Assistant/Associate Professor of Special Education (Tenure-Track)
Theory and Practice in Teacher Education
College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
The College of Education, Health and Human Sciences at The University of Tennessee is seeking an assistant or associate professor for a position in special education in the Department of Theory and Practice in Teacher Education (TPTE). We seek a new faculty member to join an active research and teaching community focused on the preparation of teachers and assisting the community/schools in meeting the needs of students with disabilities or academic difficulties, particularly in the areas of reading and writing instruction. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications. Position begins August 2022.
The College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences is a multidisciplinary unit with 90+ tenured/tenure-track faculty members, housed in eight departments. TPTE, the College’s largest department, offers programs of study that lead to initial teacher licensure in many areas as well as undergraduate programs in educational interpreting and audiology/speech pathology, advanced programs leading to several teaching endorsements including special education foci on high-incidence and low-incidence disabilities. Beyond the licensure programs, graduate education programs prepare master’s students, educational specialists, and doctoral students for careers in research, teaching, and leadership in research universities, teaching colleges, and school districts.
Special education faculty conduct rigorous research on academic, behavioral, and functional skills interventions, on assessment, and on teacher preparation and professional development. Further, faculty members are committed to preparing educators for effective and engaging teaching in high need urban and rural communities. The successful candidate will join an active, collaborative, and interdisciplinary faculty committed to improving public education through exemplary research, teaching, and service. The successful candidate understands current research and practice for teaching literacy and particularly effective reading and writing instruction and intervention for students with high-incidence disabilities or academic difficulties. The successful candidate will be knowledgeable of research and able and enthusiastic about providing professional development on effective literacy and other academic practices to area schools and community groups.
Responsibilities include conducting and publishing scholarly research; pursuing external funding to support an active research agenda; teaching undergraduate and graduate classes focused on effective academic instruction and intervention for students with high-incidence disabilities or academic difficulties and including reading and writing instruction and intervention; supervising the applied work of preservice and in-service students in diverse settings; mentoring PhD students in conducting research and teaching PhD courses focused on special education and research methodology; collaborating with a team of faculty in development, delivery, and ongoing program evaluation of undergraduate courses, special education programs, elementary education programs, the reading specialist program, and the special education PhD program; developing collaborative relationships with local schools, teachers, and community members; providing service and leadership to local/state and national/international professional organizations; and fulfilling advising and administrative duties as required by the department and the university.
Required Qualifications: Applicants for the position must have demonstrated content area expertise in reading and writing instruction and intervention for students with high-incidence disabilities or academic difficulties; knowledge on reading/writing development and assessment; knowledge of research-based instruction and intervention, assessment, data-based decision making, and special education eligibility determination within a Response to Intervention framework; evidence of scholarly potential and potential for securing external funding; a record of successful K-12 teaching of students with disabilities and/or special education or elementary education teacher preparation; an earned doctorate by start date in special education education or a closely related field; and a commitment to working as part of a collaborative team on research and teaching.
Desired Qualifications: Applicants who have demonstrated evidence of successful work with teacher education in special education or elementary education related to effective reading or writing instruction and intervention for students with disabilities or academic difficulties and including individuals with dyslexia or dyslexia characteristics will be given strong consideration. Additional desired qualifications include an established a record of scholarship, expertise/experience in grant writing, and knowledge of diverse research methodologies, and additional research-based approaches for improving academic, behavioral, or functional outcomes for students with disabilities or students with academic or behavioral difficulties. Candidates with demonstrated ability to work effectively with culturally and linguistically diverse students and with additional interdisciplinary expertise (e.g., gifted education, English as a Second Language education) are encouraged to apply.
Please apply online at apply.interfolio.com/92565. Please include a letter expressing your interest and describing your qualifications, current curriculum vitae, names and contact information of three references, and reprints of publications and relevant manuscripts (or works in progress). Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2021 and continue until the position is filled. General inquiries can be sent directly to Dr. Tara Moore, email@example.com. For more information about the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences, please visit http://cehhs.utk.edu.