Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in Special Education, Cross-Categorical or Multi-Categorical

Pok Fu Lam, Hong Kong
02 Nov 2019
End of advertisement period
05 Jan 2020
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Education
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

The University of Hong Kong 's highest priorities are to create opportunities for the very best academic talents to excel and to advance human knowledge to the benefit of society. We serve the needs of Hong Kong, the wider region and the rest of the world.

Work type: Full-time
Department: Faculty of Education (10000)
Categories: Professoriate Staff

The University of Hong Kong

Founded in 1911, the University of Hong Kong (HKU) is committed to the highest international standards of excellence in teaching and research, and has been at the international forefront of academic scholarship for many years.  The University has a comprehensive range of study programmes and research disciplines spread across 10 faculties and over 140 academic departments and institutes/centres.  There are about 29,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students who are recruited globally, and more than 2,500 members of academic and academic-related staff coming from multi-cultural backgrounds, many of whom are internationally renowned.  Further information about the University can be found on the website

The Faculty of Education

HKU has been involved in teacher education since 1917, and the Faculty of Education was established in 1984.  The Faculty of Education is forward-looking and world leading, ranking the fourth globally in Education (THE 2019).  It has assumed an important role in educational research and professional training and has contributed significantly to education policy and development in Hong Kong.  It is a major teacher-education institution and has strong expertise in policy analysis and curriculum development.  It was the first institution in Hong Kong to train speech therapists and audiologists for the local community. More information about the Faculty can be found at

The Position

Applications are invited for appointment as Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in Special Education (Cross-categorical or Multi-categorical) in the Faculty of Education (Ref.: 498995), to commence on September 1, 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter, on a three-year fixed-term basis, with the possibility of renewal and consideration for tenure before the expiry of a second three-year fixed-term contract.

Applicants should possess (i) a Ph.D. degree in Inclusive/Special Education; ii) a professional teaching qualification; (iii) tertiary teaching experience and/or experience teaching students with disabilities, particularly in the early and primary years; and (iv) a proven track record in, or strong potential for, research, scholarly publications and competitive external funding. They should demonstrate knowledge, understanding and experience of cross-categorical or multi-categorical special education, i.e., serving students who represent a wide range of disability categories and learning needs (e.g. cognitive and learning needs, social, emotional and behavioral needs, etc.). Knowledge, experience or expertise in giftedness and creativity, commitment to pre-service teacher preparation, and knowledge of Chinese educational contexts are preferred.

The appointee will be expected to teach courses offered in the BEd [Early Childhood Education and Special Education (ECE&SE)] and other undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, supervise research postgraduate students, contribute actively to research and knowledge exchange, undertake school practicum supervision, and assume service/administrative responsibilities as appropriate.

A highly competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience will be offered, in addition to annual leave and medical benefits. At current rates, salaries tax does not exceed 15% of gross income. The appointment will attract a contract-end gratuity and University contribution to a retirement benefits scheme, totalling up to 15% of basic salary. Housing benefits will be provided as applicable.

The University only accepts online application for the above post.  Applicants should apply online and upload a cover letter, an up-to-date C.V. with the contact information of three referees, one sample of a representative research output, a research plan and a teaching statement of not more than 2 pages each (with a link to a sample video clip to demonstrate the applicant’s teaching in not more than 20 minutes).

Closes December 8, 2019. (Extended to January 5 2020)

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