Assistant Professor of Special Education

Assistant Professor of Special Education








Locations: Macomb, IL


Posted: Mar 5, 2024


Closes: Open Until Filled


Type: FT - Continuous


About Western Illinois University:


Recognized as a "Best Midwestern College" by the Princeton Review. Western Illinois University, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, serves nearly 7,600 students at its traditional, residential four-year campus in Macomb, IL and its metropolitan, non-residential branch campus in Moline, IL.


Job Description:


APPOINTMENT: August 15, 2024


RESPONSIBILITIES: The successful candidate will assume a range of responsibilities including but not limited to: teaching in-person and online undergraduate and graduate courses in special education, supervising student field experiences, serving on master's action research committees, developing and revising in-person and online courses, program planning and coordinating, participating in university, college, and departmental committee work and professional service, as well as research and scholarly activity.


RANK & SALARY: Assistant Professor, 9-month, full-time tenure track appointment. There is potential for summer employment. Salary will be commensurate with experience. Western Illinois University offers a competitive benefits package including domestic partner benefits. For full benefit information visit:






• Earned their doctoral degree (at time of appointment) in special education, or a related field, conferred from an accredited, degree-granting higher education institution. ABD will be considered if the degree is completed by August 1, 2024.

• A minimum of three years of teaching experience in P-12 special education in U.S. schools.

• Evidence of practical knowledge and classroom experience using research-based teaching methods for students with disabilities.

• Evidence of successful teaching having led to student growth and development.

• Evidence of service and leadership during their P-12 teaching experience, in educational organizations, through community volunteer work, or any other significant experience that demonstrates such qualities.

• Evidence of collaboration and effective communication that has led to growth and development for their students, school community, broader community, and/or personally.

• Expertise in assessment, planning for instruction, instructional and assistive technologies, special education laws, Rtl procedures and rules, and teaching methods for students with low incidence disabilities.

• A proven record of commitment to diverse student populations.




• Evidence of successful scholarship and future research plans.

• A range of P-12 U.S. special education teaching or experiences with students who have a broad range of disabilities (e.g., mild through intensive disorders, inclusion setting, assessment, IEPs, methods).

• University teaching experience in special education or related field.

• Experience in online instruction and development of online courses.


For a degree to be considered, it must be conferred from a regionally accredited degree-granting institution of higher education (or equivalent from an international accrediting body). Unless otherwise stated, the degree must be conferred at the time of appointment.


Additional Information:


THE DEPARTMENT: The successful candidate will be joining Western Illinois University's vibrant School of Education. The School of Education houses 16-degree programs (graduate and undergraduate); numerous state teaching endorsements; a preschool; a Reading Center; a Science Center; a Social Studies Center; a Rural Education Center; and provides coursework to support undergraduate teacher education programs housed across the WIU campus. The School is currently composed of 26 full time faculty and numerous adjunct instructors. For more information visit:




Since 1899, Western Illinois University has provided outstanding educational opportunities to individuals in west central Illinois and well beyond our region and state. WIU's traditional residential campus in Macomb, Illinois, is the educational, cultural and athletic center of the region, while the WIU-Quad Cities non-residential branch campus in Moline, Illinois, is the only public university in the immediate Quad Cities region.


WIU-Macomb, IL:


Western's traditional, residential main campus offers a comprehensive slate of undergraduate and graduate programs, including a doctorate in education, and post-baccalaureate certificates. A diverse community in west central Illinois, Macomb features a unique blend of agriculture, industry, service, retail, education, and culture. Macomb serves as the county seat, with connections across the state with Amtrak providing twice-daily service from Macomb to Chicago (and point in-between). Macomb is located approximately 75 miles from the Quad Cities International Airport (Moline, IL) and 70 miles from the Greater Peoria Regional Airport (Peoria, IL).


WIU-Quad Cities:


Located on the banks of the Mississippi River in Moline, Illinois, the WIU-Quad Cities campus is the only public four-year regional university that serves the Quad Cities region. Designed as a metropolitan commuter campus, WIU-Quad Cities offers select undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs. Moline is located just 80 miles north of the Macomb campus and is centered within a diverse, bi-state community of 383,000 that offers a broad range of cultural, social, and entertainment amenities and experiences, as well as varied businesses and industries.


Western Illinois University fosters respect, equity, and inclusion for all students, faculty, and staff. WIU is committed to anti-racism, anti-oppression, equity, social justice, and diversity. We value inclusion as a core value and as an essential element of Western's public service mission. WIU embraces individual uniqueness and a culture of inclusion that supports broad and specific diversity initiatives. Western believes in the educational and institutional benefits of diversity in society as integral to the success of all individuals.


At WIU, we will:


• Maintain a safe and secure environment for all members of our University communities. Educate and empower students, staff, and faculty to be social justice advocates.

• Provide curricula, programs, training, resources, and environments that reflect and strengthen the diversity of our communities, and to elevate cultural awareness and understanding.

• Ensure fair, equitable, and inclusive access to University facilities, programs, resources, and services.

• Create inclusive and equitable policies and practices.

• Diversify the University's workforce by assessing hiring practices to attract, retain, and develop talented staff and faculty from diverse backgrounds.

• Address intergroup disparities through areas as representation, retention, learning outcomes, and graduation rates.

• Create a Universitywide diversity plan to ensure a continued commitment to anti-racism, anti-oppression, equity, social justice, and diversity.


More than 61 undergraduate degree programs, 41 graduate programs, two doctoral programs and 16 post-baccaulaureate certificate programs prepare students for a successful career after graduation.


Student Resources


More than 200 student organizations at Western provide social, academic, recreation, athletics, service, academic, and many other opportunities for students to grow and learn, develop leadership skills, and much more. Numerous concerts, lectures, films, dance performances, cultural events and more are presented and performed each year, along with numerous major theatrical and dance productions and studio shows, and a variety of service-oriented projects and activities, all in a diverse and inclusive campus environment. The Multicultural Center is home to four cultural and resource centers: The Gwendolyn Brooks, Casa Latina, the Women's Center, and the LGBT*QA Resource Center. These cultural and resource centers promote WIU's goal of enhancing justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion through educational programming and advocacy.

The University's athletics program, based on the Macomb campus, sponsors 17 NCAA Division I intercollegiate men's and women's varsity sports. Football competes in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision through the Missouri Valley Football Conference; all other varsity sports compete at the Division I level through The Summit League


Application Instructions:




Complete applications include:


1) a letter of application


2) current curriculum vita or resume


3) the names, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three current professional references


4) copies of unofficial academic transcripts, official copies will be requested of selected candidate


5) teaching licenses/certificates


Please upload the requested documents by clicking APPLY NOW or by navigating to the WIU Employment page at the following URL


**Note** In order to upload Individual documents must be under 2 MB in size.


Screening will begin on April 8th, 2024.


Western Illinois University endeavors to provide a safe environment for its employees and students and requires candidates to submit to a background investigation upon offer of employment. Employment is contingent upon compliance with University policies and procedures relating to the receipt and evaluation of information contained in the background investigation.


Western Illinois University is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity employer with a strong commitment to diversity. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of people, including, but not limited to, minorities, veterans, women and individuals with disabilities. WIU has a non-discrimination policy that includes discrimination based on an individual's membership in the following classes: sex, race, color, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, marital status, national origin, disability, genetic information, veteran status, and any other classes protected by state or federal law.


Questions regarding the search may be directed to: Dr. Kristin Wiseley at mailto:[email protected].


For assistance with the online application system contact the Office of Human Resources at (309)298-1971 or via email at mailto:[email protected].


To apply, visit


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