Associate Professor, Special Education

Florida Gulf Coast University
Florida, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Mar 1, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Education, Curriculum & Instruction, Instructional Technology & Design, Other Education, Special Education, Teacher Education
Employment Type
Full Time

Job Summary

As an Associate Professor of Special Education, you will teach undergraduate and graduate level courses, be involved in course and curriculum development, work effectively with diverse populations of students, colleagues, and members of the community at large, engage in productive research and grant seeking activities, and serve on dissertation committees. The Special Education, Associate Professor may be asked to coordinate an academic program. It is anticipated that this position will also require service to the Soaring Eagle Academy at FGCU, a grant-funded Comprehensive Postsecondary Transition Program that prepares adults with intellectual disabilities for employment. See Soaring Eagle Academy at FGCU for more information.

Florida Gulf Coast University is a comprehensive university dedicated to quality education, research, and service. All faculty are expected to be excellent teachers, responsive to changing professional needs; committed to innovative delivery of instruction resulting in improved student learning; committed to effective use of technology including distance learning; produce peer reviewed scholarship; and provide service to the College, University and Community. Teaching assignments may be on the main campus or at off-campus sites within our region.

Florida Gulf Coast University is committed to establishing and maintaining an inclusive working and learning environment in which students, faculty, administrators, staff, curriculum, social activities, governance, and all other aspects of the campus life reflect a diverse, multi-cultural, and international worldview.

At FGCU, we collectively stand against any individual or group that practices any form of racism, discrimination, intolerance, hate expressions, or disrespect. We are committed to preparing students to understand, live among, appreciate, and work in an inherently diverse country and world made up of people with different ethnic and racial backgrounds, religious beliefs, abilities, ages, gender identities, sexual orientations, socio-economic status, cultural traditions, family statuses, and military backgrounds. FGCU strives to hire great people from a wide variety of backgrounds, not just because it’s the right thing to do, but because it makes our University stronger. The University community recognizes the importance of a diverse and inclusive institution and holds these ideals as paramount for the current and future success of the institution.

We seek colleagues who promote and embrace diversity, equity, and inclusion. We encourage individuals from diverse backgrounds to apply for this position as we believe that our University will grow and move forward through a commitment of equality for all.

Job Description

Typical duties may include but are not limited to:
  • Teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in the areas of special education, as well as instructional methods.
  • Serving on and/or chairing dissertation committees for studies related to special education.
  • Supervises student teachers, advises students, and conducts research.
  • Collaborates both within and outside the University in the development and delivery of instruction resulting in improved student learning.
  • Engages in active service to the department, college, University, community, and the profession.
  • Maintains an active agenda of scholarly activities according to Boyer’s principles.
  • Provides service to a Comprehensive Transition Program for students with intellectual disability.
  • Assists in recruiting and retention of students.
  • Participates in accreditation activities and assists with program evaluation and accreditation tasks.
  • May be asked to coordinate either the undergraduate or graduate special education program.
  • Other duties as assigned.
Additional Job Description

Required Qualifications
  • Doctoral degree (Ph.D. or Ed.D.) from a regionally accredited institution in Special Education or a closely related field..
  • Demonstrated ability to teach using a variety of instructional modalities including both face-to-face and virtual classes.
  • An established record of academic research and service sufficient to merit appointment at the rank of Associate Professor at Florida Gulf Coast University.
  • Three (3) years of experience teaching students with disabilities in PK-12 schools.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience supervising field experiences for teacher candidate internships in public schools..
  • Experience teaching students with disabilities in secondary school settings and with helping students transition to adult life. .
  • Expertise in any/all of the following: assessment, classroom management, emotional and behavioral disorders, intellectual disabilities, learning disabilities, transition.
  • Experience serving on and/or chairing dissertation committees.
  • Experience with and/or extensive knowledge of Comprehensive Postsecondary Transition Programs (CTPs) or Transition and Postsecondary Programs for Students with Intellectual Disability (TPSID).
  • Experience securing and/or managing grants and/or participation grant seeking activities. This includes development and oversight of grant budgets.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
  • Experience or commitment to the use of technology in distance learning & university teaching. Interest in collaborating both within and outside the University in the development and delivery of instruction resulting in improved student learning. Must value continued scholarship and service to the school and university.
  • Knowledge of the characteristics and needs of students and young adults with intellectual disabilities and how to assist them with preparation for employment and adult life.
  • Knowledge of best-practices for the instruction and transitioning of individuals with intellectual disability.
  • Ability to teach a full range of special education courses at undergraduate and graduate levels.
  • Ability to serve on and/or chair dissertation committees.
Special Instructions to Applicants

Appointment will be made on a 9-month multi-year appointment basis available August 2022.

Because applications and materials are subject to public review and retention under Florida’s Public Records Law, please DO NOT send examples of your project/scholarship unless requested to do so. Therefore, all submitted materials including articles, disks, slides, books, etc., become the property of FGCU and CANNOT BE RETURNED. As applicable, finalists will be notified of the need to submit specific additional materials. Such materials will become the property of FGCU.

Under Florida’s Public Records law, applications will be available for public review upon request.

Required Application Materials:
  • Unofficial Transcripts
  • Statement of Teaching Philosophy
  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Five (5) Professional References
Review of applicants will begin immediately and continue until position is filled.

Salary commensurate with education and experience.

FGCU is an EOE AA /F/Vet/Disability Employer.

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