Special Education Faculty Position

Illinois, United States
Salary Not Specified
Feb 23, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time

Aurora University seeks talented faculty who are passionate about teaching and learning. As a private institution, Aurora University expects faculty to be involved in the lives of students through mentoring, student support, enrollment initiatives, and other activities related to the college experience. To facilitate this highly interactive faculty/student relationship, the typical teaching load is three 4 credit-hour courses per semester. Student advising is supported by professional staff. Undergraduate faculty share in the delivery of the general education program, most often by teaching within the university's interdisciplinary core. Evidence of successful teaching, or a strong potential for successful teaching, is required for all positions. Experience teaching at a smaller, private institution is highly preferred.

The School of Education at Aurora University is currently seeking applicants for an Assistant Professor of Special Education The start date for the position is August 16, 2021.

Special Education: Assistant Professor, Clinical Track

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

Job Responsibilities:

The successful candidate will teach within the School of Education’s Special Education (LBSI) programs for both undergraduate and graduate teacher candidates. The candidate would be instrumental in furthering the departmental objective to facilitate students and adults with disabilities to become productive and valued members of society through a philosophy of transformative learning.

The successful candidate will teach both undergraduate and graduate courses that span the majors offered in the department as well as to engage in research and service projects that will strengthen the university community. The successful candidate will work well in a highly collaborative departmental environment. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Applicants must have an earned Doctorate OR at least a Master’s Degree in Special Education AND a minimum of five years of classroom experience as a Special Educator practitioner in a PK-12 setting.
  • Extensive demonstrated PK-12 experience in special education
  • Current teaching licensure
  • Demonstrated potential for excellence in university teaching and engaged service to the program
  • Ability to effectively teach both undergraduate and graduate courses leading to state licensure.
  • Effective oral and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated commitment to advising and mentoring candidates
  • Demonstrated commitment to issues of equity and/or experience working with diverse populations

Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated commitment to inclusive practices for students and adults with disabilities
  • Demonstrated experience developing community partnerships
  • Demonstrated potential for scholarship related to special education, with a focus in reading/writing preferred
  • Demonstrated experience participating in interdisciplinary initiatives with colleagues from a variety of disciplines
  • Experience with a wide age range of people with disabilities
  • Demonstrated commitment to working in a fast-paced team setting
  • Demonstrated experience working across all departments

All benefit-eligible faculty positions offer a competitive salary and excellent benefits including health, dental, vision, life, long term disability, a 403(b) retirement plan through TIAA, and tuition remission. Applications must include a letter of intent including description of education, certifications held, and all relevant experience, current curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references including phone numbers (candidates will be notified prior to references being contacted). Electronic applications welcomed.

Please submit application materials as follows:

Hardcopy submissions:
Faculty Search, Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs
Aurora University
347 S. Gladstone Ave.
Aurora, IL 60506

Electronic submissions:

Aurora University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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