Teaching, Research and Services related to advancing the mission of the department, and in particular, the Special Education & Disability Policy programs.
Established in 2007 and endowed in 2010, the Ruth Harris Endowed Professorship in Special Education is designed to enhance research in language learning and reading disabilities with a focus on dyslexia. We seek a faculty colleague whose vision will lead focused reading disability research nationally and internationally and who will support the preparation of special educators with knowledge of evidence-based instructional practices.
Broadly, the Harris Professor will:
Pursue innovative and impactful research focused on reading disabilities and/or dyslexia,
Teach and advise doctoral- and masters-level students in special education,
Seek external funding to support new and ongoing research and personnel development,
Mentor junior faculty in areas of research and grant writing,
Collaborate with colleagues in community-engaged research across disciplines,
Provide leadership and community outreach efforts designed to address learning needs of students with reading disabilities and/or dyslexia, increase teacher capacity, and/or support students and families including those living in the greater Richmond area, and
Participate actively in ongoing university school, and department service activities.
Earned doctorate in special education, reading, or a closely related field
Well-established research program in reading disabilities and/or dyslexia that reflects innovation and impact
Evidence of a national reputation for scholarly productivity
Track record of securing external funding
Experience in teaching and advising in special education and related fields at the graduate level
Experience mentoring masters and doctoral students from underrepresented groups
Experience working with under-served populations in high-need school or community settings.
An individual with expertise and demonstrated commitment to urban education, social justice, diversity, and challenges impacting the equity of students in underrepresented groups
Demonstrated commitment to urban education, social justice, diversity, and challenges impacting the equity of students in underrepresented groups
Demonstrated experience working in fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment, or commitment to do so as a faculty member at VCU
A strong record of research, teaching, and service commensurate with tenure in the VCU School of Education Department of Counseling and Special Education.
Experience teaching reading to students with dyslexia and/or reading disabilities in PK-12 schools using evidence-based reading materials
A research agenda related to evidence-based reading interventions for elementary or secondary students with reading disabilities and/or dyslexia
Evidence of collaboration with research centers and institutes and/or with community agencies, particularly agencies in urban and high needs settings
Experience in scholarship, policy, and field-based interventions to address the reading proficiency and achievement among students from underrepresented groups, including students with learning disabilities, specifically dyslexia
Leadership experience in national or international professional organizations, particularly those that focus on the needs of children, youth, and/or adults with disabilities
Experience advising doctoral students including serving as chair on dissertation committees
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