Western Carolina University Seeks a Special Education Instructor

Posting Number: FAC339P
Quick Link for Internal Postings: https://jobs.wcu.edu/postings/11253
Classification Title: Instructor
Working Title: Instructor – Special Education – #T10060
Department: School of Teaching and Learning
Position Type: Time-Limited Full-Time
Number of Hours Per Week:
Number of Months Per Year: 9
Open Date: 07/03/2019
Close Date:
Open Until Filled: Yes
Position Summary

Special and Inclusive Education programs within the School of Teaching and Learning at one of the nation’s most beautiful and dynamic universities is recruiting a 9-month fixed-term instructor. Anticipated start date is August 2019 with work continuing through May 2020.

In a program that highly values collaboration and diversity, the successful candidate will be expected to teach courses in the graduate special education and undergraduate inclusive education programs; have strong computer skills, online teaching experience and interest in learning new technology skills; have knowledge and/or experience with internship supervision; and show interest in research. In addition, the successful candidate will demonstrate an ability to teach 4 courses per term, in both on campus and online formats which vary from term to term.

The successful candidate will provide local and state service to the program, public schools and profession. Consistent participation in on-campus responsibilities is expected.

Preference will be given to candidates who can show collaboration across disciplines, contribute to the department’s multicultural and diversity goals, and successfully partner with in-service teachers in public school settings.

Carnegie statement

WCU embraces its role as a regionally engaged university and is designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a community engaged university. Preference will be given to candidates who can demonstrate a commitment to public engagement through their teaching, service, and scholarship.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities Required for this Position

The successful candidate will teach graduate special education and undergraduate inclusive education courses in the area of mild to moderate as well as severe disabilities. The candidate may also supervise interns within the special and inclusive education programs.

Minimum Qualifications

The successful candidate should document: a masters degree in special education from an accredited institution; licensure in both general and/or adapted curriculum; expertise in and experience working with children and youth with mild to moderate disabilities and/or those with severe disabilities. Candidates will need experience in teacher preparation and/or teaching college courses in on site and/or online formats. Eligibility for North Carolina licensure in exceptional education, general curriculum and adapted curriculum, as well as a minimum of three years of proficient public school instructional experience is required.

Preferred Qualifications

Preference will be given to doctoral candidates who are dually licensed in general curriculum and adapted curriculum; have experience teaching at the college level in onsite and online formats, have experience teaching courses in general curriculum and adapted curriculum content; and supervising interns.

The successful candidate also should demonstrate potential for strong service to the program through onsite participation in faculty meetings, committee work as needed, and ongoing student support.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Submit your application through the Western Carolina University Applicant Portal at https://jobs.wcu.edu/postings/11253.

Application materials must include the following attachments:

  1. A cover letter describing how the applicant’s professional qualifications relate to the position and how the applicant can contribute to our education and diversity goals.
  2. A current and complete curriculum vita.
  3. Unofficial copies of transcripts of undergraduate and graduate degree programs completed.
  4. Names, addresses (including titles and institutions), telephone numbers, and email addresses of at least five (5) references.
  5. Other supporting materials relevant to the candidate’s teaching; North Carolina Teaching license and 3 most recent Teacher Evaluation Forms completed by principal.

Inquiries can be directed to: Karena Cooper-Duffy (828-227-3285) or Marissa Ray (828-227-3293), Search Committee Co-Chairs, email: kcooper@wcu.edu or mray@wcu.edu.


Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks.

Western Carolina University uses E-Verify to confirm employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visit www.dhs.gov/E-Verify. Proper documentation of identity and employability are required at the time of employment.

Credential Verification

All new employees are required to have listed credentials/degrees verified within 30 days of employment. All new employees who will be teaching are required to provide official transcripts within 30 days of employment. Transcripts should be provided for the highest earned degree and/or the degree which is being used to satisfy credential/qualification requirements.


Western Carolina University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, and veteran status, consistent with applicable federal, state and local laws, regulations, and policies, and the policies of The University of North Carolina. Additionally, the University promotes the realization of equal employment opportunity for minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and veterans through its affirmative action program.

Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations in the application and interview process please call (828) 227-7218 or email at jobs@email.wcu.edu.

University Safety

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Applicant Documents

Required Documents

Cover Letter/Letter of Application
Curriculum Vitae
Unofficial Transcripts
List of references
Other Document
Optional Documents
Licenses or Certifications

Supplemental Questions

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Submit your application through the Western Carolina University Applicant Portal at https://jobs.wcu.edu/postings/11253.