Assistant Professor, Severe Disabilities Program/Adapted Curriculum

Virginia Commonwealth University - VCU
Richmond, Virginia
Dec 28, 2018
Feb 01, 2019
Full Time

Assistant Professor of Severe Disabilities Program/Adapted Curriculum Consortium

School of Education, Virginia Commonwealth University

Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Education (SOE) is recruiting applicants for the position of Assistant Professor of Severe Disabilities Program/Adapted Curriculum Consortium with a start date of September 2019. This is a full time, 12 Mo. term faculty position. At VCU, we believe different perspectives and expertise enhance possibilities and solutions. This philosophy drives our recruitment process, so we welcome applicants with diverse experiences and backgrounds, who will contribute to an already diverse community of faculty, staff, and students.

The severe disabilities program/adapted curriculum consortium in the VCU School of Education and Partnership for People with Disabilities provides graduate students with research-based professional studies and clinical experiences necessary for effective teaching, advocacy, and leadership in diverse geographic and socioeconomic settings. Specifically, our faculty, students, university colleagues, and community partners work together to generate knowledge, investigate effective strategies, disseminate evidence-based practices, advocate for individuals and their families, and promote exemplary programs.

The faculty member will be responsible for coordinating the M.Ed program in severe disabilities, the licensure program in adapted curriculum, participating in the adapted curriculum consortium directed by George Mason University, and for serving as the co-training director of the Va-LEND training program. Both programs require the candidate to advise and teach students in these programs, coordinate schedules for classes, and ensure graduation requirements are met and applications are completed. The candidate will serve as point of contact for the severe disabilities program/adapted curriculum consortium.

Required Qualifications

  • An earned doctorate in special education, education, or closely related field
  • Experience advising graduate students
  • Experience with providing clinical supervision to graduate students
  • Record of teaching at the university level
  • Experience working with children with disabilities
  • Demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment or commitment to do so as a faculty member at VCU

Preferred Qualifications

  • History of involvement in and sensitivity to the needs of underserved and/or underrepresented groups in prek-12 settings
  • Experience conducting community-engaged research with schools/districts/preschools in developing/implementing academic/behavioral programs, particularly in high needs (e.g., poverty, risk) areas
  • Evidence of expertise in serving children with significant disabilities and their families (e.g., children with hearing loss, children with severe autism, intellectual disabilities and those who need an adapted curriculum)
  • Experience with LEND (national Maternal and Child Health) programs

About VCU

Virginia Commonwealth University is a major, urban public research university with national and international rankings in sponsored research. VCU is designated as a research university with very high research activity by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education and is recognized as a community-engaged institution by the Carnegie Foundation. Located in downtown Richmond, VCU enrolls more than 31,000 students in 226 degree and certificate programs in the arts, sciences and humanities. Recently voted as the “Best River Town in America” by Outside magazine, Richmond is a vibrant, prosperous metropolitan area of approximately one million people within a short driving distance from Washington, D.C., Virginia Beach and the Blue Ridge Mountains.

About School of Education

The VCU School of Education aims to be the leader in urban education through leveraging existing resources and talents among our faculty, centers and institutes, and relationships with agencies in the community to expand innovation, excellence, and impact in schools, communities, families, and children. We prepare effective and highly skilled teachers, counselors, school administrators, higher education faculty, and other education professionals committed to challenging urban and high-needs schools, agencies and other high-need learning environments. Ranked 23rd best public graduate program in education by U.S. News & World Report, the VCU School of Education focuses its teaching, interdisciplinary research, and development efforts on issues of educational equity, social justice and the complexities of poverty that impact student learning and family engagement.

Application. To be considered for this position, candidate must submit the following documents online through the VCU ejobs at

  1. A cover letter that addresses the applicant's qualifications based on position and consideration of the goals and mission of Virginia Commonwealth University and the School of Education
  2. A curriculum vitae
  3. A statement of teaching philosophy
  4. The name, email address and telephone number for four professional references

Application materials must be uploaded as one PDF document (in the “Other Document” field) to for review by the Search Committee.

Questions may be directed to Search Committee Chair, Dr. Donna Gilles at (804-828-8244) or

Candidates must agree to current and prior employers being contacted if a finalist for the position.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position closing date of January 19, 2019.

For additional information and to apply, please follow the link below

Virginia Commonwealth University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action University providing access to education and employment without regard to age, race, color, national origin, gender, religion, sexual orientation, veteran's status, political affiliation or disability.

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