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Grandview College Instructor of Education Special Education - Fall 2021 in Des Moines, Iowa

Instructor of Education Special Education - Fall 2021

Department: Faculty - Education

Location: Des Moines, IA

Grand View University aspires to serve a diverse community of learners- students, faculty, and staff- in an inclusive and equitable environment with the goal of empowering all to achieve their fullest potential. Our objective is to sustain a campus environment that is free from the power imbalances and institutional biases that contribute to systems of oppression, while preparing our students to stand against those inequities when they leave Grand View.

Grand View University is dedicated to the goal of an inclusive campus where people of diverse identities feel welcomed and empowered to shape our culture and processes. At Grand View University we view diversity through the collective or group and we welcome and affirm the thoughts and experiences each distinct member brings to our community of learners.

To learn more about Grand View-s commitment to diversity, and to read our entire Diversity Statement, click on this link: https://www.grandview.edu/about/diversity

INSTRUCTOR OF EDUCATION SPECIAL EDUCATION

EFFECTIVE DATE: Fall 2021

Overview:

The Education Department at Grand View University in Des Moines, IA invites applicants to join an innovative department in a liberal arts setting offering undergraduate and master degree programs. We seek applicants who are committed to diversifying the teaching force and preparing dedicated special education teachers who are enthusiastic about leading efforts to improve practices in identification, intervention, and inclusion. Our department strives to break barriers to educational access, teach openly about the role of the individual in social change, and work towards cultivating more open approaches to non-dominant cultures/races/orientations; we encourage candidates to apply who have a similar social justice orientation. Our university serves a high population of first-generation college students and transfer students.

Successful candidates should be committed to excellence and innovation in undergraduate/graduate teaching, working closely with traditional and non-traditional students in a small college environment with a commitment to student success, and active engagement in scholarly activities. Opportunities to teach graduate courses and courses in the Liberal Arts Core are available.

Our Mission:

Grand View-s Teacher Education Program empowers teachers, through vibrant learning communities and self-reflection, to be innovative, culturally responsive, and resourceful leaders, who are empowered to respond to the dynamic needs of learners for a global society.

Grand View-s Commitment to you:

Grand View provides an intentional mentoring and support program through our Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL). New faculty are paired with experienced faculty as a component of an intentional induction program. Faculty in the Education Department collaborate on a regular basis to ensure that the program is preparing teacher candidates to engage in the K-12 schools of the 21st century as innovative, culturally responsive advocates for their students and colleagues.

Responsibilities:

  • Candidate will be expected to teach a range of courses in a variety of modalities, including in-person, blended, online, and at the graduate and undergraduate levels.

  • Academic responsibilities include: teaching and developing undergraduate and graduate courses; student advising/mentoring, providing departmental, college, university, and professional service; and maintaining a research agenda.

  • Candidate will oversee the Special Education endorsement which includes: staying informed about changes and requirements for the endorsement at the state level. This oversight also includes supporting, advising, and coordinating curriculum and adjunct professors teaching courses in Special Education.

  • Candidate will mentor and supervise practicum students and student teachers in K-12 special education classes.

    Qualifications:

  • Earned doctorate in Education field, or a strongly related field, with an academic specialization in Special Education from an accredited institution. Doctoral candidates are encouraged to apply.

  • Required K-12 teaching experience serving students with behavioral, intellectual, and/or learning differences.

    Preferred Qualifications:

  • Candidates are preferred to have at least four years of successful teaching experience at the K-12 level.

  • Prior successful teaching at the post-secondary level and/or mentoring of new teachers is desired.

  • Special education program administration, advising, and supervision or mentoring experience preferred.

  • Iowa Instructional Strategist II endorsement(s) preferred (or equivalent)

    Please submit:

  • Curriculum Vitae

  • A letter of application - including why you are a unique and good fit

  • Names and email addresses of three references

  • Teaching/Diversity Statement:

  • Include your approach to mentoring new teachers

  • Include a few remarks about your teaching philosophy

  • Our department is dedicated to diversifying the field of education by producing teacher candidates from groups typically under-represented in the education profession. We are committed to preparing teachers who are culturally competent and culturally responsive. How would you see yourself contributing to this goal - please speak to your philosophy (possibly including experiences) with diversity in general, and diverse colleagues/students and your willingness to expand.

    All applicants must apply through our online application system.

    Grand View University is an equal opportunity employer. The University has a strong commitment to the principles of diversity and, in that spirit, seeks a broad spectrum of candidates, including women, members of minority groups, and people with disabilities.

    A pre-employment background check is required.

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