Assistant Professor of Practice & Program Lead Special Education
Position Description: University of the Pacific's Benerd College is seeking a team member with an entrepreneurial spirit to serve a vital role as we fulfill our vision to be a center of innovation, learning, and creativity in the San Joaquin Valley. We seek a colleague who can re-envision and elevate our existing Special Education Program as well as to provide leadership for the development of innovative new programs.
This colleague should have a deep commitment to engaging students in real-world practice through teaching that challenges dominant norms. As one example of that commitment, our faculty members facilitate all courses through an action-oriented project-based curriculum. Our courses are centered on culminating projects where students work with community partners in real-world settings. Another example is that we are transitioning to an action-oriented, project-based dissertation model in our doctoral program. In particular, we are teaching students to use various innovation tools and frameworks as methods for their dissertation inquiry. We hope to find a colleague who will help us move even further in creating the most transformational and impactful program possible.
Provide guidance and oversight for iterative design and assessment of the program purpose, quality, scope, outcomes, and curriculum
Serve as faculty advisor for all students in the respective program
In conjunction with other program leads, coordinate and oversee development of new courses and ongoing redevelopment of existing courses
Identify and recommend adjunct faculty
Oversee comprehensive exams for graduating programs requiring them Conduct data analysis of student learning outcomes
Coordinate accreditation and compliance for program
Teaching undergraduate and graduate level courses
Teaching face-to-face, fully online, and hybrid modalities
Serve as the primary faculty contact for prospective students
Present and engage with prospective students at various recruitment events, both in person and online
Develop faculty and providing opportunities for professional development/collaboration to transform the teaching/learning experience
Basic Qualifications: This colleague will hold the rank of assistant professor. This is a non-tenure eligible position with eligibility for promotion to associate and/or full professor. The position will be assigned primarily to our school in Stockton. At the time of hire, the candidate should have an earned doctorate in the area of special education (or closely related). ABD candidates will be considered; however, they must have an earned degree before August 2021. a current license or credential to teach special education; at least two years of experience teaching PK-12 students with mild/moderate disabilities in both self-contained and inclusive settings; demonstrated successful hybrid or online teaching experience; research and or grant writing experience
Additional Qualifications: Preferred Qualifications: This is a leadership position and is a twelve-month appointment. The basic teaching workload is two courses each semester including summer for a 2-2-2 load. This faculty appointment will also include assisting the Senior Associate Dean with programmatic responsibilities, program coordination, recruitment, and dissemination of program information. This includes involvement in dissertations, masters thesis, student recruitment, community engagement, curriculum development, internal service, and scholarship (which can include contributions to research outlets or practitioner settings). Our program requires continual innovation and pushing of traditional boundaries, which results in a heavily collaborative teaching culture. documented competence in using technology to enhance instruction; demonstrate evidence of teaching, research, leadership, service and the ability to work collaboratively with students, colleagues, and stakeholders. experience supervising or mentoring preservice or experienced teachers; professional experience working with students and families from diverse cultures; + some successful part-time or full-time teaching experience at the college or university level; demonstrated commitment to fostering a caring and rigorous educational environment; demonstrated commitment to continual innovation and change; demonstrated ability to collaboratively engage with colleagues in program development and teaching; demonstrated commitment to personal development and growth in ones own teaching and practice; demonstrated excellence in applied scholarly research or evidence-based practice; demonstrated interest and experience in working in partnership with community groups, businesses, government agencies, and other organizations, as appropriate to the position; demonstrated successful teaching experience with adult learners;
Physical Requirements: Requires extended periods of sitting and repetitive hand/wrist motion while using computer keyboard and phone. Occasional standing, walking climbing stairs, bending, stooping and reaching. Occasional lifting up to 25 pounds.
Special Instructions: Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Please upload the following: A letter of interest explaining o How minimum and preferred qualifications are met o Relevant experiences that have prepared you to teach in this type of program o Description of teaching approach Curriculum Vitae Complete contact information for three (3) Professional References.
University of the Pacific is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.
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