Asst.-Assoc. Professor Special Education (GIP)

Concordia University Chicago in Illinois

Deadline Open until filled
Date Posted April 30, 2012
Type Tenured, tenure track
Salary Commensurate with experience
Employment Type Full-time




The Department of Curriculum, Language, and Literacy, within the College of Graduate and Innovative Programs at Concordia University Chicago, invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant or Associate in Special Education. The appointment will begin on July 1, 2012, or later. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Interviews begin the week of April 23, 2012.

The Position: Duties include teaching graduate-level Special Education courses for PreK-12 SPED teacher education endorsement, advising graduate students, conducting research, and providing local, state, and national service. The successful candidate is expected to conduct an active research agenda that addresses the issues that P-12 educators and learners face.

Key Job Elements

Provides competency-, standards-based education which aligns with the Concordia University conceptual framework, Council on Special Needs standards, as well as supports the Concordia University style and system of learner-centered instructional delivery.

Guides student learning in the facts, skills, dispositions, and appreciations pertaining to the course.

Designs and delivers class instruction through the development of instructional plans to meet course competencies, the development of activities which support course objectives, and delivers the instruction as approved.

Considers the general and special needs of the graduate students, assists them in meeting those needs, and when necessary, seeks additional help from other college services.

Cooperates with the Department Chairperson and Program Leaders, department members, and the appropriate administrators in the development of the curriculum, in the preparation and update of course syllabi, course outlines, and selection of textbooks and other curricular materials.

Recommends texts, instructional materials, and other resources as needed.

Consults with Program Leaders and/or Department Chairperson on matters pertaining to departmental issues or concerns; observes proper channels of communications.

Work to continuously improve the curriculum, instructional delivery, and assessment of all program requirements in accordance with NCATE and IBHE requirements.

Submits midterm and final grade reports, NCATE data, and any other reports pertaining to the assigned course.

Manages the learning environment through keeping accurate records, submitting attendance and grades and other reports on time, and enforcing school/college academic and attendance policies.

Participates in faculty and professional organizations. Relates professional/life/industry experience to learning by the introduction of industry perspectives into courses, and the active awareness of professional/industry trends, research, and opportunities.

Attends scheduled semi-annual professional development program meetings.

Required Experience:
Must have teaching experience at some level of PreK-12 special education and/or involvement with PreK-12 special education teacher education. ABD candidates must complete the doctorate in one year by the time of start date. Applicants must show potential for developing, or have earned, a strong scholarly record as well as commitment to teaching and service. Documentation of the following will strengthen an application: knowledge and experience of special education education; engagement with high-needs schools; and experience or potential to work collaboratively and across disciplines.

Required Education:
Candidates must hold an earned doctorate or be ABD in special education, special needs populations, curriculum and instruction with an emphasis in special or gifted education, or a related field of research.

Concordia does not discriminate in the employment of individuals on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, disability, sex or age. As an institution of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, however, and to the extent allowed by law, Concordia University reserves the right to give preference in employment based upon religious affiliation.

To apply for the position, include a letter of interest; a curriculum vitae; official copies of transcripts; a list of three references including their name, addresses, and telephone numbers/e-mail addresses; and, if available, a sample publication or manuscript that reflects the applicants scholarly work. Application reviews will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. For more information, email Dr. Carol Schefelbein at

Dr. Carol Schefelbein, Associate Professor
Department of Curriculum, Language, and Literacy
Concordia University Chicago
7400 Augusta Street CC339C
River Forest, IL 60305
Fax: 708.209.3571
Phone: 708.209.3158


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