Assistant Director - Dyslexia Services (Search Extended)
$57,113 - $71,487; commensurate with experience
Job Summary/Basic Function
The Assistant Director (AD) for Research Initiatives provides leadership and oversight of the research lab at the Tennessee Center for the Study and Treatment of Dyslexia at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU). In collaboration with the Chair of Excellence in Dyslexic Studies and the Center Director, the AD for Research will identify short- and long-term goals for the research lab; develop action plans; and provide ongoing coordination, monitoring, and reporting around the achievement of these goals. The AD for Research will ensure compliance with university protocols and serve as the Center’s primary point of contact with the Institutional Review Board (IRB) at MTSU.
A primary responsibility for this role is to support the development of a comprehensive research program that contributes to a deeper understanding of dyslexia, including its etiology and neurobiology; risk indicators of dyslexia; identification of characteristics of dyslexia; academic, social-emotional, and behavioral consequences of dyslexia; co-occurring conditions; and effective instruction and interventions for students with dyslexia across different settings. In collaboration with other Center staff, the AD for Research Initiatives will work to advance an awareness of policies and practices that promote reading and writing success for students with characteristics of dyslexia.
As research lab coordinator, the individual in this position is responsible for ensuring a high level of research productivity, resulting in both publications in peer-reviewed, academic journals and translational research products (e.g., white papers, reports, fact sheets) for diverse audiences. In this role, the Assistant Director for Research Initiatives runs regular lab meetings and collaborates with other Center staff, graduate and undergraduate student researchers, MTSU faculty, and external partners, as appropriate, on research projects. The AD is also encouraged to pursue his/her/their own independent line of research related to the study and treatment of dyslexia.
In addition to these responsibilities, the Assistant Director for Research Initiatives works closely with the Chair of Dyslexic Studies, Center Director, Assistant Director for Educational Services and School Outreach, and Assistant Director for Clinical Services to develop and execute projects and activities that advance the Center’s mission, vision, and strategic priorities. This includes actively participating in the Center’s team-based approach to student evaluation (i.e., conducting student evaluations, analyzing student data and writing reports, leading parent interviews and feedback sessions, and serving on the case review team); creation of professional development content for pre-service and in-service educators; development of resources for educators, families, and other groups; planning and implementation of events, workshops, and conferences; and other special projects.
Master’s degree in psychology, education, statistics, or other related field;
Doctorate (Ed.D. or Ph.D.) strongly preferred
Required Related Experience
• Three (3) years progressively responsible experience in conducting independent research and collaborating on research projects
• Strong publication record or demonstrated ability for high research productivity
• Prior grant work as research assistant, co-investigator (Co-I), co-principal investigator (Co-PI), or principal investigator (PI)
• Experience conducting applied research in educational settings
Desirable Related Experience
• Five (5) years progressively responsible experience in conducting independent research and collaborating on research projects
• Prior grant work as co-principal investigator (Co-PI) or principal investigator (PI)
• Experience administering and interpreting educational tests (e.g., Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills [DIBELS], Test of Word Reading Efficiency [TOWRE], Wechsler Individual Achievement Test [WIAT])
• Experience as an educator, counselor, or administrator in a K-12 school setting
• Prior experience conducting professional development workshops for educators
• Supervision of undergraduate or graduate students
Documents Needed to Apply
Cover Letter, CV/Resume, & Research Statement Required
Special Instruction to Applicants
Please include a research statement/creative activity as "Supporting Document."
MTSU offers a comprehensive benefits package, including but not limited to the following:
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- Sick Leave
- Vacation Leave for Administrative/Classified Staff/12-month Faculty
- 13 paid University holidays
- Medical, dental, vision, and life insurance
- Retirement plans
- Optional 401K and 403B Deferred Compensation Plans
- Educational benefits for the employee and their spouse and dependents
MTSU is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer that values diversity in all its forms. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.
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Application Review Date: December 15, 2023