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Assistant Professor
Portland State University
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November 18, 2013
Portland, Oregon
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Portland State University
Located in Portland, Oregon, one of the nation's most livable cities, the University's innovative approach to education combines academic rigor in the classroom with field-based experiences through internships and classroom projects with community partners. The University's 49-acre downtown campus exhibits Portland State's commitment to sustainability with green buildings, while many of the 124 ba...chelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees incorporate sustainability into the curriculum. PSU's motto, "Let Knowledge Serve the City," inspires the teaching and research of an accomplished faculty whose work and students span the globe. PSU seeks talented individuals who understand our values and strategic goals and enjoy sharing ideas and collaborating in an environment of mutual respect to achieve those values and goals. We are committed to leading through engagement and seek individuals who support this strategy. Engagement describes Portland State's collaborative approach to the exchange of knowledge and resources with local, regional, national, and global partners for mutual benefit of students, faculty, and the community. As a component of the Diversity Action Plan and the President's Strategic Mission of achieving global excellence, Portland State University strives to become an institution that is recognized nationally and internationally for the accomplishments of its faculty, the reputation of its programs, and the preparation of it students as world citizens. For more information visit

Portland State University

Graduate School of Education

Special Education

Position Announcement D99472

Proposed Start Date



C - Assistant Professor

Working Title

Assistant Professor

Position Number



AU - AAUP (PSU only)



Position FTE


Term of Service

9 month - Academic Year (mid-September to mid-June)

Tenure Status

A - Annual Tenure

Brief Description of PSU/School/Dept

The Graduate School of Education (GSE) is the largest teacher preparation program in Oregon and is fully accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and the Teacher Standards and Practices Commission of Oregon. The GSE guides the development of outstanding teachers who are strong in content knowledge, expert in instructional practice, and committed to educational excellence, social justice, and equity.

The Special Education Department is dedicated to preparing and supporting professionals to improve the educational outcomes and quality of life for all learners. To achieve the department’s vision, the Special Education programs strive to increase the use of evidence-based practices by preparing exemplary educators, collaborating with schools, building community partnerships, and conducting and disseminating research.

The Special Education faculty believes:

 All children can learn.
 Educators have a fundamental responsibility for children’s learning and a duty to advocate for students and their families.
 Diverse, inclusive, and equitable environments improve educational opportunities and a quality of life for all learners.
Families have valuable knowledge about their children and are essential partners in their education. Collaboration among schools, families, and communities improves educational outcomes.
 Preparing high quality teachers requires blending effective instruction at PSU with successful school partnerships.
 Prevention and systematic early intervention are essential for maximizing student success and for preventing failure among student groups as well as for individual students.
 Support systems and the provision of culturally responsive instructional practices should be used to address the unique needs of diverse learners and to enhance the recruitment of a diverse educational work force.
 Research and evidence-based practices increase the effectiveness of educators’ work.
 Collection and thoughtful data analysis should drive educational decision-making about instruction and support.
 Educators have a fundamental responsibility to deliver relevant coursework that prepares students to be successful in a diverse and global economy.

The Special Education Department (SPED) in the GSE at PSU offers graduate-level programs in the areas of early intervention/early childhood special education, visual impairments, elementary/secondary special education, and merged preparation in special and general education at the elementary and secondary levels. SPED offers licensure and a master’s degree and participates in the school-wide doctoral (Ed.D.) program in educational leadership. Oregon teacher licensure for special education addresses the full range of disabilities, mild, moderate, and significant and multiple. The Department of Special Education graduates (licensure and/or master’s) approximately 100 students each year.

Position Summary


All students in the Visually Impaired Learner (VIL) licensure program take courses focusing on instruction and assessment in Expanded Core Curriculum, foundations of learning, low vision, braille (including Nemeth code), instructional strategies, collaboration, assessment, assistive technology and multiple disabilities using a blended format. Oregon’s teaching license for the Visually Impaired Learner is birth-21. Students also participate in 3 supervised teaching experiences.

• Coordinate the Program in Visual Impairments.
• Teach courses in visual impairments using an online or blended format.
• Teach additional course work as assigned in other areas based on individual’s expertise.
• Lead cohorts of students and assist in identification and coordination of field placements
• Supervise students in field placements.
• Engage and advance a scholarly agenda focusing on the education of students with disabilities.
• Participate in seeking grants and other sources of external funding for the Special Education program.
• Serve as academic advisor to students in the Program in Visual Impairments.
• Serve on University/Department/Program committees.
• Participate in advancing the Graduate School of Education’s diversity agenda.
• Participate in community service and community partnerships.
• Participate actively in state and professional organizations.


Primary Activity


I - Instructional

Key Cultural Competencies


• Creates an environment that acknowledges, encourages and celebrates differences.
• Functions and communicates effectively and respectfully within the context of varying beliefs, behaviors, orientations, identities and cultural backgrounds.
• Seeks opportunities to gain experience working and collaborating in diverse, multicultural, and inclusive settings with a willingness to change for continual improvement
• Adheres to all PSU’s policies including the policies on Prohibited Discrimination & Harassment and the Professional Standards of Conduct.

Total Compensation Range & Benefits Statement


Salary negotiable, depending on qualifications and experience with an excellent benefits package including paid healthcare; a generous retirement; and reduced tuition rates for employee, spouse, or dependent at any of the Oregon University System schools.

Annual Salary


Negotiable, depending on qualifications and experience; $53,442 minimum

Application Instructions

Additional Information


For more information about Portland State University visit our web site at

Late Spring and Summer employment may be available starting May 15, 2014.

Additional Application Instructions (deadlines, etc.)


Applications for all staff and faculty positions are submitted through our online application system. To apply for this position go to

Please upload:
a) a detailed letter of application that addresses background, experience, and required/preferred qualifications;
b) curriculum vita; and
c) names of three professional references with current phone number and email addresses.

Candidates have the option to upload up to 3 supporting documents such as publications, teaching evaluations, and course syllabi.

Review of application materials will begin January 06, 2013, and will continue until finalists are identified.


Does this position require the employee to drive a motor vehicle?



Background Check Required



Projected Close Date for Posting

Open Until Filled

Application screening begins


Required Applicant Documents: Curriculum Vitae, Cover Letter and Professional References.

Optional Documents : Other 1 (see additional application instructions)



Minimum Qualifications


 Earned doctorate in the field of Special Education with an emphasis in Visual Impairments
 Strong emphasis in design and delivery of instruction and assessment in Expanded Core Curriculum, teaching strategies, low vision and braille.
 Teaching experience with school-age students with visual impairments, including at-risk for academic and/or social behavior difficulties, and/or students with multiple disabilities in addition to visual impairments.
Potential to extend evidence-based instructional practices to educational systems
 Potential for scientifically rigorous scholarship and external funding
 Experience working and collaborating in diverse, multicultural, and inclusive settings
 Ability to function within the context of varying cultural beliefs, behaviors and backgrounds
 Experience and commitment to using technology for teaching, learning, course development and online instructional delivery
 Successful completion of a criminal background check

Preferred Qualifications


 Emphasis in instruction to and assessment of students with multiple disabilities
 Emphasis in research based strategies for universal design for learning and differentiation in instruction
 Ability to function within the context of varying cultural beliefs, behaviors and backgrounds
 Experience implementing assistive technology, response to intervention, explicit instruction/direct instruction/strategy instruction, and transition services
 Experience supervising teachers or student teachers at all levels in school settings
 University teaching experience and program coordination
 Demonstrated commitment to working with socially, culturally, and economically diverse urban communities
 Background in deaf/blindness


Internal Number: D99472
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