Job Details

California State University Channel Islands
  • Position Number: 3505114
  • Location: Camarillo, CA
  • Position Type: Education - Special Education

Assistant Professor - Special Education/Education Specialist

Job no: 518813
Work type: Instructional Faculty – Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: Channel Islands
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Probationary, Full Time, Faculty - Education/Library Science

Program: Education

Rank: Assistant Professor, Tenure Track

Title: Assistant Professor (tenure track) of Special Education

Effective Date of Appointment: August 23, 2023
(Subject to Budgetary Approval)

About the University:

California State University Channel Islands (CSUCI) opened in 2002 as the newest campus in the California State University system. Since that time, the University has grown and developed into one of the premier public universities, not only in the California State University system, but also in the nation. Indeed, U.S. News & World Report listed CSUCI as 20th among “Top Public Schools” in its 2021 edition of Best Colleges Rankings. In 2020, CollegeNET also ranked CSUCI 20th out of over 1,449 schools in its “Social Mobility Index,” and Money Magazine rated CSUCI as the 15th “Most Transformative College” in the nation.

CSUCI is a public comprehensive university that engages students in critical inquiry and is dedicated to educating leaders for a global society. The University is located in Ventura County and is home to more than 6,900 undergraduate and 239 graduate students. Approximately 55% of CSUCI’s students are Pell Grant eligible, and approximately 62% are first-generation college students. CSUCI is also proud to be designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI), with 55% of its undergraduate students self-identifying as Latinx, 25% as White, 6% as Asian/Asian American, 4% as multiracial, and 2% as Black/African American. In 2019, CSUCI was awarded Excelencia in Education’s inaugural “Seal of Excelencia” for its facilitation of Latinx student success.

CSUCI is committed to diversifying its faculty in order to address students’ ever-changing needs in the 21st century. The University is also taking steps to confront racism and to advocate for social justice. To this end, CSUCI encourages applicants to apply who are motivated to serve and contribute to the university’s tenure-track body, which self-identifies as 62% White, 21% Latinx, 9% Asian/Asian American, and 2% Black/African American.

Diversity Statement:

CSUCI is committed to recruiting individuals who are dedicated to furthering inclusive excellence in our campus community. We seek to enhance our diverse University population by welcoming people from all backgrounds, and by working to sustain an environment where colleagues can not only work and learn, but also create and thrive.

CSUCI Mission Statement:

Placing students at the center of the educational experience, California State University Channel Islands provides undergraduate and graduate education that facilitates learning within and across disciplines through integrative approaches, emphasizes experiential and service learning, and graduates students with multicultural and international perspectives.

CSUCI’s Commitment to You:

CSUCI is committed to helping newly hired faculty develop a sense of belonging in a collaborative and supportive community dedicated to providing resources and opportunities for establishing and sustaining a research agenda and engaging in continuous improvement in equitable teaching and learning.

About the Program:

The School of Education (SOE) at California State University, Channel Islands, invites applications for a tenure track Assistant Professor of Special Education with appointment to begin August 2023.

California State University, Channel Islands (CSUCI) is a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) and an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. CSUCI is strongly committed to increasing the diversity of the campus community and the curriculum, and to fostering an inclusive environment within which students, staff, administrators, and faculty thrive. Candidates who can contribute to this goal through their teaching, research, advising, service, leadership, and other activities are encouraged to identify their strengths and experiences in this area. Individuals advancing the University’s strategic diversity goals and those from groups whose underrepresentation in the American professoriate has been severe and longstanding are particularly encouraged to apply.

About the Position:

SOE is seeking an outstanding faculty colleague to prepare reflective scholar practitioners committed to just, equitable, and inclusive special education. CSUCI faculty are committed teacher-scholars who bring research and creative discovery to problems of practice in education settings. They teach broadly in the curricula of the department, advise students, and serve on departmental, school, and university-wide committees. Courses that this person may teach include those in the teacher education programs, as well as undergraduate and graduate courses throughout the SOE, depending on expertise.

Faculty in SOE are engaged in multiple service events and programs on nights and weekends, including orientation programs, retreats, community events, and other programs. Other service to the school, university, and community is also required. Faculty are expected to be available beyond the traditional workday for these programs which will include classes and events in person, virtual in real time and asynchronously.

The successful candidate is also responsible for producing scholarship commensurate with the requirements at rank, to contribute to and participate in the life and development of the school and department, advise students, serve on committees, and participate in the broader university and special education-relevant regional, state, and national communities and organizations.

The primary responsibilities of the Assistant Professor of Special Education will be to provide teach, advise, and oversee fieldwork/internships.

Minimum Degree Requirements:

  • ABD or Doctorate in Special Education or other related fields (Ph.D. or Ed.D.). ABD must have completed degree at time of appointment

Required Qualifications:

  • ABD or Doctorate in Special Education or other related fields (Ph.D. or Ed.D.). ABD must have completed degree at time of appointment
  • Possession of an active Special Education/Education Specialist teaching credential
  • Three years of experience in public P-12 school SPED teaching and/or leadership
  • Evidence of experience in working with culturally and linguistically diverse populations who receive special education services
  • A record of scholarly accomplishments appropriate to the level of assistant professor
  • Experience with integration of technology in instructional programs
  • Evidence of research, teaching, and/or practice regarding issues in special education with culturally and linguistically diverse and underserved populations
  • Experience in evidence based best practices for a specific student population (mild-to-moderate support needs or extensive support needs)

  • Applicants should demonstrate the commitment to effectively work with and engage a diverse student population and evidence of how they would successfully mentor minoritized students with special focus on Latinx, Black/African American, American Indian, and Asian/Asian American/Pacific Islander students.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Evidence of successful teaching of courses that prepare candidates for Special Education credentials and degrees
  • Established or emerging expertise in one or more of the following areas in Special Education: instruction and best practices for persons with mild to moderate support needs, instruction and best practices for persons with extensive support needs, supporting students with emotional and/or behavioral challenges, transition methods, assistive technology, and behavior analysis methodology
  • Experience in creating, interpreting, and administering formative assessments
  • Experience with collaboration and co-teaching strategies in K-12 and higher education
  • Evidence of scholarly and/or practical contributions that recognize and value the multiple intersecting identities of K-12 students
  • Record of seeking and/or achieving external funding
  • Experience with state, regional, and national accreditation procedures


  • Teaching, engaging in scholarly agenda, and providing service to SOE, university, and relevant community partners and organizations
  • Supporting Chair, as required, in continued development, implementation, and daily operations of the Special Education Program with faculty and Senate curriculum processes
  • Participating in relevant advisory committees
  • Recognizing and applying the program’s most recent policies and ensures that program documentation is up to date and consistent with approved California State University, CSUCI, and SOE policies
  • Supporting recruitment and admissions of students
  • Building and maintaining relationships with faculty and staff across the SOE and the University, as appropriate
  • Representing the Special Education program within and outside the SOE, CSUCI, and the region including relevant professional organizations
  • Collaboration with other departments and programs in SOE and CSUCI
  • Supporting continuous improvement, accreditation, and program review processes with relevant state, regional, and national agencies

Application Deadline:

Screening of applications will begin October 15, 2022. Priority will be given to applicants who meet the screening deadline; however, the position will remain open until filled.

Applicants must submit the following materials:

  • Cover letter in response to the required qualifications
  • Current Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement of practices of teaching and providing SPED services (500 words maximum)
  • Statement of scholarship agenda pertinent to SPED (500 words maximum)
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (500 words maximum)
  • A statement describing your experience mentoring and/or working with minoritized students with a special focus on Latinx, Black/African American, Asian/Asian American/Pacific Islander and American Indian students, and
  • A teaching philosophy describing how you plan to engage and interact with students, with a special focus on Latinx, Black/African American, Asian/Asian American/Pacific Islander, and American Indian students.

In later phases of the search process, applicants may be requested to provide verification of terminal degrees, licenses and certificates.

Submit all required materials to the CSUCI Careers application web address below:

Pay, Benefits & Work Schedule:

Salary is commensurate with knowledge, skills, and experience. The University offers excellent fringe benefits.

General Information:

Evidence of degree(s) required at time of hire.

At time of appointment, the successful candidate, if not a U.S. citizen, must have authorization from the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services to work in the United States.

The person holding this position may be considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

CSUCI is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, and disability. Our nondiscrimination policy is set forth in CSU Executive Order 1096.
Reasonable accommodations will be provided for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting Faculty Affairs at

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