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Join a vibrant campus equity-minded community of equity-minded educators whose excellence is reflected in its diversity and student success. The Department of Special Education in the College of Education and Social Work invites applicants for the full-time, Tenure Track Assistant Professor of Special Education position to begin in August 2023.
West Chester University, a member of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, is a public, comprehensive institution committed to offering high-quality undergraduate education, selected post-baccalaureate and graduate programs, and a variety of educational and cultural resources for its students, alumni, and citizens of southeastern Pennsylvania. The University offers more than 100 graduate and undergraduate programs in the sciences and mathematics, business and public management, arts and humanities, health sciences, education and social work, music, and interdisciplinary studies. We are a community of educators dedicated to developing graduates who succeed personally and professionally and contribute to the common good.
The College of Education and Social Work is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation, CAEP. This accreditation covers both initial teacher preparation programs and advanced educator preparation programs. The Department of Special Education’s mission is to foster knowledge, passionate, competent, and reflective program graduates who will serve as eloquent and articulate advocates for all children, families, and their profession. We are a community of educators dedicated to developing graduates who succeed personally & professionally and contribute to the common good.
The faculty position involves teaching undergraduate and/or graduate courses that may be offered in-person, online, on/off campus, hybrid, or hyflex in both synchronous and asynchronous formats. The ideal candidate will use innovative teaching skills and demonstrate attention to the learning and teaching needs of the department’s students. The faculty member will collaborate with other departmental faculty and staff to ensure student success. The incumbent will complete a distance education training program within the first two years of employment.
Teach 12 credits of undergraduate and/or graduate level courses (in-person, online, hybrid, and possibly off campus or hyflex) per semester within the area of Special Education. Classes will be taught in the evening hours. Additional courses within area of specialization may be assigned based on departmental needs.
Engage in scholarly activities such as research, presentations, and publications.
Serve the University and the community through participation in various committees.
Supervise and advise assigned student teachers and field students.
Other duties as assigned.
Applicant must hold one of the following degrees:
Ph.D. in Special Education, or
Ed.D. in Special Education, or
Ed.D. with concentration/dissertation in Special Education + M.Ed. in Special Education.
ABD may be considered. Must have degree conferral by December 31, 2023.
Special education certification (current or expired) within the United States.
At least 3 years of teaching experience in the role of special education teacher within a public school system in the United States.
Experience teaching undergraduate and/or graduate courses; or
Experience supervising student teachers; or
Demonstrated experience in one or more of the following areas:
culturally responsive teaching practices, and/or
trauma informed practices, and/or
teaching students with complex support needs, and/or
Review of applications will begin in January 2023 and continue until the position has been filled.
Finalist must successfully complete an interview process, teaching demonstration, and research presentation.
Required Documents for Consideration To be considered as an applicant for this position, please submit the following:
Cover letter – Highlight unique strengths/expertise aligned to this position.
A 90-minute college course session plan addressing the topic of your choice.
A tentative scholarship plan that aligns with the responsibilities of this position.
Official graduate transcripts.
List of three references with contact information (Include title, email address, and telephone number).
Diversity statement (See below).
Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion West Chester University has joined EAB’s Moon Shot initiative for Equity in Higher education. This initiative is designed to support faculty, students, and staff who are typically excluded and therefore are underrepresented. As part of your application for a tenure-track faculty position, we request a Diversity Statement. This request highlights our department's commitment to promote diversity and inclusiveness and to cultivate a campus environment that welcomes all. This commitment reflects the Diversity Theme of West Chester University's Strategic Plan and supports initiatives of our Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (WCU Diversity Equity Inclusion). We expect that each applicant's statement will be unique, as informed by their own experiences and goals. Some topics you might address in a 1-2-page statement include the following: (1) How have you supported diversity and inclusion in your interactions with others in classroom and research environments? (2) What have you done to help students from diverse communities (such as underrepresented minorities, non-traditional, LGBTQ, veteran, rural, and/or first generation) succeed, including any programs for these students in which you have participated? (3) Describe your commitment to working toward achieving equity and enhancing diversity at WCU. How might you contribute to our current diversity initiatives, and do you have any other ideas to help promote equity on our campus?
All offers of employment are subject to and contingent upon satisfactory completion of all preemployment criminal background checks. Developing and sustaining a diverse faculty and staff advances West Chester University’s educational mission and strategic Plan for Excellence. West Chester University is an Affirmative Action – Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
About West Chester University of Pennsylvania
West Chester University (WCU) of Pennsylvania is among the top regional comprehensive public universities in the nation, serving more than 17,500 students at the undergraduate and graduate levels with a national reputation for excellence, value, and student success. Founded in 1871 as an institute for teacher preparation, West Chester offers more than 118 undergraduate and 103 graduate programs in more than 50 fields of study. In addition to the main campus in West Chester, the University offers programs through its graduate center, the Philadelphia campus, and online. Five colleges and two schools comprise the University: Colleges of Arts and Humanities, Business and Public Management, Education and Social Work, Health Sciences, and the Sciences and Mathematics, as well as the School of Music, and the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies. Located in Chester County (25 miles from downtown Philadelphia) the area combines the best of enjoyable daily living with easy access to the full spectrum of country and city attractions. We are a community of educators dedicated to developing graduates who succeed personally and professionally and contribute to the common good.