1. Definition of Position A professional educator, appointed by the Dean of Education, in consultation with the Provost and Education Faculty, who assumes responsibility for leadership, quality instruction, accreditation, ongoing program improvement in special education, community building, and enrollment growth for the School of Education.
2. REQUIRED Qualifications
2.1 A doctoral degree and master’s degree in education. Coursework must include content in curriculum, instruction, and special education with at least one degree in special education. Preference to be given to applicant with advanced degree in special education.
2.2 Demonstrated proficiency in online teaching, leadership, and management, including successful experience in an administrative position or equivalent.
2.3 Experience and expertise in online curriculum development, online instruction, teaching, and writing.
2.4 Three years of university teaching, including a minimum of two years experience in an accredited baccalaureate or higher education degree.
2.5 Evidence of outstanding ability as a teacher and scholar and deep experience with California’s culturally and linguistically diverse learners.
2.6 Outstanding interpersonal communication skills, collaboration skills, and ability to nurture professional learning communities and partnerships.
2.7 Passionate commitment to spiritual formation, Christian worldview, and biblical integration in the context of teacher education.
2.8 Minimum 5-10 years of public school teaching in a special education setting, preferably in California.
2.9 Current California Education Specialist Credential.
2.10 Working knowledge of special needs (e.g., ADD, ADHD, autism spectrum, visual and hearing impairments, dyslexia, etc.); special education standards, curriculum, and classroom applications (e.g., assistive technologies, universal design, IEPs and 504s, behavior interventions); and the Common Core State Standards.
2.11 Experience with writing education specialist accreditation documents for accrediting agencies (i.e., California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, WSCUC, ACSI) and experience with BIR (Board of Institutional Reviewers) preferred.
3.1 Related to the University and School of Education
3.11 Supports and implements the mission, goals, purposes and policies of Biola University and the School of Education.
3.12 Participates with university and education faculty members in meetings and assigned committees.
3.13 Works with the Dean, graduate chair, and faculty to effectively coordinate and implement online special education course instruction and assessment for the Special Education Certificate and Education Specialist Credential, M/M, for the School of Education.
3.14 Functions effectively as an advocate for the School of Education interpreting the mission, vision, and online program outcomes to the university at large.
SOE Mission: To equip Christian teachers and administrators to impact public, private, mission, and home schools through biblically centered education, scholarship, and service.
SOE Vision: To equip a generation of influential educators, focused on God’s calling, devoting their strengths, gifts, and scholarship, to meet the needs of diverse students and to advance the Kingdom of God.
3.15 Oversees the course content related to the online special education programs, as well as teach courses.
3.16 Directs the Special Education Committee.
3.2 Related to Personnel
3.21 Demonstrates professionalism in scholarship, service, and teaching as per the university personnel objectives. Promotes a scholarly atmosphere within the department, and provides opportunity and encouragement for the ongoing development and improvement of each faculty member (e.g., professional development, conferences).
3.22 Encourages, supports, and facilitates research and creative activity of faculty and students.
3.23 Encourages active faculty involvement in professional organizations.
3.24 Anticipates and formulates plans to ensure the department needs for full-time and part-time faculty are met, including the recruitment of qualified full-time and part-time faculty members for online undergraduate and graduate level instruction in special education.
3.25 Provides input to the Associate Dean of Education in assigning teaching loads.
3.26 Provides input to the Dean of Education in assigning faculty to department committees, tasks, or special projects as needed;recommends faculty to the Dean for school and university committees.
3.27 Works with the Directors of Teacher Education and Chair of Graduate Education to provide monthly updates on the direction of online instruction.
3.28 Works as a team member with the Leadership Team of the School of Education.
3.29 Provides supportive and timely supervision of Special Education faculty and staff and writes annual reviews.
3.3 Related to Students
3.31 Assists the Undergraduate and Graduate Chairs in meeting with students to effectively deal with student concerns.
3.32 Assists Undergraduate and Graduate Chairs in implementing school and department policies related to standards and grievance procedures.
3.33 Collaborates with campus career services, external agencies, and the Directors of Teacher Education to facilitate career planning for Education Specialists.
3.34 Collaborates with School of Education faculty and admissions personnel to facilitate information sessions and admissions for prospective students.
3.35 Collaborates with the Manager of Credentialing and Advising to ensure a smooth process of admissions, service, and matriculation from the Special Education Programs.
3.36 Recruits students and builds enrollment numbers in special education programs.
3.37 Builds special education social network through online and in-person, community-building activities (e.g., social media, blog, activities, etc.)
3.4 Related to Educational Planning and Development
3.41 Working with faculty, develops content, quality, implementation, assessment, data collection, and review cycle of special education courses for in-house and accrediting agencies.
3.42 Working with colleagues, establishes program learning outcomes, collects data, discusses outcomes, and formulates next steps for program improvement.
3.43 Collaborates with the faculty tomaintain understanding of current trends and innovations in online instruction, teaching practice, education and research.
3.44 Assists the Chairs with recommending changes in curriculum to the appropriate institutional committees (e.g., Liberal Studies Committee, Graduate Studies Committee, University Committees). Prepares updates for the catalog and sends to the Dean of Education and the Manager of Credentialing and Advising.
3.45 Cultivates and maintains partnership discussions and participationwith community
agencies providing student learning experiences and appropriately assigned fieldwork (e.g., districts). Collaborates with staff on fieldwork placements. Maintains a community site council.
3.46 Provides input to the Chair of Graduate Studies and the Dean of Education regarding budgetary needs to ensure educational outcomes are met for the graduate program and oversees Special Education budget.
3.47 Brings needs related to adequacy of facilities, supplies and equipment to the Dean of Education and/or budget administrator, to ensure accomplishment of the educational outcomes of the special education programs.
3.48 Works with faculty and staff to ensure compliance with university policy, and WSCUC, CCTC, and ACSI Standards.
3.49 Assumes responsibility for 12-unit teaching load during Fall and Spring terms, including a three-unit release for administrative activities.
3.4-10 Works collaboratively with the School of Education Leadership team, supporting team members and goals and objectives of the School of Education.
3.4-11 Collaboratively writes accreditation documents for WSCUC, CCTC, ACSI, and other accrediting agencies (e.g., national standards), as needed.
3.5 Related to Personal and Professional Attributes
3.51 Maintains membership and participates in key educational agencies as well as relevant professional organizations (e.g., The Council for Exceptional Children, the California Association of Professors of Special Education, AERA, etc.).
3.52 Maintains institutional memberships and encourages Biola education faculty representation at appropriate national, state and local organizations related to special education and technology.
3.53 Demonstrates active scholarship through ongoing peer-reviewed presentations, papers, publications or other creative and professional activities.
3.54 Serves as a Christian professional role model for faculty and students.
3.55 Maintains balance between professional life and personal life.
3.56 Nurtures personal relationship with Jesus, study of Scripture, and active involvement in the local church. Prayerfully seeks to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit in all decisions.
3.57 Supports the Decalogue of Biola University:
1. We will use our position to serve the good of the university as a whole, aligning our own goals with Biola’s.
2. We will engage in difficult issues as a team with strong opinions but a Christ-honoring, loving spirit and then get behind the decisions as a team, with one voice.
3. We will expect an attitude of acknowledging our need for each other and trust in each other, willing to admit to weaknesses and mistakes.
4. We will be willing to put hard issues and innovative proposals on the table and work them through, thereby fostering a new idea garden and not a new idea graveyard.
5. We will give others the benefit of the doubt before arriving at conclusions.
6. We will be a team that looks forward to our meetings together and opportunities to work as a group.
7. We will work to minimize politics and maximize solutions, breaking down silos and building up our shared aspirations as a university.
8. We will deal with critical issues by identifying them and calling for solutions.
9. We will think futuristically about opportunities and make informed decisions on getting there, but we will also be nimble in changing directions if need be, without hesitation.
10. We will respect one another as team members and hold each other to the high standards of biblical accountability at every level.
About Biola University
Biola University is an evangelical Christian university in which faculty endorse a university statement of Christian faith and community values, and are committed to the integration of faith and learning. Biola University serves a student body of over 6,000 undergraduate and graduate students and is WSCUC accredited. The School of Education is also accredited by California Commission on Teacher Credentialing and the Association of Christian Schools International. The School of Education serves between 500-600 students and houses the following programs: multiple subject, single subject, and education specialist teacher preparation programs; the Liberal Studies majors; M.A.Ed., MAT, M.S. in Special Education; M.S. in Curriculum, Instruction, and Publication; five early childhood permits, and Biola Youth Academics.