Assistant Professor, Special Education
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Tenure Status Professional Practice NT
Rank Assistant Professor
Term Length 10 Months
Terminal one year contract
Position Status Full Time
Position Title Assistant Professor, Special Education
Campus Chicago, IL - 122 S. Michigan Ave.
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The position will be based in Chicago, and applicants must be willing to teach
at other Chicago metropolitan area campuses, remote and online, as needed.
The Assistant Professor of Special Education (SPE) is a full-time
professional-practice , ten-month faculty position with some administrative
responsibilities in the Undergraduate College.
The primary responsibility for this role is to demonstrate excellence in
teaching. The Assistant Professor of SPE teaches 7-8 courses per year,
displaying deep content knowledge in the discipline. This role is responsible
for student success across the SPE coursework including guiding students as
they translate theory into practice and work toward endorsement. Through the
use of data-informed practices, this role engages in continuous improvement,
guiding instructional and curricular delivery with the primary goal of
supporting student success and preparing next-generation educators to be
change agents and leaders in their field.
While this is primarily a teaching position, the role will also contribute
content expertise in the overall coordination, design, development, and
implementation of the new Special Education Concentration. The courses in the
new concentration lead to the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE)
Learning Behavior Specialist 1 (LBS1) endorsement. This position is also
responsible for oversight of the adjunct faculty teaching SPE coursework and
will be involved in the hiring, onboarding, and training process. This role
will help staff the SPE courses and make recommendations for scheduling.
This position requires a high degree of collaboration and communication across
programs, units, and colleges. The Assistant Professor of SPE works in close
collaboration with faculty across departments in the college and with
graduate-level faculty in the National College of Education (NCE) where
appropriate. The Assistant Professor of SPE supports the recruitment and
marketing for the department and represents the department at internal and
external events (including major experience days, admit days, and Career
This role provides service to the institution as required by the UG model, and
as specified in the UGC workload plan.
Demonstrate excellence in teaching: teach 7-8 courses per year;
collaborate with the faculty team to develop a positive student
experience; facilitate courses by delivering engaging instruction in a
blended, flipped classroom and online environments; empower students to
develop competency by sharing a passion for the subject and skills being
taught; utilize technology-based teaching platforms to aid students in the
development of competencies; communicate professionally and relate well to
others, and participate in professional development activities.
Contribute to the development and implementation of the SPE
concentration:provide guidance in the development of coursework,
including identifying the content necessary to meet licensure and
endorsement requirements, establish the core courses, and design
assessments to meet the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) standards
as well as applicable ISBE standards. The role will also help oversee the
course development for the new coursework, as well as ensure SPE-related
content is present in other major coursework as appropriate. Additional
responsibilities include contributing to the recruitment and hiring
process along with onboarding and staffing qualified adjuncts.
Ensure student success, positive outcomes, and excellent student
experience: implement the assessment strategy as it pertains to SPE; use
data-informed practices to drive instructional and curricular decision-
making; provide recommendations for student support plans for students in
the major; use data to inform continuous improvement; participate and lead
segments of the Student Success Collaborative (SSC) process, especially
as it pertains to staff, coursework, and students in the
Service and Engagement:Participate in UGC-wide efforts such as admitted
student days and UGC-wide team meetings; participate in faculty governance
at the college/university level; represent the department, college, and/or
university at external events as needed; provide service to the
institution as required by the UG model, and as specified in the UGC
National Louis University ( NLU) is looking to honor its past while
defining a bold new future as a contemporary, comprehensive university that
prepares diverse students for sustained professional success with a deep
commitment to Access, Excellence, Innovation and Equity. The university is
focused on inspiring and empowering all learners to be leaders ready to
address tomorrow's challenges in the context of increasing global
urbanization. NLU is dedicated to providing a career-building, life-changing
education that is accessible to all students. The University offers 80 +
programs within its five colleges: National College of Education, Kendall
College of Culinary Arts & Hospitality Management, Undergraduate College,
College of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences and the School of Business and
Information Technology. The University serves over 9,700 students per year and
has experienced unprecedented growth in its undergraduate programming. Most
students are from Illinois, but the University also attracts students from
throughout the U.S. and from around the world who take advantage of campus
based, blended and online programming.
Founded in 1886, National Louis University is a private not-for-profit
university offering programs through the doctoral level. NLU is also
classified as an Engaged Institution by the Carnegie Foundation and has been
named as a top ten institution by Money Magazine where its alumni believe they
are making the world “a better place.” The University has had more Golden
Apple Award winners among its graduates in teacher preparation than any
institution across the state. The University has a deep commitment to
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and is among the top 25 most diverse national
universities according to U.S. News and World Report (2019). The University
has received more than $80 million in funding for applied research projects in
urban development, childhood development, school improvement, and teacher
preparation. NLU recognized as a national leader in closing the post-secondary
completion through its innovative approach to undergraduate education.
NLU is located in the center of Chicago's downtown loop, across the street
from the Art Institute, in an area which has been recognized as America's
largest campus with over 25 institutions and 50,000 students attending a
college across the city. In addition, the University has several suburban
locations and a Florida regional campus.
Procedure for Candidacy
National Louis University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Access/Equal
Opportunity Employer dedicated to the achievement of excellence and diversity
among its students, faculty and staff. NLU is committed to fostering a diverse
and inclusive community and strongly encourages all qualified individuals to
Candidate review will begin immediately and will continue until the position
5+ years experience teaching in a variety of SPE settings.
Current or recently held a Professional Educator License (PEL) in
Illinois, as well as the LBS1 ISBE Endorsement.
3+ years experience teaching in higher education, on-campus and online.
Significant professional accomplishments and/or strong leadership
Ability to remain agile and flexible, as the program iterates.
Professionalism in and commitment to working with a diverse population.
A track record of teaching excellence and accomplishments in teaching in
special education settings.
Master's Degree in Special Education, holding or having previously held
the Learning Behavior Specialist 1 (LBS1), Doctorate preferred
Holding or having previously held the ECE SPE Approval in Illinois is
preferred, but not required.
Posting Number FAC264
Number of Vacancies 1
Desired Start Date
Open Until Filled No
Special Instructions Summary
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Documents Needed to Apply
Letter of Recommendation 1
Letter of Recommendation 2
Letter of Recommendation 3
Internal Posting Form (Internal Applicants Only)