Assistant Professor, Special Education

Posted: 12/05/2022

Assistant Professor, Special Education

The University of Northern Iowa's Department of Special Education seeks applications for a full-time tenure-track Assistant Professor in Special Education, starting in August 2023, focusing on instructional methods for K-12 students with low incidence disabilities (Iowa Instructional Strategist II: Intellectual Disabilities) and demonstrated commitment to diversity, inclusion, and social justice through the preparation for preservice and inservice teachers. This position is responsible for teaching undergraduate and post baccalaureate endorsement coursework (assessment, instructional methods, and transition for students with low-incidence disabilities); graduate courses in special education; collaborating with local schools, agencies and service providers; providing field-based supervision; advising students; engaging in scholarly activity and research pertinent to special education and/or related fields such as Disability Studies in Education; and providing service to the department, college, university, community and profession at large. The Department of Special Education provides education, advocacy, and leadership at the local, state, and national level.
The University of Northern Iowa provides a high-quality education, purposefully guiding students to find and develop their strengths and prepare them for success after college. We have a bold vision that we will be a more diverse and inclusive campus community that provides an engaged education empowering students to lead locally and globally. As we advance our work to become a more equity-oriented institution and realize our vision, we seek to elevate the diversity of our faculty across disciplines, departments, and colleges and to build a more inclusive teaching and learning environment.
Building on its historic excellence in teacher education, the university has developed outstanding programs in business, natural sciences, humanities and fine arts, and social and behavioral sciences with advanced degrees available in many programs. The University's attractive size, approximately 9,000 students, allows UNI to offer faculty, facilities, and academic choices characteristic of a much larger university while retaining a friendly, small-college atmosphere on a park-like campus. UNI has been consistently recognized as one of the "Best Midwest Universities" by U.S. News & World Report. Located in Cedar Falls/Waterloo, the campus is comprised of more than 40 buildings on 940 acres. For more information, visit
The successful candidate must hold an earned doctorate in special education or a closely related field by time of appointment in August 2023. ABD candidates encouraged to apply. Required qualifications include experience providing school-based instructional services to students with low incidence disabilities (Instructional Strategist II: Intellectual Disabilities) in various settings with an emphasis on inclusive practices; content-area expertise (e.g., literacy, math), including the provision of accommodations and differentiated instruction; knowledge of assessment, and an emerging record of higher education teaching, research, and scholarship focused on special education or a closely related field.
Preference will be given to candidates with expertise in or experience with one or more of the following: at least three years of teaching experience, or related school-based experience with students with low incidence disabilities (Iowa Instructional Strategist II: Intellectual Disabilities); curriculum and assessment design, assistive technology (including augmentative and alternative communication), students from diverse backgrounds utilizing culturally relevant or sustaining pedagogy and/or Disability Studies in Education practices and conceptual frameworks; expertise in transition and college and career readiness; inclusive education praxis; teaching experience at the undergraduate and graduate level in a variety of formats (e.g. face-to-face, online, blended); and publication record in peer-reviewed journals and evidence of potential to secure external funding.
Applications received by January 16, 2023 will receive full consideration. To apply, visit Inquiries may be sent to Amy Staples at 319-273-7468 or Pre-employment background checks required.
UNI actively seeks to enhance diversity and is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. The University encourages applications from persons of color, women, individuals living with disabilities, and veterans. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, creed, disability, ethnicity, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, national origin, political affiliation, pregnancy, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran or military status, or any other basis protected by federal and/or state law.

Type of Employment: Full-Time

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