Professor in Early Childhood and/or Inclusive/Special Education
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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 https://www.hku.hk/.
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 of Education can be found at https://web.edu.hku.hk/.
Applications are invited for appointment as Professor in Early Childhood Education and/or Inclusive/Special Education, to commence on September 1, 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter, on a three-year fixed-term basis with the possibility of renewal. Candidates with extensive experience and demonstrated outstanding academic achievement may be considered for direct tenure, subject to approval.
The Faculty of Education is seeking to break new ground with fresh initiatives and innovative curricula across several key areas, including Early Childhood Education, Special Education, and STEM Education, with Teacher Education as the focal point for the Faculty.
The ideal candidate should be a well-established international leader in Early Childhood Education and/or Inclusive/Special Education, who is capable of taking up a leadership role and other responsibilities, including but not limited to
- visioning, leading and participating in collaborative and interdisciplinary research;
- teaching Early Childhood Education and/or Inclusive/Special Education courses at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels;
- supervising research postgraduate (PhD) students;
- providing leadership in curriculum development;
- mentoring and nurturing the next generation of scholars and researchers in Early Childhood Education and/or Inclusive/Special Education; and
- taking up high-level administrative responsibilities as required, and providing services to various early childhood education and inclusive/special education programmes.
Applicants should possess
- a Ph.D. degree in Early Childhood Education and/or Inclusive/Special Education;
- strong teaching experience in tertiary education;
- a professional teaching qualification and/or practical knowledge of or experience in working with young children and/or their families; and
- a proven track record in research, publications and competitive external funding.
Knowledge of the education sector in Hong Kong and Greater China; rich teaching experience in early childhood and inclusive/special education settings; solid knowledge of early childhood and inclusive/special education programmes, curriculum and models; relevant experience with online learning formats at the university level; and experience with or a commitment to pre-service teacher preparation would be distinct advantages.
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.
How to Apply
The executive search firm Perrett Laver is supporting the Faculty of Education in this recruitment exercise. To apply, or to download further information on the required qualifications, skills and experience for the role, please visit https://candidates.perrettlaver.com/vacancies/ quoting reference number 4098. Initial inquiries may be directed to Dr. Xin Wei by email (Xin.Wei@perrettlaver.com) or by phone (+852 3702 6498).
Applications should consist of a covering letter together with an up-to-date Curriculum Vitae (CV). The University will seek independent external assessments on shortlisted applicants. Review of applications will continue until the post is filled.