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Associate Professor or Professor, Disability, Aging, and Technology Cluster

University of Central Florida
Orlando, FL
Closing date
Jan 18, 2022
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Associate Professor or Professor, Disability, Aging, and Technology Cluster

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No Administrative Function

Job Description:

The University of Central Florida (UCF) has established several interdisciplinary clusters to strengthen its academic offerings and research mission. In support of this effort, we are recruiting a tenured associate professor or professor for the Disability, Aging, and Technology Cluster to function as the cluster lead.

The successful candidate must demonstrate the ability to secure external funding and create a strategic vision for developing educational programs that link health and wellness interventions with technology applications. A key selection criterion for this position is the desire and ability to act as a bridge between cluster faculty members in the human and technological sciences in order to build synergistic collaborations across the university. Thus, a strong desire for and track record of leading and working in interdisciplinary teams is preferred. This position has an anticipated start date of August 8, 2022.

The Disability, Aging, and Technology (DAT) cluster is a partnership between six colleges: the College of Health Professions and Sciences, the College of Nursing, the College of Sciences, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the College of Community Innovation and Education, the Rosen College of Hospitality Management, the College of Medicine, and the Nanoscience Technology Center at UCF. This interdisciplinary position will be expected to strengthen both the cluster and a chosen tenure home department and may include a combination of joint appointments. A strong advantage of this position is the candidate's ability to choose multiple units from the university for their appointment. See for a complete list of all the units involved. Both individual and interdisciplinary infrastructure and startup support will be provided with this new position. The position will carry a rank commensurate with the candidate's prior experience and record.

We are looking for a team player who can help bring together current campus efforts in transdisciplinary engagement in research and education to link health and wellness interventions with technology applications so that effective and feasible health, behavioral, and assistive technologies can be used with diverse populations. The ideal candidate will work at the intersection of several areas, such as a) human-computer interaction and the design and evaluation of sociotechnical systems for health domains; b) robotics and assistive technologies; c) health informatics or data analytics; and d) the intersection of aging or disability research with technology-focused interventions. They will have research impact, as reflected in high-quality publications, and the ability to build a funded and sustainable research program. All relevant technical areas will be considered.

UCF is one of the nation's largest universities with a diverse student body of more than 70,000 students and has grown substantially in size, quality, diversity, and reputation. Today, the university offers more than 200 degree programs. In 2019, UCF was officially recognized as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) by the US Department of Education and a "Green College" by the Princeton Review for our efforts in sustainability and environmental responsibility.

UCF's students represent all 50 states and over 120 countries. UCF is in a centralized location that is 30 minutes to Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando and 60 minutes to the beach. UCF has 16 sports teams, including football, soccer/futbol, tennis, volleyball, and 600+ cultural, academic and social student clubs and organizations all led by faculty mentors.

In addition, UCF has several associations for faculty and staff, among them, the Black Faculty and Staff Association (BFSA), the Latino Faculty and Staff Association (LaFaSA), the PRIDE Faculty and Staff Association, and the Faculty Excellence Center for Success of Women Faculty. UCF received the 2019 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, which recognizes U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion.

The Carnegie Foundation has classified UCF as a R1 Doctoral University for its high research activity and community engagement. This past fiscal year, UCF brought in research funding near $205M. For the fifth consecutive year, UCF has been recognized among the nation's most innovative universities according to U.S. News & World Report while Kiplinger's and The Princeton Review have ranked UCF as one of the nation's best values for a college education.

UCF is an economic engine, attracting and supporting industries vital to the region's future while providing students with real-world experiences that help them succeed after graduation. UCF's Orlando location also puts it at the center of the Florida High Tech Corridor. The corridor has an excellent industrial base that includes software, defense, space, simulation and training, and a world- renowned entertainment industry. Adjacent to UCF is a thriving research park that conducts over $2 billion in funded research, hosting more than 100 high-technology companies and UCF's School of Modeling, Simulation, and Training. UCF also has an accredited medical school, which was established in 2006, and is a neighbor to the VA, Nemours, and the UCF Lake Nona Medical Center, all of which have a strong interest in on disability, aging, and technology research.

Great weather, easy access to the seashore, one of the largest convention centers in the nation, and one of the world's best airports are just a few features that make Orlando an ideal location. We encourage you to learn more about UCF at


Office of Research - Disability, Aging, and Technology Cluster

Type of Appointment:


Advertised Annual Salary:


Minimum Qualifications:

A Ph.D., terminal degree, or foreign degree equivalent from an accredited institution in an area appropriate to the cluster.

The selected candidate must also have a record of high-impact research related to disability, aging, and technology demonstrated by a strong scholarly and funding record.

In order to obtain tenure, the selected candidate must have a demonstrated record of teaching, research and service commensurate with rank in the tenure department.

Preferred Qualifications:

A history of working and leading teams, especially teams that span multiple disciplines, is a strongly preferred qualification.

Published research in assistive technology related to rehabilitation or medical robotics, human-robot interaction, or smart environments.

A history of exceptional accomplishments in human factors research.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

This position has an anticipated start date of August 8, 2022. The review of applications will begin immediately. Applications will be accepted and reviewed on an ongoing basis; therefore, interested applicants are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as practicable as the position is subject to close with as little as 7 days' notice.

Additional Application Materials Required:

UCF requires all applications and supporting documents to be submitted electronically through the Human Resources website, No paper or emailed applications or materials will be considered.

UCF has a diverse student body and community, and we are committed to meeting the needs of this community. Please tell us about your approach and experience, in the context of a faculty-student setting and as a colleague, meeting the needs of a diverse community.

In addition to the online application, interested candidates must attach the following materials to their application:

1) the above-mentioned diversity statement,

2) a cover letter,

3) curriculum vitae,

4) teaching statement,

5) research statement, and

6) contact information for three professional references (include email address).

In the cover letter candidates must address their background in human-technology interaction, their experience working in a multidisciplinary environment, and identify the department(s) for their potential tenure home and the joint appointments they would desire.

NOTE: Please have all application documents ready when applying so they can be attached at that time. Once the online submission process is finalized, the system does not allow applicants to submit additional documents at a later date.

This position has an anticipated start date of August 8, 2022. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Questions regarding this search can be directed to the search chair, Reid Oetjen, at

Florida Clause:

UCF's expectation is that an employee of UCF will reside in Florida as of the date the employment begins.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

As an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, UCF encourages all qualified applicants to apply, including women, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of traditionally underrepresented populations. UCF's Equal Opportunity Statement can be viewed at:. As a Florida public university, UCF makes all application materials and selection procedures available to the public upon request.

The University of Central Florida is proud to be a smoke-free campus and an E-Verify employer.


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