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         November 16, 2016            
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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)

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 OSEP. 
Enrichment Program

The Enrichment Program began on October 3rd and continues to be a great success!

Thanks to Drs. Stacy Kelly, Olaya Landa-Vialard, Laura Bozeman, Kim Avila, and Maribeth Lartz for leading Cohort 1 scholars in their session: Critical Components of Grant Proposals, Resources, and Submission Processes. 

Many thanks to Dr. Larry Wexler, Director of Research to Practice at OSEP, for presenting an engaging webinar to Cohort 1 scholars and NLCii scholars on November 7th. Larry discussed grant priorities and selection criteria and answered scholar questions.

Thanks to Cohort 2 leaders,  Drs. Deborah Hatton and Shirin Antia, for leading scholars through
Quality Indicators of Research in Special Education. 

Session 3 will run from November 28th - December 16th. 
Cohort 1 will be discussing Critical Components of Grant Administration Processes,  led by Drs. Brooke Kruemmling, Paula Conroy, and Kathryn Botsford.  Cohort 2 will be discussing Quality Indicators of Group Experimental Research,  led by Drs. Angel Wang, William Clark, and Rob Wall Emerson.

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.
Congratulations Danene!

Please join us in congratulating Ms. Danene Fast, NLCSD Cohort 1 scholar, as the recipient of the 2016 Judy Cernkovich Educator of the Year Award, given by the Ohio chapter of the Association for the Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired.  

Danene is being recognized for her contributions in personnel preparation in both Orientation and Mobility, Education and Visual Impairment Education, and for her time in outreach education at the Ohio State School for the Blind.
Congratulations Kristi!

Please join us in congratulating Ms. Kristi Probst, NLCSD Cohort 1 scholar, as one of five 2016 American Printing House for the Blind (APH) Scholars. She was nominated by Serena Preston, Superintendent of the Illinois School for the Visually Impaired.  

Scholars attend APH's Annual Meeting, including its Scholars Academy. While at Annual Meeting, Kristi had the opportunity to interact with many  leaders in the field of blindness and visual impairment.  
Join NLCSD's closed Facebook group!

At the July 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
Penn-Del AER Call for Presentations!

Attention: Education and Rehabilitation Professionals!
  Share YOUR ideas, strategies, insights, 
and professional experience at the
2017 Penn-Del AER Conference!
Building Bridges - Creating Connections
April 26-28, 2017;  Harrisburg, PA
Penn-Del AER Conference Call for Presentations:
The annual Penn-Del AER Conference offers a nationally respected venue for professionals to share their knowledge and expertise and their own creative techniques and approaches! We welcome YOUR reports on effective practices, innovative programs, employment strategies, and research design or results. Professionals often learn best from each other, and Penn-Del AER offers a terrific opportunity for us to build bridges and create connections that will strengthen the services we provide.
Please consider sharing YOUR ideas, strategies, insights, and experience with your colleagues at the 2017 Penn-Del AER Conference. The Call for Presentations submission form is available on the Penn-Del AER website at  Penn-Del AER Call for Presentations
$100.00 Honorarium for each Concurrent Presentation
$50.00 Honorarium for each Poster Presentation 
Deadline for submission is  December 1, 2016.
The Pennsylvania-Delaware Chapter of the Association for the Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (AER) supports professionals who provide education & rehabilitation services to people with visual impairments.
Job  Opportunities

The North Carolina Central University School of Education is currently advertising for a full-time, tenure-track permanent faculty position:  Assistant/Associate Professor/Coordinator VITP. The posting will remain open until filled. Position start date 01/01/2017.

Position Overview

Primary Function of Organizational Unit:
The NCCU School of Education offers undergraduate, graduate, licensure and professional development programs. The School offers traditional, classroom-based instruction as well as instruction via the Internet and teleconferencing. Faculty and staff bring diverse knowledge and experience, provide students with a unique learning experience; teach in small classroom size for easier access to each other and their instructors; and employ the latest technology.

Primary Purpose of Position
To teach, advise and supervise Special Education students in the Visual Impairment Training Program while conducting research in the VITP field, and providing service to the university.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Applicants must demonstrate potential for scholarly research and publication in the fields of visual impairments and/or orientation and mobility and must show potential for successful teaching at the university level. Applicants committed to preparing teachers for culturally diverse populations, and with expertise and teaching experience working with K-12 students with visual impairments are preferred.

Minimum Education/Experience
Applicants must have an earned doctorate in Special Education or a related field with primary specialization in visual impairment and/or orientation and mobility. Applicants who anticipate earning a doctorate in the aforementioned field by August 2017 will also be considered.

Licenses or Certification Required by Statute or Regulation
A valid teaching license in visual impairment or eligibility to receive one or certification in orientation and mobility is required. 

Applicant Required Documents
1.  Resume/CV
2.   Cover Letter
3.   Unofficial Transcripts (official required from selected candidate)
4.  Letter of Recommendation 1
5.   Letter of Recommendation 2
6.   Letter of Recommendation 3

Applicant Optional Documents
1.   Teaching Philosophy
2.   Writing Sample
3.   Other Document
4.   DD-214 (for Veterans Only)
Special Instructions to Applicants
Finalist will be required to submit 3 official transcripts and submit to a background investigation.

Materials should be submitted to:
William Wiener, Ph.D.
700 Cecil Street
H. M. Michaux Jr. Education Building, Rm 2105
Durham, North Carolina 27707
Phone: (919) 530-7175


The 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).  We offer graduate and undergraduate programs leading to licensure in multicategorical disabilities (LBS), low vision/blindness (LVB), and deaf/hard of hearing (DHH).  The ISU LVB program is one of the few undergraduate programs in the country, and has a newly revised curriculum that includes extensive assistive technology as well as established connections with school partners. The LVB program is also a partner of the National Leadership Consortium in Sensory Disabilities.  The Department is an ideal choice for an individual seeking a balanced professional life where contributions in teaching, research, and service are valued.
Position: The tenure-track position, to start on August 16, 2017, is a nine-month position with the opportunity for summer employment.  Responsibilities may include teaching undergraduate and graduate courses, supervising students in school practicum settings, conducting and supervising research activities, seeking external funding, and providing university and professional service. Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.
Required Qualifications: Applicants must hold an earned doctorate in special education or related field with expertise in LVB (ABD considered). 
State law mandates demonstrable oral proficiency in the English language as a requirement for this position.
Desired Qualifications: Priority will be given to applicants who have experience teaching or providing direct service to individuals with low vision/blindness; university teaching experience; and an active research agenda. 
Preference will be given to applicants who have expertise in one or more of the following areas: Braille, Nemeth code, basic orientation and mobility, deaf-blindness, or assistive technology.
Application Procedure: Initial review of candidates will begin January 27, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled.  To ensure full consideration, please complete the faculty employment application at (posting # 0708757). Additionally, please email a letter of application, including description of teaching philosophy and research agenda, vita, writing sample, and contact information for three professional references to Dr. Yun-Ching Chung at
Illinois State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Minority/Female/Disability/ Veteran
If you are having difficulty accessing the system, please call Human Resources at (309) 438-8311.
If you are an individual with a disability and need a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or other state or federal law, you may request an accommodation by contacting Shelly Costa, Assistant Director in the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access at (309) 438-3383 or visit
Yun-Ching Chung Ph.D.
Chair, Search Committee
Department of Special Education
Illinois State University
Normal, Illinois  61790
Phone: 309-438-2456


The Deaf Studies Department at California State University, Northridge is currently advertising for a full-time, tenure-track faculty position for 2017-2018.  The complete job announcement detailing the job qualifications and responsibilities is listed below.
To better acquaint you with the Deaf Studies Department at CSUN, here is some information about us:

*       CSUN is located in the San Fernando Valley area of sunny Southern California (25 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles)

*       We offer a BA degree program in Deaf Studies with six different concentration areas to choose from:  ASL/English Interpreting, ASL and ASL Literature, Deaf Cultural Studies, Pre-Deaf Education, Deaf Community Services, Deaf Cultural Studies, and Special Option (individualized program). 

*       We currently have 474 declared majors, four full-time faculty including a Department Chair, eighteen adjunct faculty, and five staff members (office staff, interpreting staff and academic advisement staff). 

*       We are active in sponsoring a number of campus and community activities including Social Justice Conference, Deaf People of Color Art Exhibit, Distinguished Guest Speakers, ASL & Deaf Theatre Productions, mini-conferences, and student retreats.
For more information about CSUN, check our website: .  If you wish to know more about the job opening, our department ,  and/or our future goals, please feel free to contact Flavia Fleischer via e-mail at

Higher Education, Mentorship, and Leadership Resources

We are in the process of creating a bank of resources on higher education, mentorship, and leadership, for your reference. As 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
Upcoming Conferences & Meetings    

March, 2017

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

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

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

December, 2017

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

February, 2018

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.