Post Doctoral Fellowship in Severe Disabilities
And Secondary Curriculum

Position Posted 7/10/15 and Available Until Filled

The Department of Special Education at the University of Illinois is seeking a post-doctoral research fellow.  The successful applicant must demonstrate interest in furthering their research expertise surrounding secondary curriculum for students with severe disabilities.  This fellowship is renewable for up to two years.  The fellowship is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education called Preparing Leaders in Secondary Curriculum, Outcomes, and REsearch (SCORE).  This grant also provides funding for individuals seeking a doctoral degree.

Post-doctoral fellows will advance their leadership in research, teaching, and service with mentorship from program faculty.  They will a) engage in collaborative research, teaching, and service related to severe disabilities and secondary curriculum with key faculty, b) collaborate with general and special educators on research, teaching, and/or service activities, c) assume shared leadership for organizing and delivering the SCORE doctoral seminar, d) teach or co-teach one Advanced Topics course per year (with mentoring from key faculty), e) mentor Project SCORE doctoral students (as needed), f) immerse themselves in the University of Illinois community as appropriate (e.g., attending research colloquia, meeting faculty who share similar interests, etc.), and g) meet regularly with their mentors.  Other activities might include writing grants, writing for publication, implementing individually designed research, or auditing classes.

Eligibility:  Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.  Fellows must possess a Ph.D. in special education or a related field and goals consistent with the program.  Individuals funded by SCORE must sign a service agreement indicating that they will work in the field of special education for two years for every year of funding received.

Application Process: Individuals who meet the eligibility requirements should submit a cover letter, vita, sample publication, and the names and contact information for three references.

For more information, please contact:

Stacy K. Dymond, Professor, at

Women, minorities, and individuals with disabilities are particularly encouraged to apply. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.