Instructor, Special Education

Posted: 09/16/2022

Instructor, Special Education 

The University of Northern Iowa's Department of Special Education seeks applicants for a full-time two-year term Instructor position with expertise in mild-moderate disabilities, with the possibility of renewal, starting in January 2023. This position supports two programs: (1) One for nontraditional undergraduate students preparing to be teachers, and so includes synchronous distance/online instruction; and (2) our on-campus face-to-face undergraduate program. The nontraditional students are place-bound and work in communities distant from UNI. They study at a distance from Cedar Falls via synchronous online learning. These students also complete practicum experiences in their local schools. The on-campus students complete their practicum experiences in schools in the Cedar Valley. Teaching content responsibilities may include: assessment, instructional methods, and/or social-emotional behavioral support for K-12 students with disabilities. In addition, this position will be expected to collaborate with their UNI team, assist with the supervision of field-based practicum experiences, and provide service to the department.
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 diverse and inclusive campus community that provides an engaged education empowering students to lead locally and globally. As we advance our work to become an equity-oriented institution and realize our vision, we seek to elevate the diversity of our faculty across disciplines, departments, and colleges and to build an inclusive teaching and learning environment. Equity vision hires will be supported by faculty on campus who are working to reimagine our curriculum and pedagogy and to build equitable practices for tenure and promotion; policy review, development and implementation; and student retention, persistence, and success. They will be welcomed to join these efforts.
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 recognized for the past 18 years 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 a Master's degree in Special Education, Disability Studies in Education or related field plus a Strategist 1 (mild-moderate) endorsement or related endorsement. Required qualifications include at least three years of experience working with students receiving special education services in K-8 school settings; experiences that maximize the strengths of all learners; integrating developmentally appropriate practices; ability to work in a team environment; use of culturally responsive evidence-based practices to support the child and/or adolescent development and learning, especially for Black, Indigenous, and Youth of Color (BIYOC) and their families; demonstrated experience and expertise in special and inclusive education for students with mild-moderate disabilities and a commitment to diversity, inclusion, access and social justice; and a strong knowledge base of current best practices and experience with leading professional development, preservice, and/or inservice education.
Preference will be given to candidates with a doctoral degree in Special Education or Disability Studies in Education or a related field; successful teaching experience in a teacher preparation program at the undergraduate level; successful experience teaching in face-to-face and online formats; experience working with teachers or providers in a coaching or professional development environment; knowledge of special education and/or Disability Studies in Education professional standards and inclusive, developmentally appropriate practices, including in natural settings and competence in interdisciplinary collaboration; and demonstrated expertise in one or more of the following: linguistically and culturally diverse populations, assistive technology or community engagement.
Applications received by September 30, 2022 will receive full consideration. To apply, visit Inquiries may be sent to Robin Dada at 319-273-2167 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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