Asst. Prof. in Early Intervention/Early Childhood/Early Childhood SPED

## Position Overview
The University of Kansas, Department of Special Education is recruiting applicants for a tenure-line position in our nationally ranked Special Education program with an emphasis in early intervention, early childhood special education, and/or early childhood, beginning August 2017. The position is at the assistant rank. We are particularly interested in candidates whose scholarship focuses on culturally responsive approaches that are conscious of diverse and equity perspectives to support early childhood development, early intervention, family-centered practices, blended early education/early childhood special education educator preparation, evidence-based practice, and inclusive early childhood education for All young children (birth through eight years of age) and their families. We are looking for a colleague who can bring conceptual, methodological, and applied knowledge and skills in one or more of the following areas: research methodologies applicable to issues impacting the implementation of effective practices in ?real world settings?; educator and early interventionists preparation for working with culturally diverse populations, including in rural and/or urban communities; early intervention and early childhood special education services for underserved and/or over-represented young children and their families (e.g., racial and ethnic minorities, English Language Learners, low-income families); and/or early education policy development. We encourage applications from scholars who are innovative, future-oriented thinkers focused on ensuring access, participation, and supports for every infant and young child and his or her family to achieve a sense of belonging and membership, positive social relationships and friendships, and continuous development and learning in a broad range of family, community and society activities and contexts.
The University of Kansas is a major educational and research institution with 29,000 students on five campuses, 2,600 faculty members, and service centers throughout the state. The main campus is in Lawrence, a vibrant, thriving community of more than 90,000 that is just 40 miles west of Greater Kansas City and 20 miles from the state capital. KU, a member of the Association of American Universities, consistently earns excellent ratings for its academic programs from U.S. News & World Report. It has also committed itself to expanding its innovative research and commercialization programs. The special education program consistently ranks number one among public institutions.
This is a nine-month, tenure-track position that will begin August 17, 2017. The University of Kansas is especially interested in hiring faculty members who can contribute to four key campus-wide strategic initiatives: (1) Sustaining the Planet, Powering the World; (2) Promoting Well-Being, Finding Cures; (3) Harnessing Information, Multiplying Knowledge; and (4) Building Communities, Expanding Opportunities. See for more information. The successful candidate must be eligible to work in the U.S. by the effective date of the appointment.
## Job Description
Teach undergraduate and/or graduate-level courses in special education, advise undergraduate students, masters and doctoral graduate students (.40 FTE)
Develop and implement strategies for the recruitment and retention of students;
Advise and mentor undergraduate and masters students working toward a degree (B.S. or Masters) and/or Kansas Early Childhood Unified (blended EC/ECSE) teaching license;
Advise students working toward doctoral degrees in Special Education with a specialization in early childhood;
Collaborate on the ongoing development and continuous improvement of the innovative undergraduate and graduate blended EC/ECSE educator preparation program;
Design, teach, and assess courses to ensure the best possible learning outcomes for educators;
Advise and provide research supervision to graduate students in the special education doctoral early childhood specialization program; and
Serve on master?s theses, master?s projects, and doctoral committees.
Develop and maintain an active scholarly research agenda and participate in external research and grant activities (.40 FTE).
Create and implement scholarly work related to identifying, implementing and evaluating effective practices for young children (birth through 8 years) and their families;
Produce research leading to new insights and advances for publication in refereed journals or other scholarly outlets;
Engage in university-wide initiatives and strategic planning (i.e., Bold Aspirations initiative ? to produce interdisciplinary research that makes significant new educational discoveries;
Participate in and present original research at scholarly conferences and conventions (e.g., American Educational Research Association, Council for Exceptional Children, Division of Early Childhood ? CEC; National Association of the Education of Young Children; Teacher Education Division-CEC, etc.);
Mentor master?s and doctoral students in the development of research skills and in production of scholarly products; and
Obtain external funding for research initiatives in collaboration with colleagues.
Contribute to professional service at all levels (e.g., department, school, university, state and national) (.20 FTE).
Collaborate with Department of Special Education, Department of Curriculum and Teaching, and School of Education (SOE) faculty to ensure effective undergraduate and graduate-level recruitment, advising, and educator preparation;
Collaborate with Department of Special Education and SOE faculty, interdisciplinary university researchers and other stakeholders (e.g., educators, families, state, and staff of federal agencies) to ensure program quality, maintain state and national accreditation, and facilitate ongoing program and researcher agendas;
Participate in ongoing and regularly-scheduled Department of Special Education, SOE, and University committees, faculty meetings, and retreats to ensure KU programs meet all professional standards and program quality expectations;
Collaborate with local, state, and national stakeholders (e.g., educators, school districts and community programs, Kansas State Department of Education, Kansas Department of Children and Families, professional association leaders, U.S. Department of Education, interdisciplinary researchers) to facilitate ongoing communication, advocacy, research initiatives, and educator preparation; and
Effectively work with culturally and ethnically diverse populations.
## Required Qualifications
1. Doctorate in Special Education or related field from an accredited institution (e.g. early childhood, developmental psychology, child development) with specialization in early intervention, early childhood and/or early childhood special education birth through 8 years;
2. Evidence of successful work experiences with infants, toddlers or young children (birth to eight years of age) and their families;
3. Established record or evidence of strong potential of producing scholarship relevant to early intervention/early childhood/early childhood special education and the needs of young children (birth to 8 years) and their families;
4. Established record or evidence of strong potential of successful teaching, advising, and mentoring of undergraduate and/or graduate student in research and practice;
5. Established record or evidence of strong potential to form collaborative partnerships with community programs, schools, relevant state departments, professional organizations, families, and/or others serving young children and their families.
## Additional Candidate Instruction
A complete application includes an online application, with the following attached:
1. Curriculum vita
2. Letter of application that identifies professional interests generally and specific interests and background relevant to this position
3. Two samples of scholarly work
4. A list of three professional/academic references with contact information
Application review will begin on December 1, 2016 and will continue until the position is filled.
## Contact Information to Applicants
Professor Eva Horn, Chair
(785) 864-0615
## Disclaimer
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Posting Title: Asst. Prof. in Early Intervention/Early Childhood/Early Childhood SPED
Position Number: 00004737
Department: Special Education
Location/Division: Lawrence
FTE: 1.0
Reg/Temp: Regular
Advertised Salary Range: Compettive salary, commensurate with qualification, experience and excellent benefits.
Application Review Begins: 01-Dec-2016
Anticipated Start Date: 18-Aug-2017 4c85c93cfdc54b878a86c08abe5782a3

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