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Requisition ID:  22037

Assistant Professor in Special Education

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The Department of Educational Studies within the College of Education at Purdue University is seeking applicants for two tenure-track Assistant Professor of Special Education positions, in the Special Education program. Each position is a 9-month, tenure-track position with a starting date of August 14, 2023. The Special Education program confers the Ph.D. in Educational Studies (with a concentration in Special Education), the Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), and the Bachelor of Arts degree in Special Education. According to the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, Purdue University is a “very high research activity” campus.


The successful candidate is expected to:

  • Maintain a strong research program and publish in peer-reviewed journals, while building and/or maintaining a competitive, externally fundable/funded research program.
  • Teach courses (both face to face and online) in Special Education and/or ABA at the undergraduate and graduate levels (2/2 load).
  • Serve on program, department, and college committees and participate in other College of Education (COE) activities as appropriate, which might include forming collaborations with faculty, mentoring students, attending speaker series, and contributing to program area and departmental activities and meetings.

Required Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in Special Education, or a closely related field
  • Strong record of research, indicated by peer-reviewed publications
  • Evidence of potential to secure external funding

Preferred Qualifications

  • A record of external funding
  • A record of teaching at the post-secondary level
  • Experience teaching in P-12 schools
  • Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), or a background in ABA


Purdue University’s College of Education/Department of Educational Studies is committed to advancing diversity in all areas of faculty effort, including scholarship, instruction, and 
engagement. Candidates should address at least one of these areas in a separate Diversity and Inclusion Statement indicating their past experiences, current interests or activities, and/or future goals to promote a climate that values diversity and inclusion. 


Purdue University, the College of Education and the Department of Educational Studies are committed to free and open inquiry in all matters. Candidates are encouraged to address in their cover letter how they are prepared to contribute to a climate that values free inquiry and academic freedom.


Salary and benefits commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Starting Date

August 14, 2023

Application Procedures

Applications must include a) a cover letter outlining the applicant’s qualifications, experience, and teaching philosophy, b) a current curriculum vitae, c) a research statement, including a 5‑year research plan, d) a diversity and inclusion statement, and e) three letters of recommendation. All materials must be submitted through Success Factors, but addressed to Dr. Denise K. Whitford, Special Education Search Committee Chair, Department of Educational Studies, BRNG, 100 N. University Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907. Direct questions about the positions to the Search Committee Chair at Review of applications will begin on October 3, 2022, and continue until the positions are filled.

Background Check

A background check will be required for employment in this position.

Equal Opportunity

Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

Nearest Major Market: Lafayette

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