Announcement for Post-Doctoral Fellowship

Arizona State University – Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College

Special Education Leadership for School Wide Equity & Access Job #10127

The Equity Alliance at ASU will fund one post-doctoral fellowship for one academic year starting in the fall of 2012. This is a residential fellowship. The selected fellow will work on research, implement technical assistance in schools and districts, and work in teacher education and educational agencies. The fellowship focuses on addressing the complex equity demands of multiple policy requirements stemming from No Child Left Behind (NCLB) and the Individual’s with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) of 2004 that shaped the intersection of general and special education. The fellow will develop expertise on two kinds of equity issues:

  • The disproportionate representation of English Language Learners (ELLs) and Native American students in special education, including interdisciplinary analyses and interventions.
  • Professional learning in high-need schools.

The fellowship will prepare scholars to generate research knowledge, build capacity in teacher education programs, schools and districts, as well as engage in service related to educational equity. The postdoctoral fellow will be apprenticed to (a) increase the amount and quality of interdisciplinary scholarship on disproportionate representation and RtI models implemented in the context of school improvement efforts to better educate ELLs and Native American students, (b) use quantitative and qualitative research methodologies, (c) engage interdisciplinary theories about the cultural nature of student and professional learning to investigate achievement, teacher quality, and programmatic equity as it impacts ELLs and Native American students with disabilities, (d) provide educational leadership in program administration and personnel preparation for a culturally diverse student population and (f) ground school improvement efforts in evidence-based practice and inquiry. 
The post-doctoral fellow will also participate with senior faculty in undergraduate/graduate teaching and graduate student apprenticeship activities (e.g. research and teaching internships and externships, research group meetings) in the target areas of the project. Ongoing sponsored projects at ASU and project partners will be tapped to provide mentoring opportunities and authentic collaborative experiences to the selected fellow. 
As one of America’s largest producers of teachers, ASU has one college in which future teachers are prepared: the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College. Teachers College prepares 4,000 teachers annually through its multiple teacher preparation programs that include undergraduate and graduate degree programs offered through traditional and non-traditional pathways. 
For questions and additional information, please contact

Salary is competitive, full benefits are included. The start date is August 16, 2012.

Required Qualifications:

a. Earned Ph.D. or Ed.D in special education or allied discipline.

b. Must have at least one publication in a peer-reviewed journal.

c. There is a service requirement associated with receiving this funding. Recipients must work in the field of special education for two years for every one-year of funding received.

d. Permanent resident or citizen of the United States.

Applicants are asked to email the following as a Word or pdf attachment to 

Application Materials:

  1. Goals and Significance of Your Work 
1.1. If you were offered the postdoctoral fellowship, explain in 300 words or less: (a) how the work of the ASU Equity Alliance will benefit you and (b) how you will advance the work of the ASU Equity Alliance. 
1.2. In fifty words or fewer, explain why your research is needed and important. 1.3. In fifty words or fewer, complete the sentence: 
Most scholars in the field now believe _________________; as a result of my research _______________.
  2. Career History in 700 words or fewer (about two pages, single spaced). Explain how your research interests have developed and how they connect (if at all) with your own life history. Describe your career plans for the next five years and how this post- doctoral fellowship will contribute to your career goals.
  3. Samples of Scholarly Writing. Submit two samples (published or unpublished) of your scholarly work, one of which should be a research paper that represents your potential as a scholar/leader and future career trajectory. The two manuscripts should not exceed a total of forty (40) pages.
  4. Curriculum Vitae. Make sure the following information is listed on your CV:
4.1. Education. From most recent to oldest degrees. Include name of institution, 
major/minor, degree, and date awarded.
4.2. Employment history. From most recent to oldest positions. Include title, 
organization name, location, and dates.
4.3. Honors, awards, or fellowships. Include title and date.
4.4. Publications and scholarly writings. Use APA editorial style to list your 
publications, scholarly writings, and professional presentations.
  5. Reference Letters. Two letters from senior scholars that know you and your work. 
The original reference letters printed on letterhead should also be mailed to: 
Dr. Alfredo J. Artiles Arizona State University Interdisciplinary B, Room 353 1120 S. Cady Mall
P.O. Box 876103 Tempe, Arizona 85287-6103

The application deadline is August 6, 2012. Applications will be reviewed weekly thereafter until the position is filled. Appointment will begin no later than August 16, 2012.

Arizona State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. (see ASU’s complete non-discrimination statement at:

The Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College actively encourages diversity among its students, faculty, and staff.

Download PDF flier here: Post-DocAnnouncement2012

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