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Assistant Professor
Portland State University
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November 18, 2013
Portland, Oregon
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Academic/Faculty, Education
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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

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

Position Summary

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. The Department of Special Education graduates (licensure and/or master’s) approximately 100 students each year.

Position Summary


Assistant Professor of Special Education, Early Intervention Program, Department of Special Education, Graduate School of Education. Oregon’s teaching license for the Early Intervention/Special Education is birth-age 8. Students in the Early Intervention/Special Education licensure program take online courses focusing on collaboration, instructional strategies, and assessment as stated in the Division of Early Childhood Recommended Practices, National Association for the Education of Young Children Developmentally Appropriate Practices, and Oregon Competencies in Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education. Students participate in three supervised teaching experiences (i.e., early childhood special education, early intervention, and full-time student teaching).

• Teach online courses in early intervention/early childhood special education.
• Engage and advance a scholarly agenda of research related to young children with disabilities and their families.
• Coordinate the Early Intervention/ Early Childhood Special Education Program and provide cohort leadership of students.
• Supervise students in supervised teaching experience placements.
• Seek grants and other sources of external funding.
• Serve as an academic advisor to students in the Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education Program.
• Participate in service to the Department, Graduate School of Education and University.
• Participate in advancing the Graduate School of Education’s diversity agenda.
• Participate in service to the community .
• Raise awareness of and advocate for quality services for young children with special needs and their families.
• Participate actively in professional organizations.
• Adhere to the policies in the Department, Graduate School of Education, and the University.


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 95% premium paid healthcare; a generous retirement and vacation package; and reduced tuition rates for employee, spouse or dependant at any of the Oregon University System schools.

Annual Salary

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

Application Instructions

Additional Information

Summer employment starting June 1, 2014, is available.

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 detailed letter of application that addresses background, experience, and required/preferred qualifications; curriculum vita, and names of three professional references with current phone number and email addresses.

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

Review of application materials will begin January 6, 2014, and continue until finalists are identified.

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


Background Check Required



Search Details

Projected Close Date for Posting

Open Until Filled

Application screening begins



Minimum Qualifications


 Earned doctorate (Ph.D. or Ed.D.) in Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education.
 Experience teaching courses in early intervention/early childhood special education at the university level.
 Experience with and commitment to using technology for instructional delivery, including online course instruction
 Experience (i.e., at least three years) teaching young children, birth to age 5, with disabilities, collaborating with their families and other professionals including general education
 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
 Successful completion of a criminal background check

Preferred Qualifications


 Record of publication in peer-reviewed journals relevant to young children with disabilities and their families
 Commitment to inclusive education.
 Demonstrated ability to partner with early childhood education as well as early intervention/early childhood special education communities
 Experience with program coordination, leadership, and/or assessment
 Experience supervising preservice teachers in supervised teaching experiences and/or experience supervising or coaching inservice teachers
 Demonstrated experience in and commitment to working with individuals and communities who are socially, culturally, and economically diverse
 Ability to honor the uniqueness of each individual, challenge stereotypes, promote diversity awareness, sensitivity, understanding, and inclusion, and create an on-campus environment that is welcoming, inclusive, and diverse


Internal Number: D96813
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