Snyder Distinguished Professor

Position Information

General Information

Position Number 004925
Working Title Snyder Distinguished Professor
Classification Title 9-Mo Tenure-Track/ Tenured Faculty
College College of Education (Col)
Department Special Education & Child Development
Position Designation Faculty
Employment Type Permanent - Full-time
Months per year 9
Primary Purpose of Department

The mission of the Department of Special Education and Child Development is to prepare highly effective and ethical professionals who have a positive impact on children, youth, families, community, and schools and who are successful in urban and other diverse settings. This mission is accomplished through teaching, research, and community engagement that lead to improved practice and by working in partnership with schools, communities, and university colleagues.

The goals of the Special Education and Child and Family Development programs are to:

Provide instruction at the undergraduate, masters, and doctoral levels that models research-validated best practice and challenges learners to aspire to excellence. Generate and synthesize knowledge through quality research that informs the preparation programs of the Department. Provide genuine and meaningful service to the public schools and other service providers that informs the preparation programs of the Department.

The Department of Special Education and Child Development faculty strive to create an academic climate in which the dignity of all individuals is maintained. Therefore, we celebrate diversity which includes, but is not limited to, race, culture, ethnicity, religion, gender, disability status, and sexual orientation.

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, North Carolina’s urban research university, offers approximately 28,000 culturally diverse students a wide range of undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The student population is estimated to grow to 35,000 by 2020. The University is located in one of the New South’s most beautiful cities. With a population of 2 million in its metropolitan region, there is a vast array of cultural and recreational opportunities and outstanding medical and community services to meet the interests and needs of a diverse population. The University is within the bounds of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS), one of the largest urban school districts in the country. With NCATE accreditation and over 100 full-time faculty members, the College of Education serves more than 3,000 students through undergraduate and graduate programs, including five doctoral programs, and is one of the largest teacher education programs in the state. Since first graduating doctoral students in 2004, the Special Education program has graduated 67 students and in 2012, U.S. News and World Report ranked the Special Education program in the top 20 nationally (3rd year of national ranking) in a report of the best graduate programs for special education in the country. Currently, faculty bring in over $3.1 million in grant funding.

The Department of Special Education and Child Development currently includes 23 full-time faculty members.

Vacancy Open to All Candidates
Description of Work

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte recognizes the differentiation of mission, goals, and objectives inherent in the diversity of disciplines represented by its colleges and departments. Thus, the Job Responsibilities and Essential Functions for Tenured and Tenure Track Faculty should be interpreted in the context of the related departmental and collegiate goals.
Teaching, Advising, Curriculum and Instructional Development – Faculty responsibilities and essential functions with respect to teaching may include but are not limited to: subject matter competence, course design, course presentation, advising and consultation, directing student research, curriculum and instructional development, and grading student work.
Scholarly Research, Creative, and Other Professional Activities – All tenured and tenure-track faculty are expected to participate in expanding the knowledge base of her/his academic field by conducting research or engaging in other creative activities as appropriate to the faculty member’s discipline. Faculty responsibilities and essential functions with respect to research may include but are not limited to: research/creative activity that generates new knowledge and/or synthesizes and/or integrates existing knowledge, publication, an on-going agenda for research, scholarly, and creative activity, and are expected to seek extramural support for their work.
Service to University, the Public, and the Profession – All tenured and tenure-track faculty are expected to engage in a program of service appropriate to their discipline. Faculty responsibilities and essential functions with respect to service may include but are not limited to: service to the administration and governance of the University, public service, and service to the profession.

To view the complete Job Responsibilities and Essential Functions for Tenured and Tenure-Track Faculty document visit our website:

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Maintain scholarly productivity in research; seek external funds to support research activities. Teach and advise doctoral students with an opportunity to teach undergraduate or graduate courses (face-to-face, hybrid and online). Mentor faculty; provide service to the field and profession; and participate in programmatic development of the college.

Minimum Experience/Education

UNC Charlotte gives primary consideration to the earned doctorate or terminal degree in the teaching discipline or a related discipline.

Preferred Education, Skills and Experience

We seek a faculty colleague to join a high achieving, dynamic, and collaborative College of Education whose vision is to be a national leader in educational equity, excellence, and engagement committed to preparing professionals who contribute to the positive development of individuals and the development of effective schools for all children and youth, especially those reflecting the diversity of the populations in urban schools. The College strives to develop a deep understanding of and respect for diversity among students and colleagues; therefore, we encourage applications from professionals who can help us achieve this goal.

Candidates also must have an earned doctorate in Special Education or a closely related field from an accredited university and hold a rank of Associate or Full Professor.

Candidates must also demonstrate the ability to secure external funding, an extensive record of research productivity, ability to mentor doctoral students and faculty, teach at the college/university level, present at national and international conferences, and advocate for the program and field at a national level.

Necessary Licenses/Certifications
Special Notes to Applicants

Please upload the following documents with your electronic submission:

1. A cover letter that describes how the applicant’s professional qualifications relate to the responsibilities of the position and a concise statement of research agenda;
2. A current and complete curriculum vita;
3. Names, addresses (including titles and institutions), telephone numbers, and email addresses of five references; and
4. Three samples of data-based publications within the last 5 years.

Review of applications will begin November 17, 2017.

For additional information or informal inquiries, contact Dr. David W. Test, Chair, Snyder Search Committee at (704) 687- 8853 or

As an EOE/AA employer and an ADVANCE Institution that strives to create an academic climate in which the dignity of all individuals is respected and maintained, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte encourages applications from all underrepresented groups.

The candidate chosen for this position will be required to provide an official transcript of their highest earned degree.

The candidate chosen for this position will be subject to a criminal background check.

Job Open Date 10/05/2017
Job Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Date Review of Applications will Begin 11/17/2017
Proposed Hire Date 08/15/2018
If time-limited, please indicate appointment end date
Contact Information

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Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter / Letter of Interest
  2. Resume / Curriculum Vitae
  3. Contact Information for References
  4. Research Interest Statement
  5. Writing Sample
Optional Documents
  1. Other Document 2
  2. Other Document 3