QUALIFICATIONS: The Department of Education at Otterbein University invites applications for a tenure track position in Special Education. The Department offers both undergraduate and graduate programs at the initial licensure and advanced levels in Special Education. The successful candidate will teach primarily in the graduate programs, engage in scholarly activities, have knowledge of and experience with the Council of Exceptional Children standards for teacher preparation, and provide service to the department, university, community and profession. Candidates will also be expected to maintain relationships with area schools to support field placements and to supervise field placements for teacher candidates. The ideal candidate will possess a terminal degree in Special Education (or related field) by the 2018-2019 academic year, and at least three years of K-12 teaching experience. Candidates should also have strong skills in leadership and communication, and an ability to work effectively with students, faculty, and staff from diverse communities and cultures. Teaching experience in graduate programs, demonstrated record of scholarship, experience in curriculum development and evaluation, and experience in online and/or blended education preferred.
STARTING DATE: August 2018
RESPONSIBILITIES: Responsibilities include teaching graduate courses during the daytime and evening hours, such as methods of special education, assessment in special education, and specialized instructional planning; supporting the process of yearly evaluation of program data; leading part-time instructors in program reviews and improvements; and co-writing reports for the Council of Exceptional Children and state program reviews. A significant part of our special education programs are the field placements and required hours of observation and teaching in K-12 settings. An additional responsibility is building and maintaining relationships with schools to promote collaboration to benefit schools and the department. Faculty members at Otterbein University are expected to be involved in professional activities for the purposes of building and maintaining one’s scholarship, such as research, writing, and presenting, self-development, and service.
DEPARTMENT: The Department of Education has 13 full-time faculty and 8 adjunct academic teaching staff. The mission of the Department is to provide coherent and developmentally-based teacher education program that prepares teachers to create and work within learning communities. Therefore, the Department promotes collaborative learning and critical reflection as a way to promote life-long learning, an appreciation of diverse perspectives, an ability to make data- and research-informed decisions, and responsivity to the needs of children in a diverse and complex society. To learn more about the Department of Education please visit our website.
OTTERBEIN UNIVERSITY Otterbein University is a private university nationally-recognized for its intentional blending of liberal arts and professional studies through its renowned Integrative Studies curriculum and its commitments to experiential learning and community engagement. Otterbein’s commitment to opportunity started with its founding in 1847 as one of the nation’s first universities to welcome women and persons of color to its community of teachers and learners. Otterbein remains committed to its relationship with the United Methodist Church and its spirit of inclusion, and to extending its legacy of recruiting a heterogeneous faculty, student body, and staff; to fostering a climate that doesn’t just accommodate differences, but engages with them; and to providing rich opportunities for learning from those differences. Otterbein is a recipient of the 2015 Carnegie Community Service Classification; a finalist for the 2014 President’s Award for Economic Opportunity Community Service; and has been honored With Distinction by the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll since the list’s inception in 2006. It stands in its category’s top 10 percent in U.S. News & World Report’s guide to “America’s Best Colleges.” Otterbein’s student population includes 2,400 undergraduate and 500 graduate students. The University offers more than 70 undergraduate majors; seven master’s programs; and a doctorate in nursing practice (DNP). In addition, Otterbein is home to The Point — a science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) innovation center — which is a one-of-a-kind resource that combines academics with the business and manufacturing needs of our community.
WHERE: Otterbein University is located in Westerville, Ohio, a suburb of Columbus that has been ranked the fifth friendliest town in America by Forbes and Nextdoor.com in 2012 and 15th on Money Magazine’s 2009 list of Best Places to Live. Westerville has a population of approximately 36,000 people and combines the beauty and convenience of a medium-sized community with the cultural, educational, and economic benefits of Columbus, the state capital; a thriving and diverse metropolitan area of 1.4 million people. Central Ohio is the fastest growing area in the state with stability provided by a diversified economy. To learn more about Otterbein, visit www.otterbein.edu.
APPLICATION: To apply, send letter of interest, curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching experience and philosophy, a statement of research interests to: Dr. Barbara Schaffner, Dean of the School of Professional Studies, Otterbein University, One South Grove Street, Westerville, OH 43081. Applicants should also request that three (3) current letters of reference be sent directly to Dean Schaffner, separate from the initial application packet. Email submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Note that we are leaving the faculty position open until filled, but candidates who apply before October 15, 2017 will have the best opportunity for consideration. Finalists for the position will be asked to submit official transcripts for their highest degree earned. To learn more about the School of Professional Studies, please visit us at www.otterbein.edu/professional studies. Otterbein University is committed to providing a welcoming environment free from unlawful discrimination. To this end, the University prohibits any form of discrimination against any person on the basis of race, color, sex, gender, pregnancy, religion, creed, marital status, partnership status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, disability, military status, or any other legally protected status in its programs and activities. However, the University’s commitment to a nondiscriminatory environment is not intended to abridge unduly its commitment to academic freedom, free speech, or its educational mission. Inquiries or complaints regarding any form of discrimination or harassment may be directed to:
Historically progressive. That is the hallmark of Otterbein University and those connected to this private university nestled in the picturesque, historic Uptown Westerville district in central Ohio.Otterbein University was established in 1847 and named for Philip William Otterbein, a founder of the United Brethren Church. Shaped by its historic relationship with the Church, a set of deeply rooted... values still guide this model community of leaders and learners. Otterbein has set the pace by providing an educational experience that is progressive, innovative and inclusive. Today Otterbein University enrolls 2,919 traditional undergraduate students, 223 adult students enrolled in evening and weekend classes, and 440 graduate students working in one of several master’s degree programs, and some towards a newly established doctoral degree in Nursing. As they did decades ago, the students of today still come from towns in Ohio but they also come from 35 states and 22 countries, enriching the campus through their individual and collective diversity. Integrity, humane values and an inherently just, moral compass have guided Otterbein’s forward-thinking vision and actions—from its curriculum to its responsibilities as a member of academic, regional and global communities.