Director of Research (Early language and literacy)
Founded in 2017 as a statewide Center located on the Georgia College campus, the Sandra Dunagan Deal Center for Early Language and Literacy promotes research-based practices for children from birth to age eight, as well as their families, communities, and teachers in childcare centers, pre-schools, and K-3 classrooms. The Center partners with universities, technical college early childhood education programs, alternative educator preparation programs and other public and private stakeholders to engage the community-at-large in the important goal of improving Georgia’s literacy rate as measured by the end of third grade.
The goals of the Sandra Dunagan Deal Center for Early Language and Literacy (SDDCELL) are:
- Improve the third-grade literacy rates of children throughout the state of Georgia.
- Provide early learning centers, pre-schools, K-3rd grade, colleges, and universities with an effective professional development model to increase literacy rates.
- Seek external funding in support of the Center’s mission.
The Director of Research will lead the Center’s research and evaluation team. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Director of Research will oversee evaluation and research as it relates to SDDCELL’s programs. The Center is charged with conducting ongoing research and evaluation in Georgia to identify and promote effective practices to increase early language and literacy and reading on grade level by the end of third grade. With a focus on interdisciplinary collaboration, the Director of Research will design and implement research and evaluation studies; will manage contracts with external researchers engaged to provide research background, case studies, or evaluation for models in development or implementation; and will eventually supervise 3-5 other research professionals. The Director of Research will collaborate with SDDCELL colleagues, university faculty, state agency administrators, school system administrators, and non-profits to plan and conduct research studies. The Director of Research will seek external funding for the Center’s research activities.
The Director of Research must have the ability to set a vision and research agenda for the Center, a passion to conduct sound research and analyze data, ability to apply a systematic approach to continuous improvement, the capacity to write compelling reports, and an ongoing enthusiasm for and commitment to the Center’s mission of improving the language and skills of Georgia’s children.
Doctoral degree in literacy, early language, or another closely related field with demonstrated skill, experience, and expertise in research practices and methodologies in early childhood language and literacy development and a minimum of 6 years of related experience are required. A faculty status/rank appointment at Georgia College & State University is an option depending on qualifications and experience.
Applicants are encouraged to submit their materials prior to Jan. 16, 2018 to be considered for priority review.
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nding on qualifications and experience.