Assistant Professor of Special Education

Minnesota State University

Moorhead, MN

ID: 7063189
Posted: January 21, 2020
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Job Description
​•​Teach undergraduate and graduate courses in Special Education (online and on campus)
​•Advise undergraduate and graduate special education and elementary inclusive education candidates
​•Mentor graduate students through comprehensive examinations and scholarly projects
​•Supervise and facilitate field experiences in Special Education
​•Engage in scholarly achievement, professional development, and service to students, university, and community
​•Contribute to the School of Teaching and Learning through committee work, meetings, accreditation processes, and other departmental responsibilities​

Required Qualifications
​•Doctoral Degree in Special Education, Education, or Related Field by the time of first contract day
​•Record of three or more years of successful teaching experience in K-12 Special Education settings including teaching students with differing levels of disability (mild, moderate, and/or severe)
​•Record of special education licensure in one or more of the following disability areas: Learning Disabilities, Emotional/Behavioral Disorders, High-Functioning Autism, Early Childhood Special Education and/or Development/Cognitive Disabilities
​•Record of successful teaching in higher education including online teaching experience
​•Record of experience with diverse populations
​•Record of collaborative experiences
​•Demonstrated commitment to an inclusive philosophy
​•Evidence of strong oral, written, and interpersonal communication

Preferred Qualifications
​•Experience co-teaching and/or collaborating in inclusive environments
​•Demonstrated ability to teach methods and assessment coursework in Special Education
​•Demonstrated ability to develop curriculum and provide evidence of assignments related to standards
​•Demonstrated commitment to professional growth and involvement in professional organizations
​•Record of scholarly achievement or other creative professional work, service, and engagement in P-12 settings

Other Requirements
To be considered by the search committee, applications must include: curriculum vitae or resume, cover letter, unofficial transcripts from all degree granting institutions, and names/contact information for three professional references. Letters of recommendation may be requested for candidates chosen to interview. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed by the search committee.

NOTICE: In accordance with the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Vehicle Fleet Safety Program, employees driving on college/university business who use a rental or state vehicle shall be required to conform to Minnesota State’s vehicle use criteria and consent to a Motor Vehicle Records check.

The successful candidate must provide official transcripts of all academic work completed and, under U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services regulations, be able to accept work in the U.S. by the day employment begins. The University regrets that we are unable to offer H1-B sponsorship at this time.


In the simplest and most idealistic terms, our purpose at Minnesota State University Moorhead is to transform the world by transforming lives. In more specific terms, we are a university united around certain beliefs.

Our Core Values (How do we behave?)
• Grit
We are “scrappy” and resourceful.
We have big goals and the tenacity to achieve them.
We have the courage to do what’s right.
• Humility
We’re all on the same team and everyone’s role is important.
We seek the best ideas and know they can come from anywhere and anyone in our campus community.
We don’t take ourselves too seriously.
• Heart
We go the extra mile for our students and each other.
We are passionate about our purpose.
We are fiercely loyal to MSUM.

Aspirational Value (We commit to making this as pervasive as our core values)
Diversity and inclusion of people and ideas

“Permission to Play” Values (These are the expectations of membership in our academic community)
Integrity and mutual respect in our behavior and interactions

Strategic Anchors (How will we succeed?)
We will succeed by:
• Focusing relentlessly on student achievement and students’ return on their investment;
• Embedding and supporting diversity in every facet of the university; and
• Ensuring that MSUM is indispensable to the social, cultural, and economic advancement of Moorhead and the surrounding region.


Our professional programs are grounded in the liberal arts, designed to provide a broad base of knowledge and cultural themes.
• 74 undergraduate majors (70 emphases/options)
• 11 pre-professional programs
• 12 graduate degrees (21 emphasis areas)
• 28 graduate and undergraduate certificates
• 31 areas of teacher licensure preparation

MSUM enrolls 5,664 students from 36 states and 61 countries. MSUM is a member of the Tri-College University, an educational consortium that includes Concordia College of Moorhead, North Dakota State University, Minnesota State Community and Technical College, and the North Dakota State College of Science.


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