Assistant Professor of Special Education - Tenure Track, Fall 2019, School of Health Sciences & Education

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The School of Health Sciences and Education invites applications for a full-time tenure-track position in

Special Education to start August 12, 2019. 


Teaching responsibilities include graduate courses in special education, undergraduate and graduate courses in educational foundations, initial clinical experience, and reading. Scholarly activity and output appropriate to rank is expected, consistent with the teacher-scholar model. Additional duties after the first year may include advising, mentoring of students in research, recruitment of students, retention of students, and other experiences, and service to the university, community, and profession. Summer teaching/supervision is available and intermittently expected. Supervising and evaluating teacher candidates in field experience placements is expected. Fostering and maintaining relationships with K-12 school partners is a critical component of the special education Professional Development School model.

Required Qualifications

  • Doctorate in special education or closely related field

  • K-12 classroom experience with evidence of teaching effectiveness


    Preferred Qualifications

  • experience with teaching at the K-6 level

  • minimum of 3 years of teaching experience

  • appreciation for and experience with collaborative partnerships in public schools

  • successful experience with supervising and conducting evaluation in field settings

  • Missouri teaching certification or potential to obtain one

  • knowledge, skills, and experiences in reading instruction with elementary students

  • ability to integrate technology

  • evidence of and/or commitment to research and scholarly activity

  • excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills

  • evidence of commitment to work in a liberal arts environment

    • experience in, or an interest in developing expertise in, one or more of the following: ESOL and/or disability studies

    • evidence of student recruitment and retention

Rank and Salary: Assistant Professor. $50,000.00

Truman offers an attractive benefits package including life, health, and disability insurance, retirement contributions, and stipend for moving expenses.

The Program:  

School of Health Sciences and Education (SHSE) Mission Statement and Five Pillars

Mission Statement

The School of Health Sciences and Education at Truman State University is committed to preparing students to effectively serve as professionals and leaders in their communities and field by providing an exceptional education grounded in the liberal arts and sciences, fostering interdisciplinary collaboration, promoting diverse learning experiences, and inspiring the pursuit of continued scholarship and research.

Five Pillars

§  Professional programs grounded in the liberal arts and sciences

§  Leadership development

§  Interdisciplinary collaboration

§  Diverse learning and service opportunities

§  Pursuit of continued scholarship and research

Master of Arts in Education (MAE) Mission Statement

Truman State University has a long history of excellence in teacher education.  Founded in 1867 as a private school to prepare young adults for teaching and commerce, the institution transitioned in 1870 to Missouri’s first state-supported institution of higher education established for the primary purpose of preparing teachers for public schools.

Today, the Master of Arts in Education (MAE) program continues to reflect the university’s 100+ year commitment to quality teacher preparation. Deep and rigorous content knowledge coupled with an emphasis on reflective practice ensures that Truman MAE teacher candidates are well prepared to meet the unique challenges facing today’s educators. For example, we have 161 disability studies minors, collaborative effort with several departments on campus and the local medical school to establish an Autism Center in the region, vibrant student organizations for education, opportunities for undergraduate research collaboration, and collaboration for interdisciplinary opportunities. 

The University: Truman State University is home to a vibrant educational community. The approximately 6,000 students who make up its student body are well prepared for the academic rigors of a highly selective university. More than 20 percent engage in significant undergraduate research and creative projects. Most gain leadership experience and nearly half go on to graduate or professional school within a year of earning a degree.


Founded in 1867, Truman is known for its focus on student learning and outcomes and places an emphasis on high-impact experiences such as internships, research, and study abroad opportunities. Truman has the highest overall graduation rate among the state's public colleges and universities. For more than two decades, Truman has been recognized as the No. 1 public university in the Midwest regional category by U.S. News & World Report. Washington Monthly has included Truman in the top five of its master's university rankings in each of the past five years. For more information regarding additional rankings and acknowledgements, visit


The Community: Located in Northeast Missouri, Kirksville is a cultural and economic hub in the region. In addition to Truman, Kirksville is the birthplace of osteopathic medicine and has a medical school, dental school, and community college. The Kirksville School District is consistently recognized for academic excellence, and the community takes pride in several annual events including the Red Barn Arts and Crafts Festival, the FLATS Trail Half-Marathon, and the Red, White, and Blue Festival. Just a few minutes outside of town is beautiful Thousand Hills State Park with hiking and biking opportunities surrounding the 700-acre Forest Lake. Kirksville offers easy access by car to Kansas City, St. Louis, Chicago and Des Moines. Daily flights from Kirksville Regional Airport to St. Louis provide quick access to one of the Midwest's major metropolitan areas. More information about Kirksville can be found at

Application:  Electronic submission of applications is required and must be completed at Completed applications must include:

  • Cover letter that addresses the required qualifications and any other applicant characteristics that merit emphasis;
  • Current curriculum vitae or resume;
  • Statement of teaching philosophy that presents the candidate’s commitment to the liberal arts and sciences and to student development;
  • Evidence of, potential for, or demonstrated success in teaching excellence;
  • Copies of graduate school transcripts (unofficial transcripts are acceptable);
  • Contact information for at least three references. 

Review of applications: will begin December 5, 2018 and continue until the position is filled. If hired, applicants must provide proof of eligibility to work in the United States, official graduate transcripts, or documentation of degrees if transcripts are not available.

Questions about the position may be directed to: Wendy Miner, Department Chair of Education or 660-785-6074.

Truman State University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer committed
to cultural diversity and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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