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Assistant Professor in Special Education

Wichita State University
Kansas, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Start date
Oct 27, 2023

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Education, Special Education
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
The Department of Intervention Services & Leadership in Education in the College of Applied Studies at Wichita State University is seeking candidates to fill a 9-month, tenure-eligible Assistant Professor in Special Education. Applicants must demonstrate a strong background in effective teaching strategies for diverse and exceptional learners. Candidates should be familiar with online instruction. The applicant must also have a strong background in creating collaborative partnerships. The ISLE department has a vision to prepare skilled, scholarly, and socially responsible professionals. The special education program prepares practitioners who can facilitate learning for students with specialized learning needs by creating an environment that will make them successful learners. Program tracks in special education prepare individuals for K-12 teaching, as well as to provide community-based services or consultation to children and youth.

Summary of Responsibilities:
o Teach graduate courses in special education and supervise graduate candidates in field placements and capstone projects (e.g., portfolio, thesis).
o Program coordination, development, and teaching of graduate level special education courses via a variety of formats (e.g., Online, Face-to-Face, Hybrid).
o Establish and/or maintain a record of scholarship including refereed publications, presentations, and submissions to external funding opportunities.
o Engage in appropriate service activities within the university, professional organizations, and community agencies.
o Work collaboratively with other faculty in teaching, program oversight (developing, assessing, and reporting), student advising, and service.
Minimum Education: Earned doctorate or ABD in special education (doctorate completed by August 2024) or related field.

Minimum Experience:
1. Successful experience working collaboratively with Pre-K - 12th grade
educators and school district personnel.
2. Previous university-level teaching experience
3. Successful experience teaching culturally and linguistically diverse students, including students with disabilities.
4. Evidence of potential for establishing a record of publication and scholarship.
Knowledge, skills, and abilities
1. Expertise in the fundamentals of special education.
2. Expertise and a deep understanding of the issues faced by teacher preparation programs offering traditional and innovative programs.
3. Evidence of promoting and supporting diversity and social justice.
4. Evidence of communication and interpersonal skills to work effectively with diverse students and colleagues.
5. Ability to work collaboratively with other faculty and professionals.

Preferred Experience:
1. Three years professional-level PreK-12 special education teaching experience.
2. Evidence of proficiency in transition for students with disabilities.
3. Evidence of expertise in teaching individuals with learning and behavioral differences.
4. Familiarity with online delivery of instruction.

Starting Date: August 2024

Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and expertise.

[Under Proposed Job Duties:]
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Under Service: Please add: "Engage in appropriate service activities within the university, professional organizations, and community agencies."
Application Procedure: For full consideration, candidates must go online at to apply for the position. Include the following three items: (1) Letter of application describing abilities to meet qualifications and interest in the position, (2) Curriculum Vitae, and (3) Names, addresses, e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers for three individuals who can be contacted for professional references.

Wichita State University does not discriminate in its employment practices, educational programs or activities on the basis of age, ancestry, color disability, gender, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, national origin, political affiliation, pregnancy, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a veteran.
Offers of employment are contingent upon completion of a satisfactory criminal background check as required by Board of Regents policy.

All employees of Wichita State University are expected to support the WSU Vision, Mission and Values and to help foster an environment rich in diversity of culture, thoughts and experience. Candidates for faculty positions should be able to demonstrate the ability to effectively educate and empower a diverse student population.

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