Assistant Professor of Inclusive and Special Education School of Inclusive and Special Education, DCU Institute of Education Permanent Contracts
Dublin City University
Dublin City University (DCU) is a young, ambitious and dynamic university, whose mission is to “transform lives and societies through education, research, innovation and engagement”. Known as Ireland’s ‘University of Business’, DCU is a values-based institution committed to delivering impact for the public good. DCU has been named Sunday Times Irish University of the Year 2021.
DCU is based on three university campuses in the Glasnevin-Drumcondra area of North Dublin. Over 18,000 students are enrolled in five faculties – Science and Health, DCU Business School, Computer Science and Engineering, Humanities and Social Sciences and DCU Institute of Education.
DCU is committed to achieving excellence in all of its activities. This is demonstrated by its world-class research initiatives, its cutting-edge approach to teaching and learning, its focus on providing a transformative student experience, and its positive social and economic impact. The university continues to develop innovative programs in collaboration with industry, such as the DCU Futures degree suite, which are designed to equip graduates with the skills and knowledge required in a rapidly changing economy.
DCU’s pursuit of excellence has led to its current ranking among the top 2% of universities in the world. It is also one of the best young universities in the world (QS Top 100 Under 50, Times Higher Top 150 Under 100). In the Times Higher Education University Impact Rankings 2021, DCU ranked 23rd in the world for its approach to broadening participation in higher education and its continued commitment to eradicating poverty, while it ranks 38th in globally for its work to reduce inequality and 89th globally for gender equality.
The university is ranked 23rd in the world and first in Ireland for its graduate employment rate, according to the 2020 QS Graduate Employability Rankings. Over the past decade, DCU has been Ireland’s leading university in technology transfer, as evidenced by intellectual property licensing.
Presentation of the department
The DCU Institute of Education is the newest faculty at Dublin City University. It is based in a 70 million euro purpose-built facility on the DCU St Patrick’s Campus at Drumcondra in Dublin. Established in 2016 as Ireland’s first university education faculty, it has over 130 full-time academics and a student body of over 4,000 students.
The Institute brings together education students from all sectors, from early childhood, primary and post-primary education, to higher and higher education. In addition to offering a range of undergraduate programs in education, the Institute offers a rich menu of taught and research-based postgraduate programs at doctoral, masters, diploma and certificate levels.
As a center of expertise and excellence in teacher education and more generally, the Institute hosts a range of research centers in key priority areas and has an ambitious and growing research programme. With internationally recognized experts in the fields of educational policy, inclusive and special education, curriculum and pedagogy, assessment, sustainability, literacy, evaluation, digital learning and teacher training, the Institute offers a dynamic learning and working environment. Staff can expect to encounter opportunities for multidisciplinary work, not only at the Institute, but across the University. As one of the world’s leading young universities, DCU established its fifth and newest faculty out of the belief that educational studies and research as well as teacher preparation and support are at the heart of transforming lives and communities.
Committed to academic excellence and innovation, the DCU Institute of Education believes that its students and staff, as well as its graduates, can thrive and lead in the challenging and complex contexts of 21st century education.
The School of Inclusive and Special Education is one of six schools in the DCU Institute of Education. It is the first such school at an Irish university. It has a critical mass of expertise in the fields of inclusive education and special education and is dedicated to supporting the rights of all children and young people to appropriate education and learning for all. It has a strong research focus with full-time and part-time research staff and students, creating a vibrant research community.
The school offers a full range of continuing professional development programs for teachers working in inclusive and special education roles, including a postgraduate diploma in inclusive education, learning support and special education, master’s degree in Special Educational Needs, Masters in Specific Learning Disabilities (Dyslexia), Graduate Certificate and Masters of Education in Educating Students on the Autism Spectrum and an Online Certificate/Diploma in Inclusive and Special Education. He also contributes to the College’s initial teacher training programs and has taught the Ph.D.
The School of Inclusive and Special Education is looking to recruit two assistant professors to work in collaboration with members of the School and the Institute.
They will make a substantial contribution to the design, development and management of present and future initiatives addressing the needs of learners with additional/special educational needs. Continuing the School’s historic commitment to developing policy in Ireland in the area of inclusive and special education, appointees will be expected to participate in research and policy networks and engage with key stakeholders of the system.
Duties and Responsibilities
Job duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
Teach and learn
Successful applicants will be expected to contribute significantly to the development, teaching, assessment and administration of a range of undergraduate and postgraduate programs at primary and post-primary levels.
Appointees will contribute, as appropriate, to the above programs and will be required to contribute to the teaching of other areas of education (at the request of the school principal) in addition to specialist areas, and contribute to the work widest of the DCU. Institute of Education.
They will participate in practice visits to schools and write evaluation reports to help teachers plan and practice.
Research and Fellowship
Successful applicants will engage in high-quality, impactful research and publication in the field of inclusive and special education on an individual and collaborative basis. They will contribute to the scholarship and intellectual life of the University by conducting research which will enhance its reputation as a research-oriented educational institution and which will make a significant contribution to the development of the research program of the University. DCU Institute of Education.
Service and Contribution to the University and Society
Successful candidates will be expected to participate in school and university meetings, participate in program-related meetings, and represent the School in marketing and student recruitment. The appointee should also be involved in the organization of seminars and conferences and in the development of relationships with stakeholders in the University and the education sector in general.
Qualifications and experience
- Primary degree (NFQ level 8) in a relevant field and postgraduate degree in fields related to inclusive and special education, preferably at doctoral level;
- Three years relevant experience.
The ideal successful person will have the following qualifications and experience
- Graduate Diploma in Inclusive and Special Education;
- Previous experience of in-career development work with teachers of students with special educational needs would be an advantage;
- Experience working with learners with additional/special educational needs;
- Applications are welcome from teachers with training and postgraduate degrees in inclusive and special education and from professionals and researchers in related fields;
- Strong social and teamwork skills, excellent administrative and organizational skills.
Positions are subject to candidate approval by Garda.