Cleveland State University — Assistant Professor in Twice Exceptionality and Program Coordinator of the Gifted and Talented Program

Position Description: The Departments of Curriculum and Foundations (C&F) and Teacher Education (TE) at Cleveland State University are seeking a productive scholar, engaging teacher, and innovative curriculum leader to join us as a Tenure Track Faculty member with expertise in twice exceptionality at the rank of Assistant Professor, starting August 22, 2022. CSU is committed to academic excellence and diversity within the faculty, staff, and student body. CSU is striving to be a nationally recognized and student-focused public research institution that provides accessible, affordable, and Engaged Learning opportunities for all.

The successful candidate will be the coordinator of the Gifted and Talented Master’s program and the Dual Licensure program in Special Education and Gifted Education. The candidate needs to be committed to developing and strengthening the two programs by taking a leadership role in curriculum design and implementation. In addition, the candidate will teach a variety of courses and supervise students in both programs. Since many of our classes are taught online, the candidate will show a commitment to developing robust and engaging online classes. Additionally, the candidate will be expected to engage in services at the program, department, college, university, community, and professional level. 

The candidate will also establish and maintain a productive research agenda while working closely with our graduate students and faculty. Position responsibilities include but are not limited to: program coordination, teaching, scholarly research, curriculum development and renovation, student supervision and advising, thesis and dissertation committee chairmanship or membership, learning outcome assessment, and services. Although this is a nine-month position, opportunities for summer teaching are typically available.

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • Earned Doctorate prior to July 1, 2022 in Gifted Education, Special Education, or a related field;
  • Minimum of 3 years of P-12 teaching experience;
  • Evidence of a combination of expertise in gifted & talented and special education/exceptionalities (through experience, scholarship, and/or teaching);
  • Evidence of or potential for a solid research agenda in gifted & talented, special education/exceptionalities, or a related field; and
  • Documented experience in the implementation and instruction of in-person and/or online courses

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Documented experience of teaching online courses in Gifted Education, Special Education, or a related field;
  • Documented experience of college teaching or supervision in a teacher education program or related program;
  • Evidence of scholarly activities which include peer-reviewed publications and presentations focused on an area of expertise including special education/exceptionalities, gifted & talented, and/or twice exceptional;
  • Experience working in urban settings;
  • Willingness and desire to engage in innovative program development;
  • Demonstrated commitment to principles of social justice (through experience, scholarship, and/or teaching);
  • Leadership/program coordinator experience;
  • Curriculum development experience; and
  • Evidence of working with a diversity of stakeholders.

Applicant Instructions: Applications will be exclusively accepted online at Applicants are required to submit the following documents:

  • CV/resume 
  • Unofficial transcript
  • Contact information of 3-5 reference providers 
  • In the cover letter highlight how applicant meets the minimum and preferred qualifications, and include a description of teaching experience (a list of all courses taught and the format), and statement of research interest, expertise, and experience
  • Statement of teaching philosophy  
  • Statement of commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion 

Review of applications begins February 1, 2022 and the position will remain opened until filled.
In case of questions about the position, please contact Dr. X. Liu via email at

Cleveland State University is an urban campus serving a racially, culturally, and economically diverse student body. Diversity is extremely important to CSU. Explain your experience serving diverse students and how you will make a positive contribution to CSU’s inclusive community. For applicants who have not yet had the opportunity for such experience, note how your work will contribute to CSU’s commitment to diversity and mission as an urban serving university.

Hire is contingent upon the maintenance of existing levels of funding from the State of Ohio. Offer of employment is contingent on satisfactory completion of the University’s verification of credentials (including evidence of a Ph.D.) and other information required by law and/or University policies or practices, including but not limited to a criminal background check.

Applications will be exclusively accepted online at Mailed or emailed application materials will not be accepted.  

It is the policy of Cleveland State University to provide equal opportunity to all qualified applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

Cleveland State University is an equal access institution, and an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer committed to nondiscrimination. M/F/D/Veterans are encouraged to apply.