The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Department of Educational Studies invites qualified teacher educators with expertise in special education at the elementary/middle level to apply for a full-time instructional academic staff position at the rank of Lecturer to begin August 28, 2017.
We seek an educator who is experienced in promoting and implementing effective inclusive educational practices for diverse learners, and in actively connecting theory and practice. Only candidates who will have at least an earned Master's degree will be considered. Preference will be given to candidates with a commitment to integrating technology into the curriculum and to delivering instruction within a multilevel system of support. Review of applications will begin on Feb. 20, 2017.
Responsibilities include the following:
- Teaching courses related to instructional design and ongoing assessments for diverse learners to elementary and middle level education majors.
- Teaching introductory special education courses.
- Teaching other courses and/or curriculum development depending on the expertise of the applicant.
- Supervising pre-service teachers and/or leading clinical field experiences.
- Advising and mentoring pre-service teachers.
- Engaging in service to the department, university, community, and profession.
- Pursuing an active program of scholarly inquiry if desired by the applicant, including, but not limited to, presentations at conferences and publications in scholarly journals.
- Masters or higher degree in special education or related field.
- Minimum of 3 years teaching experience in U.S. public/private school PK-12 settings.
- Experience delivering instruction to students with exceptionalities in grades 1 to 8.
- Experience teaching students with exceptionalities in inclusive educational settings.
- Expertise in ongoing assessment and instructional design for diverse learners.
- Experience teaching students with exceptionalities in multiple grades, ranging from grades 1 to 8.
- Experience teaching courses at the university level and/or supervision of pre-service and/or in-service teachers.
- Experience working with students with low-incidence disabilities.
- Experience with assistive technology and familiarity with Universal Design for Learning practices
- Commitment to integrating technology into instructional practices
- Experience with co-teaching/collaboration
- Experience working with/in a Professional Development School or school partnership program.
- Knowledge of and experience with the education Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA).
- Experience teaching/working within a specific content area that complements the needs of the department (literacy, math, social studies, foundations of education, science, etc.).
- Established record of productive scholarship.
Interested candidates are requested to provide the following application materials:
- Cover letter that addresses the candidate’s experiences and goals. Candidates should address in particular their commitment to teaching in inclusive educational settings and their experience with ongoing assessment and instructional design for all learners.
- Curriculum vitae including current contact information.
- Unofficial graduate transcripts.
- Contact information for at least 3 professional references.
Additional application materials may be requested from candidates that progress through later rounds in the search process.
The Department of Educational Studies (DES) is housed in the School of Education, and is committed to advancing teaching and learning while preparing teacher leaders for a global society. We prepare teacher candidates to become teachers who ground curriculum in the lives of students; who embrace multicultural perspectives and uphold just teaching practices; value academically rigorous curriculum; and are culturally sensitive. DES offers teacher education degrees that result in Early Childhood-Middle Childhood (EC-MC), Middle Childhood – Early Adolescence (MC-EA), and Early Childhood – Adolescence (EC-A) licensures.
The School of Education focuses its programming on ensuring that all teacher candidates demonstrate knowledge, skills and dispositions consistent with exemplary professional practice. Through partnerships with our regional school districts and outstanding veteran educators, the School of Education provides teacher candidates with high quality experiences in schools as a means to advance the teaching profession. Finally, the School of Education, and University of Wisconsin- La Crosse are committed to inclusive excellence, and values diversity in both its faculty and student populations.
Note: Electronic submission of application materials is required. For additional information about this position and to apply, please visit https://employment.uwlax.edu
Please contact the Search and Screen Chair if you have a special need/accommodation to aid your participation in our hiring process.
The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (UW–La Crosse) provides a challenging, dynamic, and diverse learning environment in which the entire university community is fully engaged in supporting student success. Grounded in the liberal arts, UW-La Crosse fosters curiosity and life-long learning through collaboration, innovation, and the discovery and dissemination of new knowledge. Acknowledging and respecting the contributions of all, UW-La Crosse is a regional academic and cultural center that prepares students to take their place in a constantly changing world community.
UW-La Crosse's diversity and inclusion efforts are guided by our adherence to Inclusive Excellence. We define Inclusive Excellence as “... our active, intentional and ongoing commitment to bridge differences with understanding and respect so all can thrive." The goals of Inclusive Excellence are to increase the retention of diverse faculty, staff and students while encouraging a campus climate that is inviting and welcoming to all. UW-La Crosse strives to promote acceptance of all facets of diversity from racial/ethnic diversity to diversity of thought and experience. UW-La Crosse is a 2014 recipient of the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. UW-La Crosse is proud to be one of only 83 recipients of this national honor recognizing our commitment to diversity and inclusion.
UW-La Crosse has appeared prominently on the U.S. News & World Report list of “America’s Best Colleges” for more than a decade and is ranked consistently as one of the top institutions in the Midwest. With a student population of roughly 10,500, the university offers 91 undergraduate programs in at least 30 disciplines and 26 graduate programs in three colleges: Liberal Studies, Science and Health, and Business Administration, including the School of Arts & Communication and the School of Education. There are 502 full-time faculty and instructional academic staff, 76 percent of whom hold terminal degrees. UW-La Crosse boasts a retention rate (freshmen returning as sophomores) of 86 percent, graduation rate (degree within six years) of 70 percent, and is among only 12 institutions cited nationally by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities for its success in linking campus culture and university leadership to outstanding graduation rates.
The UW-La Crosse campus is nestled in a residential area of the City of La Crosse (pop. 52,000) located in western Wisconsin. The area, known as the 7 Rivers Region, is famous for its exceptional natural beauty which includes the Mississippi River on one side, majestic bluffs on the other, and views of rolling farmland and forested valleys in between. Ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top ten “Best Places to Live” in 2009, La Crosse is one of the most scenic places in mid-America. Abundant water, woodlands and varying terrain provide ample opportunities for year-round outdoor recreation. Only a couple of hours from Minneapolis or Madison, La Crosse enjoys the affordability and charm of small town living with larger city benefits. Three colleges, two world-class medical institutions, the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra, a restored nineteenth century downtown business district, and a number of galleries and art centers have made La Crosse a regional center for culture, entertainment, medical care, shopping, sports and recreation.
UW-La Crosse is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We strive to recruit, develop, and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool, and we encourage applications from persons with varied backgrounds and perspectives. In support of the Wisconsin Veteran Employment Initiative we encourage veterans and veterans with disabilities to explore employment opportunities at UW-La Crosse.
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