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Special Education Professor Tenure Track

University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN
Closing date
Oct 14, 2021

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Science, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Education
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About the Job

* This is a Faculty Position*

The College of Education and Human Service Professions and the Department of Education at the University of Minnesota Duluth seek an educator of excellence for a position in Special Education, committed to anti-racist pedagogy and social justice. This is a tenure track position, either Assistant Professor or Associate Professor rank. The faculty assignment consists of - teaching undergraduate and graduate pre-service or practicing teachers across teacher education programs; supervising student teachers; advising students enrolled in education programs; serving on department, university, and state-wide committees; and other activities as assigned. Scholarship that advances the field, including research and publication, is required.


Required/Essential Qualifications:

* Doctorate in Education or related field from a regionally accredited university, completed by start of contract.
* Commitment to working with diverse populations and fostering social justice.
* A clearly articulated research agenda or scholarly record commensurate to faculty rank sought (Assistant or Associate Professor).

Applicants for the position of Associate Professor must have a distinguished record of academic achievement (scholarly research, teaching, and service) that satisfies the criteria for Associate Professor status in the Department of Education at the University of Minnesota Duluth.

Preferred Qualifications:

* One year of successful teaching in K-12 settings with learners with high-incidence disabilities (LD, EBD, DD, ASD)
* A broad background in Special Education preparation
* Experience working / researching within an inclusive setting
* Preparation/training and knowledge of Applied Behavior Analysis
* Teaching and research in Early Childhood to Middle Level Special Education
* Experience working with students from ethnically and linguistically diverse populations and evidence of ability to integrate theme impacting social justice into the curriculum
* Experience working with Indigenous communities
* Strong written communication skills
* Teaching experience at the university level
* Ability to collaborate and work well with others
* Interest in P-12 community partnerships
* Experience in teaching with technology
* Experience with teaching online courses
* Experience with supervision of students in P-12 school settings

About the Department

The Department of Education is one of five departments in the College of Education and Human Service Professions and is the home of the Ruth Meyers Center for Indigenous Education and has an Endowed Chair in Indigenous Education. The Department offers 16 undergraduate teaching licensure programs and produces more licensed Special Education teachers than any other program in the state of Minnesota. Licensure and Minor offerings include: Unified Early Childhood Education; Integrated Elementary and Special Education; Secondary licensure options; K-12 Education (art, music, physical education); TESOL/TEFL minor; African and African-American Studies minor; Special Education minor, Early Childhood minor; Deaf Studies minor; and Master of Education degree program. The Department of Education home page can be found at

The College of Education and Human Service Professions promotes research and practice in the social and human sciences. Our collective teaching, scholarship, and service supports student development as engaged citizens, reflective learners, critical thinkers, and evidence-informed practitioners in a culturally-sensitive, socially-just learning environment. The college is committed to, and is a campus leader in the areas of diversity/anti-racist work, community outreach and sustainability. Both the college and the Department of Education have been nationally and regionally recognized for multiple programs that partner with and serve Indigenous communities.

The University of Minnesota Duluth was recently ranked one of the top 50 regional universities in the Midwest (U.S. News & World Reports). The city of Duluth, located approximately two and a half hours north of Minneapolis, is nationally ranked as one of the best and most affordable places to live and work. Perched on the shores of Lake Superior and surrounded by natural forests, Duluth offers some of the best outdoor recreational activities and boasts of thriving industries in technology, healthcare, and education. The city of Duluth is recognized as a "Climate refuge city."

How To Apply

Applications must be submitted online. To apply for this position, go to and search for job opening #343563. Click on the job title to view the job details and application instructions.

Complete applications will include:

1. A letter of application addressing qualifications, including your commitment to diversity, inclusion, and anti-racist work, as well as your research agenda

2. Your current curriculum vitae

3. Contact information for three professional references

Please note that the letter of application (cover letter) and curriculum vitae are uploaded during the application process. Once the application is submitted, please return to the "My Job Applications" page to upload your references.

Completed online applications will be considered beginning November 1, 2021. Initial screening will be an anonymized review of the letter of application. Position will remain open until filled. Anticipated start date is August 22, 2022

Candidates selected to be interviewed may be asked to provide additional information at the time of interview. Please send inquiries to Annette Romualdo at

Applications received via email or hard copy will not be accepted.

Smoking, chewing tobacco and the use of electronic cigarettes prohibited on all UMD property, including indoor facilities, campus grounds and University vehicles.

If you have started receiving retirement annuity payments from the Minnesota State Retirement System (MSRS) or Public Employees Retirement Association (PERA) your eligibility for this position may be impacted. Please contact UM Benefits at 1-800-756-2363 for any eligibility limitations.

If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process, please contact a University of Minnesota Access consultant at 612-624-3316.

The University of Minnesota is an Equal Opportunity Educator and Employer. Veterans and individuals from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.


The University recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the academic mission. The University is committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds.

The University of Minnesota provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. To learn more about diversity at the U:

Background Check Information

Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. Our presumption is that prospective employees are eligible to work here. Criminal convictions do not automatically disqualify finalists from employment.

About the U of M

University of Minnesota, Duluth (UMD)

The University of Minnesota, Duluth (UMD) consistently ranks among the top Midwestern, regional universities in U.S. News and World Report's "America's Best Colleges" issue.

Overlooking Lake Superior, UMD provides an alternative to both large research and small liberal arts environments and attracts students looking for a personalized learning experience on a medium-sized campus of a major university. A firm liberal arts foundation anchors a variety of traditional degree programs, as well as professional and graduate students that draw on UMD's many research institutes and labs.
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