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Special Ed. & Reading (Endowed Chair/Autism Spectrum Disorders) – Associate/Full Professor

The Dorothy W. Goodwin Endowed Chair in Special Education

Department: Special Education and Reading
Rank: Associate/Full
Specialization: Autism Spectrum Disorders
Search # 18-030 

Southern Connecticut State University is a comprehensive university located in New Haven, a culturally vibrant environment surrounded by many fine universities with easy access to New York and Boston. SCSU is a flourishing community of approximately 10,000 students, located less than three miles from downtown New Haven near the Westville Village section of the city.  SCSU is a student-centered and intentionally diverse institution, and we regard student success as our highest priority. We seek to instill in all of our students the value of the liberal arts and sciences as a foundation for professional development and life-long learning. 

Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU) is seeking to attract a highly talented teacher-scholar in the field of special education, with particular expertise in the area of autism spectrum disorders and demonstrated excellence in teaching, scholarship and service.  In addition to having a tenure track, faculty appointment in the Department of Special Education and Reading at the rank of Associate or Full Professor, the successful candidate will fill the position as the Dorothy W. Goodwin Endowed Chair in Special Education.  The term of the appointment of the Endowed Chair designation will be for two years with the possibility of renewal and consideration toward tenure at the end of the term.

As the largest preparation program in special education in Connecticut, the Department of Special Education and Reading has a long history of influencing the direction of special education in the region.  We are seeking an innovative and highly effective individual to make important and sustained contributions to the field of educating students with Autism Spectrum Disorders. The successful applicant for the Dorothy W. Goodwin Endowed Chair in Special Education will be an established leader in the field of Autism Spectrum Disorders. Additionally, the successful candidate will have a proven record of success with and a continuing commitment to validating evidence-based practice, which will be a central theme of their research, teaching, and service. 

Brief Description of Duties/Responsibilities:

The Dorothy W. Goodwin Endowed Chair in Special Education will teach at least one graduate class in his or her area of expertise each semester.  The position requires additional service responsibilities within the Center of Excellence in Autism Spectrum Disorders. The Endowed Chair will be a scholar who is expected to lead collaborative, cross-disciplinary research with an emphasis on validating evidence-based practice.  As such, the Endowed Chair will be expected to work with multiple constituencies, including faculty and students across the university, with faculty and staff within Connecticut schools, with state policy stakeholders, and with community advocacy groups, amongst others.  It is also expected that the Endowed Chair will secure external grants for research and graduate student support and will work to elevate the visibility of the Center of Excellence in Autism Spectrum Disorders, the Department of Special Education and Reading, and the School of Education across the state, throughout the New England region and nationally.

Candidates must be committed to teaching within a vibrant and demanding public liberal arts and sciences environment as well as engage in scholarship/creative activity, university service and student advisement. 

Required Qualifications: 

Earned doctorate from an accredited institution of higher education, a distinguished publication record with emphasis on Autism Spectrum Disorders, credentials that merit appointment at the rank of Associate/Full Professor; demonstrated leadership in interdisciplinary, PK-16 collaborations; extensive experience related to improving outcomes for students with Autism Spectrum Disorders; and PK-12 and university classroom experience.

Preferred Qualifications: 

Evidence of securing competitive external funding; demonstrated expertise, as recognized by others in the field; significant involvement in state, regional, and/or national initiatives related to Autism Spectrum Disorders; and experience working within inclusive school and community environments and expertise in assessment and/or transition related to Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Application Process

  • Letter of application which describes how your credentials and experiences align with the goals of this distinguished position;
  • Current curriculum vitae, and
  • A list of three professional references and contact information 

Please send electronically to:  Search Committee Chair, Dorothy W. Goodwin Endowed Chair at  Attention: Search # 18-030

In order for your application to be given full consideration, all materials must be received by October 16, 2017.  Position will remain open until filled.