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Assistant Professor Special Education

University of North Texas
Texas, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted date
Nov 11, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Education, Other Education, Special Education
Employment Level
Tenured/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 invites applications for an appointment at the Assistant Professor rank to begin Fall, 2022. The position is for an applicant with expertise in special education. The successful candidate will be expected to immediately contribute to the continued development and success of the department and growing the special education program through research, teaching, and mentoring of students. Instructional roles include teaching undergraduate and graduate level courses in traditional and online formats. The successful candidate will be expected to develop or continue an ongoing scholarship agenda in an area of specialization, including regular publications in quality outlets, professional presentations, and submission of external grant proposals. Service on dissertation committees is expected, as well as representation of the discipline and department via committee participation and other relevant service activities.


Minimum Qualifications:       

Minimum qualifications include an earned doctorate in Special Education. Doctorates in a closely related field will be considered as long as the clear purpose of the degree is special education. ABD candidates will be considered as long as the doctorate is successfully defended prior to the start date.


Preferred Qualifications:

Preference will be given to candidates with a record of research in high-incidence disabilities, including learning disabilities in mathematics, bilingual special education, literacy, or other similar areas. Preference will be given to candidates with teaching and research experience, especially with populations from historically marginalized backgrounds like those found in Texas schools. Preference will also be given to candidates with external funding or the potential for external funding, commensurate with rank. 

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. 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.

The Department of Educational Psychology offers doctoral, master’s, and undergraduate programs.  The department focuses on generating research, disseminating knowledge, and preparing a diverse body of scholars and practitioners for leadership in their fields while enhancing the development and effective functioning of individuals, schools, and families.

Application:          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. Miriam Boesch,, (940) 565-2293.


Review:                 Review of applicants will begin November 22, 2021 and continue until the position is filled.  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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