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University of Kansas
  • Position Number: 3492894
  • Location: Lawrence, KS
  • Position Type: Education - Special Education

Williamson Family Distinguished Professor in Special Education Special Education

Position Overview

The University of Kansas, Department of Special Education is recruiting applicants for a full-time, tenure track, academic year (9-month) position in our nationally ranked Special Education program, for the Williamson Family Distinguished Professor position. We are seeking an established scholar with a focused, innovative research agenda important to issues in the lives of individuals with or at risk for disabilities (within the birth to adulthood life span). The successful candidate will contribute to a rich tradition of conducting influential research; securing external funding; teaching university courses; mentoring and advising students; and providing university, state, and professional service. Successful candidates must have a strong interest in and commitment to rigorous research, as well as preparing future researchers and educators. In addition, applicants would have extensive experience collaborating with community partners (e.g., school district leaders, teachers, families). We encourage applications from scholars who are innovative, future-oriented thinkers who enjoy collaborating with other scholars and students, to achieve the University of Kansas' vision: To be an exceptional learning community that lifts each other and advances society (see University of Kansas' strategic plan:

The University of Kansas is a Carnegie doctoral/research-extensive university with a $1.4 billion endowment and a faculty of 2,600. Current enrollment is 28,500 (19,000 undergraduate), with students drawn from 110 nations and all 50 states, 20.6% of KU students are members of minority groups. The 1,000-acre main campus is in Lawrence, Kansas the center of a vibrant and culturally-rich community — a quintessential college town. Visitors, students and new employees from outside the area enjoy discovering the many wonders of Lawrence, including a thriving downtown, diverse local and regional events, area lakes, vibrant arts and music scenes, and an indelible history. Home to nearly 95,000 people, Lawrence is located 45 minutes west of Kansas City and 30 minutes east of Topeka, the state capital. Along with the music, arts, culture and sports experiences offered at KU and in Lawrence, the short drive to Kansas City provides quick access to historic jazz clubs, museums, world-class music and theatre venues, and professional sports teams.

KU has 21 programs ranked in the U.S. News & World Report top 25 among public universities, including #1 rankings for graduate programs in special education and public administration.

In a continuing effort to enrich its academic environment and provide equal educational and employment opportunities, the university actively encourages applications from members of underrepresented groups in higher education. KU's vision is to be an exceptional learning community that lifts each other and advances society. The Jayhawks Rising Strategic Plan was developed around three Institutional Priorities: creating a clear and ambitious direction to fulfill our mission to educate leaders, build healthy communities, and make discoveries that change the world. Additional information is available at

At KU we make it our mission to educate leaders, build healthy communities, and make discoveries that change the world. We aspire to be an exceptional learning community that lifts each other and advances society. KU's strategic plan Jayhawks Rising is focused on objectives to accomplish this vision through three mission-based priorities of student success, healthy and vibrant communities, research, and discovery. We are seeking a committed scholar to support the university in addressing this mission, with a commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB).

The successful candidate must be eligible to work in the U.S, by the time of appointment.

Job Description

Allocation of Effort

Develop and maintain an active scholarly research agenda and participate in research and grant activities (.40 FTE).

Sustain an active and productive program of research leading to new insights and advances for publication in refereed journals or other scholarly outlets;
Provide leadership among and collaborate with faculty members and students as part of their programmatic lines of inquiry;
Participate in and present original research at scholarly conferences and conventions
Mentor master's and doctoral students in the development of research skills and in production of scholarly products; and
Obtain external funding for research initiatives in collaboration with colleagues.
Teach university courses in special education, advise masters, and doctoral students (.40 FTE)
Advise, mentor, and teach students working toward masters and/or doctoral degrees in Special Education; and
Serve on student committees within and beyond the department (e.g., master's theses, master's projects, and doctoral committees).
Contribute to professional service at all levels (e.g., department, school, university, state, and national) (.20 FTE).
Collaborate with Department of Special Education, Department of Curriculum and Teaching, and other School of Education and Human Sciences (SOEHS) faculty to ensure effective graduate-level recruitment, advising, and educator preparation;
Participate in Department of Special Education, SOEHS, and University committees, faculty meetings, and retreats to ensure KU programs meet all professional standards and program quality expectations;
Collaborate with local, state, and national stakeholders to facilitate ongoing communication, advocacy, research initiatives, and educator preparation

Required Qualifications

Doctoral degree in Special Education or related field from an accredited institution with a demonstrated international record of excellence as a scholar/researcher.
Established line of research resulting in a productive record of scholarship and external funding
Established record of collaborative partnerships with community programs, districts, schools, relevant state departments, professional organizations, families,
Established record of successful teaching, advising, and mentoring of undergraduate and/or graduate student in research and practice;
Ranks among the top scholars in the United States for their field.
Engages in inter-disciplinary work
Demonstrated excellence in college teaching
A proven record of interest in and concern for the growth and success of their students, colleagues, and institutions.
A demonstrated record of engagement in professional activities (e.g., service, leadership, professional organizations) in related fields as well as University affairs.
A record of notable service to communities at the local, state, national, and/or international levels.

Contact Information to Applicants
Send nominations to Kathleen Lynne Lane, Search Committee Chair at

Additional Candidate Instruction

Screening of applications begins November 1, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled. A complete application includes an online application, with the following attached:

Curriculum vita
Letter of application that identifies professional interests generally and specific interests and background relevant to this position
Two samples of scholarly work
A list of three professional/academic references with contact information

In addition to the materials above, learning about each applicant's contribution and engagement in areas of diversity is an important part of KU's mission. As a result, applicants will be presented the following prompt at the time of application. The response must be within 4,000 characters or less.

Describe your experiences working with people from diverse backgrounds and explain how those experiences reflect your commitments to diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging.
Only complete applications will be considered. Other documentation may be requested from candidate finalists. Finalists will be required to submit to a background investigation. The preferred position starting date is August 18, 2023.

Application Review Begins: 01-Nov-2022
Anticipated Start Date: 18-Aug-2023
Position Number: TBD
Primary Campus: University of Kansas Lawrence Campus
FTE: 1.0
Reg/Temp: Regular
Advertised Salary Range: Competitive salary, commensurate with qualifications and experience
Employee Class: F-Faculty

If interested, please apply:


The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, gender identity, gender expression, and genetic information in the university's programs and activities. Retaliation is also prohibited by university policy. The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies and are the Title IX coordinators for their respective campuses: Director of the Office of Civil Rights & Title IX,, Room 1082, Dole Human Development Center, 1000 Sunnyside Avenue, Lawrence, KS 66045, 785-864-6414, 711 TTY (for the Lawrence, Edwards, Parsons, Yoder, and Topeka campuses); Director, Equal Opportunity Office, Mail Stop 7004, 4330 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Fairway, KS 66205, 913-588-8011, 711 TTY (for the Wichita, Salina, and Kansas City, Kansas medical center campuses).

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