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         February 23, 2017
In This Issue
Upcoming Important Dates:
4/26/17: NLCSD Scholars and Mentors Meeting; San Antonio, TX

4/27/17 - 5/01/17: Scholars Attend AERA, San Antonio, TX

9/25/17 - 9/26/17: NLCSD Consortium/PAC/
Scholars Meeting, OSEP, Washington DC 

Late Spring 2018: Scholars/Mentors Meeting & Teaching Professor Conference (dates/location TBD)

November 2018: Scholars/Mentors Meeting & TED Conference, Las Vegas, NV (dates/location TBD)

Spring 2020: 
Scholars/Mentors Meeting & CEC Annual Convention (dates/location TBD)

A Fully Packed Newsletter!

The NLCSD newsletter is expanding! We've added a new section in which a scholar will share information of interest to our community that he/she gathered at a conference of choice. Read Elaine Smolen's (Cohort 2, DHH) piece on policy below. 

Keep reading for see what the scholars are up to in the Enrichment Program and out in the wider community. Also, we've added many professional opportunities and resources.  If you'd like to add anything to the newsletter, please contact Emily Vasile, NLCSD Coordinator (
NLCSD Represents at ACE-DHH Conference!

NLCSD had a strong presence this year at the 43rd Annual International Association of College Educators - Deaf and Hard of Hearing Conference in February in San Antonio, TX.  A total of 15 NLCSD current and former scholars attended. Three scholars gave poster presentations and 14 gave 45-minute presentations. 

Pictured from left to right: Elizabeth Rosenzweig (NLCSD 2, Cohort 2) and Jenna Voss (NLCSD 1, Cohort 1)

NLCSD 2 Cohort 1 scholars pictured from left to right: Sulaiman Adoeoye, Kimberly Hutter, Taylor Hallenbeck, Brittany Dorn, Casey Reimer, and Kristi Probst.

Save the Date!

The 2017 Consortium - PAC - Scholars meeting dates have been set.  Please hold Monday, September 25 and Tuesday, September 26, 2017 on your calendar. Meetings will be held at the Office of Special Education Programs in Washington, D.C. 
My Conference of Choice - Federal Policy Institute

As part of a class on education policy offered by Teachers College, Columbia University, I attended the Federal Policy Institute in Washington, DC, from January 9 through 13, 2017.  The weeklong institute featured panels with prominent policymakers, think tank researchers, and advocacy groups, as well as one-on-one interviews and networking with those on the forefront of crafting education policy at the federal level.

-- Elaine Smolen,  Cohort 2 Scholar

Teacher's College, Columbia University class in the hearing room of the Senate HELP Committee.  Elaine Smolen - back row, fourth from the right.  Dr. Kagan - front row, far left.

Please click here to read more about Elaine's experience at the Federal Policy Institute.
Enrichment Program

Session 5 began on February 6, 2017 and is off to a great start!
Cohort 1 has begun exploring  Public Policy: Development, Implementation, and Evaluation, led by Dr. Heather Hayes.

Scholars have participated in their first two webinars with members of the PAC from the following organizations: National Association of the Deaf (NAD), Council for Exceptional Children Division on Visual Impairments and Deafblindness (CEC-DVIDB), American Council of the Blind (ACB), Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (AERBVI), American Foundation for the Blind (AFB), and the National Center on Deafblindness (NCDB). 
Cohort 2 has begun learning about Quality Indicators of Descriptive and Correlational Research,  led by Drs. Silvia Correa-Torres and John Luckner.
The complete 2016-2017 Enrichment Program syllabus for Cohort 1 can be found here

The complete 2016-2017 Enrichment Program syllabus for Cohort 2 can be found here.
Call for Proposals!

The Call for Proposals is now open for the 2017 Getting in Touch with Literacy conference! 

Proposals will be accepted in the following areas:
- emergent literacy
- educational instruction and assessment
- literacy in everyday life
- literacy for individuals with multiple disabilities
- vocational/adult literacy
- assistive technology and tactile graphics

Deadline for submission is March 15, 2017. Please click here to submit a proposal.
Pearson Seeks Reviewers for Pre-Kindergarten Nemeth Braille Code Curriculum

Pearson is seeking 20 volunteers to review the Pre-Kindergarten Nemeth Braille Code Curriculum with students who are learning to read and write in braille.  

Please click here for more information.
The National Deaf Center is Now Open!

The National Deaf Center on Postsecondary Outcomes (NDC) is now open! Please click here to view an introductory video on the NDC. Check out their website to learn more about the NDC, the individuals they serve, and resources within the deaf community. 

Employment  Opportunities

Educational Testing Services of Princeton, NJ is recruiting qualified candidates for the on-site scoring for Praxis Braille on March 27, 2017
at their Rosedale campus in Princeton, NJ.

Please click here for the full job posting.

New Mexico School for the Blind and Visually Impaired  is accepting applications for a School Superintendent.

Please click here for the full job posting. 

Salus University College of Education and Rehabilitation Speech and Language Pathology Department  is seeking a full-time assistant/associate professor.

Please click here for the full job posting. 

Jackson State University Department of Special Education
seeks to hire a program coordinator for the Deep South Synergy (DSĀ² ) Training Teachers of the Visually Impaired Project.

Please click here for the full job posting.

The National Deaf Center on Postsecondary Outcomes  is currently advertising for two postdoctoral fellows to provide research and analysis support for national-level activities. 

Please click here for the full job posting.
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Lamar University College of Fine Arts & Communication Department of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education is currently advertising for three faculty positions. The University seeks a person who is fluent in American Sign Language, with high energy, and enthusiasm, and vision to work within the department. 

Please click here for the full job posting. 

The Department of Educational Psychology, Special Education, and Communication Disorders of the College of Education & Human Development in conjunction with Perimeter College of Georgia State University  seeks to hire a Clinical Assistant Professor to direct and teach the American Sign Language Interpreter Education Program.  

Please click here for the full job posting. 

The College of Education, Health and Human Sciences at The University of Tennessee is seeking applications to fill a non-tenure track Clinical Assistant Professor in Deaf Education position. The position begins August 1, 2017.

Please click here for the full job posting. 

The Department of Communication Disorders at Marshall University  is seeking a 12 month non-tenure track Clinical Assistant Professor-Early Interventionalist.

Please click here for the full job posting. 

National Technical Institute for the Deaf is currently advertising for 4 tenure-track assistant professors to teach developmental English or Composition and Rhetoric in the Department of Liberal Studies. 

For more information please email Dr. Eugene Lylak, Chair, Search Committee-Developmental English ( or Pam Conley - Chair, Search Committee - Comp. and Rec. (

T he Department of Special Education at Illinois State University in Normal, IL, a large public university with state and nationally recognized teacher preparation programs, invites applications for a tenure-track position to be filled at the rank of Assistant Professor in the area of Low Vision/Blindness (LVB).  

Please click here for the full job posting.

The Deaf Studies Department at California State University, Northridge is currently advertising for a full-time, tenure-track faculty position for 2017-2018.   
Please click here for the full job posting.
Professional Development Opportunities


National Technical Assistance Center on Blindness and Visual Impairment (NTAC-BVI): Continuing Education Courses in  Blindness and Visual Impairment

Perkins eLearning  Self-Paced Tutorials

TSBVI Active Learning  
Upcoming Conferences & Meetings    

February, 2017

March, 2017

3/5-3/6: 2017 DB Summit, Austin, TX

3/8-3/10: 50th Annual Gatlinburg Conference, San Antonio, TX 

3/22-3/24:  2nd International Conference on Teaching Deaf Learners, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

3/24-3/25: Accessibility Summit, Washington D.C.

April, 2017

4/5-4/8: AudiologyNOW! 2017, Indianapolis, IN

4/26-4/28: 2017 Penn-Del AER Conference, Harrisburg, PA

June, 2017 

6/2-6/4: The Teaching Professor Conference, St. Louis, MO

6/21-6/23:  Educational Audiology Association (EAA), Paradise Valley, AZ

6/26-6/30: 16th International Mobility Conference, Dublin, Ireland

July, 2017

7/27-7/29: American Cochlear Implant Alliance Symposium, San Francisco, CA

August, 2017 

September, 2017

9/7-9/10:  Envision Conference, Denver, CO 

9/15-9/17: Hands & Voices Leadership Conference, Chicago, IL

October, 2017

November, 2017

11/9-11/11: 2017 ASHA Convention, Los Angeles, CA

December, 2017

12/6-12/9: Getting In Touch With Literacy, New Orleans, LA

February, 2018

NLCSD Resource Bank

A bank of resources has been created on higher education, mentorship, grantsmanship, leadership, and research in sensory disabilities for your reference.

Resources have been added to the bank in higher education, leadership, grantsmanship, research in sensory disabilities, and mentorship!  

As additional resources are added to the bank, they will be announced in the monthly newsletter. You can access the bank on the NLCSD website under the  Resources Bank  tab
Join NLCSD's Facebook Group!

At the July 2016 meeting, many participants requested an easy way of communicating with the NLCSD community, and one suggestion was a closed group on Facebook. We encourage all members of NLCSD to join and to use it as a vehicle to share information, collaborate, and strengthen our cross-disability  group. Please use the link below to access the Facebook group.  

You can also follow us on Twitter: @NLCSDproject
For More Information

For more information about NLCSD or to include information in this newsletter, please contact Brooke Kruemmling ( or Emily Vasile (

T he contents of this newsletter were developed as part of a cooperative agreement between the U.S. Department of Education (#325H140002) and Salus University .  These contents do not necessarily represent the policies of Salus University, nor the U.S. Department of Education.