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Assistant or Associate Professor

University of Maryland

Job Description

Position Number:



Open Rank

Functional Title:

Assistant or Associate Professor

Category Status:

02-Faculty Non-Tenured, On Track

Applicant Search Category:


University Authorized FTE:



EDUC-Counseling, Higher Education and Special Education

Campus/College Information:

Founded in 1856, University of Maryland, College Park is the state’s flagship institution. Our 1,250-acre College Park campus is just minutes away from Washington, D.C., and the nexus of the nation’s legislative, executive, and judicial centers of power. This unique proximity to business and technology leaders, federal departments and agencies, and a myriad of research entities, embassies, think tanks, cultural centers, and non-profit organizations is simply unparalleled. Synergistic opportunities for our faculty and students abound and are virtually limitless in the nation’s capital and surrounding areas. The University is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding and diverse faculty and staff that will enhance our stature of preeminence in our three missions of teaching, scholarship, and full engagement in our community, the state of Maryland, and in the world.

Background Checks

Offers of employment are contingent on completion of a background check. Information reported by the background check will not automatically disqualify you from employment.

Vaccine Protocol

The University of Maryland has made the safety of our students, faculty and staff, and our surrounding communities a top priority. As part of that commitment, the University System of Maryland (USM) recently announced that students, faculty, and staff on USM campuses this fall, including UMD, are required to be vaccinated against COVID. As a prospective and/or a new employee at UMD, you will be required to comply with the University’s vaccination protocol. Proof of full vaccination will be required before the start of employment in order to work at any University of Maryland location. Prospective or new employees may seek a medical or religious exemption to the vaccination requirement at return.umd.edu and must have an approved exemption prior to the start of their employment. Failure to provide proof of vaccination or to obtain approval for a medical or religious exemption will result in the offer of employment being rescinded.

Position Summary/Purpose of Position:

The Department of Counseling, Higher Education, and Special Education (CHSE) in the College of Education at the University of Maryland at College Park invites applications for a 9-month, tenure-eligible Assistant or Associate Professor position in special education with an emphasis on moderate to severe intellectual/developmental disabilities (complex support needs). The University of Maryland, College Park, is the flagship research university and a land grant institution committed to rigorous research, quality teaching, and informed public service.

The Department of CHSE is committed to increasing the diversity of our community. We embrace diversity in multiple forms, including identity, background, theoretical and methodological orientations, and opinions. Our department has top ranking programs in the U.S. News and World Report, 2022: Counseling and Personnel Services (ranked #1) and Special Education (ranked #14). Our mission is to prepare scholars and practitioners to become leaders in research, special education, higher education, administration, counseling, policy and psychological services. We promote excellence in education and human services across the spectrum of abilities and individual differences, from birth to adulthood, in a wide range of settings. Candidates who have experience working with a diverse range of faculty, staff, and students, and who can contribute to the climate of inclusivity are encouraged to identify their experiences in these areas.

  • Research: Research expectations include (1) conducting rigorous research, inclusive of all research methodologies and paradigms, related to moderate to severe intellectual/developmental disabilities, (2) disseminating research in a variety of ways (e.g., peer-reviewed outlets, conferences, media and social media), and (3) applying for external funding to support research,
  • Teaching: Teaching expectations include teaching undergraduate and graduate courses, graduate student mentorship that includes preparing doctoral students for a range of leadership roles and applying for external funding to recruit and support doctoral students.
  • Service: Service expectations include contributing to the program, department, college, and university, as well as external roles that contribute to the field of special education and increase the visibility of the program.

Minimum Qualifications:

The Department seeks applicants who have a doctorate (or ABD) in special education or related fields with an emphasis on moderate to severe intellectual/developmental disabilities. We strongly encourage applications from candidates who have a demonstrated commitment to inclusion, diversity and social justice in scholarship, teaching, mentoring, and service.

Successful candidates at the assistant professor level will have the demonstrated potential to publish in peer-reviewed scholarly journals and respected professional outlets, as well as the capacity to propose work that is competitive for external funding. Candidates should have a promising research agenda and a demonstrated commitment to teaching and advising, including supporting undergraduate and graduate student mentoring.

Successful candidates for the rank of associate professor will have a strong record of accomplishment in scholarly research, teaching, advising and mentoring, and service.


Preferred qualifications include but are not limited to:
  • demonstrated commitment and ability to successfully mentor doctoral students, particularly those from underrepresented backgrounds
  • established or evidence of a developing track record of a programmatic line of research and ability to secure external funding (e.g., foundations, federal)
  • experience or demonstrated knowledge of culturally responsive pedagogy, including incorporating diverse perspectives into teaching and/or scholarship
  • experience with teacher preparation and undergraduate education
  • experience with using technology for teaching in hybrid teaching formats

In accordance with the UMD College of Education Strategic Plan (https://education.umd.edu/about-college/action-impact-2022-strategic-plan-umd-college- education) the candidate will contribute to a culture of scholarship within and outside of the College, innovative instructional programs, and strategic partnerships through research, teaching, and service. Read about our faculty hiring process and additional supports during the hiring process here: https://www.faculty.umd.edu/main/appointments/faculty-hiring-process

Posting Date:


Open Until Filled


Best Consideration Date


Diversity Statement:

The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

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