Michigan St. open rank position

Open Rank Position
Special Education, Michigan State University

The Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology, and Special Education at Michigan State University is seeking a faculty member at the assistant, associate, or full professor level to join our growing special education faculty. We seek a scholar with a national reputation, or the potential to establish one, in scholarship and leadership to the field of special education. The successful applicant will, in all likelihood, contribute to the campus-wide initiatives in assistive technology and development disabilities (e.g., http://vprgs.msu.edu/RAIND, http://education.msu.edu/cepse/rehab/research.asp). The ideal candidate will have an established research program and be successful in obtaining external funding (or demonstrate strong potential to do so), be committed to quality teaching and mentoring of undergraduate and graduate students, and contribute to service to the institution, profession, and community. The position is a 9-month tenure system appointment with the possibility of summer teaching. Salary is negotiable and commensurate with qualifications. Effective date of appointment will be August 16, 2014.


  • Develop and maintain a cutting-edge and productive scholarly research program.
  • Seek and obtain external funding.
  • Teach undergraduate and graduate classes in areas of expertise and department curricular need.
  • Recruit, advise, and mentor graduate students at the masters and doctoral levels.
  • Perform service as appropriate to the department, college, university, profession, and community.


Applicants should have a doctoral degree in special education or a related area. The successful candidate must: (a) show evidence of significant scholarly accomplishment, (b) conduct research that has substantial potential for acquiring external funding, and (c) demonstrate proficiency in college-level teaching. Associate or full professor level candidates must have a record of success obtaining external funding and mentoring doctoral students. Strong preference will be given to candidates with expertise in assistive technology or intellectual disabilities. The potential to foster scholarly and interdisciplinary connections within the department and across campus is highly desirable. The applicant’s match to these qualifications should be specifically addressed within the letter of application.

Application and Deadline:

Interested candidates should send a tailored letter of application, curriculum vitae, reprints of up to three recent publications, and the names and contact information for three references electronically to: jobs.msu.edu, posting number 8408. Questions regarding the position may be directed to search committee co-chairs, Cindy Okolo (Okolo@msu.edu, 517-896-2224) or Troy Mariage (mariaget@msu.edu, 517-432-1981). Review of applications will begin on October 25, 2013 and will continue until the position is filled. Please visit our webpage (www.education.msu.edu/cepse/) for further information about the Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology, and Special Education. The special education program is described in more detail at http://education.msu.edu/cepse/specialed/default.asp.

Michigan State University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. Michigan State University is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans, and persons with disabilities.