Central College – Special Education

Open rank (assistant, associate, professor), tenure-line


Pella, Iowa

POSITION:  Tenure-line, open-rank faculty position, beginning August 2018, Department of Education

QUALIFICATIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES:  The ideal candidate will embrace Central College’s commitment to be a leader in preparing the next generation of K-12 educators in the state of Iowa.  Our new colleague will join an active and highly collaborative partnership with school districts, local corporations, cross-curricular college departments, and state-level agencies on current state education initiatives.

The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. or Ed.D. in Education (ABD considered). Candidates must have K-6 special education teaching credentials/certification and successful teaching experience in the K-6 special education setting. College teaching experience is desirable.  Our new colleague will have the opportunity to develop and teach undergraduate courses in the teacher preparation program (e.g., Classroom Behavior Management Strategies, Collaboration Strategies, Elementary Curriculum & Methods for Teaching Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities and Instructional Strategist I: Behavior Modification) and college-wide liberal arts courses. Additionally, candidates will be expected to contribute to program development and assessment, advising and mentoring of students, supervision of practicum and student teaching experiences, and engaging in scholarship and service that contributes to the institution and profession.

Central’s DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION featuring both Elementary Education and Secondary Education is a highly collaborative, collegial department that is well integrated in the life of campus across disciplines and provides rich and meaningful collaborative opportunities with regional school districts and community partners.  Central College Education students exhibit highly successful Praxis Exam completion rates (over 96%) and are annually awarded the Recognition of Excellence Indicator Award for exemplary scores.

The department is highly committed to a novel developmental model to prepare students to become effective educators in elementary and secondary education.  This unique model aligns with InTASC standards for teacher preparation and provides students with fundamental, developmentally appropriate coursework and experiences.  The Central Teachers Academy (CTA) is an exceptional teacher preparation program, highly regarded in the state, and the only one of its kind in Iowa.  CTA students are trained and paired with mentor teachers in the Pella Community School District and Pella Christian School for three years.

Founded in 1853, Central College of Pella, Iowa, is a private, residential four-year liberal arts college known for its academic rigor and strength in global experiential learning, STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), sustainability education, athletics success and tradition, and leadership and service. Central continues to value its long-standing relationship with the Reformed Church in America. The college participates in NCAA Division III athletics and is a member of the Iowa Conference. Central is an active part of the Greater Des Moines region and just minutes from Lake Red Rock, Iowa’s largest lake.


To apply for this position visit http://www.central.edu/jobseekers/ . Review of applications will begin 26 January 2018 and will continue until the position is filled.  Candidates recommended for employment are subject to a background investigation.  Please submit the following materials online:

  1. a letter of application relating your qualifications to the position at liberal arts, residential college
  2. a curriculum vitae
  3. copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts
  4. a one-page statement of teaching philosophy

Three confidential letters of reference addressing the candidate’s qualifications for this leadership opportunity at a liberal arts college can be sent electronically to centraldean@central.edu or mailed to: Vice President for Academic Affairs & Dean of the Faculty, Central College, 812 University, Pella, Iowa 50219.

Central College is an equal opportunity employer dedicated to creating a diverse community. Individuals from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply. Central College is a drug/tobacco free workplace.  Academic positions at Central College use E-verify.

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