Instructor of Special Education

Tennessee, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Apr 07, 2021
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

The Department of Instruction & Curriculum Leadership (ICL) seeks to add a collaborative and creative colleague for a full-time, 12-month, non-tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Instructor in Special Education. We are seeking someone who shares a commitment to the field of special education, urban populations and social justice and will support the fulfillment of the College of Education's commitment in these areas. The expected start date for this position is August 16, 2021. The expected teaching load is five (5) courses each fall and spring semester and two courses during the summer term.
• Master’s degree in Special Education or closely related field
• Minimum of three years’ successful teaching Special Education in K-12 settings
• Academic credentials reflecting a sufficient knowledge base in special education
• Demonstrated commitment to cultural responsiveness, equity, and inclusiveness, addressing the needs of a diverse student body
• Doctoral degree in Special Education or closely related field
• Demonstrated knowledge of and experience working with students, faculty, and schools in diverse settings (urban, suburban, and rural)
• Evidence of or potential for collaboration and co-teaching, technology utilization, and online instruction
• Evidence of or potential for successful teacher candidate supervision and related clinical experiences
• Commitment to facilitating positive change in teacher education programs
• Knowledge of EdTPA and/or various teacher evaluation systems
• Current Licensure in the Special Education or closely related field
• Teach undergraduate and/or graduate Special Education field-based methods courses on or off-campus or online
• Supervise clinical residency and related field experiences
• Model technology integration in classroom experiences
• Collaborate with local school systems in the preparation of teachers
• Attend department and program area meetings
• Other duties as assigned by the department chairperson
The Department of Instruction and Curriculum Leadership (ICL) offers undergraduate degrees that lead to both licensure and non-licensure tracks. The department also offers graduate degrees leading to licensure with the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) and non-licensure options with the Master of Science (MS), Education Specialist (EdS), and Doctor of Education (EdD). In addition, the department offers nationally recognized certificate and endorsement programs. We benefit from strong partnerships with three university-affiliated lab schools—The Early Childhood Learning Center and the University Campus School (grades one through five), and the University Middle School (grades 6-7). The College of Education is dedicated to diversity, equity, inclusion, social justice, and innovation and seeks to prepare students for careers as educators, practitioners, researchers, and leaders in their respective areas. The University of Memphis is recognized by the Carnegie Foundation as one of two public research universities and the only community engaged public university in Tennessee. It has seven colleges and six professional schools serving a diverse population of over 20,000 students, including 4300 graduate students. The University is strongly committed to its urban mission and outreach programs and recognizes the diverse and integrated role played by each faculty and administration in fulfilling a comprehensive mission of research, education, and community outreach. For additional information please see the websites of the university (, the college (, and the department (
Salaries are competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications. This position is a one-year (12-month) non-tenure-track appointment with potential for annual renewal. The anticipated date of appointment is August 17, 2021. The University offers an excellent benefits package, including healthcare and retirement. The state of TN currently has no state income tax, and the Memphis area has a very reasonable cost of living.
Screening will begin April 5, 2021 and may continue until the position is filled. The successful applicant will join the faculty August 16, 2021. To apply, submit a letter of application, current curriculum vitae, and contact information (name, position, email address and phone number) for three references to No other method of application will be considered. Your letter of application should specifically address your qualifications for the position and be limited to one or two pages in length. If you have questions, contact the search committee chairperson, Dr. William Hunter, at
The University of Memphis is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.
We urge all qualified applicants to apply for this position. Appointment will be based on qualifications as they relate to position requirements without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, age, gender, handicap, or veteran status. The successful candidate must meet guidelines of the Immigration and Reform Control Act of 1986.