Assistant/Associate/Full Professor of Special Education

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Work type: Tenure-Track Faculty
Location: Main Campus (Gainesville, FL)
Categories: Education/Instructional
Department:18080000 - ED-SPED SPECIAL EDUCATION

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Job Description:

The University of Florida invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant/Associate/Full Professor of Special Education position. Priority will be given to candidates with scholarly expertise in teacher quality issues and an emphasis on cultural and linguistic diversity is preferred. The Special Education program is housed within the School of Special Education, School Psychology, and Early Childhood Studies. The position builds upon rich traditions of excellence and leadership in the field. This faculty member will join a productive and collegial community of scholars committed to high quality teaching, research, and service and to developing a faculty that represents an array of socio-cultural experiences, including culture, race and ethnicity, and dis/ability. The faculty member must demonstrate a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

The successful applicant for this tenure-track position is expected to develop and maintain a clear, systematic line of research; regularly seek external research funding; publish in top-tier scholarly journals; present research findings at meetings of professional associations; contribute to advising and teaching, especially recruiting and mentoring doctoral students. Additionally, candidates will engage in service to the program, school, college, university, and profession. This 9-month tenure-accruing faculty appointment will begin August 2022 and include the possibility of summer employment. Salary is negotiable, competitive, and commensurate with qualifications and experience.


  • Conduct scholarly activities commensurate with expectations of a tenure-track faculty member at a research-intensive university
  • Publish in respected refereed scholarly journals
  • Vigorously pursue external funding
  • Advise, engage, and mentor graduate students in teaching, research, and outreach activities
  • Teach (face-to-face, blended, and/or online) courses
  • Provide service to the program, school, college, university, and the profession

ABOUT THE COLLEGE: The College of Education at the University of Florida, founded in 1906, has consistently been ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in the nation in Online Graduate Education for the last six years, 3rd nationally for undergraduate education and 12th nationally among public graduate colleges of education (U.S. News & World Report). Two of the College's academic programs occupy top-20 spots in the U.S. News rankings: Counselor Education (5th) and Special Education (5th). Our Teachers, Schools & Society (TSS) program was named the 2020 Program of the Year by the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED). The College has added 45 faculty in the past three years. Cutting-edge interdisciplinary research and public scholarship—often conducted in partnership with other UF colleges, school districts and communities across the state and nation—are yielding powerful learning systems and models that are helping to transform education in today’s changing world, starting with our youngest learners. The College is engaged in four of UF’s priority research areas—early childhood studies, precision learning, analysis of learning analytics, and artificial intelligence in education. The College has 117 full-time faculty members with distinguished records in teaching, research and service. Faculty researchers last year garnered more than $107 million in awards supporting studies and projects addressing education’s most critical issues. Teaching is one of several areas of study from which UF education students can choose. More than 3,000 education students are enrolled on campus and online in 29 bachelor’s and advanced degree programs and concentration areas, within nine academic specialties: K-12 Curriculum and Instruction • Counseling & Counselor Education • Early Childhood Education • Educational Leadership • Higher Education Administration • Research & Evaluation Methods • School Psychology • Special Education • Student Personnel in Higher Education. To sustain the college's innovative edge deep into the 21st century, heightened emphasis on emerging technologies, advanced graduate studies and interdisciplinary research will effectively prepare tomorrow's leaders in all education disciplines. The College's educator preparation programs have been continuously accredited by CAEP and NCATE since 1954. More than 30,000 UF “EduGator” alumni are located throughout the world. Follow us: @UF_COE (Twitter) and @UF.COE (Facebook)

ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY: The University of Florida, founded in 1853, is a public land-grant, sea-grant and space-grant research university and one of the most academically diverse universities in the nation. U.S. News & World Report ranks UF 5th among public universities. National rankings such as 2nd by Kiplinger and 20th in Forbes in their respective lists of “Best Values in Public Colleges” are a result of UF’s commitment to provide the highest quality education at the best value. UF is home to 16 colleges and more than 200 research, service and education centers, bureaus and institutes, and boasts more than 4,000 faculty members, 50,000 students and 415,000 living alumni. Faculty scholars last year generated more than $838 million in research awards. UF recently launched a $70 million AI partnership with NVIDIA, taking the first step toward ensuring equitable access to bringing AI to students and faculty from across campus and the state. The Florida Legislature designated UF as a “preeminent” state university in 2013. UF recently hired almost 500 new faculty.

ABOUT THE AREA: UF is situated in Gainesville in North Central Florida, a progressive college town that blends big-city cultural and athletic offerings with small-town friendliness and charm, along with excellent schools. Gainesville, located about halfway between the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico, is often recognized as one of America’s best college towns and is easily accessible to three major metropolitan areas (Jacksonville, Orlando and Tampa). The National Arbor Day Foundation has recognized Gainesville as a “Tree City USA” every year since 1982. Add the allure of Florida’s famous sunshine, tropical breezes, and abundant wilderness, springs, rivers and seashores nearby, and it is little wonder that top-caliber faculty and students find our College and University to be the perfect balance of premier academics and a fulfilling lifestyle.

The University of Florida is An Equal Employment Opportunity Institution. If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for this position, please call 352/392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at 800/955-8771 (TDD). Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the US. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida's Sunshine Law.

Expected Salary:

Salary is negotiable, competitive, and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Minimum Requirements:
  • Doctorate in special education or closely related field. ABD candidates will be considered as long as their doctorate is conferred by August 15, 2022.
  • Record of scholarship, commensurate with experience, as demonstrated through publications and presentations at national conferences.
  • Evidence of potential to propose, secure, and successfully manage externally-funded projects.
  • Experience with students with disabilities in early childhood and/or K-12 school settings.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Record of teaching experience in higher education.
  • Evidence of commitment to collaboration with faculty, students, and school-based personnel.
  • Record of effectively mentoring students.
  • Active engagement with and/or leadership in relevant professional organizations.
  • Demonstrated commitment to equity including addressing issues related to cultural and racial diversity.
Special Instructions to Applicants:

This position was originally posted under requisition #87559.  All previous applicants do not need to reapply.

Applicants for the tenure track Assistant/Associate/Full Professor position should send: (1) a letter of application addressing required and desired qualifications, (2) a curriculum vitae, (3) two sample publications, and (4) contact information for three references. Applicants should reference requisition 519768 (Interfolio 87559), position 00028580. Candidates should submit application materials electronically at Inquiries about the position can be addressed to the search committee chair, Dr. Mary Brownell ( To ensure full consideration, application materials should be submitted by March 10, 2022. Applications received after this date may be considered at the discretion of the search committee and hiring authority. 

Final candidate will be required to provide official transcript to the hiring department upon hire.  A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible.  Degrees earned from an education institution outside of the United States are required to be evaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approved by National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at

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