Assistant Professor of Special Education - 009281

Reading Education and Special Education

POSITION: The Reading Education and Special Education Department in the Reich College of Education at Appalachian State University seeks qualified candidates to fill one tenure-track position at the Assistant or Associate Professor level in the Special Education Program.  We are seeking applicants with expertise in Autism Spectrum Disorders. The successful applicant will be appointed to a full-time nine-month position to begin August 2018 with the possibility of summer teaching.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: The duties include teaching, research, and service. Specific responsibilities will include:

  • Teaching undergraduate and graduate courses at on- and off-campus sites;
  • Collaboration with an off-campus laboratory school in Winston-Salem, NC
  • Engaging in scholarly activity;
  • Engaging in service to the department, college, university, and profession;
  • Collaborating with colleagues in the program, department, university, and PreK-12 schools; and
  • Advising undergraduate and graduate students.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:  Required qualifications for this position include an earned doctorate in special education or closely related field by August 2018; a record of, or potential for, university teaching, research, and service; and a minimum of three years successful experience teaching students with Autism Spectrum Disorders.  Candidates must be eligible for NC Public School licensure. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:  Additional desired areas of expertise include methods of diagnostic assessment, evidence-based interventions, applied behavior analysis, knowledge of culturally and linguistically diverse populations, and consultative work for students with disabilities in public schools, families, and community settings. In addition, preference will be given to candidates with an established record of, or potential for, securing external funding; experience with laboratory schools, the ability to use engaging technology as a teaching/learning tool; and experience with or interest in online or hybrid instruction. 

ABOUT THE PROGRAM, DEPARTMENT, AND UNIVERSITY:   The Special Education Program at Appalachian State University is one of the largest in North Carolina with ten full-time special education faculty who offer BS and MA degrees in special education, an undergraduate minor in special education, a graduate minor and a graduate certificate in autism spectrum disorders. The program prepares educators to teach students with a range of disabilities. Appalachian has a traditional residential campus and a variety of distance education programs.

Appalachian State University is a member institution of the sixteen-campus University of North Carolina. Located in Boone, North Carolina, the University has approximately 18,000 students, primarily in Bachelors and Masters programs. Additional information about the Department of Reading Education and Special Education, the university, and the surrounding area is located at

The campus is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina, a region noted for its scenic beauty.  We are near the Appalachian Trail, the Blue Ridge Parkway, and national and state parks.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE AND TIMELINE:  Applicants should submit a letter of application summarizing qualifications for the position, teaching philosophy, and research interests; current vitae; transcripts; and contact information (including email addresses) for three current references familiar with the candidate's experience and background.  All application documents should be attached and submitted electronically to: Christopher Van Loan, Search Committee Chair at

For additional information and inquiry contact Dr. Christopher Van Loan ( or 828.262.2624).   

Review of complete applications will begin November 27, 2017 and continue until the position is filled.

Appalachian State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.  The university has a strong commitment to the principles of diversity and inclusion, and to maintaining working and learning environments that are free of all forms of discrimination.

Individuals with disabilities may request accommodations in the application process by contacting Dr. Christopher Van Loan ( or 828 262.2624). 

Any offer of employment to a successful candidate will be contingent upon the University’s receipt of a satisfactory criminal background report. Documentation of identity and employability will be required before the hiring process can be finalized.