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Bagwell College of Education


Inclusive Education

Position Title

Assistant Professor of Special Education

Position Description and Responsibilities:    

The successful applicant will have opportunities to participate in the college’s urban education, birth to five, international, and literacy center initiatives.  Reporting to the Chair of the Department of Inclusive Education, he/she will demonstrate strong teaching and research skills appropriate for the graduate programs in special education.  Other responsibilities will include teaching, supervision and mentoring; and advising graduate candidates in such areas as collaborative practices, methods and materials for inclusive settings, classroom management, creating culturally and linguistically responsive classrooms and schools, and inclusive practices as well as planning, implementing, and assessing instruction for diverse learners.  He/she may also teach undergraduate level courses.  Besides teaching, he/she will be expected to assist the department in the development of programs and partnerships.  The successful applicant will also work closely with colleagues and candidates and contribute to the intellectual vitality of the department through scholarship and professional service – such as service on departmental, college, university, and doctoral dissertation committees.  This is a nine-month tenure-track position.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Earned doctorate in special education or closely related field.
  • Evidence of teaching and collaboration at the university level.
  • Experience teaching online and/or hybrid courses.
  • Experience with program/curriculum development at the university level.
  • Experience with online course conversion/development.
  • Evidence of strong qualitative and/or quantitative research methodology.
  • Evidence of scholarship pertaining to Special Education.
  • Evidence of implementing culturally and linguistically responsive pedagogy.
  • Experience/expertise working with a variety of exceptionalities including Autism Spectrum Disorder.
  • Evidence of a commitment to global engagement.
  • Experience with seeking and/or securing external funding.
Evidence of community engagement via collaboration with schools and communities and/or the use of experiential learning or service-learning for instruction.
Required Education – Experience – Skills (Minimum Qualifications):
  • Doctorate in Special Education or a closely related field.  ABDs close to completion will be considered.
  • Experience teaching special education at the B-12 level.
  • Evidence of the ability to conduct scholarly activity and scholarship. Please refer to university tenure and promotion guidelines at:
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to collaborate with colleagues in an interdisciplinary and diverse environment.
  • Technology skills to support teaching, learning, and research.
  • Demonstrate interest and ability in working with individuals and students who are culturally, linguistically, and economically diverse.
Application Procedure:

All materials must be submitted electronically as Microsoft Word or PDF documents to on or before January 4, 2013 to guarantee consideration.  A complete application will include a letter expressing interest and addressing qualifications for the position, teaching philosophy, and scholarship activity; copies of transcripts (official transcripts are required before employment at KSU); a curriculum vita; names, addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of five or more professional references; and copies of course evaluations.

For a detailed description of the university, college, and department, please visit KSU’s website at

The search will continue until the position is filled.

Questions About Position Opening:

Questions about the position should be directed to Dr. Leigh Funk.  Email:   Telephone:  770-499-3315

Date Position Available: August 2013
Departmental/College Overview:

The Bagwell College of Education (BCOE) is one of the largest and strongest teacher preparation units in the University System of Georgia offering bachelor’s, master’s, educational specialist, and doctor of education degree programs. All educator preparation programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and approved by Georgia’s Professional Standards Commission (PSC). As a member of the Renaissance Group, BCOE continues its advancement toward meeting the challenges of national and state reforms for teacher education as well as program expansion.  The college received an $8.9 million Teacher Quality Partnership grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The BCOE houses the iTeach Center that provides professional learning, consulting, and service for Georgia educators in 11 school systems within metro Atlanta and North Georgia.  Recently, the BCOE launched the Center for Literacy and Learning, a facility where P-12 striving readers are assessed and tutored by graduate students.  In collaboration with the College of Science and Mathematics, the Bagwell College of Education established the Advancing the Teaching of Mathematics and Science (ATOMS) Center.

KSU’s conceptual framework for educator preparation is the Collaborative Development of Expertise in Teaching, Learning, and Leadership. This collaboration, including service and support units, is carried out both through the college’s five academic departments (Educational Leadership, Elementary and Early Childhood Education, Inclusive Education, Instructional Technology, and Secondary and Middle Grades Education) and in conjunction with other members of KSU’s Professional Teacher Education Unit (PTEU). PTEU, the university’s umbrella organization for preparing educators, includes fourteen departments from five colleges all of which collaborate on the design, delivery, approval, and accreditation of all educator preparation programs. The PTEU serves as a model of university-wide responsibility for teacher education; field-based collaboration with practicing professionals and partner schools; infusion of technology for enhanced teaching and learning; and best practices for the inclusion of English learners and students

The Department of Inclusive Education offers graduate programs at the endorsement and master’s levels in TESOL and at the endorsement, master’s, specialist, and doctoral levels in Special Education.  In addition, the Department of Inclusive Education services other teacher education programs by offering undergraduate courses in special education and diversity.  The faculty is composed of a dynamic community of educators and educational researchers with multidisciplinary research and teaching experiences. Additionally, members of the faculty collaborate with other departments and local school districts to provide courses and expertise regarding the academic and social needs of students with special needs and English language learners (ELs).  The importance of collaboration to provide services for students with special needs has become more apparent as their number has increased in the state, notably in the area of Autism.  In the last two years the department has more than doubled its faculty.  The department has established a strong foundation through its programs for preparing teachers as leaders for school reform and societal change.  All of the programs, concentrations, and endorsements offered by the department share a philosophy of inclusion that is embedded throughout the common core of courses focused on collaboration, student-centered learning within inclusive settings, and culturally and linguistically responsive teaching.  In addition to the common core, discipline-specific courses focus on the preparation of expert teachers and learners, thus assuring that all standards for each discipline – both at the state and national levels – are met, and broad-based awareness of global learning for engaged citizenship is realized.

Kennesaw State University Campus and Location:

Kennesaw State University is a growing and progressive university in Georgia’s public system of higher education. Located on an attractive campus in suburban Atlanta, Kennesaw State University currently enrolls more than 24,000 traditional and nontraditional Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral students. The thriving Atlanta metropolitan area has a rich array of museums, theaters, libraries, colleges and universities, and other resources. Kennesaw State University was recognized in 2009 by The Chronicle of Higher Education as one of its “Great Colleges to Work For”.

EEO Statement:

Kennesaw State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and Educator. Georgia is an Open Records State.


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