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Assistant/Associate Professor: Special Education Administration

University of Northern Colorado
Job Location:
Greeley, Colorado
Special Education
The School of Special Education at UNC is seeking a qualified candidate for the position of Assistant/Associate Professor of Special Education who has experience in the area of Special Education Administration. The Special Education Administration program provides for the initial preparation of special education administrators and leads to a Colorado approved administrator license endorsed as a Director of Special Education K-12. The successful candidate will be expected to maintain scholarly activities, teach courses in Special Education Administration and General Special Education and engage in school, college, university and national service. Also associated with the position is an expectation to collaborate with other schools in the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences and the Colorado Department of Education.

About the Institution
Founded in 1889, UNC is a public doctoral research university committed to student success. We have a wide range of undergraduate and graduate programs in five colleges: Education and Behavioral Sciences, Humanities and Social Sciences, Monfort College of Business, Natural and Health Sciences, and Performing and Visual Arts. 

The University of Northern Colorado is Colorado’s leader in education. One of the major priorities of the campus is the implementation of the University strategic plan: Rowing not Drifting 2030 guides our direction and aspirations for the next decade. As an emerging Hispanic Serving Institution, the University of Northern Colorado strives to be the institution the state looks to as the future of higher education. Our students experience a personalized education grounded in the liberal arts and infused with the critical and creative inquiry; establish relationships with faculty and staff that nurture individual development; gain the skills and knowledge that promote upward mobility; and share a commitment to the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

About the College 
The College of Education and Behavioral Sciences is at the center of excellence in professional preparation, research, and global educational leadership. Demonstrating our commitment to the University's state-mandated mission to prepare education professionals, we offer high-quality undergraduate and graduate programs on our main Greeley campus, our Denver/Lowry campus, as well as various locations across the state and online. For example, the Center for Urban Education in Denver uses innovative strategies to prepare early childhood, elementary and special education teachers for work in urban classrooms.

About the School of Special Education
The School of Special Education offers a comprehensive array of degrees, including seven graduate degree/licensure programs recognized by U.S. News & World Report as “best online graduate programs”, a nationally recognized Ph.D. program, two graduate certificate programs, and two undergraduate degree/licensure program.

Founded in 1954, UNC’s School of Special Education is committed to excellence in basic and advanced teacher preparation in special education. Our expert, experienced faculty work to develop educators who advocate for children and youth with exceptionalities and their families. 
In keeping with UNC’s institutional values, the School of Special Education believes children and youth with exceptionalities, their families, and those who work to support them, inclusive of university faculty are part of a larger diverse community. These views on diversity include race, ethnicity, culture, language, age, (dis)abilities, family status/composition, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, religious and spiritual values, geographic location, country of origin and professional role (CEC, 2021).

Institutional Values
As you consider joining the UNC community, it is important to know that UNC is dedicated to strengthening and advancing our collective work related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We develop and learn more with a diverse team. Diversity encompasses differing perspectives, thoughts, and experiences. We value diversity in all forms and appreciate the contributions every individual makes to the UNC community. We expect members of our community to stretch their learning about race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, lifestyle, age, educational background, national origin, religion, and physical ability. When you join UNC, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative, and equity-minded institution committed to meaningful collaboration among faculty, staff, students, and community partners.

Location and Community
The University of Northern Colorado is located in Greeley, Colorado. The city has a population of 110,000 and is perfectly situated on the high plains with panoramic views of the Rocky Mountains. One hour north of Denver and a little over an hour east of Rocky Mountain National Park, Greeley has a distinct small-town feel and a downtown that is designated as a Colorado Creative District. Further information can be found at Visit Greeley and U.S Census Quick Facts.

Additional Information:
This position is contingent on funding from the Colorado State Legislature and approval by the Board of Trustees, and is subject to the policies and regulations of the University of Northern Colorado. Federal regulations require that the University retain all documents submitted by applicants. Materials will not be returned or copied for applicants.
The University of Northern Colorado is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution that does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, creed, religion, sexual preference or veteran status. For more information or issues of equity or fairness or claims of discrimination contact the UNC AA/EEO/Title IX Officer at UNC Human Resource Services, Campus Box 54, Carter Hall 2002, Greeley, CO 80639, or call 970-351-2718.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • An earned doctorate in Special Education or related field.
  • Demonstrated excellence or potential for excellence in scholarship
  • Demonstrated excellence or potential for excellence in university level teaching
  • Three years minimum successful teaching in P-12 educational settings in Special Education
  • Experience working as a special education administrator
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience teaching graduate students in online and face-to-face modalities.
  • Experience working with diverse populations.
  • Expertise in an additional area of specialty in special education (e.g., Autism, ABA/Behavior, Blind/VI, Deaf/HH, ECSE, Gifted, Generalist, Significant Needs)
Application Information:
Please submit a cover letter addressing how your qualifications and expertise address the minimum and preferred qualifications for the position, as well as how your experiences in education ensure educational equity and access for persons with disabilities. Please also submit your CV, a teaching philosophy, a sample of professional writing, unofficial transcripts, and a list of three references with contact information online at:

Review of application materials will begin on December 1, 2021 and continue until position is filled.Contact: Dr. Nancy M Sileo, Search Chair, at
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