Special Education - Ershig-Assistive Technology Research Center
About the University
Committed to the creation of an inclusive, supportive community of learners, Woodring College of Education seeks leaders in their professions who have experience working in culturally diverse communities and schools and who have the ability to contribute to a more just and inclusive society. We welcome applicants from diverse candidates.
Western Washington University, with over 15,000 students in seven colleges and the graduate school, is nationally recognized for its educational programs, students and faculty. The campus is located in Bellingham, Washington, a coastal community of 83,000 overlooking Bellingham Bay, the San Juan Islands and the North Cascades Mountain range. The city lies 90 miles north of Seattle and 60 miles south of Vancouver, British Columbia. Western is the highest-ranking public, master’s-granting university in the Pacific Northwest, according to the 2017 U.S. News & World Report rankings.
About the Department
The Department strives to provide supports that will enable all people life, work, learn and play in inclusive communities. Given that goal, we place a high degree of importance on the use of assistive technology to help people realize inclusive opportunities. While Assistive Technology is primarily focused on individuals with disabilities, we also promote technologies that will support people without disabilities to improve educational and community access.
The Ershig Assistive Technology Resource Center (E-ATRC) is housed within the Department of Special Education and Education Leadership and supports the goals of the Department. The Center is a 'hands-on' lending library and also provides community outreach, including but not limited to assessment and invited speakers.
You will provide small group instructional activities to students and serve as a guest lecturer in a variety of courses; provide technical support to faculty on alignment of AT concepts with course content and student learning outcomes. Your responsibilities will also include coordination of the assistive technology center within the college and teaching courses. Collaboration with community members/agencies, public relations, and keeping current on issues and technologies in the field. The center director is required to assist with the facilitation of at least one annual event, supervise work-study students, and may conduct assistive technology assessments. You will report to the Special Education and Education Leadership Department Chair and the Woodring Dean.
MA or MEd in special education or related field
Successful experience working with students, faculty and staff of diverse social identities and backgrounds
Demonstrated expertise and experience working with a variety of assistive technology
Demonstrated ability to conduct workshops, presentations, and teach
PhD or EdD in special education or related field
Experience with the use of AT in the public school setting
This is a full-time, 9-month faculty position per year (3 quarter) position, salary commensurate with experience and qualifications and submit to the Collective Bargaining Agreement between WWU and the United Faculty of Western Washington University (UFWW). Continued employment beyond this period will depend on instructional needs and budget as well as the quality of your contribution.
United Faculty of Western Washington University (UFWW)
A complete application includes the following:
Cover letter addressing how you meet the job qualifications
Please ensure your cover letter specifically addresses your experience working effectively with students, faculty and staff of diverse social identities and backgrounds
Names and contact information for three professional references
Brief description of college courses you are qualified to teach and workshops you have conducted for teacher education candidates and/or teachers
Applications will be accepted on an on-going basis and all qualified applicants will be added to the vacancy pool. Your application will remain active for three years.
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With 15,000 students, 160 academic programs, and an energized campus community, Western offers the focus on students and the faculty access of a smaller college and the academic choice, resources, multicultural diversity, and room to grow of a large university. Western is located in beautiful Bellingham, a scenic coastal city of approximately 80,000 situated between Seattle, Washington and Vancouver, British Columbia. With easy access to both the Cascade mountain range and the Pacific coast, the region is rich in cultural events and attractions as well as many recreational activities. Western is known nationally for its successes, including being named the top public master’s granting university in the Pacific Northwest by U. S. News and World Report and one of the best colleges in the nation to work for by the Chronicle of Higher Education.