Assistant or Associate Professor of the Practice/Assistant Director - 12959BR

Assistant or Associate Professor of the Practice/Assistant Director

Applied Behavioral Science
University of Kansas - Lawrence
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Position Overview

The Department of Applied Behavioral Science at the University of Kansas seeks outstanding applicants for an Assistant or Associate Professor of the Practice and Assistant Director for the online master’s degree program and BACB-verified course sequence. This position is expected to begin August 18, 2019 and is a full-time, non-tenure-track, limited term, 12-month appointment ending on August 17, 2022. We are interested in individuals with extensive experience in behavior analysis, administrative experience, and a background in evidence-based online instruction.

Our department and the university are dedicated to creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive working and learning environment. Individuals who are committed to furthering these causes are encouraged to apply. We especially welcome applicants from groups traditionally underrepresented in Applied Behavioral Science. This includes, but is not limited to, women, racial and ethnic underrepresented minorities, and LGBTQIA individuals as well as those residing at the intersection of these axis. The successful candidate must be eligible to work in the U.S. prior to the start of the position.

Lawrence, KS is an excellent place to live. It is an affordable and progressive city with a lively arts and music scene, excellent schools, high quality restaurants, economical living, and a diverse cultural mix. It has often been called the "Austin of Kansas." It is also less than an hour drive from Kansas City.

The main office is located at the Lawrence campus, and will teach online for Edwards campus with some time/office-sharing at the Edwards campus.

The successful candidate must be eligible to work in the U.S. prior to the start of the position.

Job Description

70% - Teaching
Develop and teach six courses per academic year; two fall, spring and summer semesters.
  • Prepare for and attend all class meetings, usually three hours per section. In case of absence, the lecturer must make arrangements for a substitute to teach class; classes should not be canceled.
  • Develop assignments, design class activities, respond to and evaluate student work in a timely manner, assign grades. Adhere to department, college, and university policies.
  • Hold regular office hours for students involved in classes taught. A minimum of three posted offices hours each week is required.

30% - Program administration
  • Program Administration:
    • Coordinates the development of the course schedules with Edwards Campus student needs in mind. Promotes best practice in course scheduling with student feedback.
    • Develops a two- or three year course rotation plan.
    • Works with the Department Chair and the Academic Success Coach to ensure access to classes for program students.
    • Reviews requests from students outside the online MA and certificate to enroll in program courses, providing permission when appropriate.
  • Recruitment and Admissions:
    • Determines enrollment goals in collaboration with academic unit and Edwards Campus partners and tracks data in relation to these goals.
    • In conjunction with the Academic Success Coach, manages admission processes ensuring that timely decisions are made about applicants.
  • Exams and Graduate Committees:
    • Works with faculty and students to ensure scheduling of exams and thesis or dissertation committee formulation.
  • Retention:
    • Develops and implements programs and processes to promote retention of students.
    • Analyzes data related to retention and makes appropriate program adjustments.
  • Teaching Quality: Ensures curriculum and teaching pedagogy meets workforce and student needs.
    • Collaborates with Edwards Campus faculty governance, the Academic and Faculty Support Center, and CODL to deliver Edwards Campus based teaching improvement programs.
    • Oversees elective approvals
  • Campus Leadership:
    • Participates regularly in the Edwards Campus Academic Leadership Council
    • Provides leadership for program planning including the annual review each year

Required Qualifications

Evaluation of the following requirements will be made through (1) descriptions of work experience and educational experiences in letter of application, (2) record of accomplishments and productivity addressed in CV, and (3) information provided from three professional references:
  1. Doctoral degree from a nationally accredited university in behavior analysis, or closely related field, expected by the start date of the appointment.
  2. At least one year with board certification in behavior analysis
  3. Assistant Professor of the Practice Level - At least five (5) years of demonstrated successful professional experience in behavior analytic research and/or practice (experience could be obtained during graduate training) OR Associate Professor of the Practice Level - At least eight (8) years of demonstrated successful professional experience in behavior analytic research and/or practice (some of the experience could have been obtained during graduate training).
  4. Demonstrated successful experiences in working effectively with service providers from a variety of disciplines.
  5. University teaching experience.

Preferred Qualifications

1. Online University teaching experience.
2. Administrative experience.

Additional Candidate Instructions

Please apply online with the following attachments: (1) Detailed cover letter describing the candidate’s qualifications and training for the position, (2) Current Resume or Curriculum Vitae, and (3) Names, titles, and full contact Information for three references who can speak to the candidate's qualifications for this position.

In addition to the materials above, learning about each applicant's contribution and engagement in areas of diversity is an important part of KU's mission. As a result, applicants will be presented the following questions at the time of application. Each response must be within 4,000 characters or less.
  1. Please describe your experience, approach or methodologies to create and implement inclusive teaching and advising practices, pedagogical techniques and course materials to create an inclusive classroom environment.
  2. In your current and/or previous role, please provide an example outlining how you demonstrate your ongoing commitment in working with diverse groups/populations
The initial review date has been extended to December 31, 2018 and will remain open until a pool of qualified applicants has been obtained. Only complete applications will be considered.

Contact Information to Applicants

Florence DiGennaro Reed, Department Chair (

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Commensurate with education and experience

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