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Assistant Professor of Special Education

The Education Department at Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pa., invites applications for a full-time tenure track position of Assistant Professor of Special Education (PreK-8, with emphasis on instructional methodologies and evidenced-based practices). The position carries with it a competitive salary and benefits commensurate with qualifications and experience. The normal annual teaching load is 24 credit hours at the undergraduate level with the possibility of teaching courses at the graduate level.


Mercyhurst University has been ranked among the top 50 best colleges and universities in the area of education and teaching programs, according to a leading resource provider of higher education information, the Community for Accredited Online Schools. “There is always a steady demand for well-educated, qualified teachers,” said Doug Jones, CEO and founder of “These schools have demonstrated strength in their teaching and education degree programs with curriculum and resources that set their students up for future success running a classroom.”  Additionally, the Education program received a College of Distinction badge for the 2017-2018 academic year.  To be designated a “college of distinction,” a school’s curriculum must emphasize such core competencies as critical thinking, writing, oral skills, research, and global perspectives. They must also offer dynamic out-of-classroom learning and study abroad programs. At the graduate level, the Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) program at Mercyhurst University, designed to educate teachers and other professionals in creating the best possible learning environment for students with special needs, has been rated among the best in the country.  An offering of the Special Education and Applied Disability Studies graduate program, Mercyhurst’s ABA certificate program was identified as one of the top 32 programs nationwide by AppliedBehaviorAnalysisEDU, a professional organization that evaluated curricula at more than 200 colleges and universities to determine its top picks.


RESPONSIBILITIES: Successful candidates will be able to provide high quality instruction in undergraduate and graduate content area methods courses and supervise clinical field placements in the area of Special Education. An emphasis on clinical training of students in assessment, inclusive practices, and academic and behavioral interventions is desired. Successful candidates will be willing to contribute to recruiting and retention efforts including but not limited to working with student organizations (Council for Exceptional Children and Kappa Delta Pi), participating in admissions events, reaching out to potential students, and closely advising education majors.


QUALIFICATIONS: Candidate must have an earned doctorate in Special Education (A.B.D. candidates will be considered). Candidate must be a BCBA or a BCBA-D in good standing.

            Special attention will be given to candidates who have:

  • Minimum of two years public school or community agency teaching and/ or clinical experiences serving students with disabilities
  • Demonstrated commitment to professional and scholarly activity;

Preferred qualifications:

  • Successful university-level teaching and supervision
  • Established record of providing service to students with disabilities
  • Demonstration of collegial teamwork
  • Experience advising undergraduate and/ or graduate students
  • Experience with instructional technology to facilitate student learning


Screening of applications will begin immediately and review of applicants will continue until position is filled. Candidate must be currently eligible to work in the United States.  Candidates should submit a letter of interest, current vitae, and transcripts (initial submissions may be unofficial copies) to:

Susan D. Johnson

Assistant Professor Special Education

Chair, Department of Education


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                           Hirt Academic Building - 300

                           501 East 38th Street

                           Erie, PA 16546


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