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Graduate Research Assistantship for Doctoral Students in Special Education – Apply Now!

Posted on Dec 17, 2012

The Center for Research of Learning at the University of Kansas in collaboration with its partners CAST and NASDSE, seek qualified Graduate Research Assistants to join an innovative team of researchers and developers at the Center on Online Learning and Students with Disabilities.  This federally funded Center seeks to understand how online learning can be made more accessible, engaging, and effective for K-12 learners with disabilities by investigating approaches that address learner variability within the range of conditions under which online learning occurs. To this end, researchers are engaged with districts, online developers, families, and students to identify trends, understand positive outcomes, identify and develop promising approaches, and test the potential effectiveness of key approaches.

These graduate research assistantships are available to full-time Ph.D. students in the Department of Special Education at the University of Kansas. The assistantships focus on supporting Center staff and researchers engaged in varied studies concerning K-12 online learning for students with disabilities. The research assistantships cover tuition, a competitive stipend, and fees for students. We are looking for the following in applicants:

  1. Strong oral and written communication skills in the English language.
  2. Knowledge of educational technology tools, practices, and online learning.
  3. Experience with research methodology, design, review of the literature, and similar skills in the area of data collection and synthesis.
  4. Prior experience with individuals with disabilities, especially in the K-12 classroom as a teacher, related service provider, or other educational professional seeking to the meet the overall developmental needs of individuals with disabilities.
  5. Ability to collaborate with faculty members and peers.

The deadline for submitting your application materials for the Fall 2013 semester is April 1, 2013. However, we like to make research assistantship placements earlier in the year. If you are interested in pursuing your doctoral studies in the Department of Special Education at the University of Kansas, please visit our website to learn more about us and our program:
Should you have any questions about the Graduate Research Assistantship opportunities, please feel free to contact Diana Greer at For additional information about the Center, please see

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    1. Alan Roth     March 25, 2013  10:24 am Reply

      I teach science at the Indiana School for the Blind and Visually Impaired. I hold an MA in Special Education and Rehabilitation (Visual Impairments). I would be interested in pursuing a PhD If I could complete this entirely online.