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Assistant Professor of Special Education

University of Maine College of Education and Human Development
University of Maine, Orono
Start date
Sep 1, 2023

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

Statement of the Job:

The School of Learning and Teaching at the University of Maine invites applications for an academic year, tenure-track Assistant Professor of Special Education, with an anticipated start date of September 1, 2024. We seek an expert in areas related to, but not limited to, intensive interventions to improve academic and behavioral outcomes for young children and students with disabilities (birth – grade 12); including intellectual disabilities, reading disabilities, math disabilities, emotional and/or behavior disabilities with demonstrated conceptual, methodological, and applied knowledge and skills to join a dynamic faculty at the University of Maine System’s flagship and only R1 university.

About the University and the Program: 

The University of Maine is a community of more than 11,900 undergraduate and graduate students, and 2,500 employees located on the Orono campus, the regional campus in Machias, and throughout the state. UMaine is a land, sea and space grant university, and maintains a leadership role as the University of Maine System's flagship institution. UMaine is the state's public research university and a Carnegie R1 top-tier research institution, dedicated to providing excellent teaching, research and service for Maine, the nation and the world. More information about UMaine is at

The University of Maine offers a wide range of benefits ( for employees including, but not limited to, tuition benefits (employee and dependent), comprehensive insurance coverage including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, and short and long term disability as well as retirement plan options. As a former NSF ADVANCE institution, the University of Maine is committed to diversity in our workforce and to dual-career couples.

UMaine is located in beautiful Central Maine. Many employees report that a primary reason for choosing to come to UMaine is quality of life. Numerous cultural activities, excellent public schools, safe neighborhoods, high quality medical care, little traffic, and a reasonable cost of living make the greater Bangor area a wonderful place to live. Learn more about what the Bangor region has to offer (

The College of Education and Human Development (COEHD) recognizes that the cultural, social, religious, linguistic, philosophical, and theoretical diversity of faculty, staff, and students is important to maintaining excellent academic and research programs and building healthy communities. COEHD faculty are dedicated to high-quality teaching, research, and service at the college, university, state, and national levels. The School of Learning and Teaching offers degree programs for undergraduates and graduates, including fully CAEP-accredited programs for Elementary Education, Secondary Education, and Master of Arts in Teaching.

Special Education M.Ed. programs include certification options in high-incidence disabilities (K-8 or 7-12), low-incidence disabilities (K-12), and early intervention (birth to age 5). Non-certification programs include an individualized M.Ed. in special education, an individualized Education Specialist (Ed. S), and five graduate certificates (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports, High Leverage Practices to Promote Inclusion, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Special Education Leadership, and most recently Multilingual Special Education).

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

This position will report to the School Director and be affiliated with faculty in the special education program. Faculty members share responsibility for programmatic and instructional decisions within and across program options. The position carries a typical 2:2 teaching load for tenure-track faculty.

The successful candidate will be able to contribute to graduate curriculum development and revision, program evaluation, and community service, and ensure that the program is aligned with CAEP and Council for Exceptional Children’s advanced preparation standards. More specifically, the position requires (1) teaching graduate courses in special education; (2) designing and teaching undergraduate and graduate in-person and online courses; (3) mentoring graduate students; (4) supervising graduate student projects and research; (5) engaging in scholarship based on an articulated and cohesive research agenda; (6) providing service and leadership on campus and at local, state, and national levels; (7) assisting with the development of a Ph.D. program in Special Education. The successful candidate will also have the necessary skills and knowledge derived from scientifically-based practices in supporting culturally and linguistically diverse students with disabilities.



  • Ph.D. in special education or a closely related field completed by date of hire. Expertise and ability to teach both in-person and online special education courses at the undergraduate, master’s and doctoral levels. Potential for scholarly productivity, including a programmatic research agenda in special education.
  • Specialization and research in the areas related to, but not limited to, intensive interventions to improve academic and behavioral outcomes for young children and students with disabilities (birth – grade 12), including intellectual disabilities, reading disabilities, math disabilities, emotional and/or behavior disabilities with demonstrated conceptual, methodological, and applied knowledge and skills. Suitable experience and academic preparation for teaching and mentoring at the undergraduate, master’s and doctoral levels. Ability to collaborate to support program advising and student mentoring. Special education teaching experience in K-12 schools.


  • Evidence of successful graduate teaching experience in one or more of the following areas: intensive intervention to improve academic and behavioral outcomes for students with disabilities such as intellectual disabilities, reading disability, math disability, emotional or behavioral disorders, intellectual disability, and/or autism spectrum disorder. Expertise in assistive technology and accessible educational materials. Experience in teaching through distance education modalities. Knowledge of evidence-based practices to support culturally and linguistically diverse students with disabilities. Potential for securing external funding to support research. Successful work with families, schools, state educational agencies, and other community groups serving students with disabilities.

Other Information:

Materials must be submitted via “Apply for Position” at   You will need to create a profile and application; upload:

  1. A cover letter which describes your experience, interests, and suitability for the position
  2. A current resume/curriculum vitae
  3. Copies of all post-secondary transcripts Contact information for three professional references Submission of writing samples is preferred, but not required.

You will also need to submit the affirmative action survey, the self-identification of disability form, and the self-identification of veteran status forms. Incomplete application materials cannot be considered. Materials received after the initial review date will be reviewed at the discretion of the University.

For questions about the search, please contact search committee chair Sarah Howorth at

The successful applicant is subject to appropriate background screening.

In complying with the letter and spirit of applicable laws and pursuing its own goals of diversity, the University of Maine System does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender, gender identity or expression, ethnicity, national origin, citizenship status, familial status, ancestry, age, disability physical or mental, genetic information, or veterans or military status in employment, education, and all other programs and activities. The University provides reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding nondiscrimination policies: Director of Equal Opportunity, 127 Alumni Hall, Orono, ME 04469-5754, 207-581-1226, TTY 711 (Maine Relay System).

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