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Special Education Department Chairperson

Texas Tech College of Education
Texas, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Mar 31, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Education, Other Education, Special Education, Administrative, Academic Affairs, Academic Administration
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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The Department of Special Education at Texas Tech University invites applications from innovative and thoughtful colleagues as a full-time, tenured chair engaged in issues impacting our programs. The position will start September 1, 2022, and appointments are for the twelve-month academic year. 


Texas Tech University is the flagship of the Texas Tech University System and a Carnegie Tier One research university. The current enrollment is nearly 40,000 students. As a federally designated Hispanic Serving Institution, Texas Tech University seeks to foster an environment that promotes inclusive access and attracts committed and high-achieving students. We are dedicated to recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty to educate and empower our diverse student body while also serving an extremely vast and diverse state with an increasingly culturally pluralistic population. The university has also been awarded the Paul Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization by NAFSA: Association of International Educators twice in the last four years. 


Lubbock, Texas (Pop. 250,000) is an outstanding place to live and work. This growing city, with its college-town feel, has a remarkable history and a vital future. Lubbock is the commercial, agricultural, medical, financial and cultural hub of the South Plains. The City of Lubbock and Texas Tech enjoy an exceptionally cooperative and supportive relationship extending from community health to cotton crop production, from wind energy to education. Lubbock is nationally recognized as an outstanding place to raise a family, and offers ease of access for commuting across town, or travel across the nation. Depending on one’s personal preferences, there are plenty of recreational opportunities and a wide variety of restaurants and shopping, community events and cultural activities including breweries and wine bars, a vibrant live-music scene along with more traditional performing arts.  


The Texas Tech University College of Education, with over 2,000 students, offers a nationally recognized undergraduate teacher preparation program, and 21 graduate degrees that prepare students for professional or academic positions in education. The department and college place a focus on strategic outreach and engaged scholarship. We collaborate with local, regional, state, national and global partners to address complex problems facing individuals and communities. In recognition of its extraordinary community outreach efforts, the college received the 2018 W.K. Kellogg Foundation Community Engagement Scholarship Award from the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU).

Responsibilities of the department chair include, but are not limited to:  


  • Fostering a positive and inclusive culture of the department for its students, staff, and faculty;
  • Providing leadership to the programs in curriculum development, faculty personnel;
  • Conducting annual evaluations of faculty and staff who are in the purview of the department and other activities that add to the culturally-relevant professional development of its faculty and students;
  • Cultivating the research development of the faculty and students in the department with the Associate Dean of Research;
  • Representing the department and College in public settings;
  • Meeting the enrollment management goals of the university and college in your department in concert with the efforts of the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs within the COE;
  • Addressing student issues within the programs that you serve;
  • Maintaining a strong presence and being accessible on campus;
  • Participate in service duties and other duties as directed by school need and/or the Dean. – Service duties include program building, as well as commitment to extracurricular activities. Service to the department, college, and university is expected.


Required qualifications include: 

  • Completed doctorate in Special Education from a major accredited university; 
  • Previous administrative experience in leading programs or a department of Special Education; 
  • Demonstrated record of tenured status within the college; 
  • Demonstrated commitment to serve diverse, high-need populations and address issues of equity and access;
  • Demonstrated record in grant funding and research in Special Education.


Preferred qualifications include: 

  • Holds the rank of full professor;
  • Track record of doctoral advising and committee chairing. 


Interested candidates should submit application materials online at the TTU Personnel Employment website: 27421BR. Please include your curriculum vitae; equity, diversity, and inclusion statement; unofficial graduate transcripts; a list of three references (with complete addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses); and a letter of application. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. For more information about the position, please contact the search committee chair, Dr. Fernando Valle at


As an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, Texas Tech University is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse faculty committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment. We actively encourage applications from all those who can contribute, through their research, teaching and/or service, to the diversity and excellence of the academic community at Texas Tech University. The University welcomes applications from minoritized communities, women, veterans, persons with disability and dual-career couples. Texas Tech University recently surpassed the Hispanic student population threshold necessary for designation as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI). To learn more about the university’s commitment to diversity, please visit The Office of Institutional Diversity. 


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