The Department of Education and Child Study at Smith College invites applications for an assistant or associate rank tenure position with expertise in disability studies in education and/or special education to begin July 1, 2024. Successful candidates should be prepared to engage actively with diverse students across the liberal arts.

Faculty at Smith teach four courses per year. Teaching responsibilities for this position will regularly include courses in disability studies/special education and inclusive teaching methods. Other courses may be taught depending upon the candidate’s field of specialization.

Candidates should have a strong foundation in disability studies and/or special education and candidates with experience working with individuals with disability in P-12 or other settings that serve individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Qualifications include a doctorate (PhD or Ed.D) by the time of appointment in Education or a related field, a strong commitment to teaching, and evidence of, or potential for, scholarly productivity. Candidates from groups underrepresented in the discipline of education and child study are encouraged to apply.

The Department of Education and Child Study at Smith College engages students in the study of teaching, schooling, educational research, policy and related practices from an interdisciplinary perspective. In addition to the exploration of education as a field of study, we provide a pathway into teaching through our teacher education and licensure programs for undergraduate and graduate students. This position will be expected to work closely with our teacher education program.

The faculty member will also have excellent opportunities to collaborate with the Smith College Campus Laboratory School (K-6), the Smith College Center for Early Childhood Education, the Smith College Museum of Art, and other Centers, departments, and resources on campus.

Located in Northampton, MA, Smith College is the largest women’s college in the country and is dedicated to excellence in teaching and research across the liberal arts.  A faculty of outstanding scholars interact with students in small classes, as advisors, and through student-faculty research projects. Smith College offers opportunities to foster faculty success at every career stage, such as those listed here.  The College is a member of the Five College Consortium with Amherst, Hampshire and Mt. Holyoke Colleges, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst.  Students cross-enroll and faculty cross-teach across the Five Colleges. Details about the Department of Education and Child Study may be found at

Application Instructions

Submit application at  with a cover letter, curriculum vitae diversity/inclusion statement (see link), a teaching statement, a research statement, a sample syllabus, and the contact information for three confidential references. Finalists may be asked for additional materials. Review of applications will begin on October 16, 2023.