Central Connecticut State University — Assistant Professor of Special Education

[C21-114]

Assistant Professor of Special Education

Department of Special Education and Interventions

The Department of Special Education and Interventions is seeking a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor to join the growing undergraduate and graduate programs at Central Connecticut State University for the Fall 2022 semester. The successful candidate will take a primary role in providing instruction and supervision using research and pedagogical best practices, student advisement, recruitment, and other duties that will enhance the department and university.

The position may include: teaching both undergraduate and graduate courses specifically focused in Special Education; advising graduate students; assisting in program accreditation process; and participating in department, professional unit, and university committees. The successful candidate may also be responsible for supervision of field experiences and is expected to effectively teach and advise a diverse student population, engage in ongoing research and other discipline-related scholarly activities, and make professional and university service contributions. Demonstrated achievement in teaching, scholarship, and service is required for tenure and promotion. Commitment to multiculturalism and working with a diverse student body is expected.

Required Qualifications:

  • • Earned doctorate in Special Education or equivalent with an emphasis on students with special needs at the elementary and/or secondary level (ABD considered with defense by August 15, 2022)
    • Three or more years of professional experience in a K-12 setting
    • Experience in data-based decision making
    • Documented quality, or promise of quality, in teaching, scholarship, service, and discipline-related professional activity
    • Competence in integrating technology into instruction
    • Evidence of exemplary organizational, and interpersonal skills
    • Evidence of commitment to social justice, educational equity, multiculturalism, diversity, and inclusion as it relates to teaching, research, and/or service

Preferred Qualifications:

  • • Earned special education teaching certificate and public school teaching experience
    • Expertise in teaching students with significant or low-incidence disabilities or autism
    • Experience in the implementation of positive behavioral interventions and supports (PBIS) in general and special education settings within a multi-tiered system of supports (MTSS)
    • Experience in transition planning
    • Culturally responsive teaching practices and/or experience working with and recruiting culturally diverse students
    • Evidence of commitment to and experience with field-based preparation of special education teachers
    • Experience teaching courses at the undergraduate and/or graduate level
    • Experience with supervision of pre-service teachers
    • Experience supporting students with the Educator Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA) or other teacher performance assessments
    • Working knowledge and evidence of implementation of Universal Design for Learning (UDL)
    • Experience in seeking external funding

The University: The largest of Connecticut’s regional comprehensive universities, Central currently enrolls over 10,000 students. A third of its undergraduates are students of color, the largest group being Hispanic. Ninety-six (96%) percent of the students are from Connecticut. For more information about Central Connecticut State University, please visit www.ccsu.edu.

The Community: Located nine miles southwest of Hartford, New Britain is a city of approximately 72,000. Part of the Greater Hartford area of 1.2 million residents, New Britain is centrally located in the state and is within easy reach of much of Connecticut and several metropolitan areas. Nicknamed “the Hardware City” for its rich industrial heritage, it is home to Stanley Black & Decker. Important cultural institutions include the New Britain Museum of American Art and Walnut Hill Park, designed by Fredrick Law Olmstead. New Britain’s population is characterized by a high degree of racial and ethnic diversity. Currently, the U.S. Census Bureau estimates 70% of the population as White, 13% as Black or African American, 3% as Asian, and 0.2% as American Indian or Alaska Native. Currently 4.6% of New Britain’s population identify themselves in more than one racial category and 43% of New Britain’s population identify themselves as Hispanic or Latino. Fifty percent (50%) speak a language other than English in the home and 19% were born internationally. Significant portions of its population come from Puerto Rico and Poland or consider themselves to be from the African-American, Italian, or Irish ethnic backgrounds. In addition to all that greater Hartford provides, New Britain is 40 minutes from Springfield, Massachusetts, two hours from Boston, and two hours from New York City. It is also part of the Hartford-Springfield “Knowledge Corridor” and, therefore, within easy driving distance of a host of private and public institutions of higher education and many cultural opportunities.

Application and Appointment: For full consideration, applications must be received by January 21, 2022.

To begin the application process please visit the CCSU HR Job Opportunities at https://www.ccsu.edu/hr/faculty-management-admin.html. Select job [C21-114] Assistant Professor of Special Education and click on the Apply button and submit the following documents:

  • Letter of interest addressing qualifications for the position
  • Current curriculum vitae
  • Names of three professional references including their address, email address, and telephone numbers.
  • Evidence of effective teaching (e.g., syllabi, student evaluations, letters from supervisors/colleagues, teaching philosophy, etc.)
  • Evidence of scholarly activity and achievement (e.g., copies of published articles/book chapters, recent conference presentations, etc.)
  • For ABD candidates, letter from thesis advisor stating anticipated date of completion.
    Note: Candidates uploading additional materials must combine all documents into one PDF file. For further assistance, please email gabriela.s.flores-erazo@ccsu.edu.

In accordance with the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) Collective Bargaining Union Contract, compensation for this position is at the rank of Assistant Professor for 2020-2021. Salary is commensurate with education and experience. For more information, please visit American Association of University Professors (AAUP) Collective Bargaining Union Contract at https://www.ct.edu/files/pdfs/2016-2021%20AAUP%20Contract.pdf

The State of Connecticut and Central Connecticut State University is proud to offer its employees competitive wages and a wide range of fringe benefits including voluntary and supplemental benefits. Fringe benefits include personal and sick leave, paid holidays, medical, dental, and prescription plans, group life insurance, a choice of retirement plans, retirement health care, tuition waiver for employee and eligible dependents at any of the Connecticut State Universities (Central, Eastern, Southern or Western) as well as an array of voluntary and supplemental benefits such as Deferred Retirement Compensation plans, Dependent Care Assistance and Medical Flexible spending accounts, long term and short term disability plans.

For more detailed information, please visit CCSU Human Resources

Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. Emailed and mailed applications will not be accepted. Please redact any personally identifiable information (i.e., Social Security number, date of birth, marital status, country of origin) from any documents submitted. Please ensure your Social Security Number is not listed on any documents submitted.

For more information, contact Laura Jacobson, Search Committee Chair, at 860-832-2408 or Laura.Jacobson@ccsu.edu.

As an affirmative action employer, Central Connecticut State University actively seeks and encourages applications from women, minorities, persons with disabilities, and individuals with protected veteran status. The University provides reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.

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