The Department of Educational Psychology, College of Education and Human Development, University of Minnesota seeks a new faculty member to contribute to the research, teaching, and service in the area of Special Education, with an emphasis in Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE). The College of Education and Human Development includes departments with strong programs in education, child psychology, family social science, social work, and others. The new faculty member will have the opportunity to participate in and provide leadership to the development of graduate studies and professional development in the area of early intervention, with broad interdisciplinary attention across psychosocial, neurobiological, behavioral, educational, and public policy related issues regarding growth and development. This is a full-time, tenure-track position in a highly regarded college of a major urban research university with a start date of August 27, 2012.
Located in the culturally diverse cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul, the University of Minnesota offers unique opportunities for research, teaching and public engagement. The University is a hub for creativity, research, artistic expression, critical thinking, and debate about the world’s most pressing issues such as climate change, poverty, and health care. Further information about the U of M can be found at www.umn.edu/twincities/about.php and on the Relocation Assistance Program site http://www1.umn.edu/ohr/rap/.
The Development of Educational Psychology-Special Education Program is one of the top ranked special education programs in the nation. We are an inclusive, nationally distinctive college that explores education and human development across the life span to increase the intellectual synergy and cooperative inquiry required to address the complexity of educational and social issues facing children, youth, and families in the 21st century. Additional information about the college and the department can be found on the Internet: http://www.cehd.umn.edu.
Specific responsibilities of the individual(s) hired include, but are not limited to:
Research: Develop and maintain a strong record of scholarship with a focus on research related to infants and young children (birth-5) with special needs, based on a problem solving model. Applicants should be committed to securing external funds in support of their scholarly inquiry.
Teaching: Provide professional development and advanced instruction in graduate-level courses. These courses will build on the individual’s areas of expertise, professional development, teacher education and research. Provide leadership in Early Childhood Special Education teacher licensure. Advise graduate students in Special Education and serve on graduate committees for students in other areas of the department and college, as well as provide consultation to other faculty members across the college.
Service: This person is expected to make strong contributions to the ongoing activities of the program, the department, the college, the University and the community. Participate in department, college, University, and other outreach and public engagement activities, including service on internal committees or task forces, making presentations to external constituencies. Participation in the activities of relevant professional organizations is expected.
- An earned doctorate in educational psychology, psychology, special education or a related field with an emphasis in early childhood special education.
- Research background in early childhood special education, based on a problem solving approach.
- Evidence of research productivity in the form of research papers, peer-reviewed publications and conference presentations.
- Evidence of successful activity related to securing external research funding.
- Commitment to working across disciplines and within a multicultural context.
- Classroom teaching experience in special education.
- Research or training background in autism.
- Evidence of excellence in higher education teaching and student advising experience at the graduate level.
- Record of forming community/school collaborations and public engagement activities.
- Evidence of potential leadership in teacher development.
- Eligibility for MN teacher licensure in Special Education.
Appointment Details: The individual hired will be appointed into a full-time, academic year (9-month) tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor. The anticipated starting date for this appointment is August 27, 2012 and the salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.
Application Process: This position will remain open until filled, but the search committee will begin its review of applications on December 19, 2011. Completed applications will consist of a letter addressing qualifications, including a description of the individual’s research program and a statement indicating how the candidate meets the expectations of the position; curriculum vitae; and three reference letters from individuals that can speak to the qualifications sought in this position. Applicants for the position will also be expected to provide an academic transcript that substantiates the conferral of the doctorate. An on-line application is required for this position. Please access the University of Minnesota Employment System at https://employment.umn.edu and search for Requisition Number: 175078. Supporting materials such as the cover letter and curriculum vitae may be attached electronically to the on-line application or mailed to (particularly for reference letters): Special Education Search, Department of Educational Psychology, 250 Education Sciences Building, 56 East River Road, Minneapolis, MN 55455.