Research Support Specialist-1
The University of Miami, Teaching and Learning Department is seeking an energetic full time Research Support Specialist to work on an exciting middle school reading research project. The Research Support Specialist performs a variety of duties involved in the project including, but not limited to management and coaching of middle school reading teachers, reading program evaluation, and collection, compilation, and documentation of research data related to the assigned research studies. The incumbent also assists with the implementation of daily study activities and provides support to these activities.
This position provides a unique experience to acquire knowledge on new way to teach reading as well as hands on involvement with classroom teachers on how to better teach middle school students with and at-risk for reading disabilities. The appointees, while working under the direct supervision of the principal investigator and project coordinator, will divide their time between instructing, supporting, and coaching teachers implementing the Adolescent Multi-Component-Intensive Training-Reading program (AMP-IT-UP) program along with other assigned research responsibilities at the University of Miami.
The person applying for this position should have experience;
1) teaching reading to students with and at-risk for reading disabilities,
2) as a reading coach would be ideal,
3) conducting research,
4) experience administering standardized assessments for reading, and 5)experience administering Oral Reading Fluency classroom level assessment.
Furthermore, the applicant needs to be enthusiastic about supporting and coaching middle school teachers who teach reading, participating in a team environment, and enjoy interacting on numerous levels with middle school teachers and students. The candidate for the position must be results oriented and believe that all stud ents can learn to read regardless of their background.
The position starts April 1, 2022 and goes through the 2026 academic year.
CORE JOB FUNCTIONS
Provide in-class and outside of class instruction, coaching, and support to middle school teachers implementing the AMP-IT-UP reading program.
Research, collects, and maintains classroom databases, reports on the status of research activities, and submits monthly activity logs for protocol.
Serves as a point of contact for project teachers and ensures teachers implement of AMP-IT-UP to fidelity by conducting fidelity and observation checks.
Reviews study progress, identifies areas of opportunity, and recommends solutions.
Prepares and updates study research procedures manuals.
Conduct bi-weekly Oral Reading Fluency passages and beginning and end year reading assessments
Contributes to the publication and presentation of significant results and writes and edits material for publication and presentation.
Maintains research files and responds to any and all research study communications.
Adheres to University and unit-level policies and procedures and safeguards University assets.
This list of duties and responsibilities is not intended to be all-inclusive and may be expanded to include other duties or responsibilities as necessary.
Requirements: Bachelorís degree in Education and/or Special Education.
Certification and Licensing:
Currently have or previously have had:
Certification(s) in Education and/or Special Education, Either:
Florida State Endorsement in Reading
Degree (Bachelorís, M asterís, Ed.S., Ed.D., Ph.D.) in Reading
In teaching reading, working as a reading coach for a school, working with students with reading disabilities, and experience administering standardized achievement assessments.
Knowledge, Skills and Attitudes:
Ability to communicate effectively in both oral and written form.
Ability to handle difficult and stressful situations with professional composure.
Ability to maintain effective interpersonal relationships.
Ability to understand and follow instructions.