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College of Education: Assistant Professor, Significant Disabilities - Department of Special Education (151768)

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Job Location:
Urbana, Illinois
Special Education




Department of Special Education, College of Education

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The Department of Special Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign invites applications for a full-time tenure-track faculty position in special education with expertise in K-12 th grade youth with significant disabilities. This dynamic faculty member will contribute to a rich tradition of conducting influential research; securing external grant funding; teaching both undergraduate and graduate courses; mentoring and advising graduate students; and providing university, state, and professional service. Successful candidates must have a strong interest in and commitment to both research and teacher education.

The Department, ranked 9th among special education departments in the nation by U.S. News and World Report (2020), is committed to the production and dissemination of new knowledge in the field. Faculty and graduate students in the Department work in diverse educational and community settings and prepare educational professionals at the undergraduate, masters, doctoral, and post-doctoral levels. Departmental faculty engage in interdisciplinary collaboration and conduct research on a range of timely and critical topics; see . The College of Education is known for its groundbreaking research, innovative approaches to teaching, commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, and service to the global community.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer that recruits and hires qualified candidates without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability or veteran status. For more information, visit


  • Demonstrated expertise in K-12 th grade youth with significant disabilities.
  • A doctorate in special education or a related field earned by the date of hire.
  • A line of research that has the potential to lead to an outstanding and sustained record of scholarship and external funding.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and evidence of effective collaboration skills.
  • Minimum of two years successful experience as a special education professional with individuals with K-12 th grade youth with significant disabilities.
  • Evidence of successful University teaching.
  • Experience addressing and advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in research, teaching, service, and/or public engagement.


  • Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) certification
  • Experience with online teaching and learning
  • Experience as a teacher of K-12 th grade students with significant disabilities in school settings

Salary and Starting Date: Salary will be commensurate with rank and experience. The starting date is August 16, 2022.

APPLICATION PROCEDURES: To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by October 29 th, 2021 at 5pm CST. All requested information must be submitted to be considered. Please create a candidate profile at . You must upload one combined pdf file that contains the following documents: a cover letter that summarizes research, teaching, and service experiences, including how you address and advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in your work; curriculum vitae; two sample publications; and the contact information for three references. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Invitations to interview may be extended before the closing date of October 29; however, no hiring decision will be made before that date.

For further information regarding application procedures, you may contact the chair of the search committee, Dr. Meghan Burke, at or 217-333-0260.

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. Convictions are not a bar to employment. The University of Illinois System requires candidates selected for hire to disclose any documented finding of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment and to authorize inquiries to current and former employers regarding findings of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment. For more information, visit Policy on Consideration of Sexual Misconduct in Prior Employment. As a qualifying federal contractor, the University of Illinois System uses E-Verify to verify employment eligibility .

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