Assistant Professor in Inclusive and Special Education

Dublin, Ireland
03 Feb 2020
End of advertisement period
14 Feb 2020
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Education
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Assistant Professor in Inclusive and Special Education
School of Inclusive and Special Education
DCU Institute of Education

(3-Year Fixed Term Contract)

School of Inclusive and Special Education

The School of Inclusive and Special Education is one of six schools within DCU Institute of Education. It is the first such school in an Irish university. It has a critical mass of expertise in areas of inclusive education and special education and is dedicated to supporting the rights of all children and young people to an appropriate education and to learning for all. It has a strong research focus with staff and research students both full and part-time creating a vibrant community of inquiry.

The School provides a full range of continuing professional development programmes for teachers working in inclusive and special education roles, including a Graduate Diploma in Inclusive Education, Learning Support and Special Education, Masters in Special Educational Needs, Masters in Specific Learning Disabilities (Dyslexia), Graduate Certificate and Master of Education in the Education of Pupils on the Autism Spectrum and an online Certificate/Diploma in Special and Inclusive Education. It also contributes to the College’s initial teacher education programmes and taught doctorate.

Assistant Professor in Inclusive and Special Education

The School of Inclusive and Special Education is seeking to recruit an Assistant Professor to work collaboratively with members of the School and Institute.

They will make a substantial contribution to the design, development, and management of future initiatives such as developing inclusive pedagogy and assessment at post primary level. Continuing the School’s historic engagement in the development of policy in Ireland in the area of special and inclusive education, the appointees will be expected to participate in research and policy networks and engage with key system stakeholders.

Duties and Responsibilities:

The post will have a range of responsibilities including but not limited to the following:

Teaching and Learning

The successful candidate will be required to contribute significantly to the development, teaching, assessment and administration across a range of undergraduate and postgraduate programs designed to support the post primary sector in particular.

The persons appointed will contribute as appropriate to the above programmes and be expected to contribute to the teaching of other areas of Education (as requested by the Head of School) in addition to the specialist areas, and to contribute to the wider work of the DCU Institute of Education.

They will engage in practicum school visits and write evaluative reports to support teachers’ planning and practice.

Research and Scholarship

The successful candidate will be dedicated to high-quality research and publication in the field of inclusive and special education and leading international peer-reviewed journals and with high-quality book publishers on an individual and a collaborative basis. They will contribute to the scholarship and intellectual life of the University by conducting research which will enhance its reputation as a research-led teaching institution and which will make a significant contribution to the development of the DCU Institute of Education’s research agenda.

Service and Contribution to University and Society

Activities will be defined by the Head of School may include:

The successful candidate will be expected to participate in school and university meetings, engage in meetings related to programmes and represent the School in marketing and recruitment of students. The appointee will also be expected to be active in organisation of seminars and conferences and in developing relationships with stakeholders across the University and in the education sector more generally.

Qualifications and Experience


  • Primary degree (NFQ Level 8) in a relevant area and a post-graduate qualification in areas related to Inclusive and Special Education, preferably at Doctoral level,
  • Three years relevant experience.

The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications and experience

  • Post graduate qualification in Inclusive and Special Education,
  • Previous experience of in-career development work with teachers (particularly post-primary) of students with special educational needs,
  • Experience of working with learners assessed as having learning support or special educational needs and up-to-date knowledge of recent developments at post primary level (Level 1 and 2 programmes, team teaching, co-ordination of new allocation model),
  • Applications are welcome from teachers (particularly post primary) with a background and post graduate qualification in Inclusive and Special Education and from professionals and researchers in cognate areas,
  • Strong social and team-work skills, excellent administrative and organisation skills.

The positions are subject to the candidates being Garda Vetted.

Mandatory Training

The postholder will be required to undertake the following mandatory compliance training: Orientation, Health & Safety and Data Protection (GDPR). Other training may need to be undertaken when required.

Dublin City University is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to promoting gender equality reflected in its attainment of the Athena SWAN Bronze Award. Information on a range of university policies aimed at creating a supportive and flexible work environment are available at www4.dcu.ie/policies/policy-starter-packs.shtml.