Requisition ID:  25593

Visiting Assistant Professor of Special Education

Job Title




Job Position

Visiting Assistant Professor of Special Education

Job Position Description

The Department of Educational Studies ( within the College of Education at Purdue University invites applications for a two-year 9-month Visiting Assistant Professor position of Special Education to begin January 2024.


The successful candidate is expected to:

  • teach a 3/3 load of courses in our undergraduate programs,
  • contribute to faculty service requirements, and
  • is encouraged to develop scholarship to support the profession.


Applicants for the positions must hold Ph.D. or Ed.D. in special education or a closely related field (ABD will be considered) by the position start date and demonstrate evidence of the ability to teach. Evidence of relevant research expertise and experience is expected. Candidates should be familiar with both online and face-to-face instruction. Demonstrated interest in and commitment to the diversity and social justice mission of the program and College is valued. Candidates must have the ability to work in the US without immigration sponsorship from Purdue University.

Required Qualifications

  • Hold a Ph.D. or Ed.D. in special education or a closely related field (ABD will be considered)
  • Minimum of 3 years teaching experience working with individuals with disabilities in P-12 settings or other settings that serve individuals with disabilities

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience preparing in-service and/or pre-service teachers,
  • Experience with edTPA,
  • Experience supervising students in student teaching
  • Experience managing/training university supervisors,
  • Expertise in specific areas of special education (e.g., systematic instruction, transition, family engagement),
  • Licensed or eligible for P-12 license


Purdue University’s College of Education and the 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.

Free and Open Inquiry

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

January 1, 2024


Applications must include a) a cover letter outlining the applicant’s qualifications, experience, research plan, and teaching philosophy, b) a current curriculum vitae, c) a separate diversity and inclusion statement, and d) a list of contact information for three references. All materials must be submitted through SuccessFactors, but addressed to Dr. Jennifer Smith, Special Education Search Committee Chair, Department of Educational Studies, 100 North University Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Full consideration will be given to applications received by October 1, 2023. Direct questions about the position to the Search Committee Chair at

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.

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