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Instructor or Assistant Professor of Education – Faculty Position

Date: 2/2/2023

Job Title: Instructor of Education or Assistant Professor of Education

Job Summary:
The teaching load is four courses per semester or course equivalents totaling 12 credits. The courses will be taught online in synchronous and asynchronous formats. The candidate must be qualified to teach a variety of special education classes as well as generalist classes in an online delivery. The position involves classroom teaching on campus and online, student advising, field experience supervision, and committee responsibilities. This position is tenure-track eligible.

William Penn University, a four-year liberal arts Quaker institution, is seeking an energetic, personable, interactive colleague who is pleasant to work with and who is committed to 21st-century pedagogies and theories of learning for the position of Instructor of Education or Assistant Professor beginning fall 2023. The faculty culture at William Penn University focuses on caring, nurturing, and mentoring our 1100 students, as well as recruiting and retention.

Department: Education Division


Education: Master’s Degree in Special Education

Requirements: Master’s degree in special education and a minimum of three years teaching experience in a K-8 special education setting. The candidate must also hold a K-8 Instructional Strategist I endorsement.

Preferences: Doctorate in education or related fields (ABD may apply), 5-12 Instructional Strategist I endorsement, college teaching face-to-face and online, and 5-12 special education teaching experience are preferred.


  • Office management/coordination abilities;
  • Independent decision making, ability to exercise good judgment, accuracy, flexibility and well developed critical thinking skills;
  • Ability to work in an environment of shifting priorities, frequent, interruptions, hectic pace, high level of interaction with students, staff and/or the public;
  • Working knowledge of computer software programs which may include Microsoft Office programs, learning-management programs, or other institutional software.
  • Excellent written communication skills including proficiency in business English, grammar, punctuation, and spelling;
  • Ability to handle highly confidential matters and materials with discretion;
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in completing assigned tasks and meeting deadlines;
  • Excellent customer service skills including phone and in-person reception etiquette;
  • Proficiency with office machines including fax, scanner and copy machine.
  • Ability to travel and to work occasional evening and weekend hours.
  • Is an effective TEAM player.

Performance Responsibilities:

Teaching and Advising

  • Works productively and skillfully to promote student learning and progress toward graduation.
  • Develops positive, encouraging, and interactive relationships with students in and out of the classroom
  • Inspires students to learn, persevere, and succeed.
  • Employs effective classroom management strategies and learning theories.
  • Plans and prepares class activities, discussions, projects, and other learning opportunities.
  • Grades and returns student work in a timely manner. Maintains grades for students to review using the university systems (LMS).
  • Maintains accurate and timely records including attendance, advisee meetings and communications, etc. Maintains current advising folders and records. Communicates concerns regarding student progress to advisors, coaches, administration, etc.
  • Maintains a presence on campus (35+ hours per week), including generous office hours.
  • Creates syllabi that clearly state course policies in harmony with university policies and uses university template for syllabi.
  • Holds final exams during university-assigned exam periods for each course.
  • Advises and mentors students regarding academic majors, progress toward graduation, and career goals. Assists students with registration, applying for graduation, applying for graduate school, negotiating university processes, etc.
  • Respects student potential and the mission of the university.


Professional Development

  • Works cooperatively to support recruiting, retention, and student development.
  • Participates in and supports university and educational assessment processes. Completes assessment activities for course, area, and division assessment.
  • Completes Annual Performance Evaluations, including annual review with division chair.
  • Achieves goals set forth in the review.
  • Documents progress toward professional goals, commitment to excellence, and development of intellectual and pedagogical skills.
  • Attends conferences. Maintains a research-learning agenda. Documents and shares the results of conferences and research.
  • Supports and encourages other faculty; is willing to share expertise to assist and train others.
  • Accepts criticism and counsel from peers, division chair, and dean.
  • Remains current intellectually and pedagogically, including learning theories and the productive use of technology.
  • Supports the university performance management system.
  • Demonstrates a TEAM mindset.



  • Actively participates in the academic, athletic, and social life of the campus.
  • Actively participates on campus committees and/or student groups.
  • Actively supports student recruiting, retention, advising, and documentation processes to meet university goals and support student progress.


Ethics & Collegiality

  • Represents the University in a positive manner with prospective, current, and former students, colleagues, and the community. Works effectively with students, colleagues, and the Oskaloosa community.
  • Demonstrates enthusiasm, self-motivation, and positive attitudes.
  • Follows division and college policies and procedures.
  • Works harmoniously and cooperatively with others

Performance of this position will be evaluated in accordance with the policies established by the Board of Trustees of William Penn University.

  • Annual evaluations take place no later than June 30th

Start Date: August 2023

Replacement or New Position: New

Full-time/Part-time/Temp: Full-time

Closing Date of Posting: Open until filled

Application Materials: To apply for this position, email the following materials in pdf format:

  1. A letter of interest relating your qualifications to the position
  2. A one page educational teaching philosophy
  3. Curriculum vitae
  4. Three current letters of recommendation

Emailed materials should be sent to Dr. Stephen Henderson with Dianne Beadles, cc’d. Questions should be directed to Dr. Stephen Henderson at