Associate Professor/Division Chair Special Education Graduate Programs - Western Oregon University in Monmouth Oregon

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Western Oregon University

Monmouth, Oregon 97361

United States


Detailed Job Description

Primary administrative responsibilities are in the Division of Special Education, a multi-disciplinary division with nine tenured/tenure track faculty and a dozen NTT faculty offering four graduate programs, two undergraduate programs, and two minors:
• MS: Education in Special Education
• MA in Interpreting Studies
• MA in Rehabilitation Counselor Education
• BA in American Sign Language Studies
• BA/BS in American Sign Language/English Interpreting
• American Sign Language Minor
• Special Education/Rehabilitation Counseling Minor

The Division Chair provides both the vision and operational management enabling the Division to advance and grow in all mission areas. As the lead academic officer for the Division, he/she reports directly to the Dean of the College and works with program coordinators, faculty, staff and university administrators to provide quality programs. She/He provides oversight on personnel recruitment, mentoring, and evaluation, management of budget and departmental resources, strategic planning, assessment, accreditation, and reporting, and represents the Division with internal and external constituencies.

Primary teaching responsibilities are in the Special Education graduate programs. Summer teaching opportunities may be available. The Special Education Programs include a Master of Science in Education: Special Education, An Early Intervention/Special Education I and II endorsement program, and a Special Educator I Endorsement and Special Educator II License.

Required Qualifications:
• An earned doctorate in Special Education or a related field;
• Evidence of successful program development, coordination, and leadership;
• Evidence of university teaching excellence in a field related to Special Education;
• Experience with supervising clinical work;
• Experience advising graduate students;
• Evidence of on-line program development and teaching effectiveness;
• Expertise in teaching methods for low incidence disabilities (e.g., medical aspects, managing communication systems, transition);
• Experience with state and national accreditation processes;
• Evidence of success in grant writing or grant development;
• Demonstrated dedication to multicultural education and social justice (e.g., GLBT, ethnic groups, social class, and disability status);
• Evidence of collegial style of leadership
• Evidence of successful collaboration with individuals from diverse backgrounds
• Experience with program evaluation; and
• Experience mentoring developing scholars.

Preferred Qualifications:
• Previous administrative experience in higher education;
• Experience with interdisciplinary scholarship; and
• Experience with on-line course delivery.

• Carry out functions and responsibilities of the Division Chair as defined above,
• Serve as a role model and source of knowledge for faculty, students, and staff;
• Administer the Division in accordance with University rules and shared governance policies;
• Foster excellence in teaching, scholarship, and outreach for Division faculty, staff, and students;
• Support faculty to expand their programs;
• Work collaboratively in establishing future directions for the Division and program innovations;
• Teach Special Educator courses as well as advise graduate students;
• Participate in service and committee work at the division and university levels as well as professional organizations and conferences; and
• Engage in scholarly activity (e.g., research, publications, grants).

Contact Information:
Questions regarding the position may be directed to search committee chair, Robert Brownbridge, Ph.D.

For questions regarding the application process or to submit your application documents, please contact Human Resources at 503-838-8552 or

Required Application Materials:
• WOU Faculty Application form (available at
• Letter of Application that addresses the responsibilities and qualifications
• Curriculum Vitae
• Teaching philosophy statement
• Unofficial copy of transcripts showing highest degree earned
• Up to three (3) sample scholarly publications
• Teaching evaluation data from three (3) recent courses
• Contact information for minimum of three (3) professional references and/or current letters of recommendation. (Three current letters of reference preferred for initial screening and will be required prior to an interview. All letters must address teaching and leadership qualifications.)

Submit Application Materials to:
F1219 Associate Professor of Special Education Grad Programs/Div Chair
Western Oregon University
Human Resources Office
345 N. Monmouth Avenue
Monmouth, Oregon 97361

–OR– E-mail as an attachment to –OR– Fax to 503-838-8144.

Western Oregon University (WOU) is a mid-sized public comprehensive university located in the Monmouth-Independence area, the heart of Oregon’s lush Willamette Valley. The university serves a large number of first-generation college students. WOU has received national recognition for its commitment and success in serving students. The campus is about 20 minutes from Salem, the state’s capital, about 75 minutes from Portland, the state’s cultural hub, and a short drive from the Oregon coast, mountains, and other scenic areas. The university is located in an increasingly diverse, bilingual, and rural area in the Willamette Valley. Our student body of about 6200 undergraduate and 400 graduate students enjoys the vibrant and close-knit intellectual community of a leading liberal arts college. Opportunities exist to work in diverse local communities. It is home to the Regional Resource Center on Deafness and a variety of programs preparing professionals to work with individuals who are deaf, as well as the Teaching Research Institute, well known for its research with children with multiple disabilities and deaf-blindness.

Keyword Phrases

  • Division Chair
  • Associate Professor
  • Special Education
  • Special Education Graduate Programs
Employment Type:Faculty
Degree Required: Doctorate
Experience: See Job Description
Level of Job: Associate Professor
Type of Faculty:Tenure Track
Salary: Competitive
Type of School:4 - Year / Masters Institution
Application Requirements: CV/Resume
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