Assistant or Associate Professor in Special Education, with a specialty in Blindness and Visual Impairment

UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA-VANCOUVER
Faculty of Education
Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Assistant or Associate Professor in Special Education, with a specialty in Blindness and Visual Impairment

The Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, and Special Education (ECPS) in the Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia (UBC) invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor or tenured Associate Professor position in Special Education with a specialty in Blindness and Visual Impairment. The appointment is expected to commence July 1, 2023 (or as negotiated with the successful candidate). 

The Special Education program at UBC concerns the education of students with exceptionalities, such as students with visual impairments, developmental disabilities, emotional or behavioural disorders, learning disabilities, gifts and talents, and those who are deaf or hard of hearing. It is one of only two programs in Canada offering a Master’s in Special Education with a concentration in Blindness and Visual Impairment (VI). It is also one of only two programs in Canada offering training in Orientation and Mobility (O&M). 

Applicants for this position must have a doctoral degree in Special Education with an emphasis on Blindness and Visual Impairment. Preference will be given to candidates who are also certified in O&M, have experience teaching in K-12 settings with students with exceptionalities, particularly blindness and visual impairment and students with VI and multiple disabilities. We are looking for a scholar who is committed to promoting practices that facilitate inclusion, empowerment, and self-determination of individuals with disabilities and other special needs in home, school, and community settings. Preference will also be given to candidates with expertise in online course design and delivery, evidence of successful university-level teaching, and demonstrated enthusiasm about collaborating across the breadth of expertise in the Special Education area, the Department, and the Faculty of Education. 

Applications must be provided in the format of one bookmarked PDF file (if possible), addressed to Dr. Jennifer Shapka, Department Head, and sent electronically to Ms. Silvia Almanza Alonso (Head’s Assistant) at silvia.almanzaalonso@ubc.ca. Following the submission of the application, the applicant will receive an Equity Survey link via email. Completion of the Equity Survey is required as part of the application process.

While the search remains open until the position is filled, interested applicants are encouraged to submit their complete application package by February 15, 2023. Questions regarding this search and the application deadline should be directed to the Department Head, Dr. Jennifer Shapka, at jennifer.shapka@ubc.ca. 


Please see HERE for full information and application instructions.


Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the British Columbia Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.