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Assistant Professor of Special Education - Teaching and Learning

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Work type: FAC - Tenure Track Faculty
Location: Grand Rapids
Categories: College of Education

Summary: Grand Valley State University seeks an Assistant Professor in Special Education. Applicants must have a Doctorate in Special Education or a closely related field by August 2021.

Responsibilities – Essential Functions:

  • Teach undergraduate and graduate courses in special education
  • Supervise teaching candidates in field placements
  • Advise students in undergraduate and graduate special education programs
  • Provide service to the department, college, university, profession, and community
  • Engage in scholarly activities including publishing in peer-reviewed journals and presenting at peer-reviewed conferences

Required Qualifications and Education:

  • Doctorate in Special Education or closely related field completed by August 2021; ABD candidates will be considered if doctorate is to be completed by August 2022
  • Specialized knowledge of one, or more, of the following: autism spectrum disorder, emotional disturbance, intellectual disability, and/or learning disability
  • Record of successful teaching or school-based experience at the PK-12 level with students with disabilities
  • Record of effective communication and demonstrated willingness to actively collaborate as a member of a team or program
  • Record of or demonstrated commitment to equity and inclusion
  • Record of scholarship or potential for scholarship
  • Willingness and ability to teach online and deliver courses at non-traditional times
  • Willingness and ability to travel for instruction and student supervision to all GVSU sites

Preferred Qualifications and Education:

  • Possession of Michigan teaching license or eligibility for Michigan teaching licensure
  • Record of at least 3 years successfully teaching PK-12 students with disabilities
  • Record of successful university teaching
  • Experience with program leadership and curriculum development 

Salary: Commensurate with experience

Department/Division: College of Education

Campus: Pew

How To Apply: Apply online at and select "Apply now."  Please include a cover letter that addresses the position qualifications and a curriculum vitae that includes evidence of expertise, teaching experience, and scholarly activity. The online application will allow you to attach these documents electronically. On the application, you will be required to provide names, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses for three professional references. Applicants selected for interviews will be required to submit official transcripts prior to the interview. If you need assistance, call Human Resources at 616-331-2215.

Application Deadline:  Consideration of applications will begin immediately and the posting may be closed at any time at the discretion of the University.

Grand Valley State University does not discriminate against students, faculty or staff in any of its employment practices or in its educational programs or activities. Grand Valley State University is guided by values for inclusiveness and community which are integral to our mission to educate students to shape their lives, their professions, and their societies, and to enrich the community through excellent teaching, active scholarship, and public service. The University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution. It encourages diversity and provides equal opportunity in education, employment, all of its programs, and the use of its facilities. Members of the University community, including candidates for employment or admissions, and visitors or guests, have the right to be free from acts of harassment and discrimination, which are prohibited if they discriminate or harass on the basis of age, color, disability, familial status, height, marital status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, veteran or active duty military status or weight. In addition, Grand Valley is required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 to ensure that none of its education programs and activities discriminate on the basis of sex/gender. Sex includes sex stereotypes, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, and pregnancy or parenting status. The Office for Title IX and Institutional Equity serves as a resource for the GVSU community and assists individuals who may have been impacted by discrimination or harassment in connecting with resources, imposes measures that protect or support access to programs and activities, and oversees the university’s grievance process for allegations of discrimination and harassment. Inquiries regarding the application of Title IX may be referred to Theresa Rowland, Title IX Coordinator, 4015 Zumberge Hall,, (616) 331-9530.

The University will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. See TDD Callers: Call Michigan Relay Center at 711 (in State) or 1-800-833-7833 (out of State)

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Must have the physical stamina to work long hours and/or more than 5 days per week. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The information contained in this job description is for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act as amended by the ADA Amendment Act (2008), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and other applicable federal and state laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability. GVSU will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.

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