Professional Development

In addition to programs such as webinars that are of interest to the DR membership, the Division sponsors two ongoing programs tailored to the interests of the next generation of researchers in the field of special education.

Doctoral Student Seminars in Special Education Research 

Call for Nominations for 2018-2019:  Deadline for Nominations is September 30, 2018

DR’s Doctoral Student Seminars in Special Education Research is an online seminar and discussion series designed to foster connections among doctoral students at different universities and to contribute to raising the standard of research in the field through sustained inquiry into the question, “What makes for excellence in special education research?”  The seminar program, held each year, was inaugurated in 2008, and is an effort of DR to contribute to improving the quality of research in special education.  Selected student researchers participate with peers in generative discussions and professional development led by distinguished researchers recognized for making outstanding scientific contributions in special education. Three virtual seminars and on-line forums are held during this academic year, culminating in a final colloquium that brings students and researchers together in a session dedicated to graduate student development at the next annual CEC Convention and Expo. 

Nominees should be outstanding doctoral students in special education seeking careers in research. Nominees must have substantially completed their courses and be in the process of formulating a dissertation proposal or conducting dissertation research. Advanced doctoral students are nominated as CEC-DR Doctoral Student Scholars by a faculty member who can attest to the quality of their scholarship. Students submit an abstract and a research summary. Members of the planning committee conduct a blind review of nominations to judge the quality of the student's research and capacity to gain from and contribute to the seminars.  The application deadline is September each year and names the scholars selected soon after.  

The Doctoral Student Seminars in Special Education Research is under the leadership of Dr. Jean B. Crockett (University of Florida) and Dr. Mary Theresa Kiely (Queens College, The City University of New York).   

Beginning Career Faculty Workshop 

Application Instructions for 2016 Beginning Career Faculty Workshop (Applications Due Feb. 15, 2016)

DR conducts a Beginning Career Workshop intended primarily for tenure accruing faculty in the first three years of their career. This one-day workshop is conducted during the CEC Convention and Expo for early career faculty who apply and are selected to participate. During the workshop strategies for becoming tenured, publishing papers, writing grants, and establishing a research/scholarship agenda are discussed by nationally-recognized special education faculty members with successful records in managing externally-funded research projects and teaching. Attention is also given to balancing career and personal responsibilities. The typical workshop consists of four sessions with ample time for questions and answers. Recent workshops have included panel discussions on the following:

Panel 1: Balancing teaching, research, and service: Issues related to tenure & promotion

Panel 2: Writing for publication: Research-based & practitioner journals

Panel 3: Establishing your research/scholarship agenda

Panel 4: Grant writing (large & small/foundations/federal)

This DR workshop is conducted once every three years under the leadership of Dr. Stephen Smith (University of Florida).  The next workshop is scheduled to take place at the 2019 CEC Convention and Expo.  DR will announce the precise date for the next workshop at, including the application procedures and deadline.