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Research Assistant Professor

University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA

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Job location: Charlottesville, VA - Remote - Virginia

Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2021-09-02
Req: R0026155

The Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education Department within the School of Education and Human Development at the University of Virginia is searching for a Research Assistant Professor (non-tenure track). This is a grant funded, limited term position contingent upon allocation of funds from the sponsor. The successful candidate will work within the STORMED (Supporting Teachers through cOaching, obseRvations, and Multimedia to Educate students with Disabilities) Lab ( The primary work will include management of OSEP-funded grants related to implementation of multimedia professional development for teachers of students with disabilities.

The successful candidate will undertake a program of scholarly activities related to the mission of the STORMED Lab and broader CISE department. This includes conducting quantitative and mixed methods research studies, writing grant proposals, publishing results of studies and presenting findings at peer-reviewed conferences, and making other scholarly disseminations of findings to the field. The successful candidate will liaise between university-based staff, school personnel, and external evaluation team, help ensure the goals and objectives of the projects are met on time and within budget, recruit participants, create and revise curriculum materials, observe teachers and provide coaching, participate in scholarly activities (e.g., authoring manuscripts and conference presentations), administer teacher and student assessments, conduct focus groups and interviews, and complete other tasks as assigned.

The selected faculty member will also contribute to the continued iterative development of the COACHED (Capturing Observations and Collaboratively sHaring Educational Data) web app ( The successful candidate will liaise between STORMED team members, school personnel, external evaluators, OSEP project officers, and other stakeholders related to funded projects. Dr. Michael Kennedy is the head of the STORMED Lab, and works alongside Co-PIs Drs. Peter Youngs, Bill Therrien, Jennie Chiu, Stephanie Morano, and Colby Hall on various grant funded projects. For additional information concerning this position, please contact Dr. Michael Kennedy .

The successful candidate demonstrates a preliminary, but growing, record of scholarly activities. This includes peer-reviewed publications, scholarly presentations and other disseminations of research, and establishment of a national reputation. Duties include:

  • Assist in the implementation of the S4 and VERIFY projects, including careful attention to the scope of work and grant requirements associated with the projects. Oversee project deadlines and support the project leadership in implementation and execution of the project.
  • Serve as point person for school-based partners including administrators, teachers, and other staff to schedule observations, access study materials, and implement assessments.
  • Help create multimedia curriculum materials for teachers and students to use in project.
  • Schedule and conduct observations of teachers and provide coaching.
  • Serve as point person to create and maintain the interdisciplinary council for the project.
  • Attend project meetings.
  • Help recruit schools to participate in future iterations of project.
  • Ensure funding agency and other key stakeholders are aware of project status and any barriers to successful project performance.
  • Develop appropriate methods to handle and interpret information, and make informed decisions based on analyses.
  • Conduct assessments and analyze project data.
  • Co-author and lead publications and scholarly products (e.g., presentations, reports) based on the project.
  • Contribute to additional grant proposals as Co-investigator, PI, and/or Co-PI.
  • In addition to the above job responsibilities, other duties may be assigned.
  • In addition to the above job responsibilities, other duties may be assigned.


Education: Ph.D. or terminal degree in special education or closely related field
Experience: Three years
Licensure: None

Required Application Materials:


Cover Letter

Contact information for three references

2-3 publications or other papers


This is primarily a sedentary job involving extensive use of desktop computers. The job does occasionally require traveling some distance to attend meetings, and programs.

COVID Vaccination Requirement

The University of Virginia expects all current and new employees (UVA Health System and Academic), to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

If hired to work within the University Health System, you will be required to provide proof of vaccination or be willing to receive the vaccination. Employees may request a medical or religious exemption from vaccination.

If hired to work on the Academic side of the University, excluding the School of Medicine, School of Nursing, UPG, and the Health Systems Library, you will be required to provide proof of vaccination or be willing to submit to mandatory, weekly prevalence testing. Employees that are working 100% remotely will not be subject to weekly prevalence testing; however, if the employee works on UVA Grounds (including the Medical Center) even intermittently, then they are required to be tested for COVID-19 once per week on an indefinite basis and follow masking mandates.

NOTE: Some medical and safety-sensitive positions require vaccination and are not eligible for an exemption. For more information on how the vaccination and testing requirements will apply to you at your work location, see the UVA New Hire Vaccination Requirements webpage.

The University of Virginia, including the UVA Health System which represents the UVA Medical Center, Schools of Medicine and Nursing, UVA Physician’s Group and the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences. We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.


In 1819, the University of Virginia established a new model for intellectual exchange and cross-disciplinary collaboration in higher education. Two hundred years later, as a major research institution, we continue to challenge conventions, lead with ingenuity and advance knowledge for the common good.

What began as an innovative idea has become one of the nation’s leading public research universities, with over 21,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. UVA also has over 3,000 full-time faculty offering more than 400 degrees.

Each of the University’s eleven schools has its own distinctive mission, working together to garner consistently high rankings—including #2 Best Value Public College (Princeton Review, 2016), #3 Public University in the Nation (U.S. News & World Report, 2016), and #3 Best Value Among Public Colleges (Kiplinger’s, 2016).  

As we invest in and strengthen our research capabilities, UVA seeks new faculty ready to uncover new insights, rewrite old rules and collaborate on intellectual discoveries.


As an R1 institution, the University’s research centers, consortia and laboratories are on the leading edge of discovery and technology, offering collaborative spaces for students and faculty to solve global problems.

Our professors are recognized members of major national scholarly and professional organizations, including the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Our faculty’s engagement in interdisciplinary research is being facilitated by new research institutes specializing in everything from big data to brain functioning, and by cluster hires across schools.


UVA is also home to a nationally renowned academic medical center and the UVA Health System, which serves a three-part mission to treat patients, conduct translational research and train medical practitioners in a wide variety of disciplines.

Established as the nation’s 10th medical school in 1825, the institution has since grown to include a 612-bed hospital and a Level I trauma center, nationally recognized cancer and heart centers, a Children’s Hospital, and primary and specialty clinics throughout Central Virginia.

The UVA Medical Center is consistently ranked among the nation’s best hospitals by the U.S. News & World Report magazine and has been named among the top 25 percent in seven specialties.


The vast majority of UVA students come from the top 10% of their high school class, as well as from all 50 states, over 142 countries and a variety of socioeconomic backgrounds. Despite their diversity, all UVA students share a love of learning and a drive to achieve.

One of the reasons students choose Virginia is our unique residential culture. At UVA, the community of students, faculty and staff personifies the Jeffersonian idea that living and learning are connected. The Academical Village was constructed to support a unique residential experience, with faculty living in the Pavilions, students occupying Lawn rooms and the world-famous Rotunda at its heart. The University’s residential culture continues to support this experience today—strengthened by students, faculty and staff rich in backgrounds, ideas and perspectives. Our unique culture is also paying dividends in innovation:  UVA’s faculty have generated more than 130 patents since 2010.

Perhaps most importantly, faculty come to UVA knowing that instruction is as important as research, and they pride themselves on their many teaching awards.  Our best professors look for ways to encourage, mentor and develop tomorrow’s leaders inside and outside the classroom.


Living in Charlottesville you’ll find sophisticated restaurants, world-renowned wineries and breweries, cosmopolitan arts and music, friendly urban and suburban neighborhoods and a Piedmont landscape that has lured adventurous souls for centuries.  No wonder the U.S. National Bureau of Economic Research named Charlottesville the “happiest city in America” in 2014.

In addition to UVA and its health system, several major employers have facilities in Charlottesville, including State Farm, Northrop Grumman, the U.S. Department of Defense, GE and others.  Charlottesville is also becoming a center for innovative start-up businesses.  The University also actively helps spouses and partners of faculty members build their networks and pursue employment opportunities with a wide variety of area employers. 

The University of Virginia is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, qualified individuals with disabilities are protected from discrimination and may be entitled to reasonable accommodations to assist in their pursuit of employment at the University. This includes assistance in completing the online job application as well as reasonable accommodations during the interview process. Please contact the UHR Service Center: 434.982.0123 to request assistance.

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