Frances Partridge Connor

Frances Partridge Connor, an influential figure across many aspects of special education, passed away 28 March 2015 in Boca Raton, FL. She was the Richard March Hoe Professor Emeritus of Education at Teachers College of Columbia University in New York (NY, US).

For many decades, Professor Connor affected the practice and policy of special education. She not only chaired the special education program at Teachers College, but also served as president of the International Council for Exceptional Children (CEC). In addition, she advised local, state, federal, and international government agencies about educational policies related to children and youths with disabilties. She was also a member of multiple research teams focused on improving the tools of teachers and methods for advancing outcomes for children with disabilties.
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The University of Arizona announces funding for doctoral students who want to become professors in special education

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

Arizona on-line MA in special ed

The University of Arizona announces a new, fully online MA in special education (General Studies). This 36-unit program includes courses on behavioral support, cultural and linguistic diversity, language development, special services, foundations, and research methods. Specialization areas include learning disabilities, sensory impairments, challenging behaviors, autism spectrum disorder, or gifted students. Courses can be taken from anywhere in the country or anywhere in the world.

Applications are now being accepted for the Fall 2011 semester. The program does not lead to teacher certification.

More information can be found at Arizona’s Online Master’s Degree in Special Education

JHU doctoral studies

Johns Hopkins University is recruiting students for a doctoral preparation program to begin in the fall of 2011. The Hopkins program will support seven students in a four-year program and will focus on preparing them to conduct research about teacher education, integrate knowledge about exemplary special education teaching, and make a transition to special education faculty positions in institutions of higher education.
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Hawai’i at Mānoa PhD program

The University of Hawai’i at Mānoa invites applications from people interested in advanced graduate studies in special education. The faculty at Hawai’i Mānoa seeks potential candidates for doctoral preparation as special education professors and teacher-educators with expertise in distance education, multicultural issues, evidence-based practices, and universal design for learning. Download a flyer and form for expressing interest here and learn more about the application procedures at http://coe.hawaii.edu/sped/phd.

RIF funding opportunity

Reading is Fundamental, the US nonprofit organization devoted to promoting reading and literacy, is soliciting proposals from university graduate students who would be willing to help conduct some research. The student who receives the award must analyze data and write a report of a study being conducted at Brooklyn (NY, US) Public Library. The study is to investigate the feasibility and impact of providing audio books to children with reading and developmental disabilities.

Upon completion of the project, the grantee will receive $3,000 in compensation. Digital media and special education majors are encouraged to apply. Proposals are due March 26. Direct questions to Patricia Oholeguy at 202.536.3476 or poholeguy [at] rif [dot] org. Learn more about RIF. Download a copy of the RFP.

Financial assistance for graduate students

The Council of Graduate Schools posted a resolution, “Resolution Regarding Graduate Scholars, Fellows, Trainees and Assistants,” regarding offers and acceptances of financial assistance for graduate students. Financial support—scholarships, fellowships, and assistantships—is commonly offered at the same time as an offer of admission for advanced graduate studies, and such offers need to be tendered and accepted within publicly known terms. The resolution affirms that students may entertain more than one offer and, if done appropriately, may renege on an agreement to accept an offer.

Students are under no obligation to respond to offers of financial support prior to April 15; earlier deadlines for acceptance of such offers violate the intent of this Resolution. In those instances in which a student accepts an offer before April 15, and subsequently desires to withdraw that acceptance, the student may submit in writing a resignation of the appointment at any time through April 15. However, an acceptance given or left in force after April 15 commits the student not to accept another offer without first obtaining a written release from the institution to which a commitment has been made. Similarly, an offer by an institution after April 15 is conditional on presentation by the student of the written release from any previously accepted offer

For more, including a complete copy of the statement and a list of the signatories, see “Resolution Regarding Graduate Scholars, Fellows, Trainees, and Assistants.”