Assistant or Associate Professor of Special Education

Position ID: 37864
Columbus State University
College of Education & Health Professions
Position Description
New Position?: 
Job Class: 
Assistant Professor, Associate Professor
Job Description: 


The Department of Teacher Education in Columbus State University’s College of Education and Health Professions invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor of Special Education. The start date for this position is August 1, 2018.  

The successful candidate will be able to foster an environment of professionalism and collaboration; work in continuous improvement of educator preparation and educational research; demonstrate exceptional ability to function as part of a team with university faculty and the community of practice; and engage in practices that support the University’s focus on student engagement and active learning.  Additionally, the selected candidate is expected to be a strong advocate for Special Education within the university and community at large. Diversity in faculty and staff in the College of Education is encouraged. Columbus State University has a current enrollment of over 8400 students with 120 enrolled in Special Education.

The individual will be responsible for providing online and face-to-face/hybrid instruction at the graduate and undergraduate levels. Responsibilities include: effective online and face-to-face teaching and advising; designing, implementing, and assessing Special Education programs of study; supervising student teachers, interns, and practicum students; engaging in research and scholarly activities in the discipline; serving on and chairing doctoral committees; performing service to the program, department, college, and university; and participating actively in Special Education professional development and leadership activities.

Minimum qualifications include an earned doctorate in Special Education from a regionally accredited institution; evidence of successful experience in public education as a special education teacher, curriculum director, or administrator; excellent written and oral communication skills; a record of scholarly activity; exceptional collaborative skills; and experience with technology for synchronous and asynchronous instruction.

Preference will be given to candidates who have expertise/experience in Autism Spectrum; the ability to bring innovative strategies to the Special Education program; have evidence of successful teaching at the college level in both traditional and online environments; and knowledge/experience with NCATE/CAEP accreditation and/or CEC recognition.

Columbus State University provides a creative, deeply personal and relevant college experience, which values diversity and inclusion in all forms. The University aspires to have faculty and staff reflect the rich diversity of its student body and the Columbus region. Serving the Southeast while attracting students from around the world, Columbus State thrives on community partnerships to deliver excellence for students who want to achieve personal and professional success in an increasingly global environment. Students at Columbus State University find success in a learning environment that both challenges and mentors them. Our academic mission is to engage students in acquiring the knowledge, skills, and values necessary to thrive in, and contribute to, a pluralistic, complex world. Just 100 miles southwest of Atlanta, Columbus State University is a proud member of the University System of Georgia, enrolling more than 8,400 students in a wide variety of degree programs, from online degrees to a doctorate in education. Among public regional universities in the South, Columbus State University recently ranked No. 46 in the “Best Colleges” rankings by U.S. News & World Report and No. 1 in the “Best Online Colleges in Georgia” for providing the best opportunities and value for students seeking online training and educational programs by the Affordable Colleges Online.

Columbus State University has a nationally recognized track record of partnership and outreach through efforts such as the Cunningham Center for Leadership Development, Coca-Cola Space Science Center, Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center, and its own residence – the Spencer House – in Oxford, England. The University has two primary campus locations in Columbus, Georgia: the original campus on 150 acres in midtown Columbus and a beautiful campus in historic downtown Columbus overlooking the Chattahoochee River. The Columbus region, with more than 350,000 residents, is home to world-class enterprises such as Aflac, Synovus, W.C. Bradley Company, TSYS and Ft. Benning, the U.S. Army’s Maneuver Center of Excellence headquarters. For additional information about the University visit our website at                                                                     

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position has been filled. Applications for part-time and full-time faculty positions must include transcripts of all academic work, and official transcripts must be presented prior to campus visit if selected for interview. Applicants must have the ability to meet Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) requirements, in particular a minimum of 18 graduate hours in the teaching discipline. Columbus State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer, Committed to Diversity in Hiring.

Required Documents to Submit with Online Application

  • Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  • Letter of Interest
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Unofficial Transcripts
  • Statement of Teaching Philosophy
  • Other document 1: Recent paper or presentation
  • Other document 2: Contact information (email and telephone number) of three persons willing to provide letters of reference.

All applications and required documents must be submitted using the Columbus State University’s online employment site.   To access the Columbus State University’s online employment site, please visit

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Jan Burcham, Interim Associate Dean, College of Education and Health Professions, Columbus State University, 4225 University Avenue, Columbus, GA 31907; Phone: 706-507-8519; or email to

Application Procedure: 
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CIP Discipline Code: 
Special Education and Teaching, General
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Application Deadline: 
Tuesday, January 9, 2018
Position Starting Date: 
Wednesday, August 1, 2018
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