Clinical Assistant Professor in Special Education

Iowa City, IA

University of Iowa

The University of Iowa
College of Education
Department of Teaching and Learning
Clinical Assistant Professor in Special Education


The Department of Teaching and Learning at the University of Iowa invites applications for an academic-year clinical track assistant professor in Special Education.  The position will begin August 19, 2020.


This is a full-time academic-year (9 month) clinical track faculty position with an initial three-year appointment.  Renewal is possible, dependent on recurrent funding and performance.  We seek an individual with broad interests in special education and specific experience with transition programing. We seek applicants who are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusivity in education.

The successful candidate will serve half time in the Special Education program teaching undergraduate and graduate level courses in the Department of Teaching and Learning, providing service to the department/program areas, and participating in a line of professional productivity related to transition programs.  The other half of the appointment will be providing services to UI REACH (Realizing Education and Career Hopes, a transition program).  This includes program development and coordination, and supporting research in the UI REACH program.

Education Requirement

Prospective candidates must have earned a doctorate in special education or a related discipline by August 2020.

Required Qualifications

(1)  Experience in special education instruction and transition programs; (2) strong commitment to working and collaborating with diverse populations; (3) evidence of scholarly productivity or promise of scholarly productivity; (4) potential for securing external funds for research, training, and program development.

Desirable Qualifications

(1) Successful experience teaching in K-12 settings; (2) evidence of excellent teaching skills at the undergraduate and graduate level; (3) a record of securing external funds for research, training, and program development; (4) experience with program coordination and evaluation; and (5) experience in building partnerships with local schools and communities.


This position will entail program development and coordination in UI REACH; teaching and instructional related work in the Department of Teaching and Learning (equivalent to 3 courses a year); participating in grant activities to secure funding for professional and curriculum development; service to the department/program areas/state; and sustaining a line of professional productivity in research related to transition programs and UI REACH.  Faculty are required to engage in at least 4 hours a semester of collaboration with teachers in contributing to instruction in K12 classrooms.


Highly competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.  Excellent start-up package, benefits, and research support.


This is a 9-month academic year position at the clinical assistant professor level, plus one additional summer month full time in UI REACH.  The initial three-year appointment is anticipated to start in August 2020.


Candidates should submit an application letter addressing all qualifications noted above, curriculum vitae, contact information for three references, one to two samples of scholarly writing, and graduate college transcripts.  To apply for this position, go to our website at and choose requisition number 73929.  Address inquiries or nominations to Search Chair Mark McDermott ( , 319-335-5591.


Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

About the Department and UI REACH

The Department of Teaching and Learning (T & L) at the University of Iowa includes over 30 faculty members; within T & L, the Special Education program has five tenure-track faculty and one clinical-track faculty member.  Faculty are actively engaged in local and surrounding areas through school-based research and service activities.  The special education program is committed to the research and training of undergraduate and graduate students in serving K-12 students with and at risk for disabilities as they progress through school and transition into life beyond school.  We offer two degrees: a M.A. with or without thesis and Ph.D. In addition, we offer an added Special Education endorsement for elementary education undergraduate majors.

UI REACH is a nationally renowned post-secondary education program for 18-25 year old students with intellectual, learning and developmental disabilities.  The program focuses on functional and traditional academics, employment readiness and career development, social development through campus involvement, and independent living through integrated residence hall experiences.  Students may attend for two to four years and can earn the UI REACH certificate along with industry recognized credentials upon completion.  Transition and consultative support services are provided after students graduate from UI REACH.  This position will further expand enhancement of credentials offered via classroom instruction, internship engagement, and paid employment opportunities.  The position will also study the life outcomes of current alumni vs. those with enhanced credentials.  

About the College

The College of Education offers more than 80 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, including licensure, endorsement, and certificate programs, many of which are regularly ranked among the best in the nation.  Students study with our world-renowned faculty who are the leaders, scholars, and innovators in their fields.  Our college is comprised of four departments: Educational Policy and Leadership Studies, Psychological and Quantitative Foundations, Rehabilitation and Counselor Education, and Teaching and Learning

About the University and Surrounding Community

The University of Iowa (UI) is world-renowned for its commitment to the arts, sciences, and humanities.  UI has been a member of the Big Ten conference since 1899 and the Association of American Universities since 1909.  UI ranks #34 among the nation’s 629 public universities (U. S.  News & World Report).  More than 33,000 students earn bachelor’s, graduate, and professional degrees from UI’s 12 colleges.   

UI is located in Iowa City, a UNESCO City of Literature that is widely recognized as one of the country’s most livable communities.  With 70,000 residents, Iowa City is an attractive haven for scholars, scientists, artists, writers, and professionals of all kinds.  Highlights of living in Iowa City include outstanding affordable health care, excellent libraries and schools, historic neighborhoods, and a lively downtown.  Chicago, St. Louis, and Minneapolis/St. Paul are a short car or bus trip away, and nearby Eastern Iowa Airport (CID) connects travelers to the world.  The relationship between Iowa City and the UI is very cooperative and supportive. 

The University of Iowa is a founding member of the Central Midwest Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC) and is committed to recruiting and retaining the most talented and diverse faculty and staff and assisting dual-career couples. 

The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, disability, genetic information, status as a U.S. veteran, service in the U.S. military, sexual orientation, gender identity, associational preferences, or any other classification that deprives the person of consideration as an individual.


Posted: 03/24/2020