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University of Kansas Assistant Professor - Special Education in Lawrence, Kansas


Job Title:

Assistant Professor - Special Education


Special Education

Primary Campus:

University of Kansas Lawrence Campus

Job Description:

At KU we make it our mission to educate leaders, build healthy communities, and make discoveries that change the world. We aspire to be an exceptional learning community that lifts each other and advances society. KU’s strategic plan Jayhawks Rising is focused on objectives to accomplish this vision through three mission-based priorities of student success, healthy and vibrant communities, research, and discovery.

Allocation of Effort

Develop and maintain an active scholarly research agenda and participate in research and grant activities (.40 FTE).

  • Create and implement scholarly work related to identifying, implementing and evaluating effective instructional practices for children and youth with high incidence disabilities and their families;

  • Produce research leading to new insights and advances for publication in refereed journals or other scholarly outlets;

  • Participate in and present original research at scholarly conferences and conventions;

  • 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.

Teach undergraduate and/or graduate-level courses in special education, advise undergraduate students, masters, and doctoral students (.40 FTE)

  • Advise, mentor, and teach undergraduate and masters students working toward a degree (B.S. or Masters) in the Kansas Elementary Education Unified (blended Elem/HI/LI) educator license, or Kansas High Incidence endorsement;

  • Advise students working toward doctoral degrees in Special Education;

  • Collaborate on the ongoing development and continuous improvement of the innovative undergraduate blended Elementary/High Incidence/Low Incidence licensure program and graduate High Incidence educator endorsement program;

  • Serve on master’s theses, master’s projects, and doctoral committees.

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 and Human Sciences (SOEHS) faculty to ensure effective undergraduate and graduate-level recruitment, advising, and educator preparation;

  • Collaborate with Department of Special Education and SOEHS faculty, interdisciplinary university researchers and other stakeholders to ensure program quality, maintain state and national accreditation, and facilitate ongoing program and researcher agendas;

  • Participate in Department of Special Education, SOEHS, 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 to facilitate ongoing communication, advocacy, research initiatives, and educator preparation; and

  • Effectively work with culturally, ethnically, linguistically marginalized populations.

Req ID (Ex: 10567BR) :



The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, gender identity, gender expression, and genetic information in the university's programs and activities. Retaliation is also prohibited by university policy. The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies and are the Title IX coordinators for their respective campuses: Executive Director of the Office of Institutional Opportunity & Access, IOA@ku.edu, 1246 West Campus Road, Room 153A, Lawrence, KS 66045, 785-864-6414, 711 TTY 9for the Lawrence, Edwards, Parsons, Yoder, and Topeka campuses); Director, Equal Opportunity Office, Mail Stop 7004, 4330 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Fairway, KS 66205, 913-588-8011, 711 TTY (for the Wichita, Salina, and Kansas City, Kansas medical center campuses).

Contact Information to Applicants:

Committee Chairperson: Suzanne Robinson, Ph.D. (smrobins@ku.edu)

Position Number:


Required Qualifications:

  1. Earned doctorate in Special Education or related field from an accredited institution with specialization in evidence-based practices and inclusive practices for students (children and youth) with high incidence disabilities, by the date of hire;

  2. Evidence of successful experiences supporting elementary-aged children with disabilities and their families;

  3. Established record or evidence of strong potential of a line of research that leads to a competitive record of scholarship, research, and external funding;

  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 children and their families.

Employee Class:


Advertised Salary Range:

competitive salary, commensurate with qualifications and experience, and excellent benefits



Preferred Qualifications:

  1. Evidence of three years’ experience teaching children with and/or at-risk for disabilities in inclusive K-6 settings and in the provision of specialized, personalized instruction.

Position Overview:

The University of Kansas, Department of Special Education is recruiting applicants for a full-time, tenure track, academic year (9-month) position, in our nationally ranked Special Education program, beginning August 18, 2023. The Department is interested in recruiting a scholar and teacher with a focus in evidence-based practices for one or more of several areas typically associated with high incidence disabilities (e.g., learning disabilities or autism) or to align with the department’s new undergraduate elementary education unified program, with a focus on core content instruction in inclusive settings. The position is at the assistant rank. We are particularly interested in early career faculty and candidates with experience with externally-funded research who can collaborate with current special education faculty.

The successful candidate will contribute to a rich tradition of conducting influential research; securing external funding; teaching both undergraduate and graduate courses; mentoring and advising students; and providing university, state, and professional service. Successful candidates must have a strong interest in and commitment to both research and educator preparation.

As the flagship research institution in the state, our students come from diverse regional, national, and international communities. As a Department and University, diversity, equity inclusion and belonging are an important part of our culture and university strategic plan. Applications from members of underrepresented groups are encouraged, noting the value that differences bring to our organization, students, staff, faculty, and community. The successful candidate must be eligible to work in the U.S. by the effective date of the appointment.

The University of Kansas is a Carnegie doctoral/research-extensive university with a $1.4 billion endowment and a faculty of 2,600. Current enrollment is 28,500 (19,000 undergraduate), with students drawn from 110 nations and all 50 states, 20.6% of KU students are members of minority groups. The 1,000-acre main campus is in Lawrence, Kansas the center of a vibrant and culturally-rich community — a quintessential college town. Visitors, students, and new employees from outside the area enjoy discovering the many wonders of Lawrence, including a thriving downtown, diverse local and regional events, area lakes, vibrant arts and music scenes, and an indelible history. Home to nearly 95,000 people, Lawrence is located 45 minutes west of Kansas City and 30 minutes east of Topeka, the state capital. Along with the music, arts, culture and sports experiences offered at KU and in Lawrence, the short drive to Kansas City provides quick access to historic jazz clubs, museums, world-class music and theatre venues, and professional sports teams.

KU has 21 programs ranked in the U.S. News & World Report top 25 among public universities, including #1 rankings for graduate programs in special education and public administration.

In a continuing effort to enrich its academic environment and provide equal educational and employment opportunities, the university actively encourages applications from members of underrepresented groups in higher education. KU’s vision is to be an exceptional learning community that lifts each other and advances society. The Jayhawks Rising Strategic Plan was developed around three Institutional Priorities: creating a clear and ambitious direction to fulfill our mission to educate leaders, build healthy communities, and make discoveries that change the world. Additional information is available at https://jayhawksrising.ku.edu/ .



Application Review Begins:


Anticipated Start Date:


Additional Candidate Instruction:

Screening of applications begins November 1, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled. A complete application includes an online application, with the following attached;

  • Curriculum vita

  • Letter of application that identifies professional interests generally and specific interests and background relevant to this position. Within the letter, explicitly address teaching and research.

  • One-page teaching statement.

  • One-page research statement.

  • A list of three professional/academic references with contact information

In addition to the materials above, learning about each applicant's contribution and engagement in areas of diversity is an important part of KU's mission. As a result, applicants will be presented the following prompt at the time of application. The response must be within 4,000 characters or less.

  • Describe your experiences working with people from diverse backgrounds and explain how those experiences reflect your commitments to diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging.

Applicants are also encouraged to include or expand upon how they have contributed to building a culture of belonging through DEI initiatives within the required application materials provided.

Only complete applications will be considered. Other documentation may be requested from candidate finalists. Finalists will be required to submit to a background investigation. The preferred position starting date is August 18, 2023.