Research Investigator

Chapel Hill
Apr 21, 2017
Administrative Jobs
Academic Affairs
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Position Type: Permanent Staff

Department: FPG Child Development Inst - 631200

Appointment Type: EHRA Non-Faculty

Vacancy ID: NF0002488

Position Summary: The Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is currently seeking an energetic and motivated Research Scientist to serve as Intervention Director for the Targeted Reading Intervention ( The TRI is a professional development program designed to help early elementary classroom teachers increase their reading instructional skills to help struggling readers in their classrooms. The TRI uses webcam technology whereby TRI literacy coaches meet with classroom teachers weekly via webcam as the teacher works one-on-one with a struggling reader in 15-minute sessions. Teachers work individually with struggling readers for 6-8 weeks. The TRI is one of only a few programs in the country that has been evaluated and promoted by professional organizations like the Annie E. Casey Foundation and the Rand Corporation. The TRI has conducted a series of randomized controlled trials, demonstrating great effectiveness in helping struggling readers rapidly increase their early reading skills in both decoding and reading comprehension. The TRI has current funding to test the efficacy of the intervention for English-language learners (ELs) through an IES Goal 3 grant and through a university-funded NC Quest grant, with the bulk of the work currently being conducted in rural schools. In this position, the Research Scientist will have the opportunity to learn and become certified on the TRI, be involved in coaching classroom teachers through webcam technology, and help supervise 3 or 4 other coaches. He/she would develop and oversee TRI professional development training and help coaches work effectively with teachers. A successful candidate would be able to communicate well with project staff, teachers, and principals. In addition, the Research Scientist would be involved in capturing fidelity of the intervention (e.g., video coding of fidelity sessions between each teacher and struggling reader), including helping to develop a coaching fidelity system. The Research Scientist in this position will be able to analyze quantitative data and write first-authored articles. He/she will have the opportunity to become an author on numerous journal articles coming from the project. Presentations at national conferences would be expected. Importantly, the Research Scientist will be involved in grant writing, which might extend the period of their employment. Quantitative methodology skills are essential for a successful candidate.

Application Deadline: 05/03/2017

Education Requirements: Ph.D. in Early Childhood, Education or related discipline. May consider all but dissertation (ABD).

Qualification and Experience: Teaching experience with young children and early literacy instruction knowledge required. Quantitative methods experience required, with knowledge of SAS preferred. Literacy coaching experience, work with ELs, and conversational Spanish preferred.

Equal Opportunity Employer: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.

Department Contact Name and Title: Charles Cannon - HR Manager

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