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Assistant Professor of Special Education

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Posting Details

Position Information

Academic Home Department: Inclusive Education
Posting Job Title: Assistant Professor of Special Education
Recruitment Type: Tenure-Track Faculty

Position Details

Full Time Faculty Rank: Assistant Professor
Area of Specialty-Discipline: Special Education
Administrative/Distinguished Title - Working Title if applicable:
Position Status: Regular Faculty
Tenure Track Status: Tenure Track
Terms of Employment: 9-Month
Contract Type: Full-time
Date Position Available: 08/01/2017

Position Qualifications/Responsibilities

Position Qualifications - Responsibilities:

Kennesaw State University is accepting applications for one nine­ month, tenure track Assistant Professor of Special Education in the Department of Inclusive Education. This position was created to strengthen the department’s expertise in the areas of collaborative practices, curriculum and instruction for inclusive settings, classroom management, creating culturally responsive classrooms and schools, inclusive practices as well as planning, implementing and assessing instruction for diverse learners. The successful candidate will teach special education graduate and undergraduate level courses; advise and mentor graduate candidates, including capstone and dissertation projects through to completion; supervise and teach face-­to­face and online; engage in scholarship; provide service to the department, college, university, and profession; participate in community engagement, coordinate programs and provide support for candidates in clinical placements. As the state of Georgia mandates that special education candidates in initial programs pass edTPA to become eligible to earn certification to teach, the successful candidate will teach, supervise, and support these candidates. This position reports to the Chair of the Inclusive Education Department.

Required Education - Experience - Skills (Minimum Qualifications):

*Acquired terminal degree (Ph.D. or Ed.D.) in special education or closely related field (for which candidate must have at least 18 graduate credit hours in Special Education) from an accredited institution of higher education (or the foreign equivalent or its equivalent in training, ability, and/or experience) at the time of appointment.

*Experience teaching students with disabilities in culturally and linguistically diverse B-­12 settings.

*Evidence of potential in scholarship and for funded research in special education.

*Evidence of a commitment to equity and social justice for all children and youth.

*Evidence of excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to collaborate with colleagues in an interdisciplinary environment.

Application Procedure

Application Deadline Date: 01/04/2017
Questions About Position Opening:

Harriet J. Bessette, Ph.D.

Additional Information for Applicants

Ideal Qualifications:

*Demonstrate knowledge of current state and national standards for the teaching profession (e.g., CEC).

*Familiarity with accreditation and credentialing processes, such as CAEP, edTPA, etc.

*Experience teaching in face­-to-­face, hybrid and/or online course designs in higher education.

*Experience teaching a variety of exceptionalities in inclusive B-­12 settings for three or more years.

*Experience with program/curriculum development at the university level.

*Experience with online course conversion/development.

*Experience with securing external funding.

*Evidence of expertise in mixed methods research design.

*Experience with gifted learners, reading methodologies, and UDL.

Application Instructions

All materials must be submitted electronically as Microsoft Word or PDF documents to on or before January 4, 2017 to guarantee consideration. A complete application will include a letter expressing interest and addressing qualifications for the position and teaching philosophy; a statement of research/scholarship interests; copies of transcripts (official transcripts are required before employment at KSU); a curriculum vitae; and names, addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses of five or more professional references.

The search will continue until the position is filled.

For a detailed description of the university, college and department, please visit KSU’s website at

Please submit the following application documents following the steps provided:

1. Letter expressing interest and addressing qualifications for the position
2. Current Curriculum Vitae
3. Statement of Teaching Philosophy
4. Statement of Research/Scholarship Interests
5. Names and contact information of five professional references
6. Academic transcripts (official transcripts are required before employment at KSU)

Posting Details

KSU Faculty Posting Number: 000486
USG Applicant Clearing House Position ID: 33764
Departmental/College Overview:

The Department of Inclusive Education offers programs at the master’s, specialist, and doctoral levels in Special Education and TESOL. The programs and endorsements offered by the department share a philosophy of inclusion that is embedded throughout curriculum focused on culturally and linguistically responsive teaching, critical thinking and collaboration, and student-­centered learning within inclusive settings. Faculty members focus on the preparation of expert teachers and leaders, thus assuring that all standards for each discipline – both at the state and national levels – are met, and broad-­based awareness of equity and social justice for engaged citizenship is realized.

The Bagwell College of Education (BCOE) is one of the largest and strongest teacher preparation units in the University System of Georgia offering bachelor’s, master’s, educational specialist, and doctor of education degree programs. All educator preparation programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and approved by Georgia’s Professional Standards Commission (PSC). KSU’s Educator Preparation Provider (EPP) is the university’s umbrella organization for preparing educators and includes 13 departments from five colleges all of which collaborate on the design, delivery, approval, and accreditation of all educator preparation programs. The EPP serves as a model of university-wide responsibility for teacher education; field-based collaboration with practicing professionals and partner schools; infusion of technology for enhanced teaching and learning; and best practices for the inclusion of English learners and students with exceptionalities.

Kennesaw State University Campus and Location:

For more than 50 years, Kennesaw State University has been known for its entrepreneurial spirit and sense of community. Offering campuses in Marietta and Kennesaw, the university is located just north of Atlanta and combines a suburban setting with access to one of the country’s most dynamic cities. As Georgia’s third-largest university, Kennesaw State offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate degrees, including a growing doctoral program. Designated by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia as a comprehensive university, Kennesaw State is committed to becoming a world-class academic institution positioned to broaden its academic and research missions and expand its scope on a local, regional and national level.

EEO Statement:

Kennesaw State University, a member of the University System of Georgia, is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, and/or veteran status. Georgia is an Open Records state.

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Letter of Application
  2. Current Curriculum Vitae
  3. Unofficial Academic Transcripts (official transcripts due upon hire)
  4. List of Names and Contact Information of Five References
  5. Statement of Teaching Philosophy
  6. Statement of Research/Scholarship Interests
Optional Documents