Drake University — Assistant Professor of Special Education

The Drake University School of Education invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Special Education in the Department of Teaching Learning starting in the Fall 2022 semester. Primary responsibilities include teaching undergraduate and graduate courses that support the Teaching and Learning Bachelor’s and Master’s degree special education programs, working effectively with the education faculty and staff, and contributing to the overall mission of the Department and the University. Drake University is committed to cultivating an environment of inclusive excellence. We particularly welcome applications from candidates affiliated with groups historically under-represented in the profession and those who have demonstrated success in working with diverse students, faculty, and staff.

Responsibilities also include student advising, working cooperatively with area public schools, maintaining an active research and publication agenda, participating in school and university committees and professional organizations, and other duties as assigned. The successful candidate may also have the opportunity to teach courses in and develop courses in their specialty field. Courses are delivered in a variety of formats including bi-weekly day classes, weekly night classes, weekend sessions, on-line, and hybrid.

In year one, the faculty member will teach six credit hours in one semester and nine in the other. In subsequent semesters, the faculty member will teach nine credit hours each semester. The faculty member may also have the opportunity to teach during the summer.


  • Earned Doctorate in Education or related field with expertise in Special Education; ABD considered if expected degree is completed within the semester hired.
  • Established teaching experience in Special Education within Grades K-12.

The Drake University of School of Education is a diverse community of collaborative learners dedicated to the preparation, licensure, advancement, and continuing education of teachers, counselors, school administrators, and other educational leaders of learning communities. The Drake University School of Education is committed to diversity and inclusivity and is guided by the principles of academic reflection, collaborative learning, and promoting lifelong learning as a purposeful activity that advances global citizenship and just society.

Drake University is a midsized, private university in Des Moines, Iowa. Drake University offers the benefits and resources of a larger institution along with the advantages of intimate class sizes and close personal relationships. Drake enrolls more than 3,000 undergraduates and 1,900 graduate students from 45 states and more than 42 countries. These students choose from more than 70 majors, minors, and concentrations and 20 graduate degrees offered through six colleges and schools. In addition, we offer a range of continuing education programs serving working professionals, community members, and area businesses. Additional information about Drake, Des Moines, benefits, and faculty development opportunities, etc. can be found at www.drake.edu/hr/.

Interested candidates are to submit a letter of application, current curriculum vita, a diversity and equity statement, and a statement of teaching philosophy. Candidates will submit three references (name, phone number, and e-mail address) upon request. Academic transcripts will be requested for final candidates. Materials will be submitted at: https://drake.HireTouch.com.

Review of applicants will begin on October 15th, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled. Drake University is an equal opportunity employer and actively seeks applicants who reflect the diversity of the nation. Please contact Dr. Tonia Land (tonia.land@drake.edu) with any questions.