The IRIS Center is a federally funded project located within the Department of Special Education at Vanderbilt University. The primary mission of the IRIS Center is to develop and disseminate engaging, interactive online resources about evidence-based practices to help teachers improve the education and behavior outcomes for all students, particularly struggling learners and those with disabilities.
Research Assistants will be engaged in development, review, and dissemination of online resources.
Applicants will be asked to complete a writing assignment as part of the application and selection process.
Ranked as the #1 Special Education Program in the nation by U.S. News & World Report for more than a decade, our department has long been a leader both in research and practice.
Located within the Department of Special Education and supported by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs, the IRIS Center develops and disseminates free, engaging online resources about evidence-based instructional and behavioral practices to support the education of all students, particularly struggling learners and those with disabilities. These resources, designed to bridge the research-to-practice gap, are intended for use in college teacher preparation programs, in professional development (PD) activities for practicing professionals, and by independent learners. The array of IRIS resources includes modules, case studies, information briefs, course/PD activities, a high-leverage practices alignment tool, and an online glossary of disability-related terms as well as supporting products to enhance their use in coursework and PD activities. All of these resources are available for free on the center's barrier-free website, which hosts over 4 million visits per year worldwide.
Duties and Responsibilities
Conduct research/literature reviews about identified evidence-based practices in education
Work with and/or interviewing content experts in key educational areas
Translate research findings and write content for instructional resources (e.g., IRIS Modules, Case Study Units, Activities, Information Briefs, Fundamental Skill Sheets, Teacher Tip Sheets). These resources are used by college and university faculty to provide instruction to college students and by educators in the field for professional development/independent learning
Participate in individual and team reviews of draft resources
Help coordinate training and dissemination activities (e.g., Webinars, virtual trainings, coffee chats)
Participates in development, review and revision process of educational resources
Non-Essential Duties: Other duties as assigned
Additional clearly articulated responsibilities, duties, and performance expectations with a strong emphasis on outcomes and outcomes as required of the role
Minimum Master's degree in special education, learning and design, or instructional design
Strong writing skills, particularly the ability to explain complicated concepts clearly so that they make sense to novice learners
Experience with instructional design and materials development preferred
Excellent organizational and communication skills, including independent writing skills
Exceptionally high level of accuracy and attention to detail
Ability to efficiently manage multiple tasks with accuracy and respond to changing priorities
Ability to adapt communication appropriately for purpose and audience
Ability to work as part of the team and accept and incorporate feedback
Professional appearance and demeanor
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Vanderbilt University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.
Please note, all candidates selected for an offer of employment are subject to pre-employment background checks, which may include but are not limited to, based on the role for which they have been selected: criminal history, education verification, social media review, motor vehicle records, credit history, and professional license verification.
Internal Number: 10000617
About Vanderbilt University
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