The University of Missouri-Columbia (MU) Department of Special Education (http://education.missouri.edu/SPED/ ) seeks an Assistant Professor (tenure track) or an Assistant Professor of Teaching (non-tenure track) to join a collegial and highly productive department. We seek a person with expertise/interest in the delivery of special education services within the context of general education curriculum, standards, and settings. As such we anticipate candidates will have expertise in one or more of the following: inclusionary practices, teacher education, special education/general education collaboration, co-teaching, and programming for at-risk or struggling learners.
Qualifications expected for either position include an earned doctorate in special education or closely related field, direct experience in working with children and youth with disabilities or those at risk for academic and behavioral problems, and evidence of effective teaching at the university level. The primary instructional responsibilities for both positions will be to provide leadership in the ongoing development and delivery of coursework for pre-service general education teachers in the areas of working with students with disabilities or those considered at risk as well as introductory information regarding classroom and behavior management . This coursework supports the accreditation and certification programs of the college’s Teacher Development Program (TDP).
Candidates for the tenure-track position must also display evidence of emerging scholarly productivity and a strong potential for securing external research or training funding. The tenure-track position includes a start-up package including reduced initial teaching, service, and advising loads, moving expenses, computer and technology resources, mentoring and support through the tenure process, a graduate assistant, research funds, and grant support. Merit, promotion, and tenure considerations are based primarily on scholarly productivity, excellence in teaching, participation in service to the college and the field, and procurement of external funding.
Candidates for the non-tenure track position will have an expanded teaching load, service expectations within the department and college, and extensive student advising requirements. Moving expenses, technology resources, and instructional support resources will be provided. The university has recently adopted new guidelines for the evaluation and promotion of non-tenure track faculty.
MU is an AAU, Doctoral/Research Extensive institution and is the flagship of the University of Missouri four-campus system. It is the oldest state university west of the Mississippi River and proudly embraces its land grant mission. MU has over 30,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. The College of Education is one of 18 colleges/schools on campus and is home to 1,200 undergraduates, 1,559 graduate students, and a tenure/tenure track faculty of 86. The college is currently ranked 28th nationally. The college has a unique partnership with 22 school districts across the state which includes urban, suburban and rural districts. These districts collaborate with the college in terms of research, field placements, and professional development. The Department of Special Education has a long history of federal training and research grant funding.We are home to the IES Center for Adolescent Research in Schools and the OSEP Center for Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports. We also house the Missouri School-wide Positive Behavior Support Initiative. We are affiliated with the interdisciplinary Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders. Our department is very collaborative and we have developed a number of productive relationships with other departments within the college, around the MU campus, with a range of institutions across the country as well as internationally.
MU is located in Columbia , a progressive community of approximately 100,000.The community has very good public schools, a range of cultural and recreational opportunities, regional shopping centers, and wide selection of eating/entertainment venues. It is located midway between Kansas City and St. Louis. It is frequently listed as one of the best places to live by national publications such as Money magazine. For more information link to http://www.visitcolumbiamo.com/.
Salary: Competitive and commensurate with experiences and qualifications.
Appointment: 9 months beginning in August 2009.Summer teaching opportunities are available annually.
Application: Submit letter of application; vita or resume; three letters of reference; evidence of teaching effectiveness (e.g., course syllabi, student evaluations, chair/advisor/peer reviews). Candidates for the tenure-track position should also submit evidence of scholarly writing (2-3 examples).Submit these materials to Dr. Erica Lembke, Chair of the Search Committee, 303 Townsend Hall, Columbia MO 65211. (Materials can also sent electronically to Dr. Lembke at lembkee [at] missouri [dot] edu.)
Closing Date: Review of applications will begin February 1, 2009, and continue until the position is filled.
The University of Missouri is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer. Persons with disabilities, women, and persons from under-represented groups are especially encouraged to apply. To request ADA accommodations, please contact the College of Education at 573.882.8311