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Assistant Professor of Practice-Special Education Innovation and Practice

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The physical demands described here are representative but not definitive of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Frequent sitting and computer use. Occasional walking, standing, bending, kneeling and use of phone. Occasional lifting up to 25 lbs. Work Environment/Work Week/Travel: Work performed during standard business hours.

Posting Details

Position Information

Title Assistant Professor of Practice-Special Education Innovation and Practice
Campus Stockton
Department Benerd School of Education
Posting Number F00100
Full or Part Time Full Time
Open Date 12/05/2016
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Days Per Week
Weeks Per Year

Position Description

Position Description

University of the Pacific’s Special Education Program provides real-world, hands-on experiences for candidates pursuing a career in the field areas of mild/moderate and moderate/severe disabilities. Our innovative and cohesive curriculum includes courses that are collaboratively developed and co-taught. Faculty members have deep professional integration with early intervention, P/K-12, and higher education throughout the San Joaquin and Sacramento Valleys. The Special Education Program strives to be a hub of innovation and learning in the area of Special Education for families, community stakeholders, and local school districts. We seek a team member with a courageous spirit to help us fulfill our vision to provide expert instruction from experienced faculty who deliver relevant and rigorous academic, social-emotional, and life skill instruction to passionate pre-service Special Education candidates.

We search for a motivated colleague committed to a highly sequenced and integrated program design, focused instruction interwoven with hands-on teaching experiences, sustained mentoring, and personalized advising.

The successful candidate will demonstrate evidence of or potential for research, leadership, and the ability to work collaboratively with students, colleagues, and stakeholders. In collaboration with the faculty in Special Education, this colleague will be responsible for developing and providing opportunities for professional development/collaboration to transform teaching and learning experiences in early intervention, P/ K-12, and higher education.

The position will take an active role in our community engagement efforts throughout the Central Valley. Our faculty members provide academic and professional support to local programs, teachers, administrators, school psychologists, as well as, engage in collaborative or joint research, scholarly projects, presentations, and professional development related activities.

This Special Education position is responsible for teaching courses focused on Positive Behavior Support and Behavior Management; Assessment of Special Education Students; Adaptive Curriculum for Mild-Moderate and/or Moderate-Severe Disabilities; Individual Education Planning; Student Teacher and Intern candidate supervision, as well as in general education collaboration. The basic teaching workload is 20 units per academic year, 10 units each semester (generally 3 units each) with an option to teach during the summer. The position also includes involvement in program development, school, university, and community services, and scholarship and research.

This position will play a key role in collaboratively working to further develop and enhance the Special Education Program by:
• Co-planning and co-teaching with faculty and cooperating teachers in P/K-12 and higher education classrooms;
• Engaging in research and scholarship with special education faculty team members;
• Developing and implementing California Commission on Accreditation Standards for Special Education
• Supervising student teacher and intern candidates in P/K-12 schools and Young Adult Programs;
• Advising both undergraduate/graduate students in the Special Education Program;
• Serving on dissertation committees as warranted;
• Recruiting students through recruitment events, promotion of the program, and one-on-one advising; and
• Building community and school relationships to advance the program.

This colleague will hold the rank of Assistant Professor of Practice. This is a non-tenure position with eligibility for promotion to associate and/or professor. The position will initially be primarily based at the Stockton Campus, but may have the opportunity to teach in an emerging offering of our Special Education Program at the Sacramento Campus.

Basic Qualifications

• Doctoral degree in a field related to Special Education (outstanding ABDs considered, if completing degree by August 2018)
• Demonstrated skill, expertise, and innovation of at least three years as a full-time practitioner in special education in P/K-12
• Commitment to fostering a caring and rigorous educational environment
• Ability to collaboratively engage with colleagues in program development and teaching
• Commitment to personal development and growth in one’s own teaching and practice
• Excellence in applied scholarly research or evidence-based practice
• Demonstrated interest and experience in working in partnership with community groups, schools, government agencies, and
other organizations
• Demonstrated commitment to diversity and working with students from multicultural communities
• Demonstrated leadership and experience in developmental disabilities, assistive technology, positive behavior supports, and
transition planning

Additional Qualifications

Preferred Qualifications
• Demonstrated successful hybrid or online
teaching experience
• Familiarity with the social educational
landscape and spectrum of needs in
Special Education field.

Physical Requirements
Special Instructions

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled; however, we will begin reviewing applications after March 1, 2018. Applications can be submitted online at

Please upload the following:
• A letter of interest explaining :
o How minimum and preferred qualifications are met
o Relevant experiences that have prepared you to teach in our Special Education
o Description of teaching approach
• Curriculum Vitae
• List of Professional References under “Other” in document section

Contact Information

Questions about the position can be directed to Dr. Marilyn Draheim at Questions about the online application process can be directed to

Contact Email

Reference Letter Information

Are Applicants Required to Submit References for This Posting? No
Minimum Number of References
Maximum Number of References
Background Check Statement

Applicants who are selected as final possible candidates must be able to pass a criminal background check

AA/EEO Policy Statement

University of the Pacific is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer dedicated to workforce diversity. In compliance with applicable law and its own policy, Pacific is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty and staff and does not discriminate in its hiring of faculty and staff, or in the provision of its employment benefits to its faculty and staff on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, genetic information, sex/gender, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, medical condition, pregnancy, gender identity, gender expression or mental or physical disability.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you or will you have a doctoral degree by August 2018?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * How did you hear about this employment opportunity?
    • Public Job Posting
    • Internal Job Posting
    • Agency Referral
    • Advertisement/Publication
    • Personal Referral
    • Pacific Website
    • Other

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  3. Other Document
Optional Documents