Position Announcement: Assistant Professor of Special Education (Western Washington University)


Assistant Professor of Special Education

Woodring College of Education invites dynamic and innovative individuals with cross-cultural experience to apply for appointment as Assistant Professor in the Department of Special Education and Education Leadership. This is a nine-month tenure-track position, with opportunity for summer employment.

Faculty at Western Washington University enjoy a balance of teaching, scholarship, and service in a university that is consistently ranked as one of the best among regional universities in the nation. With approximately 15,000 students, WWU is located in beautiful Bellingham, midway between Seattle, Washington and Vancouver, British Columbia, on the Pacific coast close to the Cascade mountain range.

Committed to the creation of an inclusive, supportive community of learners, Woodring College of Education seeks leaders in their professions who have experience working in culturally diverse communities and schools and who have the ability to contribute to the creation of a more just and inclusive society. Under the leadership of its Dean, the faculty, staff, and students of Woodring College of Education are pursuing a shared vision to “foster community relationships and a culture of learning that advance knowledge, honor diversities, and promote social justice.” We welcome applications from diverse applicants.

Beginning Date: September 15, 2015


  • Teach undergraduate and graduate courses in Special Education.
  • Work with department and college to align department curriculum with state and professional performance-based standards.
  • Maintain an active and visible program of scholarship, including presentations and publications.
  • Participate in service within the department, college, university, community, and professional organizations.
  • Advise undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Supervise students in community-based or school settings.

Required Qualifications:

  • Earned doctorate or doctoral specialization in special education or school psychology by September 2015.
  • Evidence of commitment to continuing scholarly activity in special education or school psychology.
  • Experience working with children and youth with disabilities.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Experience working with diverse populations and a commitment to advancing matters of equity and inclusion.
  • Present or past credential in special education or school psychology.
  • Experience in schools (P-12).
  • Demonstrated potential for excellence in teaching at the university level.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Evidence of active, applied, collaborative scholarship in special education.
  • Teaching and scholarship in bilingual and/or multicultural special education.
  • Expertise in high incidence disabilities, including methods for teaching reading to at-risk populations and children with disabilities.
  • Expertise in universal design for learning.
  • Experience aligning university curriculum with state and national standards for special education.
  • Experience in collaborating with general educators, families, other professionals, and/or community.
  • Evidence of successful university teaching.

Salary: Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Bargaining Union: United Faculty of Western Washington


Please submit your application via WWU’s Electronic Application System for Employment (EASE) at https://jobs.wwu.edu/. Note: You will need to use Internet Explorer to fully utilize WWU’s online application system. Materials may be attached as noted on the EASE application.

Application materials should include:

  • Cover letter addressing the position qualifications
  • Vita
  • Two scholarly writing samples

For further information on this position please contact Dr. Gail Coulter by email Gail.coulter@wwu.edu or phone 360-650-2667.

Closing Date: Initial review of applications will begin on January 9, 2015. Position is open until filled.

Related Websites: Woodring College of Education: http://www.wce.wwu.edu/

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Western Washington University (WWU) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, WWU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and parenting status), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or genetic information in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. Inquiries may be directed to the Vice Provost for Equal Opportunity & Employment Diversity, Title IX and ADA Coordinator, Equal Opportunity Office, Western Washington University, Old Main 345 (MS 9021), 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225; 360.650.3307 (voice) or 711 (Washington Relay); eoo@wwu.edu.

WWU is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. To request this document in an alternate format or to request an accommodation, please contact Human Resources Disability Services, 360.650.3774 or 711 (Washington Relay).


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