Assistant Professor of High Incidence Disabilities (Position #6063)

Northern Illinois University in Illinois

Deadline Open until filled
Date Posted July 11, 2014
Type Tenured, tenure track
Salary Commensurate with experience
Employment Type Full-time

The Department of Special Education and Early Education has a commitment to teaching, scholarship, and service that emphasizes educational equity, diversity, and social justice. The Department values collaborative scholarship among colleagues and the person in this position will be expected to seek and establish strong ties with colleagues in and across the College, University, and the community.

The Department of Special and Early Education is seeking an anticipated position of special educator with expertise in high incidence disabilities to fill a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor position. We seek a colleague with a background in special education, high incidence disabilities including learning disabilities at the elementary level, and/or related fields that are familiar with teacher education standards in special education and inclusive education practices.

This position is a nine month appointment on a tenure track. Summer school employment is available dependent upon program needs and other personnel considerations.

Duties include teaching, research, and service; collaborating with colleagues in the Department, and the College of Education to expand scholarship agendas and fundable research; providing leadership to the growth of undergraduate and graduate research initiatives including collaboration with Pre-K20 schools and other centers; teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in special education; collaborating with special education colleagues in the development of reports to certification boards (e.g., CAEP, ISBE, etc.); acting as a resource to Department colleagues with an interest in special education; supervising clinicals and student teachers and/or students seeking certification as a BCBA; serve on Program, Departmental, College, and University committees; other duties as assigned. 

SALARY: Competitive and dependent upon qualifications and experience. EFFECTIVE DATE OF EMPLOYMENT: August 16, 2015.


Required qualifications include candidates with an earned doctorate or ABD, with the doctorate to be completed prior to date of hire, in special education. Evidence of capability to engage in and publish research and present at professional meetings; skills in utilizing instructional and computer technology.


Preferred qualifications include the ability to teach in the area of high incidence disabilities at the elementary level, experience as a director of special education, an ability to teach service courses for non-special education majors, experience with pre- and in-service teacher preparation, math and/or science background, experience working in or with urban schools and communities, and working knowledge with the Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA).


Applicants should submit a letter of application, curriculum vita, a statement describing their program of research, a statement regarding their teaching philosophy, the names with contact information of three references, and two representative scholarly works to: Chair, Special and Early Education Search Committee, Department of Special and Early Education, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL 60115. Electronic applications are encouraged. Inquiries welcome by email. Review of applications will begin on September 15, 2014, and continue until the position is filled. Position requires successful completion of a background check. Position to begin August 16, 2015. 

In compliance with the Illinois Campus Security Act, before an offer of employment is made, the university will conduct a pre-employment background investigation, which includes a criminal background check. 

In accordance with applicable statutes and regulations, NIU is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, religion, age, physical and mental disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, political affiliation, or any other factor unrelated to professional qualifications, and will comply with all applicable federal and state statutes, regulations and orders pertaining to nondiscrimination, equal opportunity and affirmative action. NIU recognizes Dual Career issues.