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Job ID: 113851

Assistant Research Professor
University of Kansas

Date Posted Oct. 12, 2018
Title Assistant Research Professor
University University of Kansas
Department Bureau of Child Research
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Lawrence, KS
    United States
  • Assistant Professor
  • Psychology - Developmental
    Human Development
    Family Studies/Child Development

Assistant Research Professor
Bureau of Child Research

Position Overview

The University of Kansas – Kansas University Center on Developmental Disabilities (KUCDD), a recognized leading research center in the field of disability, is searching for a full-time Assistant Research Professor. This position will provide leadership and conduct research that contributes to existing and future grant projects along with focusing upon designing and implementing large-scale funded projects in the areas of self-determination and transition.

KUCDD is recognized for conducting research and grant-funded related projects focused upon (a) applied research on effective assessment and intervention practices with a particular focus on self-determination and transition to employment and (b) interdisciplinary training in the disability field. It is recognized as a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) funded by the Administration on Developmental Disabilities. Core functions of the KUCDD are:

Interdisciplinary Training
Community Services (including technical assistance, community education, and direct services)
Information Dissemination

KUCDD is part of the Schiefelbusch Institute for Life Span Studies (LSI), a leading research unit at the University of Kansas with multiple facilities located statewide. The KUCDD maintains facilities on the University of Kansas-Lawrence campus, at the KU Medical Center in Kansas City, and in Parsons in southeast Kansas. This position is located at the University of Kansas-Lawrence.

KUCDD research staff are expected to actively engage in research projects and disseminate research results through print, online resources, and direct, in-person presentation of information. KUCDD is committed to fostering an inclusive and supportive research and educational environment for faculty, staff and students. In a continuing effort to enrich its academic environment and provide equal educational and employment opportunities, KUCDD actively encourages applications from members of underrepresented groups in higher education, including people with disabilities.

Job Description

55% – Research Grant Development:
Lead development of grant proposals to support research activities relevant to the mission of KUCDD, including preparation of all required elements for federal or other grant applications.
Develop research questions and other narrative components
Work with staff statisticians to select appropriate research designs and statistical techniques, prepare methods and analysis plans
Establish research partnerships to solicit letters of support as required
Coordinate input from resource teams within the KU Life Span Institute (project development, finance and planning, communication) during grant preparation
Strengthen existing research partnerships within LSI and with other KU units and build new relationships with community partners to support development of cooperative grant applications

20% – Research Management and Supervision:
Contribute to the implementation of existing, funded research projects in the area of self-determination and transition.
Conduct and/or guide the analyses of data from research projects related to interventions that use the Self-Determined Learning Model of Instruction (SDLMI), and the Self-Determination Inventory and other interventions and assessments designed to increase self-determination.
Supervise the work of professional staff and students supporting research project goals.
Secure IRB approval when appropriate and ensure that research integrity policies are followed for all research involving human subjects.
Prepare and submit progress reports to federal and other funding agencies.

15% – Dissemination of Research Findings:
Write technical reports, peer-reviewed journal articles, or other manuscripts related to research project activities and analyses.
Disseminate and present findings and research activities at local, state, and national meetings and conferences.

10% – Service:
Provide service to the profession, university, and community/public service.
Engage and participate in community, state, and national meetings or groups that focus on self-determination, strengths-based education, transition to post-secondary education and employment, or supports needs assessment.
Participate in at least one professional association as a member and in association operations
Provide service to the field as a reviewer of research publications, and consultant for government agencies and foundations and other funding agencies.
Provide consultation or educational support to local community groups or agencies.
Participate in KUCDD Leadership Team meetings and events.

Required Qualifications

PhD degree in education (special education or educational psychology) or other related discipline (social work, psychology, or public policy).
Three years of research experience with research and publication record in areas such as or related to: self-determination assessment and instruction; strengths-based education; transition to post-secondary education and employment, and/or supports needs assessment.
Documented understanding of the broad complex, dynamic, and diverse nature of disability research and familiarity with the varied perspectives of multiple stakeholders as indicated by application materials and interview.
Demonstrated strong professional writing skills, including research reports, peer-reviewed research articles, other print and electronic publications and experience presenting at conferences and professional meetings as indicated by application materials.
Three years of experience designing and supporting analyses for research projects.
One year of supervisory experience.

Preferred Qualifications

Currently hold grant funding as a PI or co-PI for an active research project related to areas such as: self-determination; strengths-based education; transition to post-secondary education and employment; or supports needs assessment.
Specific knowledge and interest in self-determination research as indicated by application materials and interview.
Three or more years of experience in developing and managing project-related budgets and timelines.
Three or more years of experience directing federally and state funded research projects.
Three or more years of experience in participating in and contributing to approaches to training and research that use interdisciplinary teams and varied perspectives
Strong organizational and communication skills as demonstrated by application materials and interview.
Ability to work well with diverse populations and communities, including people with disabilities.
More than three years of proficiency with software such as Microsoft Access, Excel, SPSS, SAS, or R.

Contact Information to Applicants

Karrie Shogren, Ph.D.
Director, KU Center on Developmental Disabilities (KUCDD)

Additional Candidate Instruction

Please submit an online application, cover letter, vitae and contact information for three professional references. In the cover letter, please indicate how you see your particular skill sets and prior experience contributing to research at KUCDD. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Application review begins 11/12/18 and will continue until the position is filled. First consideration will go to applications received by 11/11/18 at Midnight.

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