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Assistant Research Professor of Special Education & Multiple Abilities

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The University of Alabama
Location
Tuscaloosa, AL

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Requisition Number::

0813556

Number of Open Positions::

1

Position Title::

Assistant Professor

Other Title Information::

Assistant Research Professor of Special Education & Multiple Abilities

Organization::

212701 - SPECIAL ED AND MULTIPLE ABILITIES

Position Summary::

The Research Assistant Professor will focus their efforts on improving facility climate and youth behaviors as an equitable research team member on Project CLIMATE led by Dr. Kristine Jolivette. The Research Assistant Professor will lead diverse stakeholder instructional discussions and trainings, support professional learning communities, and solicit stakeholder voice through focus groups. This position provides opportunities for the Research Assistant Professor to continue employment post Project by securing external funding through grant writing to support their research interests related to systems-involved populations and settings with ongoing involvement and supports of Dr. Jolivette’s team.

Ad Text::

The University of Alabama
College of Education
Department of Special Education and Multiple Abilities Program

Position: Clinical Assistant Research Professor of Special Education (Non-Tenure Track)

The University of Alabama, College of Education seeks an innovative individual for a non-tenure earning Research Assistant Professor position to join and work with Dr. Kristine Jolivette and the Project CLIMATE research team which is affiliated with the Department of Special Education and Multiple Abilities Program, Department of Educational Studies in Psychology, Research Methodology, and Center of Community-Based Partnerships. The position is available from now-9/30/24; we will be requesting a no cost extension for an additional year due to our actual grant start date.

The Research Assistant Professor will focus their efforts on improving facility climate and youth behaviors as an equitable research team member on Project CLIMATE led by Dr. Kristine Jolivette. The Research Assistant Professor will lead diverse stakeholder instructional discussions and trainings, support professional learning communities, and solicit stakeholder voice through focus groups. This position provides opportunities for the Research Assistant Professor to continue employment post Project by securing external funding through grant writing to support their research interests related to systems-involved populations and settings with ongoing involvement and supports of Dr. Jolivette’s team.

About the University of Alabama and the College of EducationThe University of Alabama is experiencing tremendous growth, with enrollment reaching 37,842 students for fall 2020, compared to 27,052 in the fall of 2008. Approximately 40% of UA’s freshman class scored 30 or higher on the ACT and the entering class in 2020 carries an average high school grade-point average of 3.83, with more than 42.3% having a high school GPA of 4.0 or higher. The University of Alabama is a leader among public universities nationwide in the enrollment of National Merit Scholars with more than 600 currently enrolled and has R1: Doctoral Universities – Very High Research Activity status in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. In addition, The University of Alabama made Forbes’ list of the Best Employers for New Graduates in 2021. Finally, the University of Alabama has a total statewide economic impact of UA: $2.905 billion; 13,784 jobs; and $142.9 million in income and sales taxes (UA Center for Business and Economic Research). Please visit our University webpage (https://www.ua.edu) for more details on University activities and faculty supports.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 (https://education.ua.edu) for more details of our impactful community and faculty supports.

Life in TuscaloosaThe University of Alabama is located in West Alabama and is 45 minutes southwest of Birmingham, Alabama. 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 (e.g. West Alabama Food & Wine Festival, Druid City Arts Festival, Druid City Pride 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 (https://tuscaloosachamber.com) to learn more about our wonderful city.
The focus of this Research Assistant Professor position is to work fulltime within an interdisciplinary research team lead by Dr. Kristine Jolivette as an equitable partner on a federally-funded project, Project CLIMATE (Improving the climate of restrictive school settings in juvenile justice facilities and residential treatment centers). Project CLIMATE aims to improve the climate of our partner facilities across 4 states through implementation of adapted low-intensity, evidence-based strategies to preventatively address youth problem behaviors during education programming, to improve youth outcomes, and to assess effectiveness and feasibility. The Research Assistant Professor will be involved in several aspects of Project CLIMATE including a) leading virtual and in-person delivery of instructional protocols (social-emotional learning, behavioral de-escalation, function-based logic, addressing noncompliance) to youth, guardians/family members, and community members at-large supporting youth habilitation and rehabilitation; b) co-leading stakeholder focus groups; c) conducting professional learning community observations; d) leading GANTT management; e) facilitating project logistics; and f) leading/co-leading dissemination activities.

The Research Assistant Professor’s interests and applied work/training experiences should align with the aims of Project CLIMATE, this youth population, and restrictive settings. A Research Assistant Professor with behavioral pedagogy and the ability to a) efficiently establish credibility within these settings based on prior work experiences, b) navigate social dynamics and encourage high-rates of engagement across stakeholders, and c) create innovative micro-professional development opportunities for and across all project CLIMATE stakeholders is sought.

The Research Assistant Professor will work with all team members across Project CLIMATE activities assuming additional roles and responsibilities based on interest, leadership skills, and needs. Travel (air/drive) to facilities across states will be required.
Required Qualifications: The applicant (a) must hold a terminal degree (Ph.D. or Ed.D.) in special education or related field by the first day of employment; (b) will have applied experiences (e.g., working within residential treatment facilities, juvenile justice facilities) working directly with systems-involved youth from any perspective/discipline (e.g., education, security, mental health); © will have applied experiences related to collaborative team building, facilitation of groups, and adult learning engagement strategies; (d) will have pedagogical coursework related to behavior and qualitative research; (e) will have histories of providing professional development to adult learners representing multiple perspectives and fields; and (f) must be able to travel to carry-out activities.Preferred: The applicant will have (a) a primary interest in improving the lives and educational conditions provided to systems-involved youth in restrictive settings; (b) grant/fiscal management history; and © prior history of working with interdisciplinary teams as both a leader and team member.

Preferred: The applicant will have (a) a primary interest in improving the lives and educational conditions provided to systems-involved youth in restrictive settings; (b) grant/fiscal management history; and © prior history of working with interdisciplinary teams as both a leader and team member.

This is a grant funded appointment through 9/30/2024 with continuation contingent on approval of our request for a 1-year no cost extension, performance, and available funding for future years.
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: 8/16/22Questions Regarding this Position: Kristine Jolivette, Ph.D.; [email protected]

Additional Position Information::

All Required Documents Must Be Submitted Via the UA Portal (incomplete set of documents will not be reviewed or considered):
1. Cover Letter detailing how the required qualifications are met with specific examples linked to the aims of Project CLIMATE, youth population, and prevention focus
2. Vita
3. Official Transcript with conferred Ph.D. or Ed.D. degree from an accredited university [by start date]4. Two Professional Letters of Recommendations from persons familiar with your experiences and pedagogy per the aims of Project CLIMATE and required qualifications5. Two Additional Professional Recommendations from persons familiar with your experiences and pedagogy per the aims of Project CLIMATE and required qualifications6. A brief overview of future goals and research ideas as well as skills wanting to strengthen related not only to this Project but other related projects to support system-involved youth outcomes and experiences



UA EEO Statement:

The University of Alabama is an Equal Employment/Equal Educational Opportunity Institution. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, age, genetic or family medical history information, disability, or protected veteran status, or any other legally protected basis, and will not be discriminated against because of their protected status. Applicants to and employees of this institution are protected under Federal law from discrimination on several bases. Follow the link below to find out more.
“EEO is the Law” https://www.eeoc.gov/sites/default/files/migrated_files/employers/poster_screen_reader_optimized.pdf
“EEO is the Law” Poster Supplement http://www.dol.gov/ofccp/regs/compliance/posters/pdf/OFCCP_EEO_Supplement_Final_JRF_QA_508c.pdf

Search Initiation Date::

06/07/2022

Expected Starting Date::

08/16/2022

College/School/Division::

Education

Post To Ihe:

Yes

Organization

The University of Alabama embodies an academic community that demands excellence in teaching, research and service and provides an inclusive, nurturing environment for the discovery of knowledge and the development of well-rounded leaders. Founded in 1831 as Alabama's first public college and known as the Capstone of Higher Education, UA provides a premier undergraduate and graduate education built upon global engagement, high-quality scholarship, outstanding teaching, and diversity and inclusivity throughout the community.

Our Mission

The University of Alabama will advance the intellectual and social condition of the people of the state, the nation and the world through the creation, translation and dissemination of knowledge with an emphasis on quality programs in the areas of teaching, research and service.

Our Vision

The University of Alabama will be known as the university of choice for the best and brightest students in Alabama, and all students who seek exceptional educational opportunities. The University of Alabama will be a student-centered research university and an academic community united in its commitment to enhance the quality of life for all Alabamians and the citizens of the nation and the world.

Our Core Values

The University of Alabama is committed to:

  • Undergraduate education that produces socially-conscious, ethical and well-rounded leaders who are grounded in their subject matter and capable of controlling their own destinies.
  • Graduate education that is deeply vested in subject matter knowledge, professional content, research skills and creative activity.
  • Public outreach and service that is held in the highest regard and fosters impactful public engagement to enhance the quality of life for the citizens of Alabama, the nation and the world.
  • Campus life that embodies collaboration, collegiality, respect and a culture of inclusivity.

Our Strategic Goals

  • Provide a premier undergraduate and graduate education that offers a global perspective and is characterized by outstanding teaching, high-quality scholarship and distinctive curricular and co-curricular programs. Increase the University’s productivity and innovation in research, scholarship and creative activities that impact economic and societal development.
  • Enrich our learning and work environment by providing an accepting, inclusive community that attracts and supports a diverse faculty, staff and student body.
  • Provide opportunities and resources that facilitate work-life balance and enhance the recruitment and retention of outstanding faculty and staff.
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