Landmark College is a unique, fully accredited college for
neurodivergent students with learning differences (LD; including
dyslexia, ADHD, autism, and executive function challenges).
Landmark College provides an intentionally designed, resource-rich
academic and student life model yet is a traditional college in
most ways. Our primary location in beautiful southeastern Vermont
provides the setting for an engaged and inclusive college community
with the safety of a small, rural campus. The College is minutes
away from ski resorts and other outdoor activities, and within
driving distance of cities such as Boston, New York, and Montreal.
A position with Landmark College is more than just a job; it is an
opportunity to make a difference in the lives of often overlooked
college students and to help us change how the public thinks about
Landmark College is seeking an Associate Director of
Research (AD) for the Landmark College Institute for Research and
Training (LCIRT). The AD has primary responsibility for proposing
and carrying out research centered on the use of technology and
instructional design in learning environments by neurodivergent
learners, including those with learning disabilities, ADHD, and/or
autism. The AD will work with a team to identify and research
learning technologies, apps, and online instructional design to
determine efficacy and ease of use by neurodivergent secondary and
postsecondary students. In addition to conducting discovery and
applied research, the AD will be responsible for the management of
LCIRT’s research lab and associated programs. LCIRT offers a
variety of research-related programs for students, faculty and
staff. The AD will lead the LCIRT Research Mentorship Program
which consists of securing, training, mentoring and supervising
undergraduate research interns. The AD will also coordinate the
College-wide Research Brown Bag program focused on supporting
faculty and staff in acquiring cutting-edge research skills. On
occasion, the AD will also create and deliver evidence-based
professional development offerings to external educators and other
stakeholders. Delivery of professional development may occur in
face-to-face settings or via eLearning platforms The AD will report
to the Senior Director of LCIRT and will collaborate with LCIRT
staff in the pursuit of public and private funding
A track record of applied research on the use of online
technology and/or online instructional design with neurodivergent
- Management of the LCIRT research lab and associated
- Recruit, select, train, and supervise undergraduate research
assistants and interns as part of research endeavors.
- Seek extramural funding by identifying, contacting, and writing
proposals to funding agencies, foundations, and programs.
- Develop literature reviews, grant proposals, and resources to
support educational research initiatives.
- Serve as principal investigator, project director, project
manager, and other roles on grants and funded initiatives.
- Collect and analyze data using mixed methods to evaluate
instructional design, learning technologies, and other
- Manage projects by tracking goals, activities, timelines, and
resources, ensuring quality of deliverables and services throughout
- Collaborate with team members to develop research capacity
through mentoring and inter-disciplinary/departmental research
- Disseminate research findings in peer-reviewed journals,
conferences, and other channels as appropriate.
- Deliver customized presentations and trainings to clients at
educational institutions, public and private organizations,
conferences, and symposia as needed.
- Maintain fluency in the use of new software applications,
learning technologies, and other information technologies.
- Maintain expertise on domain-specific research and trends in
education through professional journals, conferences, and other
professional development opportunities.
- Supervise staff as necessary.
- Perform other duties as assigned or directed by the President
of the College, Vice President, and Senior Director of LCIRT.
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS AND SKILLS:
This position requires a doctoral degree in a field related to
neurodiversity and technology (e.g., Educational Technology,
Special Education, Curriculum and Instruction, Educational
Psychology, Cognitive Psychology) with at least 3-5 years of
experience in research. The candidate must have a portfolio that
demonstrates capacity to pursue grant funding, manage projects, and
handle a number of simultaneously competing priorities. Experience
should include evidence of conducting research and interventions
related to neurodiversity and technology, managing large data sets,
analyzing information using a range of quantitative and qualitative
measures, summarizing/synthesizing data to identify research
findings and recommendations, and communicating information to
professional audiences in written, spoken, and presentation
formats. Must be able to demonstrate outstanding communication and
project management skills; be a self-starter; and manage complex,
multifaceted programs and initiatives.
The candidate must be able to quickly develop an understanding
of Landmark College’s cultural climate and Universal Design
pedagogical practices and work closely with Landmark College
faculty and staff onsite. Must be willing to travel, work as a
contributing member of the LCIRT team, and exhibit flexibility in
scheduling beyond standard work hours and days.
DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS AND SKILLS:
Prior extramural funding strongly preferred.
The candidate must be able to work in general office conditions
on the Putney, VT campus, as well other conditions required by
travel. Duties require significant and regular interaction with
Landmark College and other educators, students, faculty, clients,
and the general public.
The position requires normal physical demand with the added
demand of travel, client service delivery, presentations,
workshops, and applied education research projects. Able to utilize
public transportation, operate computer equipment and software, be
willing to learn new and emerging research technologies, use mobile
and digital devices for extended periods, deliver workshops both
in-person and online, and respond to multiple priorities
Landmark College offers competitive wages
and an excellent benefits package, including medical, dental, and
vision plans; a generous vacation and time off package (four weeks'
vacation; 15 health-related days; typically, 16 paid holidays; and
two extraordinary days); a TIAA retirement plan that includes 6%
College contribution; tuition reimbursement; and more. This
position offers the opportunity to join the College during an
exciting growth phase: a breadth of short-term, online (through LC
Online), and 2- and 4-year academic programs are offered; student
retention has increased; international enrollment efforts are
underway; the College is exploring geographical expansion projects,
and enrollment outcomes have been consistent.