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Assistant Professor - Special Education

University of Vermont
Burlington, Vermont
Salary commensurate with experience and full benefits package.
Posted Date
Sep 6, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Education, Special Education, Teacher Education
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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The University of Vermont’s Department of Education in The College of Education & Social Services seeks to hire an Assistant Professor, tenure-track for a full-time, 9-month appointment to begin August 2023. We seek to: a) educate and prepare outstanding professionals in education, social work, and human services; b) engage in high quality research and scholarship; and c) provide exemplary professional service within Vermont, nationally, and globally. The College of Education and Social Services facilitates transdisciplinary synergy in research, teaching, and service. The primary mission of the College’s Special Education Program is to prepare undergraduate and graduate students to teach students with disabilities in a variety of inclusive educational environments and to prepare future special education faculty.

The Special Education Program has a long history of emphasizing inclusive education, collaboration, and evidence-based practices. The Special Education Program includes: (a) a robust undergraduate minor with licensure and non-licensure options, (b) a Master’s degree with various pathways including licensure and non-licensure options and an accelerated track for UVM undergraduates, and © a newly developed Ph.D. in Special Education as well as a concentration within the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Ph.D. and Ed.D. programs.


· Demonstrated commitment to inclusion, diversity, and social justice

· Earned doctoral degree in Special Education or closely related area (or anticipated degree completion no later than May 2023)

· Ability to teach courses in two or more of the following areas: severe/multiple disabilities, autism, numeracy, assessment


· Engaging in an active program of research that leads to high-impact publications and presentations

· Seeking external funding for scholarly activities

· Teaching, supervising, and advising undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students in the special education program

· Collaborating with other special education faculty as we strive for continual program and course innovation

· Collaborating with faculty colleagues on cross-disciplinary teaching, research, and scholarship

· Engaging in the community through partnerships with colleagues in public schools and related agencies and organizations

· Engaging in service within the University and profession

· Participating in state and national accreditation initiatives

· A minimum of 1-3 years of teaching special and/or general education in public K-12 schools

· Current knowledge of special education practices in the U.S.

· Record of leadership in scholarship, teaching, and service

· Demonstrated strength in leading, conceptualizing, designing, conducting, publishing, and presenting relevant research and scholarship related to special education

· Successful college/university teaching experience, and experience with pre-service teacher supervision desirable

The University

Established in 1791, the University of Vermont is consistently ranked as one of the top public universities in the United States. Our academic programs combine faculty-student relationships most commonly found in a small liberal arts college with the resources of a land-grant research institution. UVM’s tradition of equity and social justice extends not only to faculty, staff, and students, but also is reflected in a commitment to environmentally sound and sustainable practices.

The College

The Department of Education is situated within the College of Education and Social Services. The College’s mission is to educate and prepare outstanding professionals in education, human services and social work; engage in scholarship of high quality; and provide exemplary professional service to Vermont, the nation, and the world. We do this to contribute to a more humane and just society, free from oppression, that maximizes human potential and the quality of life for all individuals, families and communities.

The Department

The Department of Education is widely recognized for its rigorous academic research, high-quality student experience, innovative teaching practices, and collegial, inclusive work environment. We offer undergraduate and graduate programs in preK – 12 educator preparation, curriculum and instruction, special education, higher education and student affairs, educational leadership and policy studies, and interdisciplinary studies. In addition, we offer undergraduate minors in computer science education, cultural and linguistic diversity, special education, and coaching. For more information about the department, see:

The Community

UVM is located in Burlington, Vermont, which is rated as one of the best small cities in the country. The greater Burlington area has an increasingly diverse population of about 125,000 and enjoys a panoramic setting on the shore of Lake Champlain, between the Green Mountains of Vermont and the Adirondack Mountains of New York State. The surrounding area provides an environment rich in cultural, civic and recreational activities. Vermont has a deep history of social activism and political participation. It offers many opportunities for collaborative partnerships in community and state-wide human service and social change organizations in multiple fields of practice, including state agencies.

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: Review of applications will begin September 20, 2022, and will continue to remain open until filled. The University is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through their research, teaching, and/or service. For more information about UVM’s College of Education and Social Services and its departments and programs, please visit our website at For more information or questions about the position, please contact: Shana Haines ( or Justin Garwood (, Search Committee Co-Chairs.

APPLICATION PROCESS: Applicants should submit 1) a cover letter briefly describing your interest in and qualifications for this position; 2) a current curriculum vitae; 3) a statement on how diversity, equity, and justice are evident in your teaching, advising, research and/or practice; 4) a teaching philosophy statement; 5) a statement of your research focus and agenda; 6) and the names and email addresses of three references who can be contacted for letters of support before a candidate is advanced in the search process online at Any questions or support needs pertaining to the web-based application should be directed to: Jean Evans, Senior Staff Advisor in the College of Education and Social Services or 802-656-3424.

The University of Vermont is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Applications from women, veterans and individuals with disabilities, and people from diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds are encouraged.

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