SUNY New Paltz position with emphasis on adolescence

Assistant Professor of Special Education
Posting Date: October 21, 2015

Duties: The Department of Educational Studies at the State University of New York at New Paltz invites applications for a faculty position in Special Education to begin Fall 2016. This is a full-time tenure track position requiring specialization in the area of adolescent special education, preferably with expertise in behavior management and instructional methods.

In addition to teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in adolescent special education, the successful applicant will be expected to:

  • Participate in program development, review, and revision;
  • Engage in research and other scholarly activities;
  • Supervise field experiences;
  • Pursue external grants; and
  • Provide service to the school, university, and community, including advising students.

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Named professorship at West Virginia University

West Virginia University (WVU) announced a search beginning August 2016 for a position at the associate or full professor rank in special education that includes appointment as the Derrick Professor of Special Education. As the accompanying PDF shows in detail, the position has many benefits. WVU is seeking a well-qulified individual to assume the responsibilities. Review of applications begins 4 January 2016; the position is open until it is filled. Interested individuals should contact Barbara Ludlow (

IDEA Celebration

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ED Celebrates IDEA 40th—Live!

Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of the U.S. Department of Education and its Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS), we are pleased to invite you to view two special events celebrating the 40th anniversary of the passage of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

When IDEA was enacted in 1975, America pledged to provide and ensure that children with disabilities have opportunities to develop their talents and contribute to their communities. That pledge endures today and IDEA continues to provide not only access to the school house, to assessment and to the general curriculum, but the full promise of inclusion, equity and opportunity.

The White House
November 17, 2015
9:30–11:00 a.m., EST

Please share in this exciting White House event where Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Delegated Deputy Secretary John King, OSERS Assistant Secretary Michael Yudin, and OSERS’ Office of Special Education Programs Director Melody Musgrove join the stage with youth impacted by IDEA, experts who will speak about the history and progress of IDEA, and families and teachers from the field who will provide their unique perspectives and celebrate this landmark legislation.

Please watch the White House event broadcast live:

U.S. Department of Education
November 17, 2015
3:00–4:30 p.m., EST

The IDEA 40th Anniversary celebrations continue in the afternoon at the Department•s Barnard Auditorium with an IDEA Symposium where a panel of distinguished researchers share the state of evidence in special education and look towards the future for promoting even greater educational achievement by students with disabilities. Tune in live to the IDEA Symposium to view an inspiring slate of panelists including: Sharon Vaughn, Lynn Fuchs, Rob Horner, Lise Fox, Michael Wehmeyer, Lisa Dieker and David Test.

Please watch the IDEA Symposium broadcast live via EDstream:

These two events will celebrate our past successes, but primarily focus on the future to ensure that infants, toddlers and youths with disabilities will continue to receive a free and appropriate public education that prepares them for their future. We encourage you to participate in the celebration by hosting opportunities for groups to watch the presentations and have discussions. Consider, holding your own local panel of youth, parents, teachers and other IDEA stakeholders; hosting a watch party in concert with a university class; or encouraging your school faculty to watch and engage in conversations about the history, impact and future of this legislation.

Submit Your Story

As part of our celebration of 40 years of the IDEA, we also want to hear from individuals with disabilities—especially children and youth with disabilities—parents, teachers, researchers and all other IDEA stakeholders about the personal impact this law has had on them.

  • How has IDEA made a difference to you?
  • What does inclusion, equity, and opportunity now look like for you?

Submit your art, photographs and stories by November 10, 2015 to our IDEA 40th Anniversary Web site [] for possible use for upcoming events in Washington, D.C., celebrating the 40th Anniversary of IDEA.

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Hopkins Clinical Position for ECSE

Johns Hopkins University School of Education invites applications for a clinical Assistant Professor position with expertise in Early Childhood Special Education. Responsibilities include teaching graduate courses, advising master’s and doctoral students, engaging in scholarly activity, participating in school and university committees, developing and coordinating partnerships with area school systems, and seeking external funding for creative initiatives.

To see the full description of the position, please download the accompanying announcement.

Applications will be accepted immediately. Review of applications will begin 1 February 2016 and continue until the position is filled. Applicants should submit a letter of application and a current curriculum vita to the Special Education Search Committee c/o Connie Kinsley at The position will remain open until a selection is made.

Tenure Track Positions, Department of Communication Disorders, Special Education, and Disability Services

The Special Education Program in the Department of Communication Disorders, Special Education, and Disability Services in the College of Education and Educational Technology at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) invites applications for two full-time, tenure-track positions, beginning August 2016.

To view the full description and apply for this position, please visit In brief, one position calls for someone with expertise or experience in one or more of the areas of math, language arts, and English language learners; and middle or secondary schools. The other position calls for someone with expertise in autism spectrum disorder across K-12 and severity levels. Please see the actual job descriptions, as these simple notes are only simple characterizations of the IUP’s interests.

All offers of employment are subject to and contingent upon confirmation of work eligibility and satisfactory completion of all pre-employment background checks.

IUP is an equal opportunity employer M/F/H/V and is a proud member of the State System of Higher Education.

U.C. Davis assistant or associate professor position

Assistant or Associate Professor in Early Childhood Education, UC Davis School of Education, Starting July, 1, 2016.

The School of Education (SOE) at the University of California, Davis, seeks an innovative scholar with expertise in Early Childhood Education (preschool to third grade). The SOE is especially interested in scholars with expertise in quantitative experimental research related to advancing education for children who are considered at risk for poor elementary and secondary school outcomes. Scholars interested in working with diverse populations of students, including young English language learners (ELL) and young children with developmental delays or disabilities, are encouraged to apply. The position will be a full-time, nine-month academic year tenure-track appointment. The SOE maintains strong collaborative relations with local school districts; the M.I.N.D. Institute for research on childhood neurodevelopmental disorders and intervention; the UC Davis Poverty Center; and the departments of Human Development, Linguistics, and Psychology, as well as the Developmental Research Group of the UC Davis Center for Mind and Brain. Successful applicants will demonstrate substantial evidence of a productive program of research, impact on his or her field of study (if junior, potential for such impact), and commitment to excellence in teaching and mentoring of students.

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Michigan State seeks an asst prof in LD

Special Education – Assistant Professor

Learning Disabilities

The College of Education at Michigan State University announces a tenure system position at the Assistant Professor level for a candidate of exceptional promise with expertise in the area of Learning Disabilities. The appointment will be in the Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology and Special Education.

The College of Education at Michigan State is widely recognized as a leading intellectual center for educational and health research and teacher education. The College is interdisciplinary and research-oriented; with strong support for scholarship and many opportunities for collaboration. Seven of its programs are ranked among the top ten nationally. The College’s interdisciplinary language and literacy doctoral specialization offers unique opportunities for students and faculty. Our Special Education program includes undergraduate, a fully online master’s, and doctoral degree granting programs, as well as graduate certificate programs in learning disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, and applied behavior analysis. A successful faculty member will maintain an active research program, develop national visibility, seek external funding to support her/his research program, mentor and advise graduate students, and participate in local, state, and national service activities.
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Michigan State seeks assistant prof specializing in ASD and ABA

Special Education – Assistant Professor
Autism Spectrum Disorders

The College of Education at Michigan State University announces a tenure system position at the Assistant Professor level for a candidate of exceptional promise with expertise in the area of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and Applied Behavior Analysis. The position will be in the Special Education Program within the Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology and Special Education.

The College of Education at Michigan State is widely recognized as a leading intellectual center for educational and health research and teacher education. The College is interdisciplinary and research-oriented; with strong support for research and many opportunities for collaboration. Seven of its programs are ranked among the top ten nationally. Our Special Education program includes undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral degree granting programs, as well as graduate certificate programs in autism spectrum disorders, applied behavior analysis, and learning disabilities. Our doctoral program permits students to pursue cognates in any number of related areas of study. The college and its faculty members are heavily involved in the campus-wide Institute for Research on Autism, Intellectual, and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (see
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Three Texas A&M positions for 2016

The Special Education program in the Department of Educational Psychology at Texas A&M University is hiring to fill three positions to begin September 2016:

  1. Associate Professor of SPED in Transition/DD
  2. Assistant Professor of SPED in Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis
  3. Open Rank Clinical Professor of SPED

Full details are available here:

Iowa State Assistant Prof EBD position 2016

Assistant Professor of Special Education (Behavior Disorders) at Iowa State University

The School of Education (SOE), College of Human Sciences at Iowa State University is seeking applications for an Assistant Professor in the area of Special Education to begin in August 2016. The School seeks a dynamic, innovative, and enthusiastic colleague who will collaborate with special education and other SOE colleagues in developing rich and rigorous special education learning experiences and contribute expertise in behavior disorders. Building on these strengths, the School is committed to increasing its academic excellence, external funding, and diversity of faculty and students.

For the full position announcement, please visit our Web site. Once on the site, search by Vacancy ID #500141. To ensure consideration, submit application by 1 October 2015.

For additional information, you may also contact Search Co-Chair, Dr. Anne Foegen at afoegen [at]

JMU ABA 1-yr position

James Madison University has an opening for a one-year appointment starting fall 2015 for someone with a BCBA.

Please see the link below for more information.

Contact Dr. Keri Bethune with questions.


Phone: 540-568-2276

Oregon Post-doc in academic interventions and assessment

Folks at the University of Oregon’s Center on Teaching & Learning (CTL) are hoping to fill the second year of an IES post-doc with a hard-working, recent Ph.D. graduate interested in academic interventions and assessment. This is a one-year appointment. Although the start date is 1 September 2015, it’s possible that date is flexible (e.g., the postdoc could start later in 2015 and be funded later into 2016). More information about CTL and our projects can be found here: Download a PDF describing the position.

JSET Editor

The Technology and Media (TAM) Division of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) seeks applicants for the position of Editor or a Co-Editor Team, of the Journal of Special Education Technology (JSET), for a term offive years that will begin in January 2016.

JSET is a peer-reviewed, refereed professional journal, published four times a year by SAGE Publications. The journal presents up-to-date information and opinions about issues, research, policy, and practice related to the use of technology in the field of special education. JSET supports the publication of research and development activities, provides technological information and resources, and presents important information and discussion concerning issues in the field of special education technology to scholars, teacher educators, and practitioners.

If you are interested in learning more about this position, please contact Cindy Okolo at for a full position description.

How do students fare after HS?

The transition from high school to work, post-secondary education, and other alternatives is a challenge, especially for students with disabilities. In “Diplomas Count 2015: Report and Graduation Rates—Next Steps: Life After Special Education“, Education Week writers present their 10th analysis of how high-school graduates make that transition. Here’s how Christina Samuels, one of the contributors, described the work:

Each year, hundreds of thousands of students in special education graduate from their high schools.

And then what happens?

In the 10th annual edition of its Diplomas Count report, Education Week tries to answer that question.

The report is a blend of journalism and reseach: the Education Week Research Center delved into federal data to offer an important snapshot of where students with disabilities end up after they leave high school. My journalist colleagues and I give life to those numbers by talking to students as they make important future decisions about college and about work.

For example: Do students with disabilities tell their colleges about their special needs, or do they try to go without any of the supports they may have used in high school? (The answer: most of them do not disclose.) For students who are headed directly to the workplace, have they been taught how to advocate for themselves? (The answer: it’s hit-or-miss.)

Recommended reading.

Frances Partridge Connor

Frances Partridge Connor, an influential figure across many aspects of special education, passed away 28 March 2015 in Boca Raton, FL. She was the Richard March Hoe Professor Emeritus of Education at Teachers College of Columbia University in New York (NY, US).

For many decades, Professor Connor affected the practice and policy of special education. She not only chaired the special education program at Teachers College, but also served as president of the International Council for Exceptional Children (CEC). In addition, she advised local, state, federal, and international government agencies about educational policies related to children and youths with disabilties. She was also a member of multiple research teams focused on improving the tools of teachers and methods for advancing outcomes for children with disabilties.
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