The University of Texas at Austin, Department of Special Education is seeking a tenure-track faculty member in Equity and Diversity in Special Education at the Assistant Professor level. The mission of the program area is to advance equity and justice at the intersections of dis/ability, race, social class, gender, sexuality, migration, and language in education and society. Ranked #8 in U.S. News and World Report, the Department of Special Education is committed to a diverse and inclusive working and learning environment and seeks candidates whose research, teaching, and service has prepared them to contribute to diversity, inclusivity and excellence.
The College of Education, ranked among the top 10 public colleges of education in the country, bridges research and practice and promotes equity, excellence, innovation, empowerment, and community. Inclusiveness and excellence are interconnected in the work of faculty. The College of Education is interested in and values candidates who work with diverse and underserved populations, and show a commitment to improving access and conditions in educational and health settings for children, adults, families, schools, and communities. Austin, Texas is an exciting, welcoming, and inclusive city with the reputation as the Live Music Capital of the World.
As a leading college of education in Texas and beyond, we are agents of change committed to transforming education and health research, practice, and policy to ensure the thriving of children, families, schools, and communities. In our efforts to align our college to address the most pressing challenges in the fields of education and health, we have launched a new strategic vision known as Reimagine Education (see https://education.utexas.edu/about/office-dean/reimagine-education). In advancing this effort, we have organized our academic and research aspirations around three Signature Impact Areas: Advancing Equity and Eliminating Disparities in Health and Education, Attending to Place and Context, and Thriving through Transitions.
Strong candidates will have an emerging body of research, evidence of high impact publications, and strong potential for acquiring research funding. Candidates must have a demonstrated commitment to instructional practices, policies, and programs that enhance equitable opportunities for individuals with disabilities and families, particularly those from historically marginalized backgrounds. The faculty member will bring critical theories and methods to their research—including but not limited to disability studies in education, intersectionality, critical race theory, and multilingualism and language acquisition. Duties include teaching courses at the undergraduate and graduate level in special education, advising students, and contributing to the overall refinement of our undergraduate and graduate programs. Candidates who have a record of serving and partnering with culturally diverse and minoritized communities across multiple levels of educational systems (e.g., schools, districts, higher education) will be strongly considered. Applicants should also have a strong commitment to teaching and mentoring with a focus on enhancing equity and inclusion in the field and in practice.
The faculty member will join colleagues who work across our nationally ranked College of Education on research and projects related to enhancing diversity and equity. Scholars of underrepresented groups in academia and candidates with experience in culturally and linguistically diverse settings are strongly encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon funding.
Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) statement detailing how candidate’s teaching, service, and/or scholarship has or will address education and health disparities
Three samples of scholarly writing
List of three references with contact information
The University of Texas at Austin is the flagship state-university of Texas. It values and supports interdisciplinary research and provides outstanding access to opportunities for collaboration with world-renowned faculty. As a venue for research, Texas is one of the most diverse states in the country with an increasingly culturally pluralistic population, with students in the K-12 system and in general.
Screening of applications will begin November 1, 2020 and continue until the position is filled.
The University of Texas at Austin is an equal opportunity institution that is committed to recruiting, supporting, and fostering a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff, and students. Qualified applicants from underrepresented communities are encouraged to apply. apply.interfolio.com/79252
What starts here changes the world.
Like the state it calls home, The University of Texas at Austin is a bold, ambitious leader. Ranked among the biggest and best research universities in the country, UT Austin is home to more than 51,000 students and 3,000 teaching faculty. Together we are working to change the world through groundbreaking research and cutting-edge teaching and learning techniques. Here, tradition and innovation blend seamlessly to provide students with a robust collegiate experience. Amid the backdrop of Austin, Texas, a city recognized for its creative and entrepreneurial spirit, the university provides a place to explore countless opportunities for tomorrow’s artists, scientists, athletes, doctors, entrepreneurs and engineers.
Whether you're a scholar of the sciences, humanities or arts, we offer dozens of top-ranked programs with a proven record of success. But you don't have to take our word for it: The university is one of the top 20 public universities according to U.S. News & World Report, with the No. 1 accounting, Latin American history and petroleum engineering graduate programs in the country — plus more than 15 undergraduate ...programs and more than 40 graduate programs ranked in the top 10 nationally. No matter where you look, it's clear that academic excellence is an essential part of the UT Austin experience.
UT Austin is the flagship school of the University of Texas System, which includes nine academic universities and six health institutions statewide. As a public university, we take seriously our charge to serve the great state of Texas that supports us — and with billions of dollars in added state income every year, not to mention countless other benefits to local and statewide communities, The University of Texas at Austin provides an exceptional return on investment. An enduring symbol of the spirit of Texas, we drive economic and social progress, all while serving our city, state and nation as a leading center of knowledge and creativity.
Longhorns for Life
Our large student body, storied history, strong community and richness of tradition have given rise to a proud alumni base of more than 482,000, which includes industry leaders like Michael Dell and Rex Tillerson, entertainers like Oscar-winning actor Matthew McConaughey, Academy Award-winning actress Marcia Gay Harden and film director Robert Rodriguez, journalists like Bill Moyers and Walter Cronkite, and politicians like Sam Rayburn, James Baker and Kay Bailey Hutchison. In addition to providing great networking opportunities, our alumni connectedness ensures that you can find fellow Longhorns no matter where you go after graduation.