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Assistant Professor in Special Education

Florida State University
Tallahassee, Florida
Date posted
Sep 12, 2023

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

Assistant Professor in Special Education



The School of Teacher Education in the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences* at Florida State University invites applications for a nine-month, tenure-earning assistant professor of Special Education position to start in August of 2024. We seek a colleague committed to research, mentoring, teaching, and leadership through service. We are interested in applicants who have potential for sustaining an innovative and externally funded program of research focused on the advancement of positive educational and life outcomes for people with disabilities and their families. We strive to be intentional and deliberate in fostering a sense of community and connection where all people are valued for who they are. We are committed to cultivating and sustaining a program that is safe and open to all. The Special Education faculty understand the complex, dynamic, and diverse nature of disability research and value the varied perspectives of multiple stakeholders.

The successful applicant will join a team of nationally recognized tenure-track faculty who publish in top-tier journals and run multiple research and training grants. Special Education faculty members share responsibility for programmatic and instructional decisions within and across program options. Faculty maintain a balance between rigorous research and high-quality teaching. We seek a colleague with the ability to create and maintain collegial and harmonious working relationships with others. While we welcome applications from candidates with research interests in a variety of disability-related areas, we are particularly interested in candidates who focus on students with disabilities in secondary schools (i.e., middle or high school) or postsecondary settings (e.g., higher education, community, or employment).

This position will report to the Director of the School of Teacher Education and be affiliated with faculty in the Special Education program. The School of Teacher Education is nationally ranked in several areas, including Special Education (#3 in online masters programs) and Curriculum & Instruction (#9 overall in online masters programs), according to U.S. News & World Report. The four special education degree programs include: (a) a combined bachelors/masters degree with certification in special education; (b) online Masters in Autism; (c) online Masters in Early Childhood Special Education; (d) Education Specialist; and (e) PhD. Graduates of the PhD program are prepared for careers related to supporting individuals with disabilities and their families as future faculty and researchers.



  • Engage in well-defined research agenda focused on individuals with disabilities
  • Seek and obtain external funding for research and personnel preparation
  • Recruit, advise, and mentor graduate students in MS, EdS, and PhD programs
  • Teach in all modes of delivery (e.g., face-to-face, online, hybrid) and at all degree programs in areas of expertise and program need
  • Contribute to program development in undergraduate, masters, and doctoral degree programs
  • Perform service to institution, profession, and community commensurate with rank
  • Maintain a visible presence in their field of specialization


  • Earned doctorate in special education or closely related field conferred by August 2024
  • Evidence of strong potential for impactful scholarship through research training and emerging publication record, with the potential for national visibility as a scholar and leader


Preferred Qualifications

  • At least 3 years of experience working with individuals with disabilities in school, community, or other naturalistic settings
  • Record of publication and evidence of a promising, systematic program of research in one or more areas pertaining to: (a) cognition and student learning, (b) reading, writing, and language; (c) STEM, (d) social, emotional, and behavioral competence: (d) transition to postsecondary education, career, and/or independent living, (e) families of children with disabilities, (f) educators and school-based service providers, (f) systems, policy, and finance, or (g) inclusive practices.
  • Evidence of effective teaching at the university level
  • Record of external grant seeking
  • Evidence of commitment to, and experience in, collaboration and collegiality in the preparation of teachers serving students with disabilities

This is a Faculty position.

This position requires successful completion of a criminal history background check.

This position is being advertised as open until filled.


Contact Information:

Dr. Jenny Root

Search Committee Chair

Questions regarding the application and submission system and process should be directed to: Chrissy Lojan

School of Teacher Education


How to Apply:

Review of candidates will begin 10/13/2023 and will continue until filled. We urge interested candidates to submit materials as soon as possible.

Interested candidates should submit an online application at

Applicants are required to complete FSU’s online application, providing all educational details and a curriculum vitae. Applicants should also include a letter of application, names of three references with contact information, a statement of teaching interests, and two samples of scholarly writing.

Transcripts, work samples (such as teaching artifacts or manuscripts), and three letters of recommendation will be required of candidates selected for an interview.

Equal Employment Opportunity:

An Equal Opportunity/Access/Affirmative Action/Pro Disabled & Veteran Employer. FSU's Equal Opportunity Statement can be viewed at:

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