Deborah Speece, Commissioner of the the National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER) of the Institute of Education Sciences (IES), will resign effective 1 July 2013 and become associate dean for research of the School of Education at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in Richmond (VA, US). Speece told Spedpro that the decision was official as of Friday (5 April).
IES Commissioner John Q. Easton appointed Speece as commissioner of NCSER in August of 2011. During her tenure, she has overseen the research agenda for special education in the US, stabilizing what had been a drifting program and implementing valuable new initiatives despite serious fiscal challenges.
Speece’s move to VCU will strengthen both the overall research program in the school of education and the special education program itself. She not only—obviously—knows how research grants work, but she has a substantial reputation for conducting and reporting research as well as other aspects of the scholarly process (e.g., editing journal articles).
MarylandLearningLinks is a new resource that is provided by the Maryland State Department of Education and Johns Hopkins University School of Education’s Center for Technology in Education but is available to educational professionals everywhere. Here is a quick quote from the site:
Maryland Learning Links is the one place to visit for information, guidance and resources related to Special Education and Early Intervention in Maryland. Whether you are an administrator, teacher, provider or parent, you are sure to benefit from the site’s comprehensive and user-friendly blend of knowledge and real-world practice, all of it built on the belief that every child can learn and achieve both inside and outside the classroom.
There is a wide range of resources available at MarylandLearningLinks.org. Check on it!
Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, or Professor
(open rank, depending on candidate background and qualifications).
The Department of Teaching and Learning (TAL), University of Miami School of Education and Human Development, is conducting an open rank search for a new faculty member with a doctorate in Education with specialization in special education. The ideal candidate for this position will have demonstrated, through research and teaching, a firm base in special education models and principles, including an understanding of both classic and emerging views of the identification and instruction of students with high-incidence disabilities. The candidate will show evidence of successful teaching experience in public schools, and a strong research-to-practice orientation within the context of urban schools and with appropriate consideration of multiple dimensions of diversity including race, ethnicity, gender, social class, home language(s), and immigrant status. The candidate will evidence a strong track record in, or substantial promise of, scholarly research and publication related to high-incidence disabilities. This individual should be interested in interdisciplinary work and should have the potential to obtain extramural funding both to support his or her research program and to fund doctoral students preparing for careers in higher education. Our ideal candidate will also have experience in supervising pre-service teachers and in providing in-service professional development both to general and special education teachers.
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Almost 20 years ago, on a discussion list that was a precursor to SpedPro, a group of us led by Jim Kauffman developed a statement about preventing violence. It seems like a propitious time to revisit it. Here is the introduction to it.
We are in no danger of becoming a nation of wimps; we are in imminent danger of becoming a nation of thugs. We know the details of violence among children and youth in our society. We recite the litany of this violence with shame, sorrow, disgust, and terror. For decades we have failed to act on what we know about the causes of violence and aggression. We can not afford to delay effective action any longer.
The violence and aggression of the young have no single cause nor a single solution. Decades of research have revealed several contributing causes and partial solutions. If we take any of the following steps, we will become a less violent society. If we argue about which step should be first or complain that taking only one or two is insufficient, we will waste energy and delay progress. If we take all these steps together, we will reap the benefits of concerted, coherent action. None of these steps is easy or quick, nor is any a full remedy; all require intelligence and persistence.
The full statement is available for review.
The Children’s Learning Institute (CLI) at the University of Texas Health Science Center (UTHSC) at Houston is recruiting 3 tenure-line appointments in the Department of Pediatrics in the following areas: Academic Skill Development of English Language Learners and Dual Language Learners, Intervention Research in Education Sciences; and Pediatric Clinical or Cognitive Neurosciences.
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The University of Arizona announces funding for doctoral students who want to become professors in special education.
• Fellowships include:
o Full tuition
o An annual stipend of $30,000
o Funds for professional travel
• Our goal is to produce faculty skilled in evidence-based practice in their specialty area. Possible specializations include:
o Learning disabilities
o Bilingual/multicultural special education
o Deafness/hard of hearing
o Visual impairment and blindness
o Emotional and behavioral disorders
o Severe and multiple disabilities
o Positive behavioral support
• Doctoral students receive exceptional training through an apprenticeship model, engaging in the same activities that will be required when they become faculty
• A unique feature is a one-semester externship at another university with a leading scholar in the student’s specialization
• UA graduates are now faculty at universities and colleges across the country
•Learn more about the program and our application process at http://spedprof.arizona.edu
Post-Doctoral Fellowship Position
Children’s Learning Institute
UT Health: The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
The Children’s Learning Institute (CLI) at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston invites applications for an Institute of Education Sciences sponsored 2-year Post-Doctoral Fellowship. The CLI has several federal- and state-funded projects in language and literacy, with a particular emphasis on preparing young “at risk” children for school and on understanding and addressing learning difficulties in school-age children and adolescents. Postdoctoral training is available in either a preschool or school-age strand with opportunities to obtain expertise in research on English Language Learning.
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The University of Kansas, Department of Special Education is seeking applicants for an Assistant Professor in the area of low incidence/significant intellectual disabilities beginning August 18, 2013. The applicant will be joining national leaders in research and teacher education that results in and community outcomes for children, youth, and adults with significant disabilities (low-incidence/intellectual disabilities). We invite applications from qualified individuals who are committed to advancing research and practice fostering inclusive experiences.
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The Department of Special Education at Illinois State University invites applications for Department Chairperson. The Department is nationally recognized for its teacher preparation programs and prepares approximately 1,000 students at the undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral levels. The undergraduate program includes a multicategorical sequence as well as sequences in deaf and hard of hearing and low vision/blindness. The Department is an ideal professional home for an individual who wants to work in an academic culture where shared governance and faculty contributions in teaching, research, and service are valued.
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THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA
SCHOOL OF EDUCATION
The Department of Specialized Education Services, School of Education, University of North Carolina at Greensboro announces the availability of a tenure-track position in Special Education with a focus on deaf education at the associate or assistant rank. The individual will teach within a Professions in Deafness major with a concentration in Birth-12 D/deaf and hard of hearing teacher licensure with a comprehensive inclusive communication philosophy. Strong applicants will have a well-established record of research, show potential or a history of securing external funding and demonstrate excellence in college teaching and advising or strong potential for success in these areas.
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