Job Posting: Researcher 6 Position at TIES Center

A full-time (100% FTE) position is open in the Institute on Community Integration’s (ICI) National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO) at the University of Minnesota (job ID 329211). The incumbent will primarily work on the TIES Center: Increasing Time, Instructional Effectiveness, Engagement, and State Support for Inclusive Practices for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities project. TIES Center is the National Technical Assistance Center on Inclusive Practices and Policies. For more information about TIES Center see https://tiescenter.org/.

Qualifications

Required Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. or Ed.D. in special education, education, educational psychology, organizational leadership, or related field and substantial research and publication record.
  • Knowledge and/or experience working with students with the most significant cognitive disabilities in K-8 educational settings in the U.S.
  • Ability to travel outside of Minnesota on a regular basis.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • At least 5 years of research experience that includes designing and completing analyses of research projects that use both qualitative and quantitative research methods.
  • Evidence of good professional writing skills, including research reports, peer reviewed research articles, or other print and electronic publications and presenting at conferences and professional meetings.
  • Experience in grant writing.
  • Strong organization and communications skills.
  • Experience writing professional development materials for educators, and providing technical assistance to states and districts.
  • Experience in completing an IRB process for research studies in education, psychology or related discipline.

About the Job

Position Overview:

The incumbent will primarily work on the TIES Center: Increasing Time, Instructional Effectiveness, Engagement, and State Support for Inclusive Practices for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities project. The TIES Center aims to create sustainable changes in school and district educational systems so that students in grades k-8 with significant cognitive disabilities can fully engage in the same instructional and non-instructional activities as their general education peers while being instructed in a way that meets individual learning needs. The primary outcome of the TIES Center is to improve the quality of instruction for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities in inclusive environments by will providing models and coaching to both general education and special education teachers to create more inclusive opportunities. In addition, the TIES Center will support changes to inclusive practices and policies within partner state and local education agencies. The incumbent is expected to conduct currently-funded and future research on issues related to the inclusion of students with the most significant cognitive disabilities in the same instructional and non-instructional activities as their general education peers. It is anticipated that the incumbent will be eligible for Principal Investigator (PI) status within one year of hire. (See http://www.cehd.umn.edu/research/pi/ for details regarding PI eligibility.)

Job Responsibilities:

Research (60%)
  • Formulate and develop appropriate methods for data collection based on project parameters and needs
  • Design, implement and manage research studies and project activities independently and in collaboration with other researchers
  • Create research that includes both qualitative and quantitative data analysis methodologies
  • Use the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) as described in the research literature to collaborate with others to create a system for reviewing, updating and vetting instructional content
  • Engage in scholarship that will lead to reports and peer-reviewed journal articles, and that will provide useful information to policymakers, the federal government, states, and other stakeholders
  • Collaborate with other researchers at TIES Center and other institutions to assure current theoretical and analytical approaches
Research Development and Management (40%)
  • Oversee the work of professional staff and students in relation to specific project activities
  • Ensure IRB policies are followed for all research involving human subjects
  • Design, implement and manage research projects, including the management of project activities independently, the development and management of work plans, timelines, and resources to meet project goals
  • Independently develop and lead new lines of research
  • Facilitate state efforts to implement the requirements) of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA and the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) by providing research-based and policy-appropriate information
  • Plan and conduct events (teleconferences, webinars, meetings, etc.) for diverse audiences including state and federal department of education staff, educators, parents, and researchers. This includes regular participation in onsite events in states where project activities are taking place
  • Complete other tasks as assigned

About the Department

The Institute on Community Integration (ICI) is a federally funded center within the College of Education and Human Development. ICI pushes the edge of inclusion through an intensive focus on policies and practices that affect children, youth, and adults with disabilities, and those receiving educational supports. ICI’s collaborative research, training, and information sharing ensure that people with disabilities are valued by, included in, and contribute to their communities of choice throughout their lifetime. ICI works with service providers, policymakers, educators, employers, advocacy organizations, researchers, families, community members, and individuals with disabilities around the world building communities that are inclusive. FFI: http://ici.umn.edu. National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO) is a center within ICI that provides national leadership on the inclusion of students with disabilities, English Learners (ELs), and ELs with disabilities in comprehensive assessment systems.

College Overview

The College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) is a world leader in discovering, creating, sharing, and applying principles and practices of multiculturalism and multidisciplinary scholarship to advance teaching and learning and to enhance the psychological, physical, and social development of children, youth, and adults across the lifespan in families, organizations, and communities. CEHD is the third largest college at the University of Minnesota, houses seven departments with ten undergraduate majors, over 30 graduate degree programs, and 25 centers and institutes. We are committed to diversity in our students, faculty and staff; 38.4% of our new first year students are students of color and more than 265 of our international students represent over 51 different countries FFI: http://www.cehd.umn.edu/about/default.html.

CEHD and the University of Minnesota provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.

How To Apply

See the full posting at: https://humanresources.umn.edu/content/find-job (job ID# 329211) Applications must be submitted online at this same site. To be considered for this position, please click the Apply button and follow the instructions. You will have the opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach a cover letter and resume.

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This position requires that you attach: 1) cover letter, 2) current resume, 3) a professional writing sample, 4) transcripts showing highest degree earned, and 5) contact information on at least 3 references.

This position will remain open until filled.

Diversity

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The University of Minnesota provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. To learn more about diversity at the U: http://diversity.umn.edu.

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