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Fellow in Special Education: Specialism in Autism Studies

January 20, 2023



Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU) strives to be a leading social justice institution that supports our diverse student body with a reflective, diverse instructional faculty. Located in historic New Haven, a city rich in art and culture, Southern Connecticut State University is a student-centered university dedicated to academic excellence, access, and service for the public good. Southern provides a supportive and welcoming environment for all members of its community through a campus wide commitment to social justice. SCSU is a flourishing community of approximately 10,000 students, located less than three miles from downtown New Haven, with easy access to New York and Boston.

SCSU has launched a new initiative to recruit a broadly diverse pool of newly credentialed colleagues with relevant terminal degrees (or ABD) for possible two- to three-year faculty fellow opportunities intended to support teaching skills, build scholarship, and continue to prepare new academics to navigate a higher education environment.

The Southern Faculty Fellows in Residence program will appropriately offer individuals the opportunity to work as an Assistant Professor with comparable rank, salary, with a substantially reduced teaching workload, and other unique opportunities that will support a transition into a faculty profile.

Southern Faculty Fellows will reside within a disciplinary home department, pursue their scholarship and creative activities, and build their skills and credentials as a presumptive faculty member teaching 15 credits (9+6) per academic year. The program will also offer opportunities to better understand the workings of a university and academic life, such as learning about our first-year student experience program, shadowing administrators, and optionally serving on university committees.

The Department of Special Education is seeking to fill a full-time, faculty fellow position to begin August 2023. The successful candidate will be responsible for teaching special education and autism courses at the undergraduate and graduate level. The fellow will be assigned to teach five courses per year. In addition to teaching responsibilities, the faculty fellow will be required to engage in scholarship, service to the department and University, professional participation and student advising. The position will provide opportunities for collaboration with the Center of Excellence on Autism Spectrum Disorders and with other departments in support of the mission of the department of special education.

Southern invites applications from individuals who believe in the mission of public higher education and are committed to outstanding teaching and scholarship. Successful candidates will be disciplinary scholars devoted to a student-centric approach.

Required Qualifications:

  • Earned doctorate in Special Education, Autism studies, Applied Behavior Analysis or related area, with at least one graduate degree in special education

  • Demonstrated knowledge of evidence-based practices in instruction of individuals with autism and other disabilities, including diagnostic assessment, and positive behavior support

  • ABD applicants may be considered

  • Contribute to the diversity and excellence of the university.


SCSU is an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer. The University seeks to enhance the diversity of its faculty and staff. People of color, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Application Process:

Interested candidates should submit the following:

  • Cover letter expressing interests, experiences, accomplishments, and strengths related to the position;

  • Curriculum vitae;

  • Statement of teaching philosophy (including your ability to work effectively with diverse populations)

  • Names and contact information (Phone and email) for three references.

Application materials should be submitted to the Special Education Search Committee Chair at Review of candidates is ongoing and open until filled.