration, complete applications must be received by February 26, 2021. Review of complete applications will begin February 26, 2021; however, applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Appointment is subject to a satisfactory criminal background check (AA/ EEO Institution).
For additional information, visit Department of Special and Early Education – NIU – College of Education or contact Jesse W. Johnson, Chair, Search Committee ( or Paula Cowlishaw, Office Manager, Special and Early Education ( Salary is commensurate with qualifications, experience, and internal equity.

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Applicant Documents
Required Documents
  1. Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Statement of Teaching Philosophy
  4. List of at least 3 References
Optional Documents
  1. Transcripts (unofficial with official required at hire)
  2. Certifications/Licensure #1
  3. Transcripts #2 (unofficial with official required at hire)
  4. Transcripts #3 (unofficial with official required at hire)

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