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Assistant or Associate Professor of Education (Special Education)

Position vacancy announcement for an assistant or associate professor of education in special education in the Penn State College of Education.

Position Announcement


Department of Educational Psychology, Counseling, and Special Education
Assistant or Associate Professor of Education (Special Education)


This is a tenure-track position in the Department of Educational Psychology, Counseling, and Special Education in the College of Education.  The successful candidate will have faculty responsibilities that include teaching research, and service.


Fall Semester, 2017

Appointment conditions

A 36-week tenure track appointment will be made at the assistant or associate professor level starting August of 2017. Summer appointments in research and/or teaching may be possible. Full University benefits apply. Penn State has a strong commitment to the diversity of its workforce. We encourage applications from individuals with diverse backgrounds.


•   Teaching residence and online courses and advising undergraduate and graduate students.

•   Developing a successful, well-defined program of research.

•   Generating external funding for the support of related research, training, or outreach efforts.

•   Working collaboratively with faculty in academic programs throughout the University.

•   Providing service to the College, Profession, and community.

Required qualifications

  • Earned doctorate in Special Education or a closely related field.
  • Minimum of two-years of professional experience with individuals with autism.
  • Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) credential.
  • Evidence of, or strong potential for, significant research and publications.
  • Evidence of a strong commitment to teaching and advising both undergraduate and graduate students, including a willingness to teach in online environments.
  • Evidence of a commitment to working effectively with individuals of diverse backgrounds.
  • Evidence of a commitment to collegiality and collaboration. 
  • Evidence of the capability to undertake interdisciplinary and collaborative research.

Desirable qualifications

Applicants should have expertise in designing, implementing, and evaluating interventions based on applied behavior analysis for individuals with autism. Other desirable qualities include expertise in functional assessment and intervention on behaviors that increase the quality of life for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Additionally, applicants should have a demonstrated ability to teach in a variety of formats including traditional face-to-face lectures, online, and mixed modalities, as well as knowledge of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board requirements for certification as a behavior analyst.


The Pennsylvania State University

Penn State [] is a comprehensive, multi-campus research university serving all regions of the Commonwealth, as well as the nation and the world in instruction, research, and service roles that require responsiveness to and support from society's public and private sectors.  As a land-grant university, Penn State has responsibility for providing a wide array of programs in the professional and technical disciplines, as well as a balanced offering of undergraduate and graduate programs in the arts and sciences.  Penn State shares with other major research universities the traditional responsibilities to discover, develop, preserve, and disseminate knowledge.

The College of Education

The College of Education [] at Penn State was established in 1923 to deepen and extend knowledge about the formation and utilization of human capabilities.  It offers resident degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels as well as an extensive outreach effort aimed at continuing professional development for educators at distant locations.  The College's research program is also extensive and College faculty members secured over $36.7 million in external support during the past three years from a wide range of national and state government agencies, private foundations, and corporations.  The College's location within a large, research oriented, land-grant university provides numerous opportunities for studying education from multidisciplinary perspectives in the context of a university-wide commitment to making life better for all citizens.

The College houses four academic departments:  Curriculum and Instruction; Education Policy Studies; Educational Psychology, Counseling, and Special Education; and Learning and Performance Systems.  The departments offer seven undergraduate majors to more than 2,250 students and 11 graduate programs, under authority of the Graduate School, to nearly 1,000 students.  Recent surveys rank the Penn State College of Education among the top colleges, schools, and departments of education in the United States

Application procedures

Applicants must submit (1) cover letter documenting qualifications for the position: (2) current curriculum vitae; (3) copies of official transcripts (for candidates seeking appointment at the assistant professor level); (4) up to three representative reprints or preprints of scholarly publications (if available); and (5) at least three names, mail and e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers of academic references. Applications received by November 1, are assured full consideration; however, applications will be received until the position is filled.

Electronic Submission of all materials is required and can be submitted at

Questions pertaining to this search can be directed to:

Dr. Pamela Wolfe, SPLED Search Committee -