Assistant Professor- Special Education (Tenure- Track)
Proposed Salary to be Offered
Appointment Percentage (Budget)
The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Department of Educational
Studies invites qualified teacher educators with expertise in
Special Education to apply for a full-time tenure-track position at
the Assistant Professor rank to begin August 26, 2024. The
successful candidate will be a member of a diverse department that
serves early childhood education, elementary/middle education,
special education (K-12), and TESOL (K-12) programs.
We seek an educator and scholar who actively connects theory and
practice in the classroom, advances the field of teacher education,
and brings a current understanding of pedagogical best practices to
their teaching, scholarship, and service. Candidates who have
experience with culturally, linguistically, and economically
diverse students are strongly encouraged to apply. The ideal
candidate is an exemplary educator who brings a demonstrated
passion for inclusive education and educational equity, while
infusing social justice into their work as a teacher educator.
UWL’s School of Education is committed to preparing globally
responsive teachers who are grounded in a strong academic
curriculum that is linked to world events, geography, world
cultures, and diverse perspectives.
Only candidates who will have completed or be near to completing a
doctorate degree by the position start date will be
Responsibilities include the following:
● Teaching courses in special education to dual certification
elementary middle education & special education majors
● Teaching other courses depending on the expertise of the
● Supervising education majors in clinical field and/or student
● Pursuing an active program of scholarly inquiry, including, but
not limited to, presentations at conferences and publications in
Advising and mentoring education majors
Is this position eligible for employment sponsorship, (H1B or
- Doctorate degree in special education or related field by the
position start date
- Minimum of 3 years teaching experience in U.S. K-12 or
- Certification in special education with licensure range that
includes elementary and middle level grades
- Experience with ongoing assessment and instructional design for
- Evidence of an emerging research agenda that informs their work
as a teacher educator
- Experience teaching students with disabilities in inclusive
educational settings in grades K-8
- Supervision of education majors and/or pre-service
- Advising and mentoring education majors
- Experience teaching/working in linguistically, culturally, and
economically diverse settings
- Experience with assistive technology
- Experience with co-teaching
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Information about your benefits
Your benefits add an
additional 40%+ to the overall financial package from the
- excellent flexible health insurance with low co-pays and good
- paid holidays and sick days.
- sick leave may be converted at retirement to pay for health
insurance post-work at UWL .
- after 5 years of employment, you become vested in our
retirement system which ensures income post-career.
- benefits at UWL are highly competitive with local industry and
some of the strongest in state and nation.
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Benefit eligibility is determined at point of hire. This
information is provided for illustrative purposes only. Benefits
are also pro-rated based on the appointment percentage.
Information about UWL and the Surrounding Region
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (UW–La Crosse) provides a
challenging, dynamic, and diverse learning environment in which the
entire university community is fully engaged in supporting student
success. Grounded in the liberal arts, UW-La Crosse fosters
curiosity and life-long learning through collaboration, innovation,
and the discovery and dissemination of new knowledge. Acknowledging
and respecting the contributions of all, UW-La Crosse is a regional
academic and cultural center that prepares students to take their
place in a constantly changing world community. For more than a
decade UW-La Crosse has been named one of Kiplinger’s 100 Best
Values in Public Universities and has appeared prominently on
theU.S. News & World Report
list of “America’s Best
Colleges” for more than 15 years, and is ranked #4 on its list of
the Best Regional Public Universities in the Midwest.
With a student population of roughly 10,500, the university offers
91 undergraduate programs, 21 graduate programs, and 2 doctoral
programs through the following three colleges, the College of Arts,
Social Sciences, and Humanities, the College of Business
Administration, and the College of Science and Health, as well as
the School of Education. There are over 600 full-time faculty and
instructional academic staff, 75 percent of whom hold terminal
degrees. UW-La Crosse boasts a retention rate (freshmen returning
as sophomores) of 84 percent, graduation rate (degree within six
years) of 70 percent, and is among only 12 institutions cited
nationally by the American Association of State Colleges and
Universities for its success in linking campus culture and
university leadership to outstanding graduation rates.
UW-La Crosse’s strategic plan Sustaining Excellence continues to
move our community forward through its four pillars: increasing
community engagement, achieving excellence through equity and
diversity, investing in our people, and advancing transformational
education. More information about the ongoing work of Sustaining
Excellence is available at www.uwlax.edu/info/strategic-plan
. The UW-La Crosse campus is in southwestern Wisconsin, nestled in
a residential area of the City of La Crosse and positioned as part
of a larger metro area with a population close to 140,000. The
area, known as the 7 Rivers Region, is famous for its exceptional
natural beauty which includes the Mississippi River on one side,
majestic bluffs on the other, and views of rolling farmland and
forested valleys in between. Abundant water, woodlands and varying
terrain provide ample opportunities for year-round outdoor
recreation. Only a couple of hours from Minneapolis or Madison, La
Crosse enjoys the affordability and charm of small town living with
larger city benefits. Three colleges, two world-class medical
institutions, the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra, a restored
nineteenth century downtown business district, and a number of
galleries and art centers have made La Crosse a regional center for
culture, entertainment, medical care, shopping, sports and
recreation. More information about the La Crosse metro area can be
found here: Choose La Crosse
Learn more about UW-La Crosse here:
The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse is an equal opportunity and
affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse,
broadly trained faculty and staff. We strongly encourage women,
minorities, people with disabilities and veterans to apply. UWL, in
compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its
commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces
diversity, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color,
national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender
identity/expression, disability, or protected veteran status.
UW-La Crosse’s diversity and inclusion efforts are guided by our
adherence to Inclusive Excellence. We define Inclusive Excellence
as “… our active, intentional and ongoing commitment to bridge
differences with understanding and respect so all can thrive." The
goals of Inclusive Excellence are to increase the retention of
diverse faculty, staff and students while encouraging a campus
climate that is inviting and welcoming to all. UW-La Crosse strives
to promote acceptance of all facets of diversity from racial/ethnic
diversity to diversity of thought and experience. UW-La Crosse
ranks 6th nationally among the Top LGBTQ -Friendly Colleges for
2018-19 by AffordableCollegesOnline.org ( ACO ).
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School of Education
Description of College / Department / Program / Division /
The Department of Educational Studies ( DES ), housed in the School
of Education, is committed to advancing teaching and learning while
preparing teacher leaders for a global society. DES strives to
prepare teachers who ground curriculum in the lives of students;
embrace multicultural perspectives and uphold inclusive teaching
practices; value academically rigorous curricula; and demonstrate
culturally sensitive dispositions. DES offers teacher education
majors in Early Childhood Education (birth-grade 3),
Elementary/Middle Education (grades K-9), Elementary/Middle
Education (grades K-9) & Special Education (grades K-12),
Elementary/Middle Education (grades K-9) & TESOL (grades K-12),
Elementary/Middle Education (grades K-9) & French Education
(grades K-12) and Elementary/Middle Education (grades K-9) &
Spanish Education (grades K-12). The dual certification majors with
world languages (Spanish or French) are offered in collaboration
with the Global Cultures & Languages Department in the College
of Arts, Social Sciences & Humanities
Posting Detail Information
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Continuous Recruitment First Review Date
TO ENSURE CONSIDERATION : Priority consideration is given to
those candidates who apply by the listed ‘First Review Date’.
Applications received after that date may be given consideration at
the discretion of the search committee. Application materials will
be evaluated, and the most qualified applicants will be invited to
participate in the next step of the selection process. Incomplete
and/or late application materials may not receive consideration. If
you have questions regarding this recruitment, or if you are not
able to complete the application online due to a disability or
system problem, please contact the Office of Human Resources.
Confidentiality of Applicant Materials
UWL is a state agency and subject to Wisconsin’s Open Records Law.
UWL will not, however, reveal the identities of applicants who
request confidentiality in writing except as may be required by
Wisconsin’s Open Records law. In certain circumstances, the
identities of “final candidates” and/or the identity of the
appointed applicant must be revealed upon request.
CBC & Reference Check Policy
All candidates for employment are subject to a pre-employment
screening which includes a criminal background check, work
authorization, and verification of education. It will also require
you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual
violence and sexual harassment.
Position Contact Name
Position Contact Email
Optional DocumentsSupplemental Questions
- Resume/Curriculum Vitae
- Cover Letter/Letter of Application
- Teaching Philosophy
- Reference Contact Information
Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).
- * Do you have your doctoral degree or equivalent?
- * In what year was your doctoral degree, or equivalent,
(Open Ended Question)
- * Please indicate the name of the subject(s) you are interested
(Open Ended Question)
- * The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the
identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing,
except that the identities of finalists must be revealed upon
request. See Wis. Stat. §. 19.36(7).
- I wish for my name to remain confidential until the university
is no longer able to do so.
- I waive my right to keep my name confidential through the
- * Are you currently employed by or have you been employed by a
UW System institution or a State of Wisconsin agency during the
last seven (7) years? Please answer yes or no. If yes, provide the
institution or agency name, your supervisor and contact
information, including phone number and email address.
- * Will you now or in the future require visa sponsorship for
employment at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse? (UW-L and UW
System institutions pay for some or all of the sponsorship costs.
Some candidates may require an H1B or another form of employment
sponsorship to work in the US. This question is asked so that if
you are the successful candidate, Human Resources can work with
your work unit to begin the process of obtaining this visa).
- Yes, I will require sponsorship prior to employment.
- Yes, I will require sponsorship for continued employment if
- No, I do not require sponsorship and am eligible to work in the
- * Are you an alum of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse?
- * After you retire from a Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS)
employer, you may return to work with a WRS employer as a rehired
annuitant, provided certain requirements are met. There are no
restrictions on what type of position a rehired annuitant can hold.
Under the WRS, there is no limit to how much you may earn as a
rehired annuitant. (Learn more:
Are you currently collecting an annuity from the Wisconsin
Retirement System, (WRS)?
- * Please provide your most recent employer, supervisor name and
contact information, including phone number and email address.
(Pursuant to UW System Administrative Policy 1275, UW System
requires reference checks related to sexual harassment and sexual
violence to be conducted at a minimum with a final candidate’s most
recent employer and with all previous UW System institution and
State of Wisconsin agency employers from the past seven years. UW-L
will notify you prior to contacting your supervisor).
(Open Ended Question)
- * Are you currently under investigation or have ever left
employment during an active investigation in which you were accused
of sexual violence or sexual harassment? (Required under UW System
Administrative Policy 1275)
- * Are you legally eligible to work in the United States?
- * Were you ever found to have engaged in any sexual violence or
sexual harassment in a previous work assignment? (Required under UW
System Administrative Policy 1275)
- * How did you hear about this employment opportunity?
- Chronicle of Higher Education Web Site
- Discipline-Specific Publication/Web Site
- HERC Web Site
- HigherEdJobs.com Web Site
- Job Center of Wisconsin Web Site
- Minority Publication/Web Site
- University of Wisconsin - La Crosse Social Media (i.e.
Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter)
- University of Wisconsin - La Crosse Web Site
- La Crosse Tribune
- Personal Referral
- WinonaDailyNews.com, LaCrosseTribune.com, ChippewaHerald.com,
Journaltimes.com, Kenoshanews.com, Madison.com
- Department of Workforce Development (WISC)