Assistant Professor, Special Education

Iowa, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Apr 15, 2021
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

The University of Northern Iowa's Department of Special Education seeks applications for a full-time tenure-track Assistant Professor in Special Education, starting August 2021. This position will focus on instructional methods for K-8 students with high incidence disabilities and demonstrated commitment to diversity, inclusion, and social justice through the preparation for preservice and inservice teachers. 

We seek an individual capable of fulfilling the following roles: teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in special education; collaborating with local schools, agencies and service providers; providing field-based supervision; advising students; engaging in scholarly activity and research pertinent to special education and/or related fields such as Disability Studies in Education; and providing service to the department, college, university, community and profession at large. The Department of Special Education provides education, advocacy, and leadership at the local, state, and national level. 

The University of Northern Iowa provides a high-quality education, purposefully guiding students to find and develop their strengths and prepare them for success after college. We have a bold vision that we will be a diverse and inclusive campus community that provides an engaged education empowering students to lead locally and globally. As we advance our work to become an equity-oriented institution and realize our vision, we seek to elevate the diversity of our faculty across disciplines, departments, and colleges and to build an inclusive teaching and learning environment. Equity vision hires will be supported by faculty on campus who are working to reimagine our curriculum and pedagogy and to build equitable practices for tenure and promotion; policy review, development and implementation; and student retention, persistence, and success. They will be welcomed to join these efforts. 

Building on its historic excellence in teacher education, the university has developed outstanding programs in business, natural sciences, humanities and fine arts, and social and behavioral sciences with advanced degrees available in many programs. The University’s attractive size, approximately 10,000 students, allows UNI to offer faculty, facilities, and academic choices characteristic of a much larger university while retaining a friendly, small-college atmosphere on a park-like campus. UNI has been recognized for the past 18 years as one of the "Best Midwest Universities" by U.S. News & World Report. Located in Cedar Falls/Waterloo, the campus is comprised of more than 40 buildings on 940 acres. For more information, visit 

The successful candidate must have an earned doctorate in special education or a closely related field by time of appointment in Fall of 2021. ABD candidates encouraged to apply. 

Required qualifications include experience providing instructional services to students with high incidence disabilities in various settings such as inclusive, co-taught, resource, etc.; content-area expertise (e.g., literacy, math), including the provision of accommodations and differentiated instruction; knowledge of assessment; and an emerging record of higher education teaching, research, and scholarship focused on special education or a closely related field. 

Preference will be given to candidates with expertise in or experience with one or more of the following: three or more years teaching experience with children with disabilities, particularly high incidence disabilities; curriculum design, assistive technology, students from diverse backgrounds utilizing culturally relevant or sustaining pedagogy and/or Disability Studies in Education practices and conceptual frameworks; inclusive education praxis; teaching experience at the undergraduate and graduate level in a variety of formats (e.g. face-to-face, online, blended); and publication record in peer-reviewed journals and evidence of potential to secure external funding. 

Applications received by May 17, 2021 will receive full consideration. To apply, visit Inquiries may be sent to Amy Staples at 319-273-7468 or Pre-employment background checks required. 

UNI actively seeks to enhance diversity and is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. The University encourages applications from persons of color, women, individuals living with disabilities, and veterans. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, creed, disability, ethnicity, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, national origin, political affiliation, pregnancy, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran or military status, or any other basis protected by federal and/or state law.


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