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Assistant Professor, Special Education

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Location: Bellingham, WA
Categories: Woodring College of Education

Position Title Assistant Professor, Special Education
About the University Western Washington University, with over 16,000 students in seven colleges and the graduate school, is nationally recognized for its educational programs, students and faculty. The campus is located in Bellingham, Washington, a coastal community of 83,000 overlooking Bellingham Bay, the San Juan Islands and the North Cascades Mountain range. The city lies 90 miles north of Seattle and 60 miles south of Vancouver, British Columbia. Western is the highest-ranking public, master's-granting university in the Pacific Northwest, according to the 2019 U.S. News & World Report rankings.
About the Department The Woodring College of Education and the Special Education and Education Leadership Department support Western's mission, which states that together with our students, staff, and faculty, we are committed to making a positive impact in the state and the world with a shared focus on academic excellence and inclusive achievement. We encourage applications from women, people of color, people with disabilities, veterans, and other candidates from underrepresented backgrounds and with diverse experiences interested in this opportunity.
About the Position

The Woodring College of Education invites dynamic and innovative individuals with multicultural experience who are able to work across college and university departments to apply for appointment as an Assistant Professor of Special Education. The department is searching for a colleague with an expertise in Autism who also is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst OR a colleague who specializes in high incidence disabilities with an expertise and experience with Multi-tiered systems of supports.

Committed to the creation of an inclusive, supportive community of learners, Woodring College of Education seeks leaders in their professions who have experience working in culturally diverse communities and schools and who have the ability to contribute to the creation of a more just and inclusive society. Preferred applicants will have expertise working with English Language Learners and can provide bold, imaginative, and collaborative leadership to our dynamic faculty, students, and the local, state, and national communities that we serve.

The position requires a strong commitment to teaching and high quality scholarship and service. The successful candidate will be expected to fulfill teaching and mentoring responsibilities in ways that provide equitable and inclusive learning environments for all students. Position responsibilities include:

• Teach undergraduate and graduate courses in Special Education

• Work with department and college to align department curriculum with state and professional standards.

• Maintain an active and visible program of scholarship.

• Participate in service within the department, college, university, community, and professional organizations.

• Advise and support undergraduate and graduate students.

• Supervise students in community-based or school settings

• Contribute to a vision for the preparation of the next generation of teachers who recognize that social justice requires a critical analysis of social, cultural, and institutional systems

• Participate in school, community and university collaborations and partnership work

• Collaborate in the development of innovative undergraduate and graduate programs, such as field-based courses; courses delivered online; hybrid courses; alternative route programs

• Maintain an active and engaged program of scholarship that addresses contemporary issues and challenges

• Mentor and support individuals who traditionally have not had access to higher education, including first-generation college students, English language learners, underrepresented and under-served student populations

Required Qualifications
  • Earned doctorate in Special Education, Educational Psychology or related field by September 2019
  • Evidence of three or more years of successful teaching P-12
  • Present or past credential in special education
  • Demonstrated ability and commitment to cultivating learning environments that are equitable and inclusive of students with diverse social identities and backgrounds
  • A research interest in Multi-tiered systems of support OR Board Certification as a Behavior Analyst
Preferred Qualifications
  • Evidence of active, applied, collaborative scholarship in special education
  • Teaching and scholarship in bilingual and/or multicultural special education
  • Teaching in culturally responsive, inclusive classrooms
  • Experience or interest in field-based teaching or clinical supervision
  • Experience with alternate pathways to teacher education, or direct transfer programs and pathway programs leading to teacher certification
  • Experience with online or alternative delivery instructional methods


 Commensurate with experience and qualifications

Bargaining Unit

 United Faculty of Western Washington

Application Instructions

Application materials should include 1) a letter of application, 2) vita, 3) a separate statement addressing your demonstrated ability and commitment to cultivating learning environments that are equitable and inclusive of students with diverse social identities and backgrounds, 4) two pieces of evidence of effective teaching, and 5) two scholarly writing samples.

Letters of reference will be requested through the online application system at time of application.

Closing Date Notes Application review begins January 30, 2019; position is open until filled

Western Washington University (WWU) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, WWU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and parenting status), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or genetic information in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. See WWU’s Policy on Ensuring Equal Opportunity and Prohibiting Discrimination and Retaliation. Inquiries may be directed to the Vice Provost for Equal Opportunity and Employment Diversity, Title IX and ADA Coordinator, Equal Opportunity Office, Western Washington University, Old Main 345 (MS 9021), 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225; 360.650.3307 (voice) or 711 (Washington Relay);

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WWU is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. To request this document in an alternate format or to request an accommodation, please contact Human Resources Disability Services, 360.650.3774 or 711 (Washington Relay).

All new employees must comply with the immunization policy and show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Service before beginning work at WWU. A thorough background check will be conducted on all new hires.

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