Graduate Reseaerch Assistantships - Office of Special Education, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV

Posted: Wednesday, November 3, 2021


Graduate Research Assistantship in Adapted Physical Activity/Education

Positions currently open on a multi-institutional doctoral training grant funded through the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education. West Virginia University is part of a consortium of nine institutions who are seeking to train 28 highly qualified professionals in adapted physical education/activity, with emphasis on building research and teaching capacity within our field.

We have two fully funded PhD graduate research assistantships available, with a January 2022 or August 2022 start date. This scholar will receive a graduate assistantship position in our Ph.D. program in Coaching and Teaching Studies with a concentration in adapted physical education/activity.


This fully funded graduate assistantship is for up to 3 years of study, and includes

  • a waiver of university tuition (valued at around $28,000 per year)
  • coverage of college and university fees
  • student health insurance
  • a 12-month stipend upwards of $21,000 per year, and
  •  around $4500-$7000 yearly in professional development money.

Advisors. You would be advised by Dr. Andrea Taliaferro and/or  Dr. Samantha Ross.

Doctoral program. Our doctoral program has a strong emphasis on curricular development, building professional capacity to enact inclusion within public schools and community programs, and integration of technology within these settings. More information on our doctoral programs (we offer both a PhD and EdD) can be found at:


Professional opportunities

  • Scholars may complete externships at any of the eight universities within the consortium: Oregon State University with Dr. Logan; University of Virginia with Dr. Block; University of Delaware with Dr. Healy; Georgia State University with Dr. Shapiro; Old Dominion University with Dr. Haegele; the Ohio State with Dr. Hodge; East Carolina University with Dr. Yun
  • Scholars may complete the WVU MCH LEND program (Maternal and Child Health Leadership in education in neurodevelopmental disabilities) offered by WVU Center of Excellence in Disability concurrently with their PhD in coaching and teaching studies.
  •  Scholars may complete WVU Teaching and Learning Commons Certificate in University Teaching
  • Collaborative partnerships with ActiveWV, WV Outdoor Economic Development Collaborative, ActiveAcademics, WVU Center for Disabilities, SteppingStones Recreation for people with disabilities, and more!
  • Open opportunities - scholars have professional development funds that may be spent to attend conferences or complete trainings/certificates.


Interested? Contact Samantha Ross [email protected], 304-293-0841