Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College Seeks Two Faculty Positions in the Area of Severe Disabilities

The Department of Special Education at Peabody College of Vanderbilt University invites applications for two (2) open-rank faculty positions in the areas of severe disabilities. We are seeking emerging or established leaders whose research addresses the educational needs of students with intellectual disability, autism, and/or multiple disabilities. Responsibilities include carrying out an influential program of research, teaching courses, advising graduate students, securing external funding, collaborating with schools and agencies that serve diverse students, and providing service to the university and profession. Affiliation is also possible with the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Research on Human Development (, which is highly regarded for its interdisciplinary research, training, and community partnerships.

For over five decades, our Department has been a prominent leader in the field of special education and graduate training. Our faculty are highly collaborative and invested in research that is ambitious, innovative, and inspiring. We partner extensively with school districts and disability organizations to meet the needs of students with disabilities from a wide variety of backgrounds, as well as to prepare the next generation of teachers and scholars. We also share Vanderbilt’s commitment to diversity in the pursuit of excellence in learning and discovery. This investment in inclusive excellence spans all of our research, teaching, advising, and service endeavors. Among Vanderbilt undergraduates, 40% of students are racial minorities, 8% are international students, and more than 66% receive financial assistance. We are seeking faculty who have experience and a strong commitment to working with students who represent a diversity of backgrounds. Vanderbilt University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer; people of color, women, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Candidates should submit an application letter, curriculum vitae, three samples of scholarly writing, and contact information for three people from whom letters of reference may be requested. A doctorate in special education, education, rehabilitation, or a related field is required. Employment will also require a background clearance check.

Applications materials should be submitted to or to Severe Disabilities Faculty Search, Department of Special Education, PMB 228 Peabody College, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN 37203 or can be. Questions regarding this position should be directed to Erik Carter, Search Chair at Screening of applications will begin November 15th and continue until the position is filled.