Type of Position
4 Year Faculty
Grant Funded Position?
If faculty position, tenure track?
2 – Tenure Track
If faculty position, rank?
3 – Assistant Professor
Aug – May (9 mo)
Duties and Responsibilities
- Best practices for teaching reading to students with mild to moderate disabilities;
- Design Special Education-related professional development for PK-12 teachers;
- Collaborate with public school professionals and community-based agencies;
- Supervise clinical and practicum candidates in rural Special Education classroom and school settings;
- Engage in on-line teaching and use classroom learning technologies;
- Grant writing;
- Curriculum design;
- Applications of digital media in Special Education classrooms and/or in preparation/professional development of Special Education teachers;
- Teaching at the college level;
- Work with pre-service teachers and pre-professionals, and engage in professional development for practitioners;
- Mentor student research; and,
- Best practices for teaching students with autism.
Minimum Required Education:
Doctorate in Special Education or related field
Required Licenses and/or Certifications:
- Consideration given to candidates with a focus on mild/moderate disabilities (LD, BD, MI, Autism)
- Knowledge of current best practices for teaching reading to students with mild to moderate disabilities;
- Experience designing Special Education-related professional development for PK-12 teachers;
- Documented evidence of ability to collaborate with public school professionals and community-based agencies;
- Experience supervising clinical and practicum candidates in rural Special Education classroom and school settings;
- Experience teaching P-12 students with mild to moderate disabilities and students with diverse learning needs in the general education environment; and,
- Ability to engage in on-line teaching and use classroom learning technologies.
- In addition to a doctoral specialization in Special Education, a master’s degree in Reading or extensive professional practice in the Reading/Literacy field;
- Experience/interest in grant writing;
- Interest/experience in curricular design;
- Knowledge of and use with applications of digital media in Special Education classrooms and/or in preparation/professional development of Special Education teachers;
- Demonstrated competence/experience in teaching at the college level;
- Interest/experience in working with pre-service teachers and pre-professionals, and engage in professional development for practitioners;
- Pedagogy and supervision of student research;
- Knowledge of current best practices for teaching K-12 students with autism.
- Experience working with college students on the autism spectrum; and,
- Work with CAEP Accreditation
About Fairmont State University and the Fairmont Area:
Fairmont State University offers 90 baccalaureate majors and graduate programs. Fairmont is home to 20,000 residents. The city is 90 minutes from Pittsburgh, 3.5 hours from Washington, DC, and within reasonable driving range to multiple urban centers on the east coast.
Fairmont is located in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains, and is minutes from state forests, parks, and recreational facilities including camping, hiking, white-water rafting, and skiing. The State of West Virginia is home to a thriving arts culture.
For this search we will consider candidates who are ABD. A candidate hired into this position as ABD will work within the following guidelines:
The person must be at the ABD stage of their doctoral education.
The person will be given a time period of two years after the date of the original contract to complete the dissertation.
The person will receive a professional development budget of $4000 annually to support professional development activities and travel to meet with the Fellows doctoral chair/committee. (If the person leaves FSU for another position prior to completion of 4 years of service, all funds expended from the professional development stipend would be repaid to the University.)
After completion of the dissertation by the end of the second year of appointment, the two years of faculty service will count toward the timeline for promotion to Associate Professor and tenure. The person will then be under contract as a tenure-track Assistant Professor. In exceptional cases, the person may be approved for a compressed timeline for review for tenure and promotion to Associate Professor (but no sooner than the fourth year of service).
During the first two years, the person will have the designation of “Temporary Assistant Professor” while they are in the process of completing the dissertation and all doctoral requirements.
The School of Education at Fairmont State University is committed to:
Creating and sustaining an academic community that engages and celebrates diversity as a cornerstone of our work;
Educational practice in the context of rural and Appalachian schools and communities;
The simultaneous renewal of public schools and university educator preparation programs through partnerships;
Scholarship focused on the problems of practitioner practice and learning in the context of P-12 schools; and,
Supporting programs, initiatives and practices that provide greater access to education for children and adults who face economic and socio-economic challenges.