HEAD, DEPARTMENT OF SPECIAL EDUCATION
COLLEGE OF EDUCATION
UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT URBANA-CHAMPAIGN
Position: The Department of Special Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign seeks a full-time tenured Professor of Special Education, who is an established scholar with effective leadership and administrative qualities, to serve as Head of the Department. This is a tenure-track faculty position, with a time allocation of 50% research and teaching and 50% administration. As Head, this person will support a strong faculty and continue to recruit and support students at the graduate and undergraduate levels.
The College of Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is known for its groundbreaking research, innovative approaches to teaching, and service to the global community. The Department, consistently ranked fourth in Departments of Special Education in the nation by U.S. News and World Report (2008), is committed to the production and dissemination of new knowledge in special education, gifted education, and developmental disabilities through excellence in research, teaching, and service. Faculty and graduate students employ varied research approaches, work in diverse educational and community settings, and prepare educational professionals at graduate and undergraduate levels
Responsibilities: As Head of the Department, the successful candidate will be expected to support the mission of this highly regarded and internationally recognized department, which is to address critical issues related to the diverse needs of individuals across the life span. Research that parallels the department’s teaching and service activities is focused on the advancement of knowledge and improvement of practices that promote successful early childhood, school, and life outcomes for individuals with and at risk for disabilities and their families. An infrastructure to support access to sponsored projects exists within the College and enables faculty to competitively garner millions of dollars in external funds. This position also involves working in concert with a team of unit heads to collectively foster the achievement of the college mission.
Qualifications: An earned doctorate in special education or a related field is required; teaching or related experience with individuals with special needs; demonstrated administrative leadership skills; and a record of scholarly contributions, service to the profession, and experience in securing external support that is commensurate with the position of full professor. Other highly desirable skills are administrative experience in higher education, experience in personnel preparation, a record of collaborative partnerships with P-12 education human service agencies and university departments, and knowledge of local, state, and federal educational structures and regulatory processes and requirements.
Starting Date and Salary: The starting date is August 1, 2009, or as soon as possible after the closing date. Salary will be competitive and commensurate with qualifications.
Information about the Department of Special Education may be found at
In order to ensure full consideration, a letter of application referencing Search #11823, a curriculum vitae including email address, the names and contact information for three references, and any teaching evaluations must be received by October 10, 2008. Applicants may be interviewed before the closing date; however, no hiring decision will be made until after that date. Please send applications to:
Dr. Thomas Schwandt, Search Committee Chair
c/o Susan Michaels, Assistant to the Dean
College of Education
110 Education Building
1310 S. Sixth Street, Champaign, IL 61820
Email submissions preferred: susanm _at_ uiuc.edu
For more information, please contact Dr. Schwandt, Search Committee Chair, at tschwand _at_ uiuc.edu or 217-333-5350.
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Women and members of underrepresented minority groups are especially encouraged to apply.