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Faculty Position, Childhood General and Special Education Programs

Graduate School of Education

Start Date: Sep 01, 2018
Salary: Commensurate with experience

Position Vacancy - Graduate School Faculty Position, Childhood General and Special Education Programs

About Bank Street

Bank Street College was founded over 100 years ago in the tradition of progressive education and is committed to learner-centered education based on sound developmental principles. The master's programs integrate direct experience with children, teachers, and families; exploration and examination of theory and research; and observation and reflection. Our curriculum supports the development of intellectual curiosity grounded in a social justice orientation.

Position Description

This is a full time, 10-month faculty position for the director of the Childhood General and Special Education program. Candidates must have depth of experience in the field teaching school-aged children with disabilities, ideally across a range of urban settings; as well as demonstrated depth of knowledge and experience with progressive pedagogies. Bank Street College is not a tenure granting institution, nor does it have traditional professorial ranks.
The position is eligible for a renewable 3-year contract pending a review period.

There are several core aspects of the work of the Program Director. These include, but are not limited to:
• Review program content, propose curricular revisions as needed, contribute to accreditation processes as needed, and maintain partnerships where applicable.
• Run monthly program meetings with program faculty.
• Provide individualized academic guidance with students.
• Oversee all aspects of supervised fieldwork in collaboration with program faculty, including planning the orientation, assigning students to faculty advisors, arranging student teaching placements, supporting faculty advisors.
• Work closely with the department chair to select adjunct instructors, plan and carry out the orientation of new adjuncts and new contractual faculty, and develop the schedule of classes.
• Field inquiries from and reach out to potential applicants via phone and e-mail, attend graduate school open houses, and interview applicants.
• Work with the Admissions Office to develop content for specialized advertising/outreach efforts.

In addition, we are looking for expertise across at least three of the following content areas for course instruction/supervised fieldwork:
• Developmental variations and special education history and policies
• Observation and recording of children
• Literacy instruction for school-aged youth with learning and language variations
• Social studies curriculum development for inclusion and special education settings
• Assessment, diagnosis and evaluation of students with developmental variations
• Communication disorders in school-aged children
• Supervision of graduate students in field placements
o Visiting advisees at their sites monthly for a ½ day and conducting meetings with site supervisor and student, as applicable
o Convening and facilitating two one-on-one meetings with each advisee monthly
o Leading and facilitating weekly conference group with all advisees
All full-time faculty must engage in service to the community through committee work and participation in program, department and divisional meetings; and mentor graduate students on their integrative master’s projects.

This position is based in our Manhattan campus, but requires flexibility to teach at locations in other boroughs.


• Doctorate in special education preferred
• 5 or more years of teaching experience with children
• Teacher certification required in special education and 1-6th grade childhood education
• Experience teaching in higher education
• Some administrative experience preferred
• Orientation to examine practice and theory through multiple and intersecting lenses—e.g. critical race theory, disability studies—preferred.

Bank Street College of Education is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, national origin, ethnic origin, citizenship status, disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law in its employment policies and other college administered programs.  In addition, Bank Street College of Education will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.

Bank Street has been recognized as a leader in education, and strives to have its faculty and student body reflect the diversity of the society in which they exist. Candidates from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

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