Job Details

Pennsylvania State University
  • Position Number: 2120735
  • Location: University Park, PA
  • Position Type: Education - Special Education

Assistant or Associate Professor of Education (Special Education)

Position Available: Assistant / Associate Professor of Education (Special Education)

Beginning: Fall, 2021

Appointment conditions:

The Special Education Program is seeking a tenure-track faculty member with expertise in diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) within special education, with preferred emphasis on explicit instruction and literacy instruction, however, other areas of expertise (e.g., teacher preparation, social/emotional learning, and/or culturally responsive instruction) will also be considered. This is a tenure track, 36-week appointment with the possibility of supplementary summer appointments in research and/or teaching. Full University benefits apply. Penn State has a strong commitment to the diversity of its workforce. We encourage applications from individuals of diverse backgrounds. This potential hire is in line with current strategic plan regarding DEI within the university (Penn State), the college (College of Education), department (Educational Psychology, Counseling, and Special Education; EPCSE) and hiring program (Special Education; SPLED).


The new faculty member will play a transformative role in within the program with responsibilities that include:
  • Teaching both the undergraduate and graduate-level courses;
  • Competing for externally funded research resources;
  • Engaging in prevention/intervention activities; and,
  • Promoting social and restorative justice in the field within the context of preparing the next generation of effective teachers.

Required qualifications:
  • Earned doctorate in Special Education or a closely related field with preferred emphasis in literacy instruction.
  • Evidence of a commitment to developing a significant program of research, commensurate with experience.
  • Evidence of a commitment to excellence in teaching and advising including a willingness to consider teaching in online environments, where appropriate, along with an interest in the use of modern technology, commensurate with experience.
  • Evidence of a commitment to working collegially and with individuals from diverse backgrounds, commensurate with experience.

Desirable qualifications:

The following list of qualifications are not essential for consideration but may enhance the application. The desired qualifications are associated with the position and complement the attributes of other faculty in the program:
  • Expertise in literacy and/or explicit instruction (expertise in other areas will also be considered);
  • Evidence of research and scholarly writing related to DEI or the promise of such a record of publication;
  • An established record of receiving competitive grants or the promise of such record of receiving competitive grants to support the development, implementation, and evaluation of educational interventions;
  • Demonstrated work (e.g., practice, research, or scholarship) in advancing access, equity, and quality education underrepresented minority populations;
  • The ability to advise master's and doctoral students; and,
  • Commitment to providing service to the Department, College, University, and professional organizations or other external agencies.

The Pennsylvania State University
Penn State [] is a comprehensive, multi-campus research university serving all regions of the Commonwealth, as well as the nation and the world in instruction, research, and service roles that require responsiveness to and support from society's public and private sectors. As a land-grant university, Penn State has responsibility for providing a wide array of programs in the professional and technical disciplines, as well as a balanced offering of undergraduate and graduate programs in the arts and sciences. Penn State shares with other major research universities the traditional responsibilities to discover, develop, preserve, and disseminate knowledge.

The College of Education

The College of Education [] at Penn State was established in 1923 to deepen and extend knowledge about the formation and utilization of human capabilities. It offers resident degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels as well as an extensive outreach effort aimed at continuing professional development for educators at distant locations. The College's research program is also extensive and College faculty members secured over $36.7 million in external support during the past three years from a wide range of national and state government agencies, private foundations, and corporations. The College's location within a large, research oriented, land-grant university provides numerous opportunities for studying education from multidisciplinary perspectives in the context of a university-wide commitment to making life better for all citizens.

The College houses four academic departments: Curriculum and Instruction; Education Policy Studies; Educational Psychology, Counseling, and Special Education; and Learning and Performance Systems. The departments offer seven undergraduate majors to more than 2,250 students and 11 graduate programs, under authority of the Graduate School, to nearly 1,000 students. Recent surveys rank the Penn State College of Education among the top colleges, schools, and departments of education in the United States.

The Department of Educational Psychology, Counseling, and Special Education

The undergraduate and graduate programs in the EPCSE department provide students an education focused on prevention and intervention for at risk and marginalized populations. In 2020, the U.S. News and World Report ranked the graduate program in Special Education at Penn State as one of the top in the nation (#14). EPCSE has extensive links with key College and University Centers of Excellence, networks, and Institutes that provide research infrastructure and extensive collaboration opportunities, including the Criminal Justice Research Center ( the Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center (, the Child Study Center ( ,and the Child Maltreatment Solutions Network (, and the Restorative Justice Initiative ( EPCSE faculty will also have access to research infrastructure in Penn State's cross-University research institutes, including the Social Science Research Institute (, the Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute (, the Huck Institutes of Life Sciences (, the Institute for Cyber Science (, the Penn State Cancer Institute ( and the Penn State Neuroscience Institute (

Application procedures:

Applicants must submit letter of application documenting qualifications for the position, a current curriculum vitae, copies of official graduate transcripts (where appropriate), up to three representative reprints or preprints of scholarly publications (if available), and at least three names, mail and e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers of academic references. Upload all requested documents into the Resume/Cover letter file drop area on the online application. Applications received by February 12, 2021, are assured full consideration; however, applications will be received until the position is filled. Questions about the search can be directed to the search chair:

Dr. Jonte' (JT) Taylor

Special Education Faculty Search Chair

Box 210 CEDAR Building

University Park, PA 16802

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