Job Description

Make a Difference at Grand Canyon University

Grand Canyon University is currently seeking a 9-month, full-time faculty member to support the College of Education with the instruction of Special Education courses. As a full-time Faculty member, you’ll provide program instruction incorporating innovative teaching methodologies, cutting-edge technologies, and other industry trends reflecting advancements in your discipline. Courses taught  might include: ECS-125: Foundations of Early Childhood and Special Education, ECS-220: Legal Aspects of Special Education with an Emphasis in Early Childhood, ECS-450: Developmentally Appropriate Instruction: ELA, Social Studies, and Arts.

Please note, this is a 9-month full time faculty position based at our main campus in Phoenix, AZ.


  • Teaches undergraduate courses or graduate courses within the requisite discipline meeting the required course load requirements.
  • Develops and provides instruction that incorporates current teaching methodologies, technologies and other trends that reflect advances in the requisite discipline educational instruction.
  • Engages students within classroom to stimulate discussions for collective learning.
  • Incorporates relevant research resources and experiential activities to support course objectives, lectures and learning outcomes.
  • Compiles bibliographies of specialized materials for outside reading.
  • Assists students outside classroom hours and actively mentors students.
  • Develops and administers forward thinking short and long term learning plans for students’ development and growth.
  • Maintains compliance with requirements for program accreditation.
  • Assesses student performance in accordance with University Assessment Practices.
  • Assist with curriculum design and development; be a sound advocate for change to programs, curriculum and teaching methodologies/pedagogies.
  • Engages regularly in professional development activities.
  • Participates actively in college or university committees for advancing the overall educational mission of the university.
  • Fosters and promotes diversity and collegiality among faculty, students and staff.
  • Provides leadership and mentorship to adjunct faculty.
  • Develops and maintains relationships with professional contacts to support internship programs, project collaborations and student mentoring.
  • Assists college administration in developing internal and external communities that promote the Colleges academic programs/majors.
  • Maintains compliance with all college and University policies and program accreditation/licensure requirements.
  • Effectively utilizes assigned resources including any budget allocations.
  • Willingness to assume other duties as assigned.


  • Evidence of involvement in one’s professional area (e.g., membership in professional organizations, presentations, research and/or publications).
  • Ability to use different teaching methods and to transmit information in a manner which is accessible and comprehensible to students.
  • Strong analytical skills including ability to think synthetically and analytically with the ability to communicate complicated information in a comprehensible manner.
  • Understanding of the various methods of adult learning, education deployment/delivery including distance education/online classrooms.
  • Strong understanding of curriculum design and development and peer curriculum reviews.
  • Strong communications skills and the ability to effectively mentor and guide students.
  • A respect for and ability to work with students.
  • Ability to navigate Instructional tools, overhead projectors, computer assisted presentations, web based tools such as Loud Cloud.
  • Ability to articulate a clear understanding of values based education from a Christian perspective.
  • Strong ability to compose written communications (when necessary in AP format) in a manner which ensures collective understanding.
  • Strong understanding of student assessment of learning outcomes and how instructional efforts support the learning outcomes.
  • Demonstrates integrity and ethical behavior congruent with GCU’s pillars and mission with a commitment to Christian ideals and philosophy.
  • Participation in and/or support of the university’s programs in all areas including an evident congruence with the philosophy and direction of the institution, and service to the community.
  • Demonstrates through example the active support of the University’s Doctrinal Statement, Ethical Position Statement and Mission of GCU.
  • Ability to develop collaborative and cooperative relationships with committees, colleagues, faculty and administration.
  • Proficiency with MS Office Suite, databases, and routine office software (email, internet, etc.).
  • Must pass pre-employment background investigations which may also include a drug test.


  • Master’s Degree Special Education and/or Early Childhood Education required. Doctorate degree preferred.
  • Discipline may require active licensure/certification.
  • Minimum two years’ teaching at collegiate level required or extensive industry knowledge may be substituted based upon the dean’s approval.


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