Postdoctoral Fellowship on Reading Disabilities and Response To Intervention
The Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk and the Department of Special Education at the University of Texas are seeking applications for two qualified candidates interested in participating in a two-year, IES-funded postdoctoral training program designed to promote the conduct of methodologically-rigorous research on reading disabilities and response to intervention. Training for fellows will begin in August, 2008 or August, 2009, depending upon the applicant’s schedule, and involve (a) mentored professional development, independent writing, and grant development; (b) immersion in large-scale, federally-funded applied education research drawing from multiple disciplines (e.g., educational psychology, special education); and (c) didactic research training. Fellows will have an opportunity to assume a leadership role on at least one large-scale research project directed by the Training Director. Within this role, they will have an opportunity to (a) assist in the conceptualization and management of existing and follow-up research, (b) apply methodological and data analytic approaches in addressing research questions, and (c) supervise data collection/ management/ analysis and implementation efforts. In addition, they will be encouraged to establish unique and independent strands of research culminating in the solicitation of future grant funding. At the conclusion of their experience, fellows will be exceptionally well poised to assume roles in institutes of higher education, research centers, and training programs that have as their priority advancing the scientific basis of educational programs.
Qualified applicants will have obtained a degree in educational psychology, special education, or a related field by August, 2008. Applications will be reviewed starting July 1, 2008 and remain open until both positions are filled. Those with a background in reading disabilities, methodology, school-based intervention delivery, family-school partnerships, or response-to-intervention (RtI) are strongly encouraged to apply. Applicants should have a basic understanding of research design and analysis for randomized group designs and educational and psychological measurement. The following application materials are required: (a) a cover letter describing professional research interests, research experience, methodological and statistical training, and professional development and research goals to be pursued during the fellowship; (b) a complete vita; and (c) two letters of recommendation (at least one from a faculty advisor or mentor). Application materials should be submitted to Dr. Sharon Vaughn, Director, Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk, University of Texas, Austin, Texas, 78712, or electronically to Kshumake @ mail.utexas.edu.
The Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk is an interdisciplinary Center of Excellence that promotes and supports a vibrant grant-active culture in the College of Education and across University of Texas. The Center is a highly prolific research entity that pursues and secures competitive funding with a high rate of success. It is closely affiliated with the Departments of Special Education and Educational Psychology, which offer master’s and doctoral programs and coursework in Quantitative and Psychometric Methods; School Psychology and Counseling Psychology (both APA-accredited); Cognition, Learning, and Instruction; and Cultural Studies and Development.