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Assistant Professor of Special Education

University of Arkansas

University of Arkansas

Fayetteville, AR, USA
Posted on Friday, September 22, 2023

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Type of Position:

Faculty - Tenure/Tenure Track

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Day Shift (United States of America)

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Institution Name:

University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

Founded in 1871, the University of Arkansas is a land grant institution, classified by the Carnegie Foundation among the nation’s top 2 percent of universities with the highest level of research activity. The University of Arkansas works to advance Arkansas and build a better world through education, research and outreach by providing transformational opportunities and skills, promoting an inclusive and diverse culture and climate, and nurturing creativity, discovery and the spread of new ideas and innovations.

The University of Arkansas campus is located in Fayetteville, a welcoming community ranked as one of the best places to live in the U.S. The growing region surrounding Fayetteville is home to numerous Fortune 500 companies and one of the nation’s strongest economies. Northwest Arkansas is also quickly gaining a national reputation for its focus on the arts and overall quality of life.

As an employer, the University of Arkansas offers a vibrant work environment and a workplace culture that promotes a healthy work-life balance. The benefits package includes university contributions to health, dental, life and disability insurance, tuition waivers for employees and their families, 12 official holidays, immediate leave accrual, and a choice of retirement programs with university contributions ranging from 5 to 10% of employee salary.

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Department of Curriculum and Instruction

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Summary of Job Duties:

The Assistant Professor of Special Education is a 9-month tenure track position. The Assistant Professor of Special Education will be expected to perform the following duties and responsibilities: conduct research both individually and in collaboration with other faculty; publish the results of scholarship in refereed journals; obtain external funding to support research and curriculum development endeavors; develop and teach undergraduate, graduate, and advanced level courses on the Fayetteville campus and online across topics in special education; participate in student advisement and mentoring, including service on graduate student advisory and dissertation committees; engage in community outreach; collaborate with K-12 schools partners; and provide service to the department, college, university, community, and profession.

This faculty position is part of a cluster hire in the signature research area of ‘healthy schools’ in the College of Education and Health Professions at the University of Arkansas. Schools are vital anchors for the well-being of every community. Educators have been increasingly focused on the impact of physical, behavioral, and mental health on the educational and cognitive outcomes of children. Similarly, healthcare professionals have actively emphasized the need for early education and interventions to promote positive health outcomes. The College of Education and Health Professions is uniquely poised to promote research and collaboration across its education and health programs to maximize learning and health in schools. To this end, the College is seeking outstanding candidates for tenure-track faculty positions who are committed to advancing research in the signature research area of ‘healthy schools.’ Building on existing faculty strengths, the new faculty hired as part of the ‘healthy schools’ cluster will engage in collaborative research aimed at improving education and health outcomes of children and youth.

The Special Education program maintains a balance between rigorous research and preparation of educators and clinicians. Special Education offers programs that prepare candidates for initial teacher licensure in K-12 Special Education at the bachelors and masters levels. In addition to these, the graduate program in special education creates multiple avenues for professionals who supports children and youth with disabilities to pursue graduate certificates in applied behavior analysis, special education transition, autism and various endorsements to add to initial license including dyslexia, educational examiner, resource teacher, and K-12 special education. Special education faculty are engaged in research disseminated in high impact journals, serve nationally and across the state of Arkansas, and maintain ongoing grant projects related to their areas of expertise.

The Curriculum and Instruction Department prepares students for many careers in education. CIED offers majors and concentrations in addition to special education, including career and technical education, childhood/elementary education, curriculum and instruction, educational leadership, educational studies, educational technology, secondary education, and teaching English to speakers of other languages. These range from bachelor's to doctoral degrees, specialist degrees, certificates, and endorsements.

The Department of Curriculum and Instruction values diversity, inclusion, and equity and strives to be intentional, deliberate, and focused on being culturally responsive to all constituents resulting in a sense of community and connection where people are valued for who they are, not for how they assimilate into existing cultural norms. We are a department belonging to a wider community that recognizes and includes the multiple realities and intersectionalities of Arkansans, the nation, and the world. CIED is committed to cultivating and sustaining a department that is safe and open to all and where there is no invisibility through the marginalization and systematic oppression of others. As such, we will be a department where issues of inequity, racism, ableism, sexism, and discrimination of all types are confronted and addressed without hesitation or doubt.

Regular, reliable, and non-disruptive attendance is an essential job duty, as is the ability to create and maintain collegial, harmonious working relationships with others.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • An earned doctorate from a nationally recognized university program in Special Education conferred by the first day of employment

  • Demonstrated research interest in implementation of high leverage, evidence-based, and inclusive practices to support outcomes of diverse students with disabilities; instructional needs of students with high incidence disabilities

  • Evidence of scholarly productivity and scholarly potential

  • Work experience in K-12 US special education contexts with students with disabilities

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Scholarly presentations and/or publications in special education

  • Evidence of collaboration with K-12 US educators and school systems such as through successful curriculum and/or professional development

  • Experience in the development of innovative programs in special education and the development of coursework or curricula in special education teacher education

  • Documented evidence of successful teaching at the college/university level using in-person and online methodologies

  • Experience working in culturally and linguistically diverse communities in the United States

  • Experience writing and/or participating in grant funded research

  • Evidence of interdisciplinary research bridging education and health fields

Additional Information:

Salary Information:

Commensurate with education and experience

Required Documents to Apply:

Curriculum Vitae, List of three Professional References (name, email, business title), Statement of Research Philosophy, Statement of Teaching Philosophy

Optional Documents:

Proof of Veteran Status

Recruitment Contact Information:

Dr. Suzanne Kucharczyk
Associate Professor

All application materials must be uploaded to the University of Arkansas System Career Site

Please do not send to listed recruitment contact.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Completed applications received by 09/14/2023, will be assured full consideration. Late applications will be reviewed as necessary to fill the position.

Pre-employment Screening Requirements:

Criminal Background Check, Motor Vehicle Reports Check, Sex Offender Registry

The University of Arkansas is committed to providing a safe campus community. We conduct background checks for applicants being considered for employment. Background checks include a criminal background check and a sex offender registry check. For certain positions, there may also be a financial (credit) background check, a Motor Vehicle Registry (MVR) check, and/or drug screening. Required checks are identified in the position listing. A criminal conviction or arrest pending adjudication or adverse financial history information alone shall not disqualify an applicant in the absence of a relationship to the requirements of the position. Background check information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.

The University of Arkansas seeks to attract, develop and retain high quality faculty, staff and administrators that consistently display practices and behaviors to advance a culture that embeds inclusion, opportunity, educational excellence and unparalleled access for all.

The University of Arkansas is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. The University does not discriminate in its education programs or activities (including in admission and employment) on the basis of age, race, color, national origin, disability, religion, marital or parental status, protected veteran status, military service, genetic information, or sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, and gender identity). Federal law prohibits the University from discriminating on these bases. Questions or concerns about the application of Title IX, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, may be sent to the University's Title IX Coordinator and to the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights.

Persons must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States on the first day of employment.

All application information is subject to public disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.

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