Department of Counseling and Special Education School of Education,
Virginia Commonwealth University
Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), Department of Counseling and Special Education in the School of Education is recruiting applicants for the Ruth Harris Endowed Professorship. This is a nine-month tenure-track position in special education with an emphasis in dyslexia and/or other language-based learning disabilities beginning August 2018. This position is at the Associate Professor or Professor rank. A very competitive salary and $150,000 in additional start-up funds to advance the work of the Ruth Harris Professor are part of the offer package. This is in addition to the current endowment supporting the work of this Endowed Professorship.
At VCU we believe different perspectives, diversity, and expertise enhance all possibilities and solutions. This philosophy drives our recruitment, hiring, and retention efforts, so we welcome applicants with diverse personal and professional backgrounds and experiences who will contribute to our vibrant learning community of faculty, staff, and students.
Established in 2007 and endowed in 2010, the Ruth Harris Endowed Professorship 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 commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusiveness among faculty, staff, and students, and
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, and
Experience advising doctoral students including serving as chair on dissertation committees.
Virginia Commonwealth University is a major, urban public research university with national and international rankings in sponsored research. VCU is designated as a research university with very high research activity by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education and is recognized as a community-engaged institution by the Carnegie Foundation. Located in downtown Richmond, VCU enrolls more than 31,000 students in 226 degree and certificate programs in the arts, sciences and humanities. Recently voted as the "Best River Town in America" by Outside magazine, Richmond is a vibrant, prosperous metropolitan area of approximately one million people within a short driving distance from Washington, D.C., Virginia Beach and the Blue Ridge Mountains.
About School of Education
The VCU School of Education aims to be the leader in urban education through leveraging existing resources and talents among our faculty, centers and institutes, and relationships with agencies in the community to expand innovation, excellence, and impact in schools, communities, families, and children. We prepare effective and highly skilled teachers, counselors, school administrators, higher education faculty, and other education professionals committed to challenging urban and high-needs schools, agencies and other high-need learning environments. The VCU School of Education focuses its teaching, interdisciplinary research, and development efforts on issues of educational equity, social justice and the complexities of poverty that impact student learning and family engagement. The VCU School of Education recognizes that trust among all members of the SOE community is the foundation of a positive work climate. Realizes that our wellbeing as an institution depends upon the wellbeing of our members. Respects all members, new and continuing, regardless of status. Values honest communication and finding ways to respectfully address difficult issues. Strives to listen without bias and search for common understanding. Is committed to equity, fairness and a level playing field for all its members. Knows that the SOE community thrives, because of diverse viewpoints and areas of expertise. Fosters collaboration, collegiality and mutual support among all members of its community.
Application. To be considered for this position, candidate must submit the following documents online through the VCU ejobs:
(a) Letter of application addressing the qualifications
(b) Curriculum vitae
(c) Names, email addresses, and telephone numbers for three professional references. If considered as a finalist for this position, candidates must agree to current and prior employers being contacted.
Application materials must be uploaded as one PDF document (in the “Other Document” field) to www.vcujobs.com for review by the Search Committee. Questions may be directed to Dr. Chriss Walther-Thomas, Search Committee Chair (email@example.com or 804-828-1332). Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position closing date of January 15, 2018.
Virginia Commonwealth University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action University providing access to education and employment without regard to age, race, color, national origin, gender, religion, sexual orientation, veteran's status, political affiliation or disability.
Virginia Commonwealth University is a major, urban public research university with national and international rankings in sponsored research. VCU is designated as a research university with very high research activity by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education and is recognized as a community-engaged institution by the Carnegie Foundation. Located in downtown Richmond, VCU ...enrolls more than 31,000 students in 226 degree and certificate programs in the arts, sciences and humanities. Recently voted as the "Best River Town in America" by Outside magazine, Richmond is a vibrant, prosperous metropolitan area of approximately one million people within a short driving distance from Washington, D.C., Virginia Beach and the Blue Ridge Mountains.