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Clinical Assistant or Associate Professor Special Education

University of North Texas
Texas, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted date
Nov 9, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Education, Other Education, Special Education
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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Department Summary:          

The Department of Educational Psychology is one of four departments in the College of Education. The College offers 12 bachelor’s degrees, 19 master’s and 15 doctoral concentrations with over 100 faculty that provide the training and field experience needed to teach people how to live more productive lives. The Department of Educational Psychology currently offers a BS degree and two masters degrees in Educational Psychology and Special Education. Two PhDs are offered, one in Educational Psychology, and one in Special Education. The Educational Psychology PhD program is presently organized around three concentrations: (a) Research Methodology, Measurement, & Statistics, (b) Human Development & Family Science, and (c) Gifted and Talented Education. In addition, the Educational Psychology PhD supports concentrations in (d) Psychosocial Aspects of Sport, and (e) Sport Pedagogy and Motor Behavior in the Department of Kinesiology, Health Promotion and Recreation.


Position Summary:

The Department of Educational Psychology at the University of North Texas (UNT) seeks a clinical assistant or associate professor with expertise in special education with an established record of (or strong potential for) strength in teaching as well as writing and developing proposals for external funding to support the department’s academic, professional, and scholarly initiatives. This is a non-tenure track, multi-year appointment to start Fall 2022 and renewed annually during an initial period pending satisfactory performance evaluation. Multi-year contracts are possible following this initial period. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience and background. 

The successful candidate will engage in both teaching and research in the department. The teaching role may consist of teaching undergraduate or graduate courses across the special education curriculum. These courses could be in traditional or online formats and may be on the UNT campus or at satellite locations. The research role will focus on the pursuit of external funding and management of funded projects. The successful candidate will be expected to work toward identifying external funding opportunities and helping create and facilitate interdisciplinary teams to pursue grant applications. As such, the successful candidate should possess strong communication and team-building skills to facilitate grant writing, development, and implementation across a range of research-related areas. Finally, the faculty member will participate in the development of the program and department through committee and service opportunities.

Minimum Qualifications:       

The candidate must hold a doctorate in Special Education or a closely related field. ABD candidates will be considered as long as the doctorate is successfully defended prior to the start date. The candidate must demonstrate evidence in teaching K-12 students with disabilities. The research role requires the candidate to demonstrate a history of research activities. Equally as important, the candidate commits to equity, accessibility, and inclusion of people with disabilities.


Preferred Qualifications:

Preference will be given to candidates with experience teaching in higher education at the undergraduate or graduate level and online/web-based courses. Candidates with experience in successfully securing external funding and presenting a record of research-focused publications are preferred. Preference will also be given to a candidate with experience working with students and families from diverse racial, ethnic, cultural, and linguistic backgrounds and other marginalized populations. Strong evidence of interdisciplinary research collaborations is also preferred.

The University:    

The University of North Texas is a Tier One Research University in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex – the fourth-largest metropolitan area in the United States - and is a Hispanic and Minority Serving Institution. This dynamic region is seeing explosive growth, demographically and economically, with several of the fastest-growing municipalities in the nation, and is host to countless excellent restaurants, parks and outdoor opportunities, cultural institutions of all types, and globally diverse populations. With more than 40,000 students, UNT is one of the nation’s largest universities, and our teacher preparation programs are among the largest in the state of Texas. Moreover, the College of Education, as the founding college of the university, enjoys respectful and collegial relationships with our colleagues across the campus.


All applicants must apply online at: (select Faculty, UNT-Educational Psychology, University of North Texas – Denton). Questions regarding the position can be directed to the search committee chair: Dr. Brenda Barrio (



Review of applicants will begin November 22, 2021 and continue until the search is closed.  Applicants are encouraged to continue to apply even after this initial date. A criminal history check and official transcripts are required before employment.


EEO Statement:   

The University of North Texas System and its component institutions are committed to equal opportunity and comply with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University of North Texas System and its component institutions do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, or veteran status in its application and admission processes, educational programs and activities, and employment practices. The University of North Texas is an AA/ADA/EOE committed to diversity in its educational programs.

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