University of Minnesota, Institute on Community Integration Seeks a Researcher

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Researcher 6-TIES

Institute on Community Integration / College of Education and Human Development / University of Minnesota

Job ID: 338122
Location: Twin Cities
Job Family: Research-Researchers
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular

Special Notice for COVID-19

The UMN has suspended hiring for most positions. However, we will continue hiring for positions critical to the University’s mission and operations at this time. Applications are being accepted for this position and you are encouraged to apply. In-person interviews are suspended indefinitely and will be replaced by interviews in a virtual format. Thank you for your continued interest in working at the University of Minnesota.


Required Qualifications:

  • Advanced degree in special education, education, educational psychology, organizational leadership, or related field and substantial research and publication record. At least 5 years of research experience.
  • Experience designing, completing, and disseminating analyses of research projects that use both qualitative and quantitative research methods.
  • Experience in data collection procedures and data management.
  • 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.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of students with significant cognitive disabilities in K-12 educational settings in the U.S.
  • Ability to travel outside of Minnesota on a regular basis when the University of Minnesota allows employees to travel.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Ph.D., Ed.D., or Ed.S. in special education, education, educational psychology, organizational leadership, or related field.
  • Experience in grant writing.
  • Knowledge and/or experience working with students with significant cognitive disabilities.
  • Strong organizational, communications, and collaboration skills.
  • Experience writing practitioner and family oriented materials, 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:

A person in this research position is expected to conduct currently funded and future research on issues related to the instruction and assessment of students with significant cognitive disabilities. The individual 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 purpose of the TIES Center is to create sustainable changes in school and district educational systems so that students 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. Project activities will support increased student engagement and improved learning outcomes for students with significant cognitive disabilities. The primary outcome of the TIES Center is to improve the quality of instruction for students with significant cognitive disabilities in inclusive environments through the use of existing curriculum and instructional materials. The TIES Center will provide 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.

Job Responsibilities:

Research (75%)

  • Formulate and develop appropriate methods for data collection based on project parameters and needs.
  • Design, implement and manage research studies and projects independently and in collaboration with other researchers.
  • Engage in scholarship that will lead to reports, peer-reviewed journal articles, and other publications; and that will provide useful information to policymakers, the federal government, states, practitioners, families, and other stakeholders.
  • Participate in technical assistance activities, meetings, and conferences where research and policy findings are disseminated, and information gathered for future research and technical assistance.
  • Collaborate with other researchers at NCEO and other institutions to assure current theoretical and analytical approaches.

Research Development and Management (25%)

  • Supervise 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 the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) 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.
  • Complete other tasks as assigned.
  • About the Department

    Department Overview: The Institute on Community Integration (ICI) is a federally funded center within the College of Education and Human Development. ICI’s mission is to improve policies and practices to support the community inclusion of individuals with disabilities through collaborative research, training, and information sharing. 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.

    About the College: 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. For further information:

    At CEHD, diversity is necessary to doing our best work and fostering our humanity. That’s why the CEHD community is collectively dedicated to cultivating an inclusive and equitable environment. We strive to weave these core values into the work of each department and all of programs. We are deeply engaged with our surrounding community, and our students, staff, and faculty are encouraged and empowered to enhance equity, inspire change, learn and grow personally, and prepare professionally to encounter and engage in systemic transformation. For more information, visit

    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

    Applications must be submitted online at 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. Additional documents may be attached after application by accessing your “My Job Applications” page and uploading documents in the “My Cover Letters and Attachments” section.

    Required application materials include:

    1. Cover letter
    2. Current resume/CV
    3. Professional writing sample
    4. Transcript or diploma showing highest degree earned
    5. Contact information for at least 3 references

    This position will remain open until filled.

    To request an accommodation during the application process, please e-mail or call (612) 624-UOHR (8647).


    The University recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the academic mission. The University is committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds.

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    About the University of Minnesota

    The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC), is among the largest public research universities in the country, offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional students a multitude of opportunities for study and research. Located at the heart of one of the nation’s most vibrant, diverse metropolitan communities, students on the campuses in Minneapolis and St. Paul benefit from extensive partnerships with world-renowned health centers, international corporations, government agencies, and arts, nonprofit, and public service organizations.