Assistant Professor of Education

Pacific Lutheran University

United States

September 1, 2022


Posting Details Posting Number: 0602297

Recruitment Type: Open to All Applicants Position Title: Assistant Professor of Education Position Type: Faculty Position Status: Regular Full-time Benefits Status: Benefits Eligible FLSA: Exempt Hiring Range: $60,000 per year + benefits package Department: Education Posting Date: 12/21/2021 Closing Date Review of applications will begin immediately, but the position will remain open until filled. Work Schedule:

Full-time, tenure-track assistant professor position beginning September 1, 2022. Work schedule will vary by term and course. Courses may be offered during regular business hours (8am-5pm Monday thru Friday), in evenings or occasionally on weekends.

General Description:

The School of Education and Kinesiology invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position in areas related to SPED education in undergraduate and graduate programs in the Department of Education. Faculty should be able to contribute to pan-university requirements as needed (i.e. First Year Experience program).

The Department of Education at Pacific Lutheran University offers programs leading to teacher or administrator certification as well as a variety of programs and professional development offerings for already certified individuals. The department is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic community. We encourage applications from individuals whose backgrounds or interests align with this commitment, and who foresee it impacting their research, teaching, and service.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

  • Teach undergraduate and graduate courses (24 credits per year).
  • Maintain an active scholarly agenda.
  • Contribute to department and university service activities.
  • Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Background working with, teaching, or mentoring a diverse group of students.
  • Knowledge of effective teaching and learning strategies.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in both written and oral forms.
  • A commitment to high quality teaching in a private, liberal arts based university.
  • A team player who can work collaboratively with others.
  • Ability to articulate a clear scholarly agenda that is appropriate to the department resources and position.
  • A commitment to working effectively with a diverse faculty and student body.
  • Knowledge of the needs of Special Education in the K-12 setting.
  • Commitment to continued growth and professional development.
  • Required Qualifications:

  • Doctorate in Education or closely related field. ABD will be considered, but Doctorate degree must be in hand by September 1, 2022.
  • Teaching experience in K-12 schools.
  • Preferred Qualifications:

  • Teaching experience in higher education teacher preparation.
  • Knowledge of K-12 teaching standards for Washington State.
  • Academic knowledge or credentials in SPED.
  • Work Conditions:

    Work occurs on a residential campus in a typical office setting.

    Physical Requirements: Special Instructions to Applicants:

    Applicants should submit:

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae
  • List of 3 references
  • Statement of teaching philosophy in which you describe your goals for student learning, the methods you use to help students achieve them, and how you assess student learning. This statement should also explicitly address how you create an inclusive learning environment that is attuned to diversity and equity.
  • For questions or more information, please contact Jan Weiss at

    Other Information:

    Pacific Lutheran University purposefully integrates the liberal arts, professional studies and civic engagement in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. PLU continues the transformational tradition of Lutheran higher education through its commitment to the advancement of knowledge, freedom of expression, and critical questioning. Offering distinctive opportunities for global engagement, collaborative student-faculty research and purposeful learning, PLU guides 2,900 students from all faiths and backgrounds discern their vocation through coursework, mentorship and internships at world-class Puget Sound-area businesses and institutions.

    PLU is located on a 156-acre woodland campus in the Parkland neighborhood of Tacoma, Washington and about 40 minutes south of downtown Seattle. The campus reflects consciously green practices and is in proximity to the natural beauty of Mount Rainier, the Cascade and Olympic mountain ranges, and the Puget Sound.

    PLU administration supports and respects the strong culture of faculty-shared governance by working closely and collaboratively with faculty leadership to sustain and strengthen existing structures and procedures while working together on key institutional, academic and curricular decisions.

    The university is committed to active recruitment of a diverse faculty, staff and student body from all religions, races, socioeconomic groups, sexual orientations, and gender expressions and from all over the world. For the 2020-21 academic year, 35 percent of undergraduate students are the first generation in their families to attend college; 41 percent self-identify as students of color; and 31 percent are Pell Grant-eligible. PLU is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from members of historically underrepresented and minoritized groups, women, veterans, persons with disabilities, and others who would bring broadly diverse perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds in educational, research or other work activities. For general application questions or if you need accommodations at any point in the application and/or interview process, please contact the Human Resources Office at 253-535-7185 or

    Supplemental Questions

    Required fields are indicated with an asterisk ().

  • Will you have a doctorate degree in hand by September 1, 2022?
  • Yes
  • No
  • Are you legally eligible to work in the United States on your hire date AND legally authorized to work in the United States for Pacific Lutheran University without sponsorship now or indefinitely into the future?
  • Yes
  • No
  • Applicant Documents

    Required Documents

  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Teaching Philosophy
  • List of Three References
  • Optional Documents

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