Department, University, and Community Description
The Department of Special and Early Education (SEED) provides undergraduate and graduate coursework and teacher licensure in special education (which includes visual impairments) and early childhood. We also offer graduate programs in the Director of Special Education and Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). Faculty and staff are highly collaborative. Our vision program provides undergraduate offerings in teachers of the visually impaired (TVI) and vision rehabilitation therapy (VRT) as well as graduate programs in TVI, VRT, Orientation and Mobility, and Assistive Technology. The vision program has an excellent national reputation, is fully accredited, has its own Assistive Technology lab, and is the recipient of numerous federal training grants. The new undergraduate Vision Rehabilitation Therapy program began Fall, 2019. The vision program currently has over 4.3 million dollars in federal funding for graduate student support. Due to recent student growth and the desire to expand grant funding, we are seeking a qualified individual to join the highly collaborative and innovative department.
Northern Illinois University (NIU) is a comprehensive research university offering programs leading to degrees from the baccalaureate through the doctorate. Colleges include Business, Education, Engineering and Engineering Technology, Health and Human Sciences, Law, Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Visual and Performing Arts. On-campus enrollment is approximately 18,000 students. The university also offers more than 200 extension courses each semester to students in communities throughout northern Illinois.
The main campus is located in DeKalb, IL, 65 miles west of Chicago’s "Loop" and 40 miles southeast of Rockford. NIU also has education centers in Hoffman Estates, Rockford, and Naperville. The DeKalb/Sycamore area provides an enjoyable environment in which to live with a population of approximately 50,000 and easy access to Chicago, its suburbs, and Rockford.
The department is seeking an Assistant or Associate professor with specialization in visual impairments. This is a nine-month appointment on a tenure track.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Teaching graduate and/or undergraduate courses in one’s area of specialization;
- Serving on department, college, and university committees;
- Writing grants;
- Supporting partnerships for student internships or field experiences;
- Supporting student recruitment and retention initiatives and innovative program curricular developments.