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Pacific Lutheran University
  • Position Number: 3553498
  • Location: Tacoma, WA
  • Position Type: Education - Teacher Education - Elementary
General Description:
The School of Education and Kinesiology invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position in areas related toSPEDeducation in undergraduate and graduate programs in the Department of Education. Faculty should be able to contribute to pan-university requirements as needed (i.e. First Year Experience program).
The Department of Education at Pacific Lutheran University offers programs leading to teacher or administrator certification as well as a variety of programs and professional development offerings for already certified individuals. The department is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic community. We encourage applications from individuals whose backgrounds or interests align with this commitment, and who foresee it impacting their research, teaching, and service.

Work Schedule:

Full-time, tenure-track assistant professor position beginning September 1, 2022. Work schedule will vary by term and course. Courses may be offered during regular business hours (8am-5pm Monday thru Friday), in evenings or occasionally on weekends.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

  • Teach undergraduate and graduate courses (24 credits per year).
  • Maintain an active scholarly agenda.
  • Contribute to department and university service activities.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • Knowledge of the needs of Special Education in the K-12 setting.
  • Knowledge of inclusive teaching and learning strategies.
  • Commitment to working effectively with a diverse faculty and student body.
  • Commitment to high quality teaching in a private, liberal arts based university.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with others.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in both written and oral forms.
  • Commitment to continued growth and professional development.

Required Qualifications:
  • Doctorate in Education or related field must be in hand by September 1, 2023.
  • Teaching experience in K-12 schools.
  • Background working with, teaching, or mentoring a diverse group of students.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Teaching experience in higher education teacher preparation.
  • Knowledge of K-12 teaching standards for Washington State.
  • Academic knowledge or credentials in Special Education.
  • Ability to articulate a clear scholarly agenda that is appropriate to the position.

Work Conditions:
  • Work occurs on a residential campus in a typical office setting. Courses are taught in person. When supervising teacher candidates, the work is in a K-12 school setting.

Physical Requirements:
  • Movement during in-class teaching.
  • Ability to travel for supervision responsibilities.

To apply, please submit your application here and include:

    • Cover letter;
    • Curriculum vitae;
    • List of 3 references;
    • Statement of teaching philosophy in which you describe your goals for student learning, the methods you use to help students achieve them, and how you assess student learning. This statement should also explicitly address how you create an inclusive learning environment that is grounded in equity focused pedagogy.

For questions or more information, please contact Jan Weiss at

Other Information:

Pacific Lutheran University purposefully integrates the liberal arts, professional studies and civic engagement in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Our faculty lead with a bold commitment to expanding well-being, opportunity, and justice and instill this commitment in their students.PLUeducators work to create an environment where students feel heard and valued, nurturing lifelong learners who aren't afraid to do things differently to make the world better for everyone.PLUsupports faculty as they help students turn ambition into purpose, skills into tools, and their caring into a transformative force.

BecausePLUis a community committed to the creation and advancement of knowledge through diversity and inclusion, the university actively recruits a diverse faculty, staff, and student body from all religions, races, socioeconomic groups, sexual orientations, and gender expressions and from all over the world. For the 2021–22 academic year, 34.3% percent ofPLUundergraduate students are from the first generation in their families to attend college; 43.7% percent self-identify as students of color; and 34.4% percent are Pell Grant–eligible.

Offering distinctive opportunities for global engagement, collaborative student-faculty research, and purposeful learning, our faculty guide 2,900 students from all faiths and backgrounds to discern their purpose through relevant coursework, inclusive mentoring, and internships at world-class Puget Sound-area businesses and institutions.PLUis located on a 156-acre woodland campus in the Parkland neighborhood of Tacoma, Washington and about 40 minutes south of downtown Seattle. The campus reflects consciously green practices and is in proximity to the natural beauty of Mount Rainier, the Cascade and Olympic mountain ranges, and the Puget Sound.

PLUadministration supports and respects the strong culture of faculty-shared governance by working closely and collaboratively with faculty leadership to sustain and strengthen existing structures and procedures while working together on key institutional, academic and curricular decisions.PLUis an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from members of historically underrepresented and minoritized groups, women, veterans, persons with disabilities, and others who would bring broadly diverse perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds in educational, research, or other work activities. For general application questions or if you need accommodations at any point in the application and/or interview process, please contact the Human Resources Office at 253-535-7185

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