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Adapted Curriculum Special Education Assistant/Associate Professor (Term or Tenure-line)

George Mason University
Fairfax, VA
Commensurate with education and experience.
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Sep 1, 2023

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Adapted Curriculum Special Education Assistant/Associate Professor (Term or Tenure-line)The George Mason University, College of Education and Human Development (CEHD), invites applications for a new, full-time term (non-tenure track) or tenure-line assistant/associate instructional faculty position in the Division of Special Education and Disability Research for the Students with Disabilities who Access the Adapted Curriculum (i.e., low incidence/severe disabilities) program to begin Fall 2023. The Adapted Curriculum program at GMU is a state-approved initial licensure program and provides coursework at both the undergraduate and graduate level.The College of Education and Human Development's Special Education program is ranked 15th nationally by U.S. News & World Report. Additional recognition was given to the online graduate program, which U.S. News & World Report has ranked 5th in the country. The mission of Mason's Special Education program is to improve the lives, productivity, and education of persons with disabilities. The Division strives to reach this goal by producing passionate, world-class special educators who elevate the profession of special education.George Mason University is one of the top research universities in the nation, holding an R1 designation from the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. We are the largest public research university in Virginia, with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among our faculty and staff. We seek candidates who will enrich Mason's academic and culturally inclusive environment.Responsibilities:Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, teaching adapted curriculum undergraduate and graduate courses during the day and in the evening via both face-to-face and distance; supervising graduate and undergraduate internships and field placements; participating in curriculum development, program planning, and accreditation activities to enhance the student learning experience; and engaging with faculty and staff colleagues to advance program initiatives, supporting adjunct faculty, and participating in service at the division and college level.Candidates may be considered for either a term (non-tenure track) position or a tenure-line position depending on the candidate's specific configuration of credentials and talents. Tenure-line faculty are expected to maintain an active line of research and external funding, and provide expertise and scholarly leadership in severe disabilities, with an emphasis on bridging research and practice. Teaching-oriented term faculty will focus on teaching assignments and essential service responsibilities while also supporting relevant grant activities. The teaching load for a non-tenure track position will be a 4-course equivalent (12 credits) in both the fall and spring semesters. A tenure-line position may be considered with a 2-course equivalent (6 credits) in both the fall and spring semesters. Both position types allow the option to add courses under separate contract for the summer.Required Qualifications:Applicants must have earned a doctoral degree in Special Education from an accredited institution with a dissertation emphasis applicable to students with severe disabilities. A minimum of three years of K-12 teaching experience in severe disabilities is required. Applicants are required to have held a valid, fully credentialed teaching license in special education, with experience in low incidence/severe disabilities. Successful higher education teaching experience is required. The successful candidate must also establish instructional versatility specific to students with severe disabilities across the program in such areas as characteristics, teaching methods and curriculum, assessment, reading and writing, transition, communication, behavior, collaborative teamwork, and positioning and handling with demonstrated knowledge and experience. Consideration for a tenure-line position requires a publication record and portfolio of external funding consistent with the academic rank and tenure status for which the candidate is being considered; and alignment with the college's core values focused on diversity, collaboration, and innovation.Preferred Qualifications:Preferred qualifications include demonstrated excellence in writing, communication, presentation, and public speaking skills. Demonstrated teaching experience in online venues and/or experience in teacher supervision and/or mentorship is also preferred.Review of applications will begin on February 22, 2023, and will continue until the position is filled.George Mason University is an equal opportunity employer committed to meeting the needs of its increasingly diverse student body through appropriate personnel selection practices and procedures.

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"Great Careers Begin at Mason! George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in both academics and research. Mason holds a top U.S. News and World Report "Up and Coming" spot for national universities and is recognized for its global appeal and excellence in higher education.Mason is currently the largest and most diverse university in Virginia with students and faculty from all 50 states and over 135 countries studying in over 200 degree programs at campuses in Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William, as well as at learning locations across the commonwealth. Rooted in Mason's diversity is a campus culture that is both rewarding and exciting, work that is meaningful, and opportunities to both collaborate and create.If you are interested in joining the Mason family take a look at our current opportunities and catch some Mason spirit at!George Mason University, Where Innovation is Tradition."


George Mason University is a university with three campuses, each with a distinctive academic focus that plays a critical role in the economy of its region. At each campus, students, faculty, and staff have full access to all the university's resources, while duplication of programs and support services is minimized through the use of technology. In addition to the main campus in Fairfax, the university has campuses in Arlington and Prince William Counties.

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