Michigan St. open rank position

Open Rank Position
Special Education, Michigan State University

The Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology, and Special Education at Michigan State University is seeking a faculty member at the assistant, associate, or full professor level to join our growing special education faculty. We seek a scholar with a national reputation, or the potential to establish one, in scholarship and leadership to the field of special education. The successful applicant will, in all likelihood, contribute to the campus-wide initiatives in assistive technology and development disabilities (e.g., http://vprgs.msu.edu/RAIND, http://education.msu.edu/cepse/rehab/research.asp). The ideal candidate will have an established research program and be successful in obtaining external funding (or demonstrate strong potential to do so), be committed to quality teaching and mentoring of undergraduate and graduate students, and contribute to service to the institution, profession, and community. The position is a 9-month tenure system appointment with the possibility of summer teaching. Salary is negotiable and commensurate with qualifications. Effective date of appointment will be August 16, 2014.
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AAIDD Announces Search for Editor of AJIDD

The American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD) is seeking applications for the position of editor for its lead journal, American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AJIDD). AJIDD is a long-standing and very prestigious publication that has published a diverse range of articles about a broad range of intellectual and developmental disabilities by leaders in education, psychology, and related fields.

Applicants should be qualified scholars who can oversee an active journal editorial office. They should submit an application package by 13 December 2013. The new editor will serve a four-year term that will begin in mid-2014. Please see the accompanying PDF that details the call for applications for editor in chief of AJIDD.

Sprout Film Festival

The weekend of 31 May through 2 June 2013 marks the run for the 11th Sprout Film Festival. This unique event, which showcases more than 50 films featuring individuals with developmental or intellectual disabilities, takes place at the New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. There are lots of ways to learn more:

Keep alert for the touring version of the festival, as it often visits many other locations around the US later in the year.

Vanderbilt: Position in severe disabilities

The Department of Special Education at Peabody College of Vanderbilt University invites applications for a tenure-line position in the area of severe disabilities. The position is open rank, and we strongly encourage applications from senior faculty as well as those at the advanced assistant and associate professor levels. Duties include developing and maintaining a nationally recognized program of research (supported or potentially supported by external funding); teaching courses in the severe disabilities program; contributing to the refinement of our undergraduate and graduate programs; advising students; collaborating with local districts and agencies serving culturally and economically diverse students; and engaging in service to the university and profession. Affiliation is also possible with the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Research on Human Development (http://kc.vanderbilt.edu).
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Swimming upstream

In “A Disabled Swimmer’s Dream, a Mother’s Fight,” Alan Schwarz of the New York Times reported about an athlete who has disabilities, Kendall Bailey, is qualified to swim in Paralympic events.

As Kendall Bailey swims, his praying-mantis limbs flapping him forward, something about the water disguises his many maladies: cerebral palsy, mental retardation, autism and more. Only in a swimming pool do they dissolve and allow his troubled body and mind to be all but normal. He is happy, safe and possibly the fastest disabled breaststroker in the world.

The issue apparently is whether Mr. Bailey’s is eligible because of his cerebral palsy or ineligible because of his intellectual disabilities. Read Mr. Schwarz’s extended article for additional discussion.