Assistant Professor - Department of Special Education, College of Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, IL

Posted: Monday, October 25, 2021

Department of Special Education, College of Education
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The Department of Special Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign invites applications for a full-time tenure-track faculty position in special education with expertise in K-12th grade youth with significant disabilities. This dynamic faculty member will contribute to a rich tradition of conducting influential research; securing external grant funding; teaching both undergraduate and graduate courses; mentoring and advising graduate students; and providing university, state, and professional service. Successful candidates must have a strong interest in and commitment to both research and teacher education.

The Department, ranked 9th among special education departments in the nation by U.S. News and World Report (2020), is committed to the production and dissemination of new knowledge in the field. Faculty and graduate students in the Department work in diverse educational and community settings and prepare educational professionals at the undergraduate, masters, doctoral, and post-doctoral levels. Departmental faculty engage in interdisciplinary collaboration and conduct research on a range of timely and critical topics; see The College of Education is known for its groundbreaking research, innovative approaches to teaching, commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, and service to the global community.


  • Demonstrated expertise in K-12th grade youth with significant disabilities.
  • A doctorate in special education or a related field earned by the date of hire.
  • A line of research that has the potential to lead to an outstanding and sustained record of scholarship and external funding.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and evidence of effective collaboration skills.
  • Minimum of two years successful experience as a special education professional with individuals with K-12th grade youth with significant disabilities.
  • Evidence of successful University teaching.
  • ]Experience addressing and advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in research, teaching, service, and/or public engagement.


  • Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) certification
  • Experience with online teaching and learning
  • Experience as a teacher of K-12th grade students with significant disabilities in school settings

Salary and Starting Date: Salary will be commensurate with rank and experience. The starting date is August 16, 2022.

APPLICATION PROCEDURES: To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by October 29th, 2021 at 5pm CST. All requested information must be submitted to be considered. Please create a candidate profile at You must upload one combined pdf file that contains the following documents: a cover letter that summarizes research, teaching, and service experiences, including how you address and advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in your work; curriculum vitae; two sample publications; and the contact information for three references. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Invitations to interview may be extended before the closing date of October 29; however, no hiring decision will be made before that date.

For further information regarding application procedures, you may contact the chair of the search committee, Dr. Meghan Burke, at [email protected] or 217-333-0260.

Illinois is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or criminal conviction history. Illinois welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity. (