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Open Rank Professor of Special Education and Disability Justice

Company : Temple University
Location : Philadelphia, PA

Open Rank Professor of Special Education and Disability Justice
Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Special Education Program, Department of Teaching and Learning  
Institute on Disabilities, College of Education and Human Development

The Special Education Program in the Department of Teaching and Learning, in collaboration with the Institute on Disabilities (IOD) at Temple University, invites applications for an Open Rank faculty position to begin August 2024. This is a nine-month, tenured or tenure-track faculty position. We are seeking an individual with a demonstrated capacity or clear potential to execute an impactful research agenda that advances knowledge and practice in special education while maintaining a strong commitment to special educator preparation and disability justice. The College of Education and Human Development’s dedication to Philadelphia and surrounding communities reflects our shared interest in improving educational outcomes for its diverse population. The IOD is the University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities for the state of Pennsylvania funded by the Administration on Community Living with a commitment to research and pre-service professional training/education.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Candidates interested in applying for the rank of professor should have a clearly established and active research agenda with a strong history of extramural funding that reflects prominence in the field and a clear record of effective special educator preparation. Candidates at the assistant professor or associate professor level should have a demonstrated capacity for or developed lines of scholarship, grant experience, and special educator preparation commensurate with the preferred rank. The successful candidate will be responsible for maintaining an active scholarly research agenda by seeking external funds to support their research as well as teaching courses in the undergraduate and graduate special education degree programs and disability justice. Candidates are expected to provide leadership, mentor graduate and doctoral students via diverse learning experiences, and contribute to community-based initiatives with IOD. Candidates also are expected to engage in impactful service to the profession, university, and community.


Candidates must have an earned doctorate in special education or a closely related field from an accredited university by the position start date. Candidates must have at least three years of experience teaching in schools as a special educator or related service provider. The candidate must be able to teach special educator certification program courses that are rooted in an inclusive, evidence-based practice perspective that integrates socio-cultural competence and prevention-based perspectives of special education, which may include assessment, assistive and instructional technology, language and communication strategies, literacy interventions, strategies and instruction for students with intensive support needs, transition to post-secondary education and employment, family collaboration and support, or others pertinent to their expertise. Additionally, the candidate must be able to further develop and teach courses in the IOD’s disability studies graduate certificate program. We prefer candidates with expertise in inclusive special education who can bring social, cultural, legal, and political perspectives to our growing special educator preparation programs. Candidates must also demonstrate the ability to teach at the college/university level, conduct externally funded research, present at state and/or national conferences, and engage in relevant service to advance the field.  

Application and complete information is available on Temple University’s website:


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