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Florida Gulf Coast University
  • Position Number: 3889115
  • Location: Fort Myers, FL
  • Position Type: Education - Special Education

Assistant Professor, Special Education

Job Summary
As an Assistant Professor of Special Education, you will teach undergraduate and graduate level courses, be involved in course and curriculum development, work effectively with diverse populations of students, colleagues, and members of the community at large, engage in productive research and grant seeking activities. The Assistant Professor of Special Education may be asked to coordinate an academic program.

Florida Gulf Coast University is a comprehensive university dedicated to quality education, research, and service. All faculty are expected to be excellent teachers, responsive to changing professional needs; committed to innovative delivery of instruction resulting in improved student learning; committed to effective use of technology including distance learning; produce peer reviewed scholarship; and provide service to the College, University and Community. Teaching assignments may be on the main campus or at off-campus sites within our region.

Florida Gulf Coast University is committed to establishing and maintaining an inclusive working and learning environment in which students, faculty, administrators, staff, curriculum, social activities, governance, and all other aspects of the campus life reflect a diverse, multi-cultural, and international worldview.

At FGCU, we collectively stand against any individual or group that practices any form of racism, discrimination, intolerance, hate expressions, or disrespect. We are committed to preparing students to understand, live among, appreciate, and work in an inherently diverse country and world made up of people with different ethnic and racial backgrounds, religious beliefs, abilities, ages, gender identities, sexual orientations, socio-economic status, cultural traditions, family statuses, and military backgrounds. FGCU strives to hire great people from a wide variety of backgrounds, not just because it's the right thing to do, but because it makes our University stronger. The University community recognizes the importance of a diverse and inclusive institution and holds these ideals as paramount for the current and future success of the institution.

We seek colleagues who promote and embrace diversity, equity, and inclusion. We encourage individuals from diverse backgrounds to apply for this position as we believe that our University will grow and move forward through a commitment of equality for all.

Job Description

Essential Job Duties
  • Develop and teach undergraduate and graduate courses in special education and related areas.
  • Mentor, advise, and possibly supervise student teachers.
  • Assist in recruiting and retention of students.
  • Engage in service to the department, college, University, community, and the profession.
  • Maintain an active agenda of scholarly activities and research according to Boyer's principles.
  • Participate in accreditation activities and assist with program evaluation and accreditation tasks.
  • Other duties as assigned

Additional Job Description

Required Qualifications
  • Doctoral degree (Ph.D. or Ed.D.) from a regionally accredited institution in Special Education or a closely related field.
  • ABD considered if degree is conferred by August 7, 2023. If successful candidate is ABD, appointment will be made at a Lecturer level on a fixed contract.
  • Minimum of three years' experience teaching students with disabilities in PK-12 school settings and with helping students transition to adult life.
  • Demonstrated ability to teach using a variety of instructional modalities including both face-to-face and virtual classes.
  • Demonstrated potential for academic research and service sufficient to merit appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor at Florida Gulf Coast University.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Expertise in any/all of the following: assessment, instructional strategies, classroom management, emotional and behavioral disorders, intellectual disabilities, learning disabilities, transition.
  • Demonstrated potential to secure and manage grants and/or participate in grant seeking activities. This includes development and oversight of grant budgets.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
  • Ability to collaborate in a collegial manner with faculty, staff, students and others in the FGCU community.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in a variety of situations, as well as problem-solve and respond with flexibility.
  • Ability to teach a full range of special education courses at undergraduate and graduate levels.
  • Knowledge and experience with the use of technology in distance learning and university teaching.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Appointment will be made on a 9-month multi-year appointment basis available August 2023.

Because applications and materials are subject to public review and retention under Florida's Public Records Law, please DO NOT send examples of your project/scholarship unless requested to do so. Therefore, all submitted materials including articles, disks, slides, books, etc., become the property of FGCU and CANNOT BE RETURNED. As applicable, finalists will be notified of the need to submit specific additional materials. Such materials will become the property of FGCU.

Under Florida's Public Records law, applications will be available for public review upon request.

Required Application Materials:
  • Unofficial Transcripts
  • Statement of Teaching Philosophy
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Cover Letter
  • Five (5) Professional References

The position is listed as "open until filled", however applications received by March 3, 2023 will receive priority consideration.

Salary commensurate with education and experience

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