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Post Doc Research Associate-Bridge to Faculty-Special Education

University of Illinois at Chicago-College of Education
Chicago, Illinois
Up to $75,000 per year + benefits
Posted Date
Oct 28, 2022

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Faculty Positions, Education, Special Education
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Full Time
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The Department of Special Education at the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) invites applications for a Bridge to Faculty (B2F) postdoctoral research associate. B2F is focused on increasing faculty diversity at the university by encouraging the recruitment, retention, and promotion of outstanding scholars from different backgrounds, with an emphasis on attracting individuals from groups who have been historically underrepresented in our discipline. Subject to satisfactory performance and University approval, this position may be re-appointed for a second year. Successful postdoctoral associates may have the opportunity to transition to tenure track faculty starting in the 2025-2026 academic year. Scholars will participate in a mentoring experience within the department, with the opportunity to meet other Scholars through cohort-based events and workshops organized by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity, and Engagement.

The postdoctoral scholar will engage in developing their research agenda related to special education. Scholars will be given the opportunity to advance their unique lines of research with intensive mentorship and support from the Department and University. The expectations for the position include (a) engaging in school or community-based research that results in the submission of at least one first-author manuscript and one co-authored manuscript per year; (b) disseminating findings of their research activities at one state and one national conference per year; and (c) teaching one course per year in the Department.

The postdoctoral scholar will have access to institutional and Departmental supports designed to promote the successful readiness for the tenure track. This unique postdoctoral opportunity provides structured mentorship and assists the individual to build a successful program of research and a teaching portfolio to support a successful transition into a tenured faculty position.

Qualifications include an earned doctorate degree in special education or related field and strong potential for publication and external funding. The Department welcomes applications across a broad range of interests in special education. We welcome individuals with a broad set of expertise related to the education of persons with disabilities. Highly qualified candidates will have experience working on grant-funded projects, a commitment to obtaining external research funding, and experience teaching at the university level. The successful candidate must have completed their PhD in Special Education, or a related field, within the past five years – no earlier than August 15, 2018 and no later than August 15, 2023.

B2F is funded by the Chancellor’s Office and administered through the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity, and Engagement.  

Please submit CV, cover letter, and writing sample, electronically at by December 15, 2022.

The University of Illinois at Chicago is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer, dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty and staff committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment.   We are committed to equal employment opportunities regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, Veteran, or disability status.  The University may conduct background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.  Background checks will be conducted in complaint with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.  University of Illinois faculty, staff, and students are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.  If you are not able to receive the vaccine for medical or religious reasons, you may seek approval for an exemption in accordance with applicable University processes.  The University of Illinois System requires candidates selected for hire to disclose any documented finding of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment and to authorize inquiries to current and former employers regarding findings of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment.  For more information, visit


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