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.
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.
For additional information and to apply, please follow this link : https://www.vcujobs.com/postings/67477
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.
Location/Region: Richmond, VA (US - 23284)