University of Northern Iowa — Instructor, Special Education

The University of Northern Iowa’s Department of Special Education seeks applications for a full-time two-year term instructor, starting in January 2022, with demonstrated experience and expertise in special education, as well as a commitment to diversity, inclusion, and social justice through the preparation of preservice and in-service teachers. Responsibilities include teaching a course in assessment, teaching methods, or social-emotional behavioral support for K-12 students with disabilities (including students with low-incidence disabilities); collaborating with local schools, agencies and providers; supervising field-based practicum experiences; and providing service to the department.

The University of Northern Iowa provides a high-quality education, purposefully guiding students to find and develop their strengths and prepare them for success after college. We have a bold vision that we will be a diverse and inclusive campus community that provides an engaged education empowering students to lead locally and globally. As we advance our work to become an equity-oriented institution and realize our vision, we seek to elevate the diversity of our faculty across disciplines, departments, and colleges and to build an inclusive teaching and learning environment. Equity vision hires will be supported by faculty on campus who are working to reimagine our curriculum and pedagogy and to build equitable practices for tenure and promotion; policy review, development and implementation; and student retention, persistence, and success. They will be welcomed to join these efforts.

Building on its historic excellence in teacher education, the university has developed outstanding programs in business, natural sciences, humanities and fine arts, and social and behavioral sciences with advanced degrees available in many programs. The University’s attractive size, approximately 10,000 students, allows UNI to offer faculty, facilities, and academic choices characteristic of a much larger university while retaining a friendly, small-college atmosphere on a park-like campus. UNI has been recognized for the past 18 years as one of the “Best Midwest Universities” by U.S. News & World Report. Located in Cedar Falls/Waterloo, the campus is comprised of more than 40 buildings on 940 acres. For more information, visit

The successful candidate must hold a master’s degree in Special Education or related field. Required qualifications include at least three years of experience working with students receiving special education services in K-12 settings; experiences that maximize strengths of all learners, integrating developmentally appropriate practices, and use of evidence-based practices to support child, and/or adolescent development and learning, especially for Black, Indigenous, and Youth of Color (BIYOC) and their families; and a strong knowledge base of current best practice and experience with leading professional development, preservice and/or in-service education.

Preference will be given to candidates with expertise or experience in one or more of the following: doctoral degree in Special Education or a related field; successful teaching experience at the undergraduate level; successful experience teaching in face-to-face and online formats; knowledge of special education professional standards and inclusive, developmentally appropriate practices, including in natural settings and competence in interdisciplinary collaboration; demonstrated expertise in one or more of the following: linguistically and culturally diverse populations, K-12 and transition programs; and community engagement.

Applications received by November 26, 2021 will receive full consideration. To apply, visit Inquiries may be sent to Robin Dada at 319-273-2167 or Pre-employment background checks required. 

UNI actively seeks to enhance diversity and is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. The University encourages applications from persons of color, women, individuals living with disabilities, and veterans. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, creed, disability, ethnicity, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, national origin, political affiliation, pregnancy, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran or military status, or any other basis protected by federal and/or state law.

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