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Florida Center for Reading Research: Postdoctoral Program

The Florida Center for Reading Research (FCRR) offers a Postdoctoral Interdisciplinary Training Program (PIRT) in Education Science. The FCRR postdoctoral training program builds on a set of extensive resources and training opportunities currently available at Florida State University (FSU). Two recent developments at FSU provide a unique training environment for postdoctoral fellows: (1) The establishment of the Florida Center for Reading Research (FCRR) in 2002, and (2) the establishment of the FCRR Predoctoral Interdisciplinary Training Program, funded by the Institute of Education Sciences and housed in FCRR. From its inception, FCRR was designed to employ an interdisciplinary approach to facilitating the reading achievement of children in the State of Florida. One goal of FCRR is to increase the quality and quantity of research in educational sciences across disciplines. FCRR's PIRT program provided the means for establishing formal links between faculty associated with FCRR and their graduate students, taking advantage of the interdisciplinary structure of FCRR and the resources of FCRR to provide graduate students from different relevant departments with coursework, experiences, and a common evidence-based approach to education science. FCRR's predoctoral training program brings together faculty with substantial expertise and on-going projects in evaluation and measurement with faculty within education and related fields who have substantial knowledge of issues related to curricula, teacher preparation, and the culture of schools.

FCRR's Postdoctoral Program builds upon this capacity, providing postdoctoral fellows with access to knowledge, resources, and training experiences. The program is designed to produce professionals that can demonstrate the required level of methodological rigor and expertise, statistical sophistication, and a deep understanding of the theoretical, practical, and policy issues related to educational research and policy. We also provide practical experience with conducting large-scale evaluations of educational practices. Dr. Christopher Lonigan or Dr. Christopher Schatschneider will serve as the primary mentors for postdoctoral fellows. The training program for fellows will be tailored to individual strengths and the areas where additional depth is needed. A fellow's primary mentor provides access to ongoing research projects and archival data. Fellows will be required to work with a secondary mentor who is outside of the discipline of the primary mentor to complete a research project.

Principal Investigator: Christopher Lonigan

Postdoctoral Training Information