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Edward A. and Mary Lou Otting Chair in Special Education (Indiana University)

Company : Indiana University | School of Education
Location : Bloomington, IN

Special Education Faculty Position

Edward A. and Mary Lou Otting Chair in Special Education (Associate/Full rank)

Department Curriculum and Instruction
School of Education
Indiana University – Bloomington

Indiana University Bloomington, the flagship campus of Indiana University and a major research-intensive university, is accepting applications for an endowed chair faculty position. The Edward A. and Mary Lou Otting Chair in Special Education will reside in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the School of Education. The position is at the rank of Associate or Full Professor with Tenure.

The Otting Chair will have access to generous endowment funds to enhance research and teaching activities that promote the mission established by the donors, to promote research in developmental disabilities and personnel preparation, and advance the Chair’s own vision for the Department. The position includes opportunities and expectations for leadership in areas such as expanding doctoral student research options through external funding, leading one or more special education programs (e.g., doctoral, undergraduate teacher preparation, and master’s), and promoting the integration of special education with other programs.

The special education program at IU has a long history of producing high-impact research and developing programs to address the needs of individuals with disabilities and their families in local and global contexts. The Otting Chair resources allow the program to expand its world-class faculty by extending its expertise in the scholarship of developmental disabilities and teacher education.

We are interested in applicants that represent a diverse pool of scholars who have a well-established track record of research, teaching, and practical expertise in special education. We seek candidates with an active research agenda, experience in teacher preparation, and service contributions that, together, advance inclusion and respect for all people. Applicants from diverse backgrounds and experiences are encouraged to apply.

Responsibilities include:

  • Acquiring internal and external funds to support research and development projects relevant to developmental disabilities.
  • Conducting research and disseminating it in prominent professional journals and other venues.
  • Supervising doctoral students in their coursework and research and serving on dissertation committees.
  • Teaching and supervising undergraduate and graduate courses in special education.
  • Collaborating with colleagues in the department and across the School of Education and University.

Required Qualifications for the Edward A. and Mary Lou Otting Chair

  • An earned doctorate in special education or a closely related field. Candidates should have academic credentials for a tenured appointment at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor.
  • Demonstrated program of scholarship and external funding in special education, with emphasis on developmental disabilities.
  • Demonstrated commitment to preparing students for positions as teachers, faculty, or other roles related to special education policy or practice.
  • Experience teaching at the undergraduate or graduate level.

Application Procedures

The search committee will begin reviewing applications on October 16, 2023, and continue to accept and review applications until the position is filled. The anticipated start date is August 1, 2024. Applicants should upload the following materials to:

1) A professional statement specifying: the position to which the applicant is applying; how they meet the qualifications; details of their research, teaching experiences, and interests related to special education and developmental disabilities; and their vision for how they could provide leadership for the department and special education program.

2) A current curriculum vita

3) A diversity statement addressing current and anticipated contributions to diversity through research, teaching, and/or service, including how the applicant would contribute to the Department’s commitment to being an inclusive educational and working environment for the students, faculty, staff, and other stakeholders of the School of Education and Indiana University. This statement should be submitted under “Diversity Statement” in the Required Documents folder of the application portal.

4) Contact information for three references. References will not be contacted without the applicant’s prior knowledge.

Before a conditional offer of employment with tenure is finalized, candidates will be asked to disclose any pending investigations or previous findings of sexual or professional misconduct. They will also be required to authorize an inquiry by Indiana University Bloomington with all current and former employers along these lines. The relevance of information disclosed or ascertained in the context of this process to a candidate’s eligibility for hire will be evaluated by Indiana University Bloomington on a case-by-case basis. Applicants should be aware, however, that Indiana University Bloomington takes matters of sexual and professional misconduct seriously.

Indiana University is an equal employment and affirmative action employer and a provider of ADA services. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment based on individual qualifications. Indiana University prohibits discrimination based on age, ethnicity, color, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, national origin, disability status or protected veteran status.

Indiana University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its educational programs and activities, including employment and admission, as required by Title IX. Indiana University's non-discrimination statement is found in policy UA-01 at Questions or complaints regarding Title IX may be referred to the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights or the university Title IX Coordinator. The address for Indiana University's Title IX Coordinator is: 400 E. 7th Street, Poplars 833, Bloomington, IN 47405.  

H-1B sponsorship is not available for this position.

Inquiries about the position may be addressed to the search committee chair, Hannah Schertz, at


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