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Research Assistant Professor of Education

University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA

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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).  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 scholar will also contribute to the continued iterative development of the COACHED (Capturing Observations and Collaboratively sHaring Educational Data) web app (  There is a specific need to add content to COACHED to address the needs of students with extensive support needs and their education team’s needs.  The successful candidate will liaise between STORMED team members, school personnel, external evaluators, OSEP project officers, and other stakeholders related to funded projects.  


The Research Assistant Professor 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.  The Research Assistant Professor may have a preliminary record of funded grant activity.   


Required Qualifications: 

  • PhD or EdD in Education or Special Education or closely related field by the start date of the appointment
Preferred Qualifications:

  • At least three years of experience in conducting SPED research in an academic setting
  • Knowledge of multimedia technologies to support learning for students with disabilities, particularly low-incidence disabilities (students with extensive support needs).
  • Teaching or research experiences focused on students/individuals with low-incidence disabilities.
  • Experience designing and delivering high quality professional development to teachers.  

Employment in this role is contingent upon the continued availability of funding. 

Application Instructions

Review of applications will begin on February 28, 2024 and will continue until the candidate is selected.


To apply for the position please follow Please submit the following documents: (1) Cover letter, (please speak to your interests and qualifications for the position); (2) curriculum vitae; (3) contact information for three references (name, email address, telephone number, and address). Note: The form will ask for one contact reference – please list all three references on one form. References will not be contacted until after in-person interviews are conducted.


The University’s Mission Statement affirms its “enduring commitment to a vibrant and unique residential learning environment marked by the free and collegial exchange of ideas; unwavering support of a collaborative, diverse community bound together by distinctive foundational values of honor, integrity, trust, and respect; and universal dedication to excellence and affordable access.” If you elect to address potential contributions to any aspect of this mission in a cover letter, please focus upon your work skills and experience. In doing so, you may choose to refer to your personal perspective, but the focus of our consideration is on your potential contributions through skills and experience, rather than personal opinions or beliefs.  


For questions about this position, please contact the Search Chair Michael Kennedy, Professor of Education, at For questions about the application process, please contact Justine Weaver at  


Charlottesville and central Virginia offer a distinctive community for both personal and professional activities. Charlottesville is located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and is consistently listed among the top cities in national rankings of the most desirable places to live. It offers a thriving community, highlighted by regular literary, film, musical, theatrical, and historical festivals. For more information about UVA and the surrounding area, please visit and UVA assists faculty spouses and partners seeking employment in the Charlottesville area. To learn more please visit


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.


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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.


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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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