Assistant Professor of Special Education
Nebraska Wesleyan University, a liberal arts university located in Lincoln, Nebraska, with approximately 1500 students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, seeks a tenure track Assistant Professor of Special Education to start in August of 2014.
Create, manage and participate in a variety of learning environments and activities that provide opportunities for students to develop to their fullest potential and achieve their learning objectives. Participate collaboratively and professionally with other faculty and staff to promote the general well-being of the department and the college, and collective and individual interest of its staff and student body. Support and seek always to fulfill the guiding concepts for the college embodied in the Philosophy, Mission, Values and Vision adopted by the Board of Governors.
JOB DUTIES, TASKS, and RESPONSIBILITIES
- TEACHING: Plans, develops and presents organized learning opportunities for students in accordance with approved course outlines in topics relating to the required and approved curriculum of the department and other related topics meeting department goals. Part of the assignment may include software applications.
- CURRICULUM: Prepares curriculum materials, including course outlines, for approval, syllabi and other instructional materials. Contributes, as appropriate, to program improvement and development.
- COMMUNICATION: Assures effective two-way communication at all levels of responsibility. Provides out-of-class communication opportunities with students. Participates in department, division, and college meetings as appropriate. Participates in the work of the program advisory committees. Represents the college to external constituencies as appropriate. Seeks always to promote a spirit of collegiality in dealings with college staff.
- STUDENT ADVISING, RETENTION AND ASSESSMENT: Assumes academic advising responsibilities for students within the faculty member's field of expertise. Incumbent is familiar with college assessment and placement procedures and aware of campus resources. Participates in department processes designed to recruit, advise and retain students.
- LEADERSHIP: Provides leadership in the learning environment and in matters pertaining to curricular expertise.
- PLANNING: Participates in all aspects of program department planning and in the establishment of department goals and objectives.
- BUDGET: Participates in department budget-building process. Recommends expenditures to department chair.
- PERSONNEL: Participates in the selection of department faculty and staff. May be assigned supervisory responsibility for student employees.
- PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Maintain competency and currency in the subject matter of courses taught and in teaching skills.
- FACILITY: Assumes responsibility for the orderliness of the learning en.vironment and the appropriate and safe use of instructional facilities and equipment/
Qualifications include a Ph.D. or Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction: Special Education, and three or more years of successful teaching experience in the K-6 or K-12 range. Candidates should be committed to a student-centered liberal arts education
Must have excellent communication skills, including interpersonal, oral and written skills.
Must have a thoroughgoing understanding of academic discipline of terminal degree and teaching assignment.
Must have an appreciation for liberal arts education and a general understanding of the various academic disciplines represented in the curriculum.
Must possess sufficient knowledge of, and experience with, undergraduate pedagogy in order to teach effectively.
Must be familiar with higher education trends and academic policy standards.
Must have motivational and pedagogical abilities sufficient respond to students and others in extreme circumstances.
Must have the ability to conceptualize the overall picture and also to delineate and respond to the smaller components.
Must welcome collegial discussion and decision-making as circumstances require.
Must be able to operate a computer and other technology equipment used in classroom instruction.
Nebraska Wesleyan University is an equal opportunity employer and supports diversity among its staff and faculty.
Please send a letter of interest, CV, and names and contact information for three professional references to Dr. Nancy Biggs, Chair, Education Department, Nebraska Wesleyan University, 5000 St. Paul Avenue, Lincoln, NE 68504. For additional information email: Nbiggs@nebrwesleyan.edu. Review of applications will begin on February 24, 2014 and continue until the position is filled.