Assistant Professor - Teachers, Schools, & Society Assistant Professor

University of Florida
Gainesville, FL
Closing date
Apr 4, 2023

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The University of Florida invites applications for an Assistant Professor (Tenure Track) position to work within the Teachers, Schools, and Society (TSS) program area in the School of Teaching and Learning. The TSS program area focuses on issues that impact 21st century education and teacher education, as faculty and students study the intersections of curriculum, teaching, and teacher education with society and politics in an increasingly diverse world. This position builds upon a rich tradition of excellence in teaching and scholarship on the interrelationships between schools and larger societal contexts.

The College of Education at the University of Florida is committed to preparing professionals and scholars to meet the needs of a diverse and global society. We are particularly interested in candidates who have a demonstrated commitment to meeting the needs of diverse and underserved populations. The successful applicant will join a collaborative, cohesive, and energetic community of scholars representing a range of races, cultures, and nationalities committed to high quality research, teaching, and service as well as to developing a culturally diverse faculty and student body.

We welcome a candidate whose teaching and scholarship focuses on issues of national and global importance in education including: Black girlhood and feminisms in education; critical, theoretical, and innovative approaches toward the roles of schooling in a democratic society; and social foundations of education. Our faculty and students share a commitment to vibrant and equitable schools for a healthy democracy.

The successful applicant for the Assistant Professor position is expected to maintain a clear, systematic line of research; regularly seek external funding; publish in major scholarly journals; present research findings at meetings of professional associations; contribute to advising and teaching, especially through the provision of scholarly and conceptual leadership in graduate and undergraduate programs; and recruiting and mentoring doctoral students in both our on-campus research intensive Ph.D. program and online professional practice doctorate. Additionally, the successful applicant will engage in service to the program, school, college, university and profession. This 9-month tenure-accruing faculty appointment will begin August 2023.


* Conduct scholarly activities commensurate with expectations of a tenure-track faculty member at a research-intensive university
* Publish in respected refereed scholarly journals salient to the candidate's line of research
* Vigorously pursue external funding
* Advise, engage, and mentor graduate students in teaching, research, and outreach activities
* Teach (face-to-face, blended, and/or online) courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels
* Participate in program development and continuous improvement
* Provide service to the program, school, college, university, and the profession

ABOUT THE COLLEGE: The College of Education at the University of Florida, founded in 1906, has consistently been ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in the nation in Online Graduate Education for the last seven years, 3rd nationally for undergraduate education and 12th nationally among public graduate colleges of education (U.S. News & World Report). Two of the College's academic programs occupy top-20 spots in the U.S. News rankings: Counselor Education (5th) and Special Education (5th). Our Teachers, Schools & Society (TSS) program was named the 2020 Program of the Year by the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED). The College has added 45 faculty in the past three years. Cutting-edge interdisciplinary research and public scholarship-often conducted in partnership with other UF colleges, school districts and communities across the state and nation-are yielding powerful learning systems and models that are helping to transform education in today's changing world, starting with our youngest learners. The College is engaged in four of UF's priority research areas-early childhood studies, precision learning, analysis of learning analytics, and artificial intelligence in education. The College has 117 full-time faculty members with distinguished records in teaching, research and service. Faculty researchers last year garnered more than $107 million in awards supporting studies and projects addressing education's most critical issues. Teaching is one of several areas of study from which UF education students can choose. More than 3,000 education students are enrolled on campus and online in 29 bachelor's and advanced degree programs and concentration areas, within nine academic specialties: K-12 Curriculum and Instruction • Counseling & Counselor Education • Early Childhood Education • Educational Leadership • Higher Education Administration • Research & Evaluation Methods • School Psychology • Special Education • Student Personnel in Higher Education. To sustain the college's innovative edge deep into the 21st century, heightened emphasis on emerging technologies, advanced graduate studies and interdisciplinary research will effectively prepare tomorrow's leaders in all education disciplines. The College's educator preparation programs have been continuously accredited by CAEP and NCATE since 1954. More than 30,000 UF "EduGator" alumni are located throughout the world. Follow us: @UF_COE (Twitter) and @UF.COE (Facebook)

ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY: The University of Florida, founded in 1853, is a public land-grant, sea-grant and space-grant research university and one of the most academically diverse universities in the nation. U.S. News & World Report ranks UF 5th among public universities. National rankings such as 2nd by Kiplinger and 20th in Forbes in their respective lists of "Best Values in Public Colleges" are a result of UF's commitment to provide the highest quality education at the best value. UF is home to 16 colleges and more than 200 research, service and education centers, bureaus and institutes, and boasts more than 4,000 faculty members, 50,000 students and 415,000 living alumni. Faculty scholars last year generated more than $838 million in research awards. UF recently launched a $70 million AI partnership with NVIDIA, taking the first step toward ensuring equitable access to bringing AI to students and faculty from across campus and the state. The Florida Legislature designated UF as a "preeminent" state university in 2013. UF recently hired almost 500 new faculty.

ABOUT THE AREA: UF is situated in Gainesville in North Central Florida, a progressive college town that blends big-city cultural and athletic offerings with small-town friendliness and charm, along with excellent schools. Gainesville, located about halfway between the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico, is often recognized as one of America's best college towns and is easily accessible to three major metropolitan areas (Jacksonville, Orlando and Tampa). The National Arbor Day Foundation has recognized Gainesville as a "Tree City USA" every year since 1982. Add the allure of Florida's famous sunshine, tropical breezes, and abundant wilderness, springs, rivers and seashores nearby, and it is little wonder that top-caliber faculty and students find our College and University to be the perfect balance of premier academics and a fulfilling lifestyle.

Expected Salary:

Salary is negotiable, competitive, and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Minimum Requirements:

* Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction, Social Foundations, or closely related field
* Record of scholarship as demonstrated through the securing of external research funding, research publications, and presentations at national conferences (commensurate with experience)
* Demonstrated commitment to matters concerning race, class, gender, sexuality, ability, and/or socially-just practices
* Commitment to active engagement with and/or leadership in education professional organizations
* Evidence of collaboration with faculty, students, and other stakeholders
* Evidence of excellence and innovation in teaching, particularly with courses that center equity and social justice
* Strong knowledge of research methods

Preferred Qualifications:

* Track record of proposing, securing, and successfully managing externally-funded projects
* Teaching, research, and/or service experiences with diverse populations
* Record of excellence in teaching and/or mentoring students in higher education contexts
* Ability to positively contribute to the regional and national visibility of the TSS program
* A commitment to working in an interdisciplinary teaching and learning environment
* Experience designing and delivering high quality online courses

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Applicants for the Assistant Professor position should send: (1) a cover letter addressing required and desired qualifications, (2) curriculum vita, and (3) contact information for at least three references who will be contacted and asked to send a letter of recommendation through the online application system. Applicants should reference requisition 524662, position 00039102. Candidates should submit application materials electronically at Inquiries about the position can be addressed to search chair, Dr. Sevan Terzian: To ensure full consideration application materials should be submitted by December 15, 2022. Applications received after this date may be considered at the discretion of the search committee and hiring authority. If you need technical assistance, please contact our Human Resources office at 352-392-2477.

The selection process will be conducted in accordance with "Florida's Government in the Sunshine" and Public Records laws. Search committee meetings and interviews are open to the public, and applications, CVs, and other documents related to the search may be available for public inspection.

The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff.

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