Job ID: 113236

Assistant Professor in Special Education at the University of Minnesota

University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

  • Oct. 1, 2018
  • Assistant Professor in Special Education at the University of Minnesota
  • Educational Psychology
  • University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Open until filled
  • Aug. 26, 2019
  • Assistant Professor
  • Special Education
The Department of Educational Psychology, College of Education and Human Development, University of Minnesota invites applications for an Assistant Professor (tenure-track) position in Special Education. This is a full-time position in a leading graduate program and college of a major urban research university with a starting date of August 28, 2019. The Special Education Program - among the top ten Special Education graduate programs in the country - seeks an individual to contribute to innovative research, teaching, and service in the area of autism spectrum disorder (ASD)/developmental disabilities. We are particularly interested in individuals whose research will build on and contribute theoretically and empirically to prevention and intensive intervention.

The College of Education and Human Development is a world leader in discovering, disseminating, and applying principles and practices of multidisciplinary scholarship and multiculturalism to advance teaching and learning and to enhance the psychological, physical, and social development of children, youth, and adults across the lifespan in families, organizations, and communities. Additional information about the college and the department can be found at: Located in the culturally diverse cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, the University offers unique opportunities for research and participation in varied cultural communities.

Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Research: (40%) Develop and maintain a strong record of scientific scholarship pertinent to academic, social, and/or behavioral outcomes for individuals with autism spectrum disorder or other developmental disabilities, while maintaining a commitment to securing external funds to support the individual’s scholarly inquiry and graduate training.

Teaching and Advising: (40%) Provide instruction, and leadership in the Special Education program (which includes both undergraduate and graduate level teaching opportunities); advise graduate students while making strong contributions to the ongoing activities of the undergraduate and graduate training program, the department, the college, and the University.

Service: (20%) Participate in program, department, college, university, local/regional schools, and other service or civic engagement activities, such as service on internal committees or task forces and making presentations to external constituencies. Participate in the activities of relevant professional organizations.

Desired Background and Experience:

Minimum qualifications (required to be considered for the position):
•     An earned doctorate in Special Education or a closely related field or evidence that the degree will be in hand before August 28, 2019.
•     Evidence of ability to teach and contribute to academic program development at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
•     Demonstrated scholarly record in the form of peer-reviewed publications and conference presentations in the area of ASD or DD.

Preferred qualifications:
•     We are particularly interested in individuals whose research will contribute to the evidence base supporting data-based decision-making to guide prevention and early and/or intensive intervention.
•     Program of research entailing assessment and/or intervention, such as developmental behavioral intervention, positive behavior intervention and support, or other evidence-based instructional methods for individuals with ASD/DD.
•     Evidence of ability to secure research or training grants.
•     Experience teaching at the UG or Graduate level in the area of ASD/DD
•     Teaching license that covers ASD

The University of Minnesota is actively building capacity in the area of ASD. The commitment to growth and innovation are evidenced by the 5 hires made in this area since 2013 and the establishment of a new Master’s program in Applied Behavior Analysis. The ideal candidate will contribute intellectually to the larger cross-campus interdisciplinary community of scholars involved in autism and neurodevelopmental disability research. The Special Education Program, the Department of Educational Psychology, and the College of Education + Human Development (CE+HD) are continuing the commitment to growth by encouraging applicants who have a vision to advance research and practice in the areas of autism and neurodevelopmental disability. The College is home to a LEND (MN LEND - emphasizing interdisciplinary leadership training) and a UCEDD (Institute for Community Integration, ICI )with excellent ties to the University of Minnesota’s Center for Magnetic Resonance Research (CMRR) and the Center for Neurobehavioral Development (CNBD).

Appointment Details:
The person hired will be appointed to a full-time 9-month position as a tenure-track Assistant Professor. The starting date for this appointment is August 28, 2019, and the salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.

Application Process:
An on-line application is required for this position. Please access the University of Minnesota Employment System at and search for Requisition Number: 326834. To apply, click on the Apply button and follow the instructions. You will have the opportunity to attach a cover letter and resume. Please note that all other additional documents required will have to be attached after the application by accessing your “My Activities” page.

To be fully considered for the position, please include the following items in your application:
•     Cover letter addressing qualifications including a description of the focus of the individual's research program and a statement indicating how the candidate meets the stated expectations of the position
•     Curriculum vitae
•     Academic transcript showing conferral of the candidate's doctorate
•     Letters from three references

Nominations and applications will be reviewed beginning November 1, 2018, and the position will remain open until filled.

  • The University of Minnesota is committed to the policy that all persons have equal access to its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, disability, public assistance, veteran status, or sexual orientation.

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Contact Information

  • Christal Vang
    Educational Psychology
    University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
    Minneapolis, MN

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