Assistant Professor of Visual Impairment/Orientation and Mobility

Basic Information

Date posted: 11/16/2021

Location: Lubbock, Texas

Posted by: Texas Tech University College of Education

Salary: Unspecified

Contact Information

Address

3002 18th St.
Lubbock, TX 79409

Phone

806-834-3865

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Qualifications

Required Qualifications:

  • An earned doctorate in Special Education or a closely related field by August
  • EC-12 teaching experience in visual impairment and/or orientation and
  • Certification or eligibility for certification in visual impairment and orientation and mobility.
  • Evidence of an emerging research agenda in visual impairment or orientation and
  • Commitment to high standards in teaching and
  • Commitment to collaborating with program faculty to meet program
  • Ability to contribute to a positive work environment in the Department, College, and University.
  • A demonstrated and ongoing commitment to serving diverse student populations

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in teaching visual impairment and/or orientation and mobility courses at the university
  • Evidence of a clear research agenda in visual impairment education or orientation and mobility, including publications in peer-reviewed
  • Experience in advising doctoral students or serving on doctoral
  • Evidence of participation in professional organizations at local, state, national, and international levels.
  • Evidence of leadership
  • Evidence of knowledge, skills, and experience in teaching online distance education
  • Evidence of seeking external grant
  • Commitment to developing partnerships with stakeholders for engaged
  • Experience working with diverse student populations is highly desirable.

Job Description

The Department of Special Education at Texas Tech University invites applications from innovative and thoughtful colleagues to join our faculty at the rank of an Assistant Professor in Visual Impairment/Orientation and Mobility. This full-time, tenure-track position with a nine-month academic-year appointment will start on September 1, 2022.

Texas Tech University is the flagship of the Texas Tech University System and a Carnegie Tier One research university. The current enrollment is nearly 40,000 students. As a Hispanic Serving Institution, Texas Tech University seeks to foster an environment that promotes inclusive access and attracts committed and high-achieving students. We are dedicated to recruiting and retaining a diverse group of faculty to educate and empower our diverse student body while also serving an extremely vast and diverse state and nation with an increasingly culturally pluralistic population. The university has also been awarded the Paul Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization by NAFSA: Association of International Educators twice in the last four years.

Lubbock, Texas (Pop. 250,000) is an outstanding place to live and work. This growing city, with its college-town  feel, has a remarkable  history and a vital future. Lubbock is the commercial, agricultural, medical, financial, and cultural hub of the South Plains. The City of Lubbock and Texas Tech University enjoy an exceptionally cooperative and supportive relationship extending from community health to  cotton crop  production, from wind energy to  education. Lubbock is nationally recognized as an outstanding place to raise a family and offers ease of access for commuting across town or travel across the nation. Depending on one’s personal preferences, there are plenty of recreational opportunities and a wide variety of restaurants and shopping, community events, and cultural activities including breweries and wine bars, a vibrant live-music scene, along with more traditional performing arts.

The Texas Tech University College of Education, with over 2,000 students, offers a nationally recognized undergraduate teacher preparation program and 21 graduate degrees that prepare students for professional or academic positions in education. The Department of Special Education and the College place a focus on strategic outreach and engaged scholarship. We collaborate with local, regional, state, national, and global partners to address complex problems facing individuals and communities.  In recognition of its extraordinary community outreach efforts, the college received a 2018 W.K. Kellogg Foundation Community Engagement Scholarship Award from the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU).

The Department of Special Education offers a competitive graduate program that is growing both nationally and internationally. We are a diverse community of scholars, researchers, and educators with a commitment to excellence in education and serving EC-12 public schools and beyond.

Our Visual Impairment (VI) and Orientation and Mobility (O&M) Programs  have graduate level certification and master’s programs specializing in one of these areas as well as a Ph.D. program in Special Education where doctoral students can focus their interests and research in visual impairment or O&M. The VI program is accredited by Texas Education Agency and the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), and the O&M program is accredited and approved by the Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (AER) and by the Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation and Education Professionals (ACVREP).

There is a current shortage nationwide of these two vision professionals, so there is a great need to train more highly qualified teachers of students with visual impairments (TSVls) and orientation and mobility (O&M) specialists. We need a highly qualified applicant with knowledge and credentials in both of these specialized professional areas to meet the needs of our growing programs.

Applicants should be committed to collaborating with faculty across the disciplines to engage in rigorous and theoretically grounded research approaches for understanding and improving the educational experiences of students with visual impairments in the United States. In addition, candidates who have very strong records of scholarship supported by external funding and who have the proven capacity or clear potential to bring externally sponsored research to Texas Tech University are encouraged to apply. The salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Responsibilities of the successful candidate:

  • Teach graduate courses in both the visual impairment and orientation and mobility programs as assigned by the program coordinators and the
  • Help the Department continue to grow a strong and reputable personnel preparation program at the certification, master’s, and doctoral
  • Serve as an advisor and mentor for certification, master’s, and doctoral students and participate on doctoral
  • Collaborate and cooperate with colleagues to fulfill the needs of the programs and the strategic goals of the Programs, Department, and
  • Establish and maintain a rigorous research agenda with
  • Actively recruit students for all levels of the
  • Actively participate in service for Department, College, and University committees as well as with stakeholders and professional
  • Actively seek external funding and participate in grant writing with
  • Develop and foster partnerships with school districts, regional and state agencies, other colleges and universities, and stakeholders for engaged scholarship and
  • Participate in local, state, national, and international professional