Faculty Positions in Social Psychology and Bilingualism at The University of Texas at El Paso

Below is the description of 2 faculty positions at the Psychology Department at The University of Texas at El Paso. The advertisement is taken directly from the Society for the Scientific Studies of Reading listserv.

POSITION DESCRIPTION: The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), Department of Psychology, invites applications for two faculty positions. Both appointments are scheduled to start in the Fall 2016 semester.

Position 1. One open-rank faculty position in Social or Cultural Psychology,
broadly defined.
Position 2. One open-rank faculty position in Bilingualism or Second Language  Acquisition. Applicants with cognitive, developmental, or neuropsychological approaches are especially encouraged to apply.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: A Ph.D. in Psychology; published research; potential to attract external funding; and the ability to teach and direct research.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Interested candidates should submit a curriculum vitae; statement of research interests and qualifications; statement of teaching philosophy, and relevant reprints or pre-prints (no more than three). Applicants at the assistant professor level should include three letters of reference; more advanced applicants should send the names of three people who could provide letters of reference. Review of applications will start January 5. We will consider new applications until the position is closed.

ABOUT UTEP AND EL PASO: UTEP is an emerging national research university at the heart of the U.S.-Mexico border committed to the ideals of access and excellence. A leader among Hispanic-serving institutions, UTEP enrolls approximately 23,000 students – about 77 percent of them Latino – and is the only doctoral research university in the nation with a student body that is majority Mexican-American. Our social and cultural environment provides the opportunity for unique social, cultural and linguistic research programs.

UTEP contains 8 colleges and offers 71 bachelor’s, 75 master’s, and 20 doctoral degrees, with more in development. The University’s rapidly growing research portfolio in the sciences, engineering, health fields, and other areas brings in more than $83 million per year, ranking UTEP fourth in federal research expenditures among the public universities in Texas. With a 2012 and 2013 ranking by Washington Monthly magazine as one of the top 10 universities in the nation – and #1 for promoting social mobility among its graduates – UTEP is well on its way to becoming the first national research university with a 21st century student demographic.

El Paso County is a highly livable, bi-cultural community of 800,000 people, which offers affordable homes and attractive neighborhoods. It is the safest large city of its size in the United States, according to CQ Press.

ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT: The Psychology Department has 19 tenured and tenuretrack faculty members. It offers a nationally recognized doctoral program with a concentration in Social, Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience, Language Acquisition and Bilingualism, as well as concentrations in Health Psychology and Legal Psychology. Submit applications to the following link, c/o:
Michael A. Zárate, Social/Cultural Search Committee
Wendy S. Francis, Language Acquisition and Bilingualism Search Committee

The University of Texas at El Paso is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, or sexual orientation in employment or the provision of services.

Tenure-Track Assistant Professor Position in Literacy Education at Syracuse University

Information about a tenure-track Assistant Professor position at the Department of Reading and Language Arts at Syracuse University is posted below. The advertisement is taken directly from the from the Society for the Scientific Study of Reading listserv:

The Department of Reading and Language Arts in the School of Education at Syracuse University seeks a tenure track Assistant Professor in Literacy Education with a focus in intervention. Required qualifications: An earned doctorate, or completion of doctoral degree by August 2016, in literacy education, teacher education, learning sciences, curriculum and instruction, special education, educational psychology, or a related field with emphasis in literacy. The successful candidate will have prior college/university teaching experience and a minimum of 3 years teaching in K-12 classrooms or equivalent settings.

Preferred qualifications: Expertise is highly desired in areas such as intervention, literacy acquisition, coaching, and/or assessment. Also of interest is expertise in urban education, multicultural and multilingual education, inclusive schooling, and/or digital literacies. Individuals with experience in quantitative and/or mixed research methods are especially encouraged to apply. The successful candidate will have a demonstrated commitment to diversity, social justice, and equity in working with students from underrepresented groups.

Responsibilities: The successful candidate will conduct and publish research as well as seek external funding. The candidate will teach field-based undergraduate and graduate literacy courses taken by students in the Literacy, Teaching English Language Learners, and Special Education programs and collaborate with other faculty. In addition, the
candidate will advise and mentor undergraduate and graduate students and engage in departmental, school, university and professional service.

Application Procedure: For a detailed position description and online instructions, go to http://www.sujobopps.com (#072133). All applicants must attach a current CV, a letter of interest that includes discussion of research interests and teaching philosophy, contact information for three (3) letters of recommendation and two writing samples.

Review of applications begins November 30, 2015, and will continue until position is filled. Questions about the position should be sent by email to the Search Chair, Marcelle Haddix, at mhaddix@syr.edu.

Syracuse University is interested in candidates who have the communication skills and cross-cultural abilities to maximize their effectiveness with diverse groups of colleagues, students and community members. Women, military veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of other traditionally underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply. Syracuse University is an equal opportunity employer, as well as a federal contractor required to take affirmative action on behalf of protected veterans.

Post-Doctoral Position at the Florida Center for Reading Research

Information about a postdoctoral research position at the Florida Center for Reading Research is posted below. The advertisement is taken directly from the from the Society for the Scientific Study of Reading listserv:

Reading for Understanding Projects

Florida Center for Reading Research, Florida State University

Christopher Lonigan and Beth Phillips are seeking a postdoctoral researcher to join the Reading for Understanding project at FCRR. This is a multi-year, multi-study project funded by IES that is exploring longitudinal, assessment, and intervention-related research questions associated with the development and remediation of oral and reading comprehension of children from preschool- through middle-school-age children at risk for delays and difficulties associated with backgrounds of poverty.

The position will primarily involve (1) collaborating with faculty and other project personnel on data analyses and manuscript preparation with extant project data, and (2) developing and conducting investigations of novel secondary research questions.

A Ph.D. in Psychology, Education, Communication Disorders or related field is required. The ideal candidate will have broad knowledge of reading, language, and research in educational contexts. Candidates are expected to have experience with leading or collaborating on the production of peer-reviewed publications and to be familiar with multi-level analyses and use of relevant software programs (i.e., SPSS, SAS, MPLUS, R).

Interested individuals should email: (a) a cover letter describing your relevant experiences, skills, and future goals; (b) a CV; and (c) arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent directly to Beth Phillips at bphillips@fcrr.org. Consideration of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. The start date is negotiable, but no earlier than December 1, 2015.

FSU is an Equal Opportunity/Access/Affirmative Action/Pro Disabled & Veteran Employer. FSU’s Equal Opportunity Statement can be viewed at: http://www.hr.fsu.edu/PDF/Publications/diversity/EEO_Statement.pdf

OPS employees are covered under the Affordable Care Act. OPS employees that meet certain criteria will be offered affordable health care coverage. For more information, please visit the following website regarding the Affordable Care Act, http://hr.fsu.edu/?page=benefits/insurance/insurance_home&ops=1

Literacy Portal – A Website for Adults with Dyslexia

Éva Gyarmathy is a Senior Researcher at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and is working on a research project involving adults with dyslexia, specifically an online portal. Here is some information from Dr. Gyarmathy about the project:


“We work on a research project on adult dyslexia. We have created an online portal service to follow and register the needs of dyslexic adults and the effect of the support. This is the portal site: http://www.literacyportal.eu

We collect ideas for our dyslexic users to be more effective in everyday life. We managed to develop an online test of dyslexia, not a questionnaire, but really a test. The validation study shows that our online test differentiates dyslexic users and can identify their strengths and weaknesses.”

This is the link to the test: http://www.literacyportal.eu/en/test-yourself.html

To take the test, all you need to do is create a free account through the portal. What do you think of the test?

The portal not only has this online test but a huge range of other resources including information about dyslexia, tips on how to manage your time and other aspects of daily life, brain training exercises, and forums to connect to other adults with dyslexia.


What do you think of the Literacy Portal?

–Rita W. El-Haddad

Online Survey of College and Graduate Students with Dyslexia or Learning Disabilities

The following information was taken from the Dyslexic Advantage April Newsletter:
“Dyslexic and LD Student Volunteers Needed for Research Study: Columbia University Online Survey of College & Grad Students Experiencing Discrimination
Elizabeth Geiger, a student in Counseling at Columbia University Teachers College in NY, would like college and grad students to take her brief online survey about discrimination.

Interview Study with New Nurses with Learning Disabilities

I recently received an email from Michelle Cook who is a doctoral student and nurse educator at Regis College in Weston, MA. She currently conducting research study on new nurses with learning disabilities and wanted to spread the word about the study. The study consists of an interview that can be done in person or remotely using Skype or Face Time. I have pasted information below about eligibility and goals of the study. Check it out to see if you or anyone you know may qualify:

“A nurse educator and doctoral student would like to interview new Registered Nurses with learning disabilities to describe their transition into practice experience.

The interview should take about 45 minutes and there is no cost other than your time. As a gesture of appreciation participants will receive a $10 coffee gift card.

The study has been approved by Regis College IRB and all information is confidential. 

If interested or if you know of anyone who may qualify please email the researcher at newnursesstudy@gmail.com

Below is a more detailed description about the study:

“Ask any nurse what it was like to move from the role of a student to that of a new nurse and I bet you’ll get an earful. Transition into nursing practice is tough. The amount of information a new nurse must process causes the transition period to be overwhelming and extremely stressful, yet the need to be accepted as a capable peer is key for a successful transition.

Now, imagine transitioning as a new nurse with a learning disability. Currently there is no information on this particular group of nurses who are often hidden among us. As students nurses they are hardworking, cautious practitioners who very likely will carry that attention to detail and work ethic with them as they enter the work force.

Information about how they experience transition is not only valuable information for nurse leaders, but could also assist all new nurses as they enter their professional role.

If you are a new nurse with a learning disability or if you know someone who is, please email me for more information at newnursesstudy@gmail.com

–Rita W. El-Haddad


Dyslexia and Technology Survey

Bachelor of Education student, Kelly Holborow, is conducting a research project on dyslexia. This project is an online survey about the way that technology used in school supports children with dyslexia. Below is some more information about the study from Kelly as well as the link to the survey. If you are at least 18 years old and have either worked with or are the parent of someone with dyslexia then you are able to complete this survey. Please fill out the survey and pass it along!

“You are invited to participate in a research project looking at how technology in school supports children with dyslexia. The purpose of this research is to find out how adaptive technologies are used to support learners with dyslexia to help them to achieve their full potential in education.”

“This questionnaire is a part of research for my Bachelor of Education Degree in Primary Education with ICT. I am studying at Plymouth University in the Education department under the supervision of Steve Wheeler.The questionnaire will take between 5 and 10 minutes to complete.”

“If you have worked with or are the parent of a dyslexic person, please complete my survey:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/LD9FRK3

–Rita W. El-Haddad

NYC Dyslexia Interview Research Study

We are now recruiting participants for our latest research study. Below is information about the study and eligibility. If you have any questions or are interested in joining please email nyc.dyslexia@gmail.com or call 347-446-7838

Language researchers at the City University of New York (CUNY) are interested in interviewing adults with dyslexia. We want to know about YOUR experiences: how you feel about your diagnosis, your experiences at school/work, and the sorts of accommodations you may have received.


  • Officially diagnosed with dyslexia (does not matter when you were diagnosed)
  • If you have dyslexia as well as other learning issues (ADD/ADHD, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, SLI, etc.) you are also eligible to join
  • At least 18 years of age
  • Learned English before age 5

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Recruiting Participants for NYC Dyslexia Research Study

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We are still recruiting participants for our research on dyslexia. The information about the study is below – please feel free to call or email us if you have any questions or are interested in participating. Information about the study is below:

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NYC Dyslexia Resarch Study: Participants Needed

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We are recruiting participants for our research on dyslexia. Please call 347-446-7838 or email nyc.dyslexia@gmail.com if you are interested or would like more information.

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