Assistant Professor - Special Education Language & Literacy

The College of New Jersey
New Jersey, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Sep 26, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Education, Curriculum & Instruction, Education Administration & Leadership, Other Education, Special Education, Teacher Education
Employment Type
Full Time

Tenure-track Faculty Position in Special Education
Assistant Professor
Associated with Two Clusters of 12 New Faculty Positions
The College of New Jersey

To enrich education through diversity, TCNJ is an Equal Opportunity Employer. TCNJ has a strong commitment to inclusive excellence and is working to promote diversity, equity, inclusion, and racial justice among our faculty, staff, and students. We strongly encourage a host of diverse, intersectional populations and cultures to apply including, but not limited to, identities based on race, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, disability, national origin, and veteran status.

The Department of Special Education, Language, and Literacy at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) invites applications for a 10-month, tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Special Education to join our community starting in August 2023.

Position Summary:

We are seeking candidates with a doctorate in Special Education, Disability Studies, or a closely related field ( ABDs will be considered). Applicants should have at least two years of experience teaching at the pre-K-12 level and a demonstrated commitment to inclusive practices.

We are interested in candidates whose research and teaching will connect and integrate with other disciplines and who have the potential to collaboratively contribute to interdisciplinary curricular and scholarly efforts.

Candidates should be committed to inclusive excellence in higher education, demonstrated through, for example, culturally responsive course design and pedagogy, equity-minded student engagement and mentorship, and cultivating intercultural competencies needed for meaningful citizenship.

TCNJ has a strong commitment to inclusive excellence in our community and to supporting a healthy work-life balance for our faculty of teacher-scholars. T eaching and research/scholarship/creative expression are mutually supportive activities at TCNJ. Candidates should be strongly committed to the teacher-scholar model, to maintaining both high quality teaching and an active and productive program of scholarship, and to encouraging and mentoring highly motivated students in intensive work both inside and outside the classroom. Faculty members are encouraged and supported in seeking external funding consistent with this mission. They also serve as academic advisors and have service responsibilities within their department, school, and the college. TCNJ supports its community of teacher-scholars through a progressive faculty workload model, generous internal grant and sabbatical programs, professional travel, engaging professional development programs, and other mechanisms. These intentional efforts support the recruitment, retention, and success of our faculty, particularly our teacher-scholars from groups traditionally underrepresented in academe.

Linkage to Two Thematic Clusters:

We are especially interested in candidates who could contribute to either or both of the TCNJ’s two thematic clusters (broadly defined): Data-/Cyber-connected disciplines and Social/Racial Justice. The hires will build-on and expand existing faculty strengths in these areas – with an array of institutional supports for them – bringing a cluster of 12 new teacher-scholars and practitioners across a range of academic fields/departments to TCNJ (Accounting; Computer Science; Counselor Education; Criminology; Management; Mechanical Engineering; Music; Political Science; Data Science/Statistics; and Special Education, Language, and Literacy).


Applicants should:
  • Have a doctorate in Special Education, Disability Studies, or a closely related field. ABDs will be considered.
  • At least two years of teaching at the pre-K-12 level and have a strong commitment to the education of teacher candidates.
  • Demonstrate cultural competency and ability to foster inclusive learning environments and mutual respect for students and colleagues.
Preferred qualifications
  • Experience teaching in higher education.
  • Experience in inclusive practices in urban settings.
  • Expertise in one or more of the following areas:
  • Equity in special education
  • Humanistic approaches to supporting student behavior
  • Early Childhood Special Education and Early Intervention
  • Assistive technology
  • Translanguaging and/or Linguistic Justice
  • Social Studies instruction
Employer Qualifications:
  • Final offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of background check and reference checks
  • COVID-19 Testing and Compliance - The College has a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination requirement. To learn more, please read the policy here: COVID-19 Requirements and Protocols.
To Apply:

Candidates should submit (a) a letter of application highlighting their interest and qualifications, (b) a curriculum vitae, (c) unofficial transcripts (graduate and undergraduate), and (d) names and contact information for at least three professional references. In their letters of application, candidates should describe their teaching philosophy/approach, their research interests and goals, and their commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion,

Applications should be submitted electronically to . Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. For full consideration, applications should be received by November 15, 2022

Final offer of employment will be contingent upon successful completion of a background investigation.

About the Department:

The Special Education, Language, and Literacy (SELL) Department is a large, interdisciplinary department that includes faculty with expertise pre-K-12 in areas of Special Education, Speech Pathology and Audiology, Deaf Education, and Teaching English as a Second Language. The SELL Department includes undergraduate and Masters-level programs and offers students diverse learning and practicum experiences. Signature experiences in the SELL Department also include mentored undergraduate research.

About The College of New Jersey:

Founded in 1855, TCNJ is a selective public institution that has earned national recognition for its commitment to excellence. TCNJ enrolls approximately 7,400 students, including 6,790 undergraduates and 610 graduate students, 30% of whom are self-described as members of groups traditionally underrepresented in academe. Strong curricular and co-curricular programming have helped foster a first-year to sophomore retention rate of 92%, a 4-year graduation rate of 75% (7th highest in the U.S. for public institutions), and a 6-year graduation rate of 87% (among the highest in the country). Five signature experiences are the hallmark of a TCNJ education: a personalized, collaborative, and rigorous education; undergraduate research, mentored internships, and field experiences; community engaged learning; global engagement; and leadership development. TCNJ has also received national recognition for the adoption and promotion of the teacher-scholar model for our faculty. A strong liberal arts core forms the foundation for programs offered through TCNJ’s seven academic schools—Arts and Communication; Business; Education; Engineering; Humanities and Social Sciences; Nursing and Health Sciences; and Science. TCNJ has a strong Phi Beta Kappa chapter—an honor shared by less than 10 percent of colleges and universities nationally.

Among other initiatives, a series of faculty/staff-based affinity groups (e.g., Minority Executive Council, Women’s Professional Network, Parent and Family Network, TCNJ PRIDE) supports a welcoming, supportive, and inclusive environment at TCNJ.

TCNJ is located within an hour of New York City and Philadelphia. The College’s campus is set on 289 tree-lined acres in suburban Ewing Township and is known for its natural beauty. In addition to its growing racial and ethnic diversity, the region offers excellent public schools, prestigious medical centers, restaurants, art and entertainment, as well as numerous cultural and recreational activities.

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