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Assistant/Associate Professor, Special Education

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Location Address:

Stillwater, Oklahoma
United States

Hiring Supervisor:

Jennifer Sanders

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(Contingent upon available funding):


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Faculty Appt Period:

9 months

Job Summary:

The special education program is accredited and recognized by NCATE/CAEP. The program prepares students as effective special educators. Students are taught to implement evidence¬≠ based practices to assist with meeting the educational needs of students with mild/moderate disabilities in inclusive settings. Students are encouraged to become life-long learners and to continually seek professional development in order to enhance the quality of the educational experiences of all students. Applicants should demonstrate an interest in the university's land grant mission, and a desire to make a positive impact on the community through scholarship, teaching, and service. 

The special education faculty is engaged in diverse research that contributes to the quality of special education for children across the state and nation. Ongoing research projects involve increasing special education student participation in STEM, effective transition practices for elementary and secondary students with disabilities, and improving postsecondary outcomes and opportunities for students with disabilities. We welcome applicants with a range of scholarly interests.  Candidates with specialization in emotional and behavior disorders or reading and writing instruction for students with disabilities would compliment the current faculty interests.

The special education program values high quality teaching. The program primarily offers graduate courses for the special education option of the Master of Science in Teaching, Learning, and Leadership and doctoral courses for the special education option for the Doctor of Philosophy in Education. Additionally, the special education program offers a service course for all undergraduate College of Education students. The ideal applicant will have a strong record of effective teaching at the graduate and undergraduate levels in courses dealing with special education assessment and instruction.

 Job responsibilities:The primary assignment will be at the main campus in Stillwater with teaching and advising responsibilities on
the Tulsa campus. Responsibilities include the following:
1) Teaching courses in special education (primarily graduate courses);
2) Advising graduate students and chairing graduate student committees;
3) Conducting a program of focused research;
4) Leading development activities in school and community settings; Supervising students in school and community settings;
5) Collaborating with a variety of professionals (public school, university faculty, and community);
6) Active involvement in professional organizations, university extension, and obtaining external funding; and
7) Professional service to the program, School, and University as well as the professional community at large

Special Instructions to Applicants

For full consideration application materials must be received by December 4, 2015, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Applicants should submit the following: 1) a letter of application that includes a statement of teaching, research (including current and future research pursuits), and service; 2) curriculum vita; 3) transcripts; and 4) the names and complete contact information (phone, email, physical mailing address) of three professional references and corresponding letters of recommendation. All letters of reference should be emailed to directly from the recommending individual or uploaded to by the applicant at the time of initial application. Each candidate will be notified when initial application materials are received. Search Chair: Dr. Kimberly Davis can be reached at to answer any applicant questions.

Education & Experience

Position Qualifications:

Minimum Qualifications: 

Ph.D. / Ed.D.

Special Education or closely related field

QUALIFICATIONS:  Individuals seeking this tenure-track position must possess the following:
(1) An earned doctorate with an emphasis in special education or a closely aligned area;
(2) A clearly articulated and/or established research agenda situated in the field of special education;
(3) A minimum of three years of full-time K-12 special education teaching experience;
(4) Evidence of effective teaching; and
(5) Evidence of professional service.

Qualified candidates at the Associate level need to demonstrate an established research agenda, scholarly productivity at the national and/or international level, and the ability to secure external funding for research and scholarship.

Preferred Qualifications:

Preference will be given to applicants with: (1) experience teaching undergraduate and graduate students; (2) successful grant funding; (3) established research productivity; and (4) experience in interdisciplinary work.

Oklahoma State University (OSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations,OSU conducts pre-employment background checks on final candidates. Offers of employment are contingent upon the successful completion of a background check.The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.