William Paterson University — Pre-doctoral Fellow – Advancing Faculty Diversity in Special Education

Pre-doctoral Fellow–Advancing Faculty Diversity in Special Education

Department: Special Education, Professional Counseling, and Disability Studies
Position Type: Full Time

William Paterson University invites applications for the appointment of Fellow in the College of Education, Department of Special Education, Professional Counseling, and Disability Studies. This two-year teaching fellowship advancing faculty diversity is open to candidates from unrepresented backgrounds who are pursuing a doctoral degree in special education, disability studies or a related field.

The College of Education will support the Fellow through a structured program of focused research, experiential pedagogy, and an introduction to university and professional service.

William Paterson University's pre-doctoral fellowship program will support three non-tenure track fellowship positions across the University. The goals of the program are to (a) support the career success of selected candidates, (b) advance the University's commitment to building a diverse campus community, and (c) expand the University's pool of highly qualified candidates for faculty positions. Fellows will gain supported teaching experience in a highly diverse campus, be provided individualized mentorship, and receive the same level of scholarship support and course release as first and second year tenure-track faculty members. A recommendation to convert the fellowship to a tenure-track faculty line may be considered after the end of the first year if the candidate has completed the terminal degree and the department and Fellow agree.

Department overview

The Department of Special Education, Professional Counseling, and Disability Studies has two undergraduate programs (Disability Studies and Teachers of Students with Disabilities), and four graduate programs (Teacher of Students with Disabilities, Learning Disabilities Teacher Consultant, Advanced Leadership in Autism and Developmental Disabilities, and Professional Counseling). Since the launch of the Autism and Developmental Disabilities graduate program, our graduate enrollment has increased by 85%, which we anticipate continuing to grow.

The department offers a variety of programs designed to meet students' personal and professional goals, preparing them for careers in special education, as well as a variety of jobs in disability services. Our professional counseling programs lead to careers as clinical mental health or school professional counselors. Courses are offered on campus, online, and in hybrid format.

Timeline for the fall 2023 fellowship cohort:

  • Thursday-Friday, April 20-21, 2023: Virtual campus visit and interviews. Details to follow. Note that these dates have changed from those previously announced.

Fellowship offers are anticipated by the end of April 2023 with appointments beginning August 2023.

Fellowship duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:


  • Teach a total of 18 graduate and/or undergraduate credits annually in online, hybrid or face-to-face modalities per departmental needs; Collaborate with faculty through tailored mentorship.
  • Using the course outline as a guide, develop relevant syllabi in order to deploy course content, objectives, and methods of student assessment.
  • Contribute to student success of a diverse student population by providing consistent and effective support and guidance through role modeling, mentoring, and being available to respond to student questions and needs.


  • A strong commitment to establishing a research program involving undergraduates and graduate students.
  • A continued dedication to be involved in research and scholarship and disseminate in quality research publications, external and internal grant submissions; Collaborate with faculty through tailored mentorship.


  • Participate in the variety of service opportunities within the department, college, and university community including mentoring students where appropriate.
  • Engage in assessment of student learning as well as program and accreditation assessment and reporting requirements.
  • Attend department and college meetings and engage in activities of the department.
  • Enhance the University's engagement with the community at-large by working with under-represented groups within the University's geographic area.

Qualifications – the ideal candidate must have the following qualifications:

  • Identifies as a member of an underrepresented population (by race, ethnicity, neurodiversity or disability, gender, socio-economic background, first-generation college, etc.)
  • ABD in a doctoral program in special education, disability studies or a related field
  • Evidence or promise of research in scholarly activity with commitment to establishing a research program involving undergraduate and graduate students
  • Demonstrates an understanding of diversity, equity and inclusion and their applicability to the fields of special education and disability studies

Additional, preferred qualifications:

  • Teaching experience and/or expertise in research methods and/or curriculum design.
  • Expertise in culturally sustaining practices for all students, specifically those with autism and other developmental disabilities.

Personal attributes and traits:

  • Offers dynamic perspectives due to their different identities, preferably those who sit at the intersection(s) of race, ethnicity, and neurodiversity or disability.
  • Has expertise in culturally sustaining practices for all students, specifically those with autism and other developmental disabilities.
  • Willing to advance the mission, vision, and values of the University regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Demonstrated ability to succeed in a collaborative environment by freely offering expertise and being open to meaningful feedback and ongoing professional development.
  • Evidence of teaching excellence and supporting student success.
  • Capable of engaging and contributing in order to make a positive impact.
  • Ability to navigate the complexities of a multi-faceted organization with competing wants and needs.

Invitation to apply

Interested candidates will be prompted to: Complete an application and submit a cover letter

Submission of all documents listed is required for consideration.

General questions related to this application process, please contact talent@wpunj.edu
About William Paterson:

William Paterson University is the third most diverse public university in New Jersey. As a longstanding member of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU), we have been designated by the US Department of Education as a Hispanic-Serving Institution. William Paterson University is also proud to be designated as a NASA MSI (Minority Serving Institution). The University offers more than 250 undergraduate and graduate academic programs that range from liberal arts and sciences to pre-professional and professional programs; it enrolls nearly 9,000 students from across the country and from over 40 nations. The University is situated on a beautiful, 380-acre suburban campus in Wayne, New Jersey, just twenty miles west of New York City.

To apply, visit https://wpunj.hiretouch.com/job-details?jobID=1513&job=pre-doctoral-fellow-advancing-faculty-diversity-in-special-education

William Paterson University is dedicated to providing equal opportunities and equal access to all individuals regardless of race or ethnicity, sex/gender (including pregnancy), gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, civil union status, familial status, religion, national origin or citizenship, military service status, or any other category protected by law. William Paterson University does not discriminate on the basis of any category stated above or as prohibited by applicable law. Individuals from historically underrepresented backgrounds are encouraged to apply.


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