Early Childhood Education Lecturer - Special Education - 17370

Wisconsin, United States
Salary Not Specified
Jul 19, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time


The Department of Special Education at the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater seeks a Early Childhood Education (ECE) Lecturer (Lecturer).

This will be a fixed term appointment and reappointment for subsequent terms is dependent upon needs of the position, grant funding and external forces.


The person in this position will teach courses and supervise students in UW-Whitewater’s campus-based Early Childhood Education (ECE) undergraduate degree program during the 2021-2022 academic year. This is a full time 1-year limited term appointment funded through a grant. The position may be renewed for one additional year, if grant funding is renewed.

Students in the ECE program earn dual licensure in early childhood education and early childhood special education and are prepared to teach all children ages 0-8. Students are admitted annually in cohorts of 30 students. Courses taught by the instructor may include both regular and special education content depending on program needs and the expertise of the person hired for the position. Courses will be taught primarily in a face-to-face format with some courses taught in a hybrid format.


Minimum Qualifications:
  • Master’s degree in early childhood education, early childhood special education or a related field
  • Three years of experience teaching children ages 0-8
  • Ability to get to and from community schools and agencies to supervise students who may be placed within a 50-mile radius of the UWW campus
Desired Characteristics:
  • Experience teaching early childhood or early childhood special education courses at the college level
  • Experience supervising students in practicum or student teaching placements
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • Willingness and ability to be an active participant in following applicable safety rules and regulations including necessary training and drills
  • Ability to interact respectfully with people from diverse socioeconomic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds

75% A. Teach courses in the ECE program
  1. Teach multiple courses each semester.
  2. Modify or update syllabi for each course prior to the start of each semester.
  3. Develop an online platform for each course using Canvas and use Canvas throughout the semester to post course content, enter student grades, and communicate with students.
  4. Communicate with textbook rental about textbook needs for students.
  5. Deliver instruction weekly during scheduled course times.
  6. Grade student assignments providing meaningful feedback to encourage student growth.
  7. Hold regular office hours on campus each week.
  8. Respond to student questions via email within 24 hours whenever possible.
  9. Enter final grades into the online grading platform at end of semester.
  10. Communicate any concerns about student progress to the ECE team.
20% B. Supervise students in practicum and student teaching placements
  1. Observe students teaching in early childhood programs and schools (in person and virtual).
  2. Provide written feedback to students regarding their emerging skills in planning, teaching and assessing student learning.
  3. Communicate regularly with cooperating teachers.
  4. Ensure cooperating teachers complete mid and end of semester evaluations.
  5. Complete student evaluations at middle and end of semester.
  6. Provide written feedback on weekly reflections.
  7. Provide feedback and complete rubrics for student assignments.
  8. Submit end of semester grades for students into online grading platform.
  9. Communicate any issues encountered in supervision to the ECE program coordinator.
  10. Attend required trainings for supervisors.

5% C. Collaborate with ECE team and other university colleagues
  1. Actively participate in weekly ECE program meetings.
  2. Collaborate with the ECE team to complete program related tasks as requested.
  3. Attend other college and university meetings and trainings as required.


Founded in 1868, UW–Whitewater is one of eleven comprehensive universities in a public higher education system that also includes two doctoral institutions and a statewide Extension. In the fall of 2018, as a result of the University of Wisconsin System’s restructuring of the state’s 13 two-year campuses formerly known as UW Colleges, UW–Rock County began operating as a branch campus of UW–Whitewater under the new name of University of Wisconsin–Whitewater at Rock County. Together, these campuses form a preeminent academic institution driven by the pursuit of knowledge, powered by a spirit of innovation, and focused on transforming lives. The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Main Campus and Rock County Campus are located conveniently near Milwaukee, Madison, and Chicago, and thus offers the advantage of beautiful small-town environments with easy access to the cultural and commercial opportunities of major metropolitan areas.

The Warhawk family — led by caring faculty and staff — is devoted to student success within a broad range of academic programs. UW-Whitewater has a special mission within the UW System to serve students with disabilities and, as such, embraces the principles of universal design and is one of the most accessible campuses in the state. The campuses have more than 200 student organizations and UW-Whitewater is a Division III NCAA university. UW-Whitewater is committed to seeking and sustaining a culturally and ethnically diverse campus environment, building a diverse faculty and staff with expertise and interest in serving students with diverse needs, backgrounds, ethnicities, abilities and other distinct characteristics in respectful, sensitive and understanding ways. The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer, and actively seeks and encourages applications from women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and veterans.


The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is part of the 13-campus University of Wisconsin System ( https://www.wisconsin.edu ).

Wisconsin Statute 19.36(7)(b) provides that applicants may indicate in writing that their identity should be kept confidential. In response to a public records request, the University will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful final candidate will be released. See Wisconsin Statute 19.36(7)(a).

Per Regent Policy Document 20-19, University of Wisconsin System Criminal Background Check Policy and UW System Administrative Policy 1275 Recruitment Policies, UW-Whitewater requires criminal background checks as a contingency to employment. A criminal background check will be conducted prior to an offer of employment. All final candidates must be asked, prior to hire, whether they have been found to have engaged in, are currently under investigation for, or left employment during an active investigation in which they were accused of sexual violence or sexual harassment. When obtaining employment reference checks, these same sexual violence or sexual harassment questions must also be asked.

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater requires that all employees be active participants in following applicable safety rules and regulations including necessary training and drills.

For UW-Whitewater Campus safety information and crime statistics/annual Security Report, see http://www.uww.edu/asfr . If you would like a paper copy of the report please contact the UW-Whitewater Police at 262-472-4660.

To learn more about UW-Whitewater's competitive benefits packages go to our: ALEX webpage, which is our interactive benefits decision support tool.


UW-Whitewater embraces AAC&U’s LEAP principles ( http://www.uww.edu/leap ) and emphasizes student, staff and faculty participation in High-Impact Practices ( https://www.aacu.org/resources/high-impact-practices ). The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs ( http://www.uww.edu/orsp ) provides support for faculty scholarly and creative activities as well as other opportunities to apply for reassigned time and/or other resources to support research activities. UW-Whitewater faculty and staff also have access to technology transfer and research resources provided by WiSys ( https://www.wisys.org ).


University of Wisconsin-Whitewater does not offer H-1B or other work authorization visa sponsorship for this position. Candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States at the time of hire and maintain work authorization throughout the employment term. If you have questions regarding this, please contact Human Resources.

The University of Wisconsin System is engaged in a Title and Total Compensation (TTC) project to redesign job titles and compensation structures. As a result of the TTC project, official job titles on current job postings is targeted to be implemented mid-2021. Job duties and responsibilities will remain the same. For more information please visit: https://www.wisconsin.edu/ohrwd/title-and-total-compensation-study/

The University of Wisconsin - Whitewater has the authority to implement temporary workforce reduction and cost saving measures to address financial challenges resulting from the COVID-19 Crisis, consistent with Wisconsin law and Board of Regents, UW System, and UW-Whitewater policy and procedure.


Applications received by August 1, 2021 are ensured full consideration and this position will remain open until filled. The most qualified applicants will be invited to participate in the next step of the selection process.

If you have questions regarding this recruitment or if you are unable to complete the application online due to a disability or system problem, please contact us at (262) 472-1072 or hrstudent@uww.edu .

For questions regarding this position, please contact:
Naomi Rahn
Assistant Professor


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  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Name and contact information for three professional references
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