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Assistant Professor in Special Education Intellectual Disability and Severe Disabilities (req17492)

University of New Mexico
Job Location:
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Special Education
Posting Number

Employment Type: Faculty

Faculty Type

Hiring Department
Department of Special Education (971A)

Academic Location
College of Education

Campus: Main - Albuquerque, NM

Benefits Eligible
The University of New Mexico provides a comprehensive package of benefits including medical, dental, vision, and life insurance. In addition, UNM offers educational benefits through the tuition remission and dependent education programs. See the Benefits home page for more information.

Position Summary

The University of New Mexico, College of Education & Human Sciences, Department of Special Education, invites applications for an Assistant Professor in Special Education, with experience and expertise in intellectual disability and severe disabilities. This tenure track, probationary appointment leading to a tenure decision, begins August 2022. This new UNM Special Education faculty member will have opportunities to work in an academic climate of great vitality with committed colleagues to enhance collaborations with school districts, recruit outstanding graduate students, pursue exciting research and grants, and synergistically build on existing strong programs in the Special Education Department and the College of Education & Human Sciences.

The successful candidate will be expected to teach courses specific to preparation of educators to serve students with intellectual disability and severe disabilities in inclusive settings and conduct scholarly work related to the education of students with intellectual disability and severe disabilities, their families, and the preparation of educators to serve these students. The assistant professor will collaborate with colleagues and be a part of the cutting-edge Special Education Department. In addition, the successful candidate will advise graduate students, serve on transcripted graduate certificate and dissertation committees, and maintain an active research agenda. The University is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to diversity through their teaching, research, and service. Successful candidates must be committed to working with broadly diverse student and community populations.


Minimum Qualifications:

1) Terminal degree in Special Education or closely related field by August 15, 2022, and

2) Minimum of three years' experience working with students with intellectual disability and severe disabilities.

Preferred Qualifications:

1) Robust and current academic preparation in teaching students with intellectual disability and severe disabilities in inclusive settings;

2) Thorough formal preparation and current involvement in research activities, such that the successful candidate will be able to establish an agenda of active research in the area of intellectual disability and severe disabilities;

3) Clinical/professional experience with students with intellectual disability and severe disabilities with a variety of cultural, linguistic, and socioeconomic backgrounds in inclusive settings;

4) Potential for teaching graduate education preparation/methods courses in the Special Education Department to teach students with intellectual disability and severe disabilities in inclusive settings;

5) Excellent communication and interpersonal skills;

6) A demonstrated and clearly articulated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and student success, as well as working with broadly diverse communities.

Application Instructions

Only applications submitted through the official UNMJobs site will be accepted. If you are viewing this job advertisement on a 3rd party site, please visit UNMJobs to submit an application.

A complete application will include:
1) A signed letter of application, including detailed statement of qualifications in relation to the minimum and preferred qualifications listed. Because the University is committed to a broadly diverse educational environment that fosters multicultural skills, applicants should include in their cover letter information about how they will further this objective.
2) A complete and up-to-date curriculum vitae.
3) Transcripts of all graduate coursework (readable, UNOFFICIAL copies will be accepted).
4) The names, addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses for three to five professional references.
5) One professional publication or presentation.
6) Samples of teaching materials and/or evidence of teaching excellence.
For inquiries please email Dr. Julia Scherba de Valenzuela, Search Committee Chair at or Audrea Winslow, Special Education Department Administrator.

Applicants who are appointed to a UNM faculty position are required to provide an official certification of successful completion of all degree requirements prior to their initial employment with UNM.

For Best Consideration
For best consideration, please apply by 10/31/2021. This position will remain open until filled.

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