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
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
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.
Typical duties may include but are not limited to:
Additional Job Description
- 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
- Collaborates both within and outside the University in the
development and delivery of instruction resulting in improved
- Engages in active service to the department, college,
University, community, and the profession.
- Maintains an active agenda of scholarly activities according to
- 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.
- 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.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
- 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
- Experience with and/or extensive knowledge of Comprehensive
Postsecondary Transition Programs (CTPs) or Transition and
Postsecondary Programs for Students with Intellectual Disability
- Experience securing and/or managing grants and/or participation
grant seeking activities. This includes development and oversight
of grant budgets.
Special Instructions to Applicants
- 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
- 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.
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:
Review of applicants will begin immediately and continue until
position is filled.
Salary commensurate with education and experience.
- Unofficial Transcripts
- Statement of Teaching Philosophy
- Cover Letter
- Curriculum Vitae
- Five (5) Professional References
FGCU is an EOE AA /F/Vet/Disability Employer.