Assistant Research Professor of Special Education & Multiple Abilities

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Assistant Research Professor of Special Education & Multiple Abilities



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The Assistant Research Professor will focus their efforts on continuing existing and creating, with mentoring and support from Dr. Kristine Jolivette and her research team, their individual and independent research agenda related to implementation of an integrated and comprehensive approach to improve the outcomes of school-age youth with and at-risk for emotional and behavioral disorders and learning difficulties served within alternative education, residential facilities, and/or juvenile justice facilities and the staff who work in such settings. The Assistant Research Professor will anchor their research agenda within a multi-tiered system of support across all or some of the tiers. The Assistant Research Professor will be a part of Dr. Kristine Jolivette’s research team and will have access to an existing research team’s expertise, ongoing projects and agreements, and multi-state opportunities. This position requires the Assistant Research Professor to continue to secure external funding through grant writing and to continue securing additional internal/external funding to support their research with this position.

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About the University of Alabama and the College of Education. The University of Alabama (UA) is where Legends are made. UA has experienced tremendous growth, with enrollment of 37,842 for fall 2020, compared to 27,052 in the fall of 2008. UA had a record-setting Graduate School enrollment in fall 2020. Approximately 40 percent of UA’s freshman class scored 30 or higher on the ACT, and 40 percent were in the top 10 percent of their high school graduating class (another UA record). The University of Alabama is a leader among public universities nationwide in the enrollment of National Merit Scholars with almost 800 currently enrolled and has Very High Research Activity status in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. Twenty-nine current faculty have received NSF CAREER Awards, the nation’s most prestigious recognition of top-performing young scientists. Fifty-two UA faculty researchers are in the National Academy of Inventors. Finally, the University of Alabama has a total statewide economic impact of UA: $2.9 billion; 13,784 jobs; and $142.9 million in income and sales taxes.

Our mission at the College of Education (COE) is to be a leader in Alabama and across the nation in teaching, scholarship, advocacy, and service by developing professionals with pedagogic and disciplinary expertise who advance the intellectual and social conditions of all learners in a globalized society. To that end, the COE welcomes candidates whose experience in teaching, research, and/or community service has prepared them to UNITE with the larger community to collaboratively nurture cultural competence, empathy, and a vision of equity and justice for all learners; ACT to develop the full potential of all learners to be excellent professionals in their fields; and LEAD through continuous research-based critical inquiry of policy and reflective practice to enable transformative change in our diverse local and global communities. The COE consists of six Departments and is impactful in the lives of the individuals and entities we serve spanning populations, ages, settings, and contexts. Our faculty’s research, teaching, and service is widely recognized through their securement of external funding, national awards, professional organization leadership, established centers and offices, and outreach to the local, state, and national communities. Faculty in the college are free to pursue their passions, partner with the local communities, and excel in their many pursuits of academia. Please visit our COE website ( for more details of our impactful community and faculty supports.

The University of Alabama is located in West Alabama and is 45 minutes southwest of Birmingham, AL. Tuscaloosa, a quintessential college town with a population of 101,113, has excellent recreational, educational, and cultural opportunities available . The Tuscaloosa area provides hiking, biking, and running trails, as well as playgrounds, parks, and dog parks to enjoy the outdoors. Lake Tuscaloosa, Lake Nicol and Lake Lurleen offer sporting and leisure activities. Tuscaloosa is within driving distance of Atlanta, Nashville, New Orleans, Memphis, and the beaches of Gulf Shores. Tuscaloosa is also home to the Alabama Museum of Natural History, The Bryant Museum, Children’s Hands-On Museum, Moundville Archaeological Park, multiple sporting events, concerts hosted at the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater, and several festivals (West Alabama Food & Wine Festival, Druid City Arts Festival, Kentuck Arts Festival, etc.). Tuscaloosa continues to grow in population, cultural events, and shopping alongside the University. Please visit the Tuscaloosa Chamber of Commerce ( to learn more about our wonderful city and all that it affords you and your family.

The University of Alabama, College of Education seeks an innovative individual for a non-tenure earning Assistant Research Professor position to join and work with Dr. Kristine Jolivette’s research team which is affiliated in the Special Education and Multiple Abilities Program. The position is available from 8/16/21-8/15/24.

The focus of this Assistant Research Professor position is to independently investigate integrated, comprehensive, and tiered interventions and adapted interventions across domains for use with school-age youth with and at-risk for emotional and behavioral disorders and learning difficulties served in alternative education, residential facilities, and/or juvenile justice facilities using a multi-tiered system of support framework. The Assistant Research Professor’s interests should align with the topical combination of behavior, academic instruction, and/or social and emotional learning instruction with the aim to improve outcomes of these youth served in such settings as well as the skill sets of the staff/teachers who work within these settings. A secondary focus on transition services is appropriate. The Assistant Research Professor will work collaboratively with Dr. Kristine Jolivette and be a member of her research team with opportunities to join in ongoing and future research projects across states as well as create and lead research projects per the team’s setting, population, and area foci. The Assistant Research Professor is expected to bring existing experience writing grants or grants management upon hire and to secure external funding in this position working from a detailed research agenda spanning multi-year projects.

Required Qualifications:
The applicant (a.) must hold a terminal degree (Ph.D. or Ed.D.) in special education by August 16, 2021; (b.) will have teaching experience in any K-12 school settings with preference for those with alternative education, residential facilities, and/or secure juvenile justice facility experiences; (c.) will have research experience with K-12 populations with preference for those with experiences within alternative education, residential facilities, and/or secure juvenile justice facilities with school-age youth with and at-risk for emotional and behavioral disorders and learning difficulties; (d.) will have a demonstrated record of applied research experience related to multi-tiered systems of support; (e.) will have a documented history of or attempts for securement of grant funding or current grants management with project management experiences considered; (f.) will have experiences across methodologies (e.g., quantitative, single case design, and qualitative) as demonstrated through documented research experiences; (g.) will have a detailed 2-year research plan specific to these settings, population, and areas (i.e., academic, behavior, social-emotional learning, transition) with future grant writing plans; and (h.) will have earned their terminal degree within the last four years.

The applicant will have (a.) interests and research histories in the combination of behavior, academic instruction, and/or social and emotional learning instruction with or without a secondary focus on transition services; (b.) external grant submission history for these settings, population, and areas; and (c.) prior history of working with a research team.

This is a 2-year appointment contingent on performance and available funding.

Additional Position Information: Research scientist positions are non-tenure earning.

Search Initiation Date: immediately. The search will remain open until the position is filled and/or contingent upon funding. Only an electronic interview is required.

Expected Starting Date: 8/16/21

Questions Regarding this Position:
Kristine Jolivette, Ph.D.
[email protected]

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All Required Documents Must Be Submitted Via the UA Portal (incomplete set of documents will not be reviewed or considered).
1. Cover Letter detailing interest on school-age youth with and at-risk for emotional and behavioral disorders and learning difficulties served in more restrictive settings with or without a transition interest
2. Vita
3. Research Philosophy Statement (3-page max)
4. 2-year Detailed Research Plan with external grant funding identified (5-page max)
5. Official Transcript with conferred Ph.D. or Ed.D. degree from an accredited university [by start date]
6. Two Professional Recommendations from persons familiar with your research line from university faculty – name, position/affiliation, email, and phone number
7. Sample of Research Publications (either published, in press, or submitted for publication) (maximum of 3)

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Posted: 4/4/2021
Application Due: 7/3/2021
Work Type: Full Time