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Assistant Professor of Elementary/Special Education (12-192)

Job Title:

Assistant Professor of

Elementary/Special Education




Reports To: Department Co-Chairs
Prepared By:

John George

Prepared Date:

November 2011

Approved By: Carol Wuenschel
Approved Date:

November 2011


Under the general direction of the Education Department Co-Chairs, the full-time Assistant Professor of Elementary/Special Education will begin August 2012 teaching undergraduate and graduate students in elementary and special education methods courses; advising students; serving on committees within the department and the College; and meeting departmental NCATE and SPA (CEC and ACEI) requirements. Criteria for promotion, tenure and reappointment are teaching effectiveness, scholarly achievement, and service to the College.  Preference given to those possessing background in both special education and elementary education. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.


  • Teach undergraduate and graduate students in elementary and special education methods courses.
  • Advise students as needed.
  • Serve on committees within the department and the College.
  • Participate in meeting NCATE and SPA (CEC and ACEI) requirements.
  • Demonstrate an ability or potential for quality teaching, scholarly research, and service.
  • Plan course syllabus and assignments for semester of study to meet Hood College and departmental curriculum requirements utilizing a variety of teaching techniques.
  • Instruct students in course content and provide learning opportunities in and out of the classroom to achieve course objectives.
  • Encourage class participation and provides assistance as appropriate to students in completing class assignments.  Manage classroom interactions and establish and maintain a climate that encourages learning.
  • Critique performance on various assignments to measure the quality of learning, to build thinking skills, to challenge students’ assumptions, and to reinforce concepts, which may include practical application of new skills.
  • Maintain regular office hours and contact with students as appropriate. Works with student to address problems and resolve issues.
  • Accompany students on field trips or other off-campus learning opportunities as appropriate.
  • Determine grades for assignments and for overall achievement in class.  Provide appropriate documentation of grades to students and department as appropriate.
  • Other job-related duties as assigned.


  • Conduct field specific research to enhance general body of knowledge and provide publication opportunities.
  • Present research findings and other academic papers at national or professional conferences.  


  • Support and participates in college committees and/or professional organizations to develop professional partnerships and meet academic needs of the institution.
  • Support the College initiatives to recruit and retain talented students.
  • Act as an active member of the Hood College community.

Competencies: To perform this job successfully, an individual should demonstrates the following competencies: 

  • Discipline Mastery:  Strong knowledge of subject matter; strong research skills; on-going interaction and/or development of skills related to discipline. 
  • Teaching Mastery:  Strong knowledge of current learning theory and appropriate teaching methodology for diverse student populations.
  • Oral Communication: Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; Listens and gets clarification; Responds well to questions; Demonstrates group presentation skills; Participates in meetings.  Presents classroom lectures that are coherent and logical.
  • Planning/Organizing: Prioritizes and plans work activities; Uses time efficiently; Plans for additional resources; Sets goals and objectives; Develops realistic action plans.
  • Professionalism: Approaches others in a tactful manner; Reacts well under pressure; Treats others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position; Accepts responsibility for own actions; Follows through on commitments.
  • Adaptability: Adapts to changes in the academic work environment; Manages competing demands; Changes approach or method to best fit the situation; Able to deal with frequent change, delays, or unexpected events.
  • Dependability: Commits resources necessary to assist students to reach goals.
  • Innovation: Displays original thinking and creativity; Meets challenges with resourcefulness; Generates suggestions for improving work; Develops innovative approaches and ideas; Presents ideas and information in a manner that gets others' attention.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and Experience

Earned doctorate (or ABD, degree soon to be awarded) required in Elementary/Special Education or related field(s) and have Pre-K-12 teaching experience at the school-based level in the public schools.   Preference will be given to those possessing background in both special education and elementary education.

Technology Skills

Strong computer proficiency in internet applications, Office Suite Productivity products (such as Microsoft Word, Excel & Powerpoint); and ability to learn new applications quickly including organization-wide information systems and department-specific software applications. 

To Apply

Qualified candidates may apply by sending a letter of application, including a statement of teaching and research interests, a transcript for the doctorate from the awarding institution, current vitae, and three letters of reference to John George, Ed.D., Department of Education, Hood College, 401 Rosemont Avenue, Frederick, MD  21701.  Fax and e-mail will not be accepted.  Deadline for receipt of applications is March 15, 2012. 

Hood College is committed to diversity and subscribes to a policy of hiring only individuals legally eligible to work in the United States. EEO

Hood College does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, disability, religion, or age in recruitment, admission and access to, or treatment, or employment in its programs, services, benefits, or activities as required by applicable laws including Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and complies with the law regarding reasonable accommodation for disabled applicants and students. Inquiries about discrimination or reasonable accommodation should be referred to the Title IX and Section 504 Coordinator at Alumnae Hall, 401 Rosemont Avenue, Frederick, MD. 21701 (AD 312), (301) 696-3592. For complete information on Hood College’s nondiscrimination policy, please visit