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         April 19, 2017
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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)

NLCSD Leadership Transitions

We wanted to take a moment to update the NLCSD community in two recent changes in NLCSD leadership.

After many years of dedicated service to the NLCSD1 and NLCSD2 projects, John Killoran, our Liaison for the Deafblind community, will be handing over the reins to Dr. Sam Morgan, the Program Director at the National Center of Deaf-Blindness. John is transitioning into a well-deserved retirement, which we expect to be filled with scuba diving, Irish tap dancing, and continuing to give back to the deafblind community to which he has devoted his career and his heart. We will all miss learning from John about deafblindness, but most of all we will miss his mentorship, leadership, and kindness. In his stead, please join us in welcoming Dr. Sam Morgan, who will assume the role of the Liaison for the Deafblind community and the Liaison to the Public Advisory Council (PAC). Sam has been involved in the field of deafblindness for over 20 years as a teacher of students with visual impairments, orientation and mobility instructor, school principal, technical assistance provider and program director. We are certain that Sam will be an asset to NLCSD. You'll have a chance to meet him at the upcoming AERA Conference/Scholars' Meeting in San Antonio or at the fall NLCSD Meeting in Washington, DC. You may also email him at if you'd like to send him an early note of welcome!

As Sam assumes the role of primary point of contact for the PAC, Derrick will transition to co-leading Evaluation with Brooke. As always, you can reach out to anyone on the management team regarding all aspects of NLCSD.

On another note, Tina Fitzpatrick, our Administrative Assistant, has also transitioned out of the project. Tina has been with the consortium since its inception as NCLVI and we are grateful for her contributions to the success of the project. We would like to welcome Julia Goldstein, who will be taking over the administrative responsibilities for NLCSD. Julia is a quick study and has immersed herself in NLCSD. Julia can be reached at

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. 
Enrichment Program

Session 7 began on April 3rd and is off to a great start!
Cohort 1 has begun exploring 
Advocacy: Skills for Effective Advocacy at the Federal and State Levels
led by Dr. Heather Hayes.  

On April 20th, scholars will participate in their fourth and final webinar with members of the PAC.

All are welcome to join the webinar.

When: Thursday, April 20th, 2-3PM EST
Phone Line: 1-800-904-7804
Participant Code: 855959#
Cohort 2 has begun learning about  Presenting Research Findings to Diverse Audiences led by Drs. Sunggye Hong, Holly Lawson, and Claudia Pagliaro.
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.
Their Words, Their World: Take the Challenge!

Check out Elizabeth Rosenzweig's (NLCSD 2) and Jenna Voss' (NLCSD 1) YouTube video promoting their course, Their Words, Their World: Take the Challenge

For more information please click here
U.S. Department of Education Seeks Comments on New Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Website
The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) is seeking input from users of th  website as part of their effort to provide updated, easy-to-navigate IDEA resources to children with disabilities and their families, teachers, administrators, advocates, and other stakeholders.

To help facilitate this effort, OSERS has posted a  blog for users of the IDEA website to provide comments. OSERS continue efforts to improve their online resources as part of their commitment to ensure that infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities and their families have the supports and services they are entitled to under the IDEA.
Employment  Opportunities

University of Montreal is seeking applications to fill a position for Post-doctoral Fellow.  This is a 1-year contract to be administered at the University of Montreal, School of Optometry. The responsibilities of the successful candidate include working directly with the team member supervisors in Quebec, British Columbia, and Ontario.The position will begin on or after June 1st 2017 for a period of 12 months. To apply, please send a statement of interest, a detailed CV, and contact information for three references as soon as possible to
Interviews will begin on May 1st 2017. Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled. All applicants will receive a notification as to whether or not their application was successful.

Please click here for the full job posting.
The National Deaf Center on Postsecondary Outcomes (NDC)  is seeking one postdoctoral fellow to provide research and analysis support for national-level activities.

Applicants must have completed a Ph.D. in education, public policy, research methods, or related fields. Successful applicants will be expected to demonstrate evidence of research productivity, as evidenced by presentations and publications in deaf education or related fields. Strong research experience and familiarity with a variety of quantitative methods are required. Preference will be given to applicants with experience working with deaf students or clients in professional settings and those with proficiency in American Sign Language.

The position includes the opportunity for the postdoctoral fellow to work collaboratively on publications that support their emerging research agenda. Other expected activities, as fits each successful applicant's area of expertise, may include the following:
  • Conducting literature reviews and analyses
  • Supervising graduate research assistants
  • Working collaboratively with the data and evaluation teams
  • Translating research for general audiences and targeted stakeholder groups
  • Providing research and data analysis support as part of technical assistance activities
  • Presenting research findings and summaries at conferences and workshops
  • Writing and editing academic publications and research translation materials
  • Developing surveys and measures
  • Conducting secondary data analyses
  • Conducting policy analysis and reviews of legislative documents
  • Conducting qualitative data analyses 
This position will be affiliated with the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Institute at The Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk at The University of Texas at Austin. Successful applicants will be expected to be on the main Austin campus for at least 3 days a week and be available for periodic travel. Funding is available for up to 2 years.

Review of applications will begin May 1, 2017, and will continue until the position is filled. Applicants should submit a cover letter addressing their qualifications, two examples of scholarly writing, curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information of three references. Application materials should be e-mailed to Carrie Lou Garberoglio at

For more information about this position, please contact Stephanie Cawthon at or Carrie Lou Garberoglio at
The Helen Keller National Center  seeks applications for a P roject Specialist for the  National Center on Deaf-Blindness,   who will conduct an array of NCDB's national technical assistance (TA) activities. The Project Specialist collaborates with other NCDB staff in the design and delivery of formal and informal TA activities to state and multi-state deaf-blind projects and families, in support of priorities that NCDB is funded to address.

Please click here for the full job posting. 
The Research Institute (TRI) at Western Oregon University  is seeking a Grant Project Coordinator in Information Management & Dissemination for the National Center on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB).

Please click here for the full job posting.
The School for Global Inclusion and Social Development (SGISD) at the University of Massachusetts Boston  seeks applications for an educator in Vision Studies with expertise in preparing teachers of students with visual impairment (TVI) and orientation and mobility specialists (O&M). 

Please click here for the full job posting.
Please click here to apply.
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.
Salus University College of Education and Rehabilitation Speech and Language Pathology Department  is seeking a full-time assistant/associate professor.  Application review will begin immediately and will continue until the deadline of April 15, 2017.

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. Review of applications will begin April 1, 2017, and will continue until the position is filled.

Please click here for the full job posting.
------------------------------------------------------------------------------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.  The search will remain open until filled by a qualified candidate.

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. 
Initial review of candidates will begin February 20, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled. 

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. This position will remain open until filled.

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). Initial review of candidates will begin on January 27, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled.

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. The deadline for applications is April 28, 2017. 

Please click here for the full job posting.
Professional Development Opportunities

April, 2017

National Center on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB) Professional Webinar Series: Research in Deaf-Blindness 
(April 26, May 10, June 21)


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    

April, 2017

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

6/22-6/24:  2nd National Deaf Education Conference, Indianapolis, IN

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

6/29-7/1: AG Bell Symposium, Arlington, VA

July, 2017

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

7/28-7/30:  ANN 2017 Conference (American Nystagmus Network), Minneapolis, MN

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.

Please continue to check the Resource Bank, as it is updated monthly. If you would like a resource added to the bank, please email Emily Vasile (, NLCSD Coordinator.  

You can access the bank on the NLCSD website under the  Resources Bank  tab
Join NLCSD's Facebook Group!

At the July 2016 Scholars' 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
The Ever Growing Newsletter!
The NLCSD newsletter continues to expand! Please be sure to read about many of the exciting things that our scholars (current and previous) are doing within the field of sensory disabilities.

Keep reading to see what the scholars are up to in the Enrichment Program and out in the wider community. We've also added many professional opportunities and resources.  If you are interested in writing about your conference of choice experience or if you'd like to add anything to the newsletter, please contact Emily Vasile, NLCSD Coordinator at

For all general inquiries or questions related to travel reimbursement, please contact The NLCSD at
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.