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Western Illinois University
  • Position Number: 3010812
  • Location: Macomb, IL
  • Position Type: Education - Teacher Education - Elementary

Assistant Professor Special Education

Category: Faculty
Department: Other/Unknown
Locations: Macomb, IL
Posted: Apr 14, 2022
Closes: Open Until Filled
Type: FT - Continuous

About Western Illinois University:

Western Illinois University, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, serves nearly 7,500 students at its traditional, residential four-year campus in Macomb, IL and its metropolitan branch campus in Moline, IL. Compliance to state and federal hiring standards is coordinated through WIU's Office of Equal Opportunity & Access.

Western Illinois University is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity employer with a strong commitment to diversity. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of people, including, but not limited to, minorities, veterans, women and individuals with disabilities. WIU has a non-discrimination policy that includes discrimination based on an individual's membership in the following classes: sex, race, color, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, marital status, national origin, disability, genetic information, veteran status, and any other classes protected by state or federal law.

Job Description:

APPOINTMENT: August 20, 2022

RESPONSIBILITIES: The successful candidate will assume a range of responsibilities including: teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in special education, participating in broad-based university, college, and departmental committee work and professional service, supervising students in field experiences in various school settings, serving on master's committees at the college level, research and scholarly activity, and developing and teaching online courses.

RANK & SALARY: Negotiable, commensurate with experience. Western Illinois University offers a competitive benefits package including domestic partner benefits. For full benefit information visit:



The candidate must have:

Earned doctoral degree (at time of appointment) in Special Education or related field conferred from a regionally accredited degree-granting higher education institution (or equivalent from an international accrediting body); ABD considered if degree is completed by August 1, 2022.
A minimum of 3 years of successful teaching experience in P-12 special education in U. S. schools;
Evidence of practical knowledge and classroom experience using research-based teaching methods for students with disabilities with examples provided in the application.
Evidence of and/or potential for successful scholarship, teaching, service and leadership; and
Evidence of collaboration and effective communication through participation in educational and community committee and volunteer work.


The ideal candidate will have:

Expertise in assessment, planning for instruction, instructional and/or assistive technologies, special education laws, RtI procedures and rules, and teaching methods for students with low incidence disabilities;
A range of P-12 U.S. special education teaching or experiences with students who have a broad range of disabilities (e.g., mild through intensive disorders, inclusion setting, assessment, IEPs, methods);
University teaching experience in special education or related field;
A proven record of commitment to diverse student populations;
Experience in online instruction and development of online courses.

For a degree to be considered, it must be conferred from a regionally accredited degree-granting institution of higher education (or equivalent from an international accrediting body). Unless otherwise stated, the degree must be "in hand" at the time of appointment.

Additional Information:

THE SCHOOL: The successful candidate will be joining Western Illinois University's vibrant new School of Education. The School of Education houses 17-degree programs (graduate and undergraduate); numerous state teaching endorsements; a Preschool; a Reading Center; a Science Center; a Social Studies Center; and, provides coursework to support undergraduate secondary teacher education programs housed across the WIU campus. The School is currently composed of 26 full-time faculty and numerous adjunct instructors.

For more information:

THE UNIVERSITY: ( Since 1899, Western Illinois University has provided outstanding educational opportunities to individuals in west central Illinois and well beyond our region and state. WIU's traditional residential campus in Macomb, Illinois, is the educational, cultural and athletic center of the region, while the WIU-Quad Cities non-residential branch campus in Moline, Illinois, is the only public university in the immediate Quad Cities region.

WIU-Macomb, IL (Student Population: 6,539): A traditional, residential four-year campus offering a comprehensive slate of undergraduate and graduate programs, including a doctorate in education, WIU-Macomb is located in the heart of west central Illinois in Macomb. Amtrak provides twice-daily service from Macomb to Chicago (and point in-between). Macomb is located approximately 75 miles from the Quad Cities International Airport (Moline, IL) and 70 miles from the Greater Peoria Regional Airport (Peoria, IL).

WIU-Quad Cities (Student Population: 916): The only public university in the Quad Cities area, WIU-QC offers select undergraduate and graduate programs, including a doctorate in education and a doctorate in environmental studies, at its metropolitan, non-residential campus in Moline, IL.

WIU Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Anti-Racism (

Western Illinois University fosters respect, equity, and inclusion for all students, faculty, and staff. WIU is committed to anti-racism, anti-oppression, equity, social justice, and diversity. We value inclusion as a core value and as an essential element of Western's public service mission. WIU embraces individual uniqueness and a culture of inclusion that supports broad and specific diversity initiatives. Western believes in the educational and institutional benefits of diversity in society as integral to the success of all individuals.

At WIU, we will:
Maintain a safe and secure environment for all members of our University communities.
Educate and empower students, staff, and faculty to be social justice advocates.
Provide curricula, programs, training, resources, and environments that reflect and strengthen the diversity of our communities, and to elevate cultural awareness and understanding.
Ensure fair, equitable, and inclusive access to University facilities, programs, resources, and services.
Create inclusive and equitable policies and practices.
Diversify the University's workforce by assessing hiring practices to attract, retain, and develop talented staff and faculty from diverse backgrounds.
Address intergroup disparities through areas as representation, retention, learning outcomes, and graduation rates.
Create a Universitywide diversity plan to ensure a continued commitment to anti-racism, anti-oppression, equity, social justice, and diversity.

Academics (

More than 61 undergraduate degree programs, nearly 40 graduate programs, and two doctoral programs and 13 post-baccaulaureate certificate programs prepare students for a successful career after graduation.

WIU Intercollegiate Athletics (

The University's athletics program, based on the Macomb campus, sponsors 19 NCAA Division I intercollegiate men's and women's varsity sports. Football competes in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision through the Missouri Valley Football Conference; all other varsity sports compete at the Division I level through The Summit League.

There are more than 200 student organizations at Western that provide social, academic, recreation, sports, service, and many other opportunities for students to grow and learn, develop leadership skills, and much more. Numerous concerts, lectures, films, dance performances, cultural events and more are presented and performed each year, along with numerous major theatrical and dance productions and studio shows, and a variety of service-oriented projects and activities, all in a diverse and inclusive campus environment. The Multicultural Center is home to four cultural and resource centers: The Gwendolyn Brooks, Casa Latina, the Women's Center, and the LGBT*QA Resource Center. These cultural and resource centers promote WIU's goal of enhancing justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion through educational programming and advocacy.

Application Instructions:

APPLICATION: Complete applications include:

1) a letter of application

2) current curriculum vita or resume

3) the names, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three current professional references

4) A separate statement regarding your demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion (candidates describe their awareness and understanding of diversity and experience promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion through their teaching, research, and service in the past and currently as well as how they propose to continue in the new position).

5) copies of unofficial academic transcripts and any certifications/licenses required, official copies will be requested from the selected candidate

Please upload the requested documents by clicking APPLY NOW or by navigating to the WIU Employment page at the following URL

**Note** In order to upload Individual documents must be under 2 MB in size.

The screening will begin on May 15, 2022.

Western Illinois University endeavors to provide a safe environment for its employees and students and requires candidates to submit to a background investigation upon offer of employment. Employment is contingent upon compliance with University policies and procedures relating to the receipt and evaluation of information contained in the background investigation.

Questions regarding the search may be directed to: Barry Birnbaum at

For assistance with the online application system contact the Office of Human Resources at (309)298-1971 or via email at

To apply, visit

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