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PhD Level Research Associate Position at NCRGE

PhD level Research Associate Position at NCRGE in the Neag School of Education, University of Connecticut

https://hcmprodweb.psoft.uconn.edu/psp/HRPRCGA/EMPLOYEE/HRMS/c/HRS_HRAM.HRS_CE.GBL?Page=HRS_CE_HM_PRE&Action=A&SiteId=1

The National Center for Research on Gifted Education (http://ncrge.uconn.edu ) is seeking a quantitative researcher for a PhD level Research Associate position. The person in this position will work with The National Center for Research on Gifted Education and will supervise, plan, design, manage, and implement research and data analysis of a highly complex nature. Research Associates should have a PhD in education, statistics, psychology, or related field. Candidates should have a high level of expertise in one or more of the following areas: quantitative research methods, multilevel modeling, and/or longitudinal analyses of student growth data.  In addition, candidates should have strong data management skills and a high degree of proficiency with one or more statistical software packages (e.g., SPSS, SAS, Stata, R). Candidates should also have experience preparing oral and written reports of research findings.

Minimum Qualifications

  • PhD in education, statistics, psychology, or a related area • Extensive experience with data management and data analysis • High degree of proficiency with one or more statistical software packages (e.g., SPSS, SAS, Stata, R) • High level of expertise in one or more of the following areas: quantitative research methods, multilevel modeling, and/or longitudinal analyses of student growth data • Strong written and verbal communications skills

Preferred Qualifications

  • High level of expertise with multilevel modeling • Experience managing and conducting analyses using large scale databases • Extensive experience conducting secondary data analyses • High level of expertise with longitudinal analysis • Experience preparing written reports of research findings • Some training and background in qualitative research and/or program evaluation

Appointment Terms

This is a full-time, end-date, 12-month position with an anticipated start date of October 1, 2015. The position may be renewed yearly based on funding. The successful candidate’s appointment will be at the Storrs campus with the possibility of national travel. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

To Apply

To apply, complete an online application, attach a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references). For questions about the position, please contact Dr. Del Siegle at del.siegle@uconn.edu. Applications are due by September 1, 2015. To apply, please go to https://hcmprodweb.psoft.uconn.edu/psp/HRPRCGA/EMPLOYEE/HRMS/c/HRS_HRAM.HRS_CE.GBL?Page=HRS_CE_HM_PRE&Action=A&SiteId=1

Evaluation of applicants will begin immediately. For more information regarding the National Center for Research on Gifted Education, please visit the website at http://ncrge.uconn.edu/  . Employment of the successful candidate will be contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check. (Search #2016040) This job posting is scheduled to be removed at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on September 1, 2015.

All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics which may be found at http://www.ct.gov/ethics/site/default.asp .

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Job description and application can be found at https://hcmprodweb.psoft.uconn.edu/psp/HRPRCGA/EMPLOYEE/HRMS/c/HRS_HRAM.HRS_CE.GBL?Page=HRS_CE_HM_PRE&Action=A&SiteId=1

 

U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski, gifted education advocate, to retire

Barbara Mikulski speaking at NAGC conference in Baltimore
Sen. Barbara Mikulski speaking at NAGC conference in Baltimore.

U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski, a Democrat from Maryland who announced Monday that she plans to retire in 2016 after 30 years in Congress, has been a dogged supporter of programs intended to identify and educate underrepresented populations in gifted education, advocates said.

Read the Education Week story by Christina Samuels at http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/speced/2015/03/gifted_education_advocates_pra_1.html

IES Awards National Center for Research on Gifted Education

With funding authorized through the Jacob K. Javits Gifted and Talented Students Education Act, the Institute of Educational Sciences (IES) has awarded funding for the National Center for Research on Gifted Education (http://ncrge.uconn.edu). Former NAGC President, Del Siegle, is the principal investigator and will serve as director of the newly funded center. E. Jean Gubbins serves as associate director. The new Center will be housed at the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut. The University of Virginia, University of California – Berkeley, and Florida State University are partner institutions.

Additional co-principal investigators on the UConn team include D. Betsy McCoach, Bianca Montrosse-Moorhead, Christopher Rhoads, and Jonathan Plucker. Carolyn Callahan, Frank Worrell, and Yaacov Petscher serve as Co-PI at the partner institutions.  Catherine Little and Joseph Renzulli serve as co-investigators at UConn. “We have an ambitious research agenda,” Siegle noted, “which is made possible by this talented team of gifted education and research design specialists who wrote an innovative proposal second to none.”

The Center will examine the extent of gifted programming and student participation in three states (Colorado, Florida, and North Carolina); identify districts and schools that show high achievement growth rates among gifted students, including those from underserved groups; and explore how these sites successfully identify, serve, and retain students from underrepresented groups in gifted programs.

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UConn Press Release on Javits Awards

2014-10-15 11.12.43

Dr. Catherine Little, Congressman Joe Courtney, Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, and Dr. Del Siegle at
the press conference announcing Javits funding for National Center for Research on Gifted Education.

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The University of Connecticut’s Neag School of Education announced today (Oct. 15) that it is receiving $4.5 million from the U.S. Department of Education to support its ongoing efforts to improve programs for gifted and talented students nationwide.

The Neag School of Education was the recipient of major funding for two grants in the most recent round of funding by the U.S. Department of Education’s revitalized Jacob K. Javits Gifted and Talented Students Education program. The Javits funding strengthens Neag’s position as a national leader in gifted and talented education and research.

The Neag School is receiving a two-year $2 million grant to create a National Center for Research on Gifted Education. UConn will partner with the University of Virginia, University of California—Berkeley, and Florida State University to form the new center. If the center meets its performance benchmarks, it will receive an additional $3 million over three years. In addition, the school received funding for a five-year $2.5 million grant for Project SPARK, an innovative demonstration project designed to increase participation by minorities and other underrepresented groups in talented and gifted programs.

Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-3) and Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-2) were instrumental in helping secure the Javits funding. They joined UConn officials in announcing the grant awards during a brief ceremony at the Wilbert Snow Elementary School in Middletown.

Project SPARK (Supporting and Promoting Advanced Readiness in Kids) adopts the Young Scholars Model that has proven successful in Fairfax County, VA. A research team led by Neag Educational Psychology Associate Professor Catherine Little will help teachers screen kindergartners and first- and second-graders in 12 diverse school districts in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. Students showing high potential will take part in specialized summer programs designed to enhance their academic abilities. The project, which could become a national model, is expected to involve up to 4,000 students and 300 teachers.

At Neag’s new National Center for Research on Gifted Education, researchers will be examining how gifted and talented third- through fifth-graders in Colorado, Florida, and North Carolina are taught, paying particular attention to students from underrepresented populations. Data gathered from state testing data sets, classroom visits, and other means will be used to determine how best to teach and support high-potential students from year to year. The results will be documented as best practices for all schools to use as models.

“The fact that UConn received such a large chunk of this year’s grant money is a really big deal,” says Professor Del Siegle, new director of the National Center for Research on Gifted Education. “As educators, our purpose should be to take every child as far as she or he can possibly go; to find potential and talent, and then to develop it. The only way our country is going to reach its full potential is if we help our children reach theirs.”

 

DeLauro  Courtney