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Assistant Professor of High Incidence Special Education (Reading) and Behavior Analysis (6395)
Northern Illinois University

Date Posted Sep. 22, 2023
Title Assistant Professor of High Incidence Special Education (Reading) and Behavior Analysis (6395)
University Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL, United States
Department Special and Early Education
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Assistant Professor
  • Special Education
    Educational Psychology/Behavior Analysis


The Department of Special and Early Education (SEED) provides undergraduate and graduate coursework and teacher licensure in special education and early childhood. We offer graduate and undergraduate programs in cross-categorical special education, visual disabilities, and graduate-level specializations in Director of Special Education and Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and a special education minor. We are seeking a qualified individual to join the highly collaborative, growing, 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.

Position Summary

The department is seeking an Assistant Professor with specialization in high-incidence special education, focusing on effective instruction for reading and/or behavior analysis. This is a nine-month appointment on a tenure track.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Teaching graduate and/or undergraduate courses in special education such as: literacy methods, introductory special education, and/or courses in the BCBA sequence.
  • Engage in scholarly activities (e.g., research, publications, presentations, grant-writing).
  • Advancing the goals of the department, college of education, and university.
  • Participate in student recruitment and retention initiatives, support innovative program and curricular developments, and mentor undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Supervise graduate and undergraduate students in clinical, field, and internship experiences.

Minimum Required Qualifications

  • Earned doctorate in special education or a related field (ABD considered with established defense date).
  • Evidence of ability to engage in research and scholarship.
  • Evidence of teaching effectiveness at the university or PK-12 levels.
  • Experience working collaboratively with students, families, and/or colleagues from diverse backgrounds in a professional setting.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and social justice.
  • Demonstrated expertise in data collection and analysis, intervention, professional development, and translating research to practice.

Additional Requirements

  • Ability to communicate and collaborate effectively with people with varying viewpoints.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience supervising undergraduate or graduate students in clinical or field placements.
  • Record of scholarly work.
  • Three years of full-time experience teaching students with high-incidence disabilities in reading.
  • Demonstrated expertise in evidence-based instructional practices for students with disabilities in reading.
  • Current Board Certified Behavior Analyst credential.
  • Three years of full-time experience as a behavior analyst or teacher delivering research-based behavioral instruction in special education settings.
  • Record of collaboration and scholarly productivity within and across disciplines.
  • Experience with assistive technology and its use with individuals with significant disabilities.

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