R2D2

R2D2

Preparing the Next Generation of Reading Disabilities and Dyslexia Researchers

Led by faculty in the School of Teacher Education (STE) and the Florida Center for Reading Research (FCRR), the R2D2 doctoral training program will produce 5 scholars in Reading or Special Education who are ready to train effective teachers, conduct rigorous research, and lead the field. With partners in schools and communities throughout the nation, R2D2 scholars will join a thriving inclusive and interdisciplinary intellectual community dedicated to advancing the science of reading to improve learning and achievement for all leaners.

 

The annual funding package Includes the Following:

  • $30,000 stipend
  • Full tuition
  • Health insurance
  • Allowance for textbooks, supplies, and conference travel

 

When should I apply?

Review of applications will begin on December 1, 2021 and will continue until all five fellowships are awarded. Candidates are encouraged to submit complete applications early.

Click here to register for an R2D2 information session on October 19, or to receive additional information.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is this program?

Led by faculty in the School of Teacher Education (STE) and the Florida Center for Reading Research (FCRR), the R2D2 doctoral training program will produce 5 scholars ready to train effective teachers, conduct rigorous research, and lead the field. With partners in schools and communities throughout the nation, R2D2 scholars will join a thriving inclusive and interdisciplinary intellectual community dedicated to advancing the science of reading to improve learning and achievement for all leaners.

What specific activities will I be doing as part of the program?

As a scholar in this program, you will have high quality opportunities to engage in coursework, research, teaching, and leadership/service. Coursework is designed to build knowledge and skills in advanced topics in reading research and theory; research design and statistical methods; and manuscript and grant writing. Research opportunities include attending conferences, participating in high impact research projects at FCRR, engaging in independent research, disseminating research findings, and applying for external funding. Teaching opportunities include training in how to instruct in higher education, completion of the University of Florida Graduate Certificate Program in Dyslexia, co-teaching experiences, and independent teaching experiences. Leadership and service activities will help you to begin to engage in a larger community of scholars and with local community partners. For example, you will obtain membership in the International Dyslexia Association, Council for Exceptional Children, and Society for the Scientific Study of Reading. Leadership training activities are integrated into the program, such as serving as an apprentice at FCRR or participating in activities through the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity. You will also serve local community partners through The Village at FCRR, with an opportunity to develop and deliver professional development.

What are the kinds of research projects that faculty are working on?

Here is a sampling (not exhaustive) of research projects that you could be a part of:

  • Florida Learning Disabilities Research Center
  • LDBase
  • Variable Vowel Collaborative Learning Disabilities Innovation Hub
  • Core Knowledge Language Arts Read Aloud Efficacy Study
  • Regional Education Lab—Southeast
  • Seminole County Schools Research Practice Partnership
  • Project VOICES
  • Quantitative Methodology & Innovation Division
  • National Center for Improving Literacy

Most of these large research projects are funded by the U.S. Department of Education, National Institutes of Health, or private foundations. You can find out more information about these on our website: www.fcrr.org.

What degree will I receive? Will there be any other certifications?

Upon completion of the program, scholars will receive a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis on Reading or Special Education. Scholars will also receive a dyslexia certificate from the University of Florida (see https://education.ufl.edu/special-education/programs/dyslexia/).

Can I complete the degree online or part time? Can I work full time while participating in the program?

This program is designed to be a rigorous, immersive experience with the goal of training you to be a highly qualified researcher. Therefore, it requires a full-time commitment for 4 years, with physical residency at Florida State University. No online option is available. While some students obtain part-time work to supplement their income, the expectation is that the research training will be the focus of your work for the duration of the program.

What are the minimum requirements?

We require prior P-12 teaching or clinical experience teaching struggling readers or students with reading, learning, or language-based disabilities. Ideal candidates may have previously worked as classroom or special education teachers, reading or instructional coaches, or speech- language pathologists. Prior certification, training, or expertise in reading or special education is preferred.

A commitment to the following will also be required:

  • A commitment to begin the doctoral program in Reading Education in August 2022
  • A commitment to study full-time on campus for the duration of the training program
  • A commitment to attain a faculty position in a university post-graduation

Do I have to be from Florida to apply?

No, we are looking for the most highly qualified candidates from across the United States for this prestigious program. Please note that only US citizens or permanent residents are eligible to receive the funding package.

What is the annual funding package?

The annual funding package includes the following:

  • $30,000 stipend
  • Full tuition
  • Health insurance
  • Allowance for textbooks, supplies, and conference travel

How many students are you admitting?

Funding is available for only 5 students, who will begin in Fall 2022.

When should I apply?

Program applications are due on or before December 1, 2021.

Who is the funding source?

This program is funded by the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) through the U.S. Department of Education. OSEP is dedicated to improving results for infants, toddlers, children, and youth with disabilities ages birth through 21.

What other information should I know?

We strongly encourage candidates from underrepresented groups to apply, including individuals from race-, ethnic-, and cultural-minority groups, first-generation graduate students, and individuals with disabilities.


Florida State University (University) is an equal opportunity employer and educational provider committed to a policy of non-discrimination for any member of the University's community on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, veterans' status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or any other legally protected group status. This policy applies to faculty, staff, students, visitors, applicants, and contractors in a manner consistent with applicable laws, regulations, ordinances, orders, and University policies, procedures, and processes. 

OSEP requires that all fellows be a citizen of the United States or hold permanent resident status. By accepting this fellowship, the fellow affirms that this requirement is met and will provide documentation (e.g., passport).

The contents of this website were developed under grants from the U.S. Department of Education, #H325D190037 and #H325D210062. However, those contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the U.S. Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government. Program Officer, Selete Avoke.

Contacts
Catie
Goodman
Assistant in Research
Dr.
Nicole
Patton Terry
Program Director
Dr.
Laura
Steacy
Program Director
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