Assistant Professor of Education
University of Texas Austin
United States


The University of Texas at Austin, College of Education, Department of Special Education is seeking a tenure-track faculty member in the area of Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) at the Assistant Professor level. The mission of this program area is to develop leading ECSE scholars through intensive mentoring, providing core content in ECSE and early language development, and rigorous training in research methods. Our department has robust graduate and undergraduate programs and is ranked #5 by US News & World Report. The innovative research from our department has a deep global impact. Our students and faculty are actively involved with topics such as naturalistic developmental behavioral interventions, supporting English language learners, early intervention and special education service delivery, assistive technology, and behavioral interventions for students with autism; and our graduate programs are driven by research that aims to support equitable educational opportunities for all members of society. We are committed to an intellectually diverse, welcoming and engaging working and learning environment and are seeking candidates whose research, teaching and service have prepared them to contribute to our commitment to serving students from across Texas, the country, and world, including those who have been historically underrepresented in higher education. 

The successful candidate for this position will have a strong potential for research excellence focused broadly on early childhood special education (ages birth-8). We are particularly interested in scholars pursuing research impact in the following exemplar areas: developmental and language delays, parent training/parent mediated interventions, early childhood special education classroom practices, early intervention service delivery, early autism interventions, early identification, interventions for young children with high support needs. We expect the successful candidate will have a strong record of (or potential for) securing external grants to support their program of research, at the level necessary to ensure the impact of their work. In addition, the successful candidate will be an excellent mentor and will demonstrate a strong commitment to teaching in one or more of the following areas: behavior analysis, early intervention, early childhood special education classroom practices, quantitative methods for intervention research, language development and intervention, assessment of young children, early childhood intervention practices.

The College of Education, ranked among the top public colleges of education in the country, has a longstanding commitment to the shared values of excellence, innovation, empowerment, equity, community-focus, and endeavors to bridge research and practice. We view creating a welcoming, engaged campus community as interconnected with academic excellence in the work of our faculty. The college has experienced a rapid expansion of interest in its academic programs over the past five years. More than half of our admitted students identify as Latina/o and more than 30% are first-generation college students. Our students are joined by a diverse and world class faculty who are among the nation’s leading experts in their respective fields. 

As a leading college of education in Texas and beyond, we are agents of change committed to transforming education and health research, practice, and policy to ensure the thriving of children, families, schools and communities. In our efforts to align our college to address the most pressing challenges in the fields of education and health, we launched a strategic vision known as Reimagine Education (see In advancing this effort, we have organized our academic and research aspirations around three Signature Impact Areas: Advancing Equity and Eliminating Disparities in Health and Education, Attending to Place and Context, and Thriving through Transitions.


As a venue for research, Texas is home to more than 10% of the nation’s K-12 student population, more than half who identify as Hispanic. The University of Texas at Austin is the flagship state university of Texas, and one of the few universities in the U.S. that is both a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities and designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution. UT Austin values and supports interdisciplinary research and, with the opening of the Dell Medical School, provides outstanding access to opportunities for collaboration with world-renowned medical faculty. Austin, Texas is an exciting, welcoming, and inclusive city with the reputation as the Live Music Capital of the World.


The position is supported by a competitive start-up package, compensation appropriate to rank and experience, expansive laboratory space, and access to state-of-the-art core facilities. Hiring is contingent upon funding.



  • Ph.D. in Early Childhood Special Education or a related field (e.g. Developmental Psychology, Speech-language Pathology, or Social Work).

  • Record of or potential for scholarly leadership (i.e., refereed publications, extramural funding) in the area of Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education focused on young children in the early stages of development (typically ages 5 and younger). 

  • Demonstrated record of, or high potential for, securing extramural research funding.

  • Experience or capacity to teach and mentor undergraduate and graduate students from a wide range of backgrounds and advance the College’s mission. 


  • A background of clinical practice and/or teaching experience in ECSE settings including: home visiting, early intervention, early childhood special education classrooms, Head Start, applied behavior analysis, speech pathology, universal Pre-K.

  • Demonstrated commitment to research partnerships that include key stakeholders such as parents/caregivers, self-advocates, schools, early interventionists, and/or community organizations to improve systems of supports for young children.

  • Ability to communicate in a language other than English, preferably Spanish

  • Certification or qualification in relevant field (BCBA, teaching certificate, SLP)

  • Participation in ECSE local or national organizations/conferences (e.g. DEC, CRIEI, Infancy, NAEYC, National Head Start Association)

Application Instructions

Review of applications will begin October 1s tand will continue until the position is filled. To ensure full consideration, please provide all requested materials by November 1st, 2023. Applicants should upload the following items to the Interfolio system:

  • Cover Letter with contact information 
  • Full C.V.
  • Research Statement that includes research accomplishments and future research direction 
  • Teaching and Mentoring Statement that describes specific methods used to ensure effective student mentoring and a classroom environment that is welcoming, engaging, and supportive of student learning and success.  
  • Up to 3 representative publications
  • A list of 3 references with contact information

UT-Austin is an equal opportunity institution that is committed to recruiting, supporting, and fostering a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff, and students. We encourage qualified applicants from underrepresented communities to apply.


For additional information about the department, see:


For questions regarding the application process, please contact Gina Smuts ( 


Questions about the position can be directed to the chair of the search committee: Lauren Hampton (


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