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The University of La Verne’s College of Education and Organizational Leadership invites applications for a ten month tenure track Assistant Professor of Education position in the Special Education program with special assignments in the undergraduate Child Development program.
Established in 1891, the University of La Verne is an independent, nonprofit, comprehensive, doctoral granting institution in Southern California. Founded on the university’s core values of leadership, caring, excellence, and diversity. The University is designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution with 40% of the student population identifying itself as “Hispanic/Latino,” 55% students of color, 10% international students, and a large proportion first-generation. All programs have high retention and graduation rates for underrepresented minorities.
The University has a strong commitment to diversity and places a high priority on creating an environment that supports the growth and success of underrepresented and underserved populations, particularly in urban environments. The La Verne Experience is at the center of a strategic plan that is focused on serving an ethnically and economically diverse student population that is representative of the demographics in California. The La Verne Experience pedagogical features include learning communities, theory-to-practice opportunities, experiential learning, community engagement, social justice, and reflective practice. Two prominent annual rankings of America’s Best Colleges – U.S. News and World Report, and Forbes Magazine, recognize the University of La Verne as one of the nation’s top national universities.
1. Teach in the Education Specialist Mild/Moderate Credential and M.S. in Special Education Studies Program.
2. Liaison with undergraduate Child Development program.
3. Develop and maintain relationships with PK-12 districts.
4. Participate in oversight of state credentialing (CCTC) and accreditation (CAEP) requirements for the Education Specialist Mild/Moderate Credential and M.S. in Special Education Studies, in addition to university program reviews.
5. Implementation of the Program and College Missions, and the University’s Mission and Strategic Vision.
6. Academic advisement of program students as assigned by the program chair.
7. Service on college and university committees, and other duties as assigned.
The successful candidate will have an earned doctorate in Education or a related field, professional experience and documented achievement commensurate with an Assistant Professor:
-minimum of three years experience teaching in a PK-12 public school environment
-documented experience working with a diverse student population, and within a diverse public education system
-excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with strong leadership capabilities, including a demonstrated commitment to integrity and fairness.
-Possession of a valid public school Special Education Credential
1. Higher education experience collaborating as a team member in complex academic programs.
2. Record of preparing teachers to work in a culturally and linguistically diverse context, and expertise in culturally responsive teaching and social justice. Experience in urban educational and/or school settings is highly desired.
3. Working knowledge of Special Education and related programs in California.
4. Current research agenda in Special Education and related fields, and the ability to conduct scholarly activities in the field.
5. Bilingual in Spanish, or other language common in California’s student demographics.
6. Extensive knowledge in the use of technology in online teaching and in the classroom.
7. Working knowledge in Early Childhood Special Education.
The hiring range for this position is dependent upon qualifications and departmental equity. Benefits of employment include a comprehensive health and welfare plan, tuition remission program for employee, spouse and dependent children and a generous 10% contribution to the University’s 403B retirement plan.
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