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Lecturer & Undergraduate Program Director in Special Education (Non-Tenure Track, F0171A1)

Old Dominion University
Norfolk, Virginia
Commensurate with experience
Posted Date
Dec 9, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Education, Special Education
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Job Details

The Old Dominion University Department of Communication Disorders and Special Education is inviting applications for a 12-month position as Lecturer in Special Education. This program offers a bachelor’s, master’s, and PhD degree program in Special education. Duties associated with this position include teaching undergraduate and graduate special education courses in traditional, on-campus classrooms, in field-based settings, and/or via distance learning modalities (i.e. web-conferencing, online). Additionally, this position serves as the undergraduate program director, advises undergraduate students, supervises teacher candidates seeking certification, manages contracts with public school partners, and engages in annual program outcome data reporting.

Required Qualifications

Applicant must have:

  1. Both a master’s degree and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in special education.
  2. Certification in special education with expertise in educational programming for students with mild/high-incidence disabilities accessing the general curriculum.
  3. Teaching experience in K-12 settings with diverse cultural, linguistic, and ethnic groups, and in settings that serve students with and without disabilities.
  4. Experience teaching in a post-secondary setting, providing academic advising to students in a teacher preparation program, and in completing program evaluation, data collection, and outcome reporting.
  5. Strong verbal, written, and technology skills are required, including experience teaching via distance learning modalities.
  6. Demonstrated commitment to diversity and participation in program decision-making. 

Preferred qualifications:

Preferred candidates for the position would have experience with the following:

  • Collaborative efforts involving public schools, postsecondary institutions, and/or community agencies;
  • Effective integration of technology in the instructional process;
  • Participation in accreditation review processes, including data collection and recording via WEAVE and LIVETEXT.

The Darden College of Education and Professional Studies

The Darden College of Education and Professional Studies is committed to excellence in teaching, scholarly activities, and service.  The college prepares outstanding professionals for work in the region and engages in research and dissemination of education and related professions at this critical time in the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world.  The College has active research and service partnerships with regional, national, and international businesses, post-secondary institutions, hospitals, non-profit agencies, schools, and military bases.

Institutional Context

Old Dominion University (ODU) is a dynamic metropolitan, residential, and research-extensive public institution with a student enrollment of 24,000, including approximately 6,000 graduate students, and a full-time equivalent faculty of over 720 of which 40% are female. The University’s primary campus is located in Norfolk, VA, one of the seven cities that make up the historic Hampton Roads region of Virginia. Programs are also offered at three Higher Education Centers in the region and at Distant Learning sites across the state and across the nation. Old Dominion University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. Minorities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

How to Apply

Applicants must complete the online application ( and upload the following for a complete application: a letter of application; curriculum vitae; a statement of teaching philosophy; unofficial graduate transcripts; and contact information for three references. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. For questions and inquiries, please contact the Search Committee Chair, Dr. Selena J. Layden (

About Old Dominion University:

Old Dominion University is an internationally-oriented, state-supported institution of more than 24,000 diverse students. The university has an R1 (Doctoral Universities – Very High Research Productivity) Carnegie Research Classification. The university is located in the greater Hampton Roads area with a population of about 1.8 million. The area is rich in recreational and cultural activities and has one of the best natural harbors on the East Coast. The resort city of Virginia Beach with miles of beaches is only half-an-hour drive towards the East, and Colonial Williamsburg is also within an hour’s drive from campus. We are located within three hours of Washington, DC and are a few hours away from the beauty and magnificence of the Shenandoah Mountains.

It is the policy of Old Dominion University to provide equal employment, educational and social opportunities for all persons, without regard to race (or traits historically associated with race including hair texture, hair type, and protective hairstyles such as braids, locks, and twists), color, religion, sex or gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), national origin, gender identity or expression, age, veteran status, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation or genetic information. Minorities, women, veterans, LGBTQ+, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


Old Dominion University, located in the City of Norfolk in the metropolitan Hampton Roads region of coastal Virginia, is a state-assisted, Carnegie doctoral/research-extensive institution that serves its students and enriches the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world through rigorous academic programs, strategic partnerships, and active civic engagement. Its 24,000 students, including over 6,000 graduate students, form a diverse and multicultural community in six academic colleges. Through a collaborative and innovative approach to education and research, the University focuses on student learning and addresses critical needs in the professions. ODU’s programs are offered on the main campus, at higher education centers in the region, and at numerous distance learning sites.

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