Assistant Professor of Advanced Learning Technologies

University of Florida

United States

Description

The University of Florida seeks an assistant professor in advanced, adaptive, and emerging learning technologies, with a focus of development of advanced learning technologies and interventions preferred. This tenure-track faculty position augments the 11 faculty currently affiliated with the newly forming Institute for Advanced Learning Technologies (IALT), a unit charged with facilitating interdisciplinary collaborative endeavors that advance scholarship and practices in technology-supported learning. IALT will be a multidisciplinary institute within the College of Education. These faculty will join a productive and collegial community of scholars committed to high quality teaching, research, and service and to developing a culturally diverse faculty and student body.

The IALT will be situated in new, custom-renovated space, and is charged with developing, assessing, and disseminating innovative advanced learning technologies for use in educational, workforce, and professional development settings. IALT faculty have the opportunity to collaborate with talented colleagues across UF and beyond, including but not limited to: Computer & Information Science & Engineering, Digital Worlds Institute, McKnight Brain Institute, Neuroscience, Psychology/ Cognitive Sciences, UF’s Online Learning Institute, and UF Online.

The successful applicant for this faculty position is expected to develop and maintain a clear, systematic line of research; vigorously pursue external research funding; publish in top-tier scholarly journals; present research findings at meetings

of professional associations; and contribute to advising and teaching undergraduate and graduate students. Additionally, candidates will engage in service to the program, school, college, university, and profession in general. The 9-month tenure- accruing faculty appointments begin August 2020 and include the possibility of summer employment. Salary is negotiable, highly competitive, and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Potential areas of expertise and scholarship may include:

  • Design, development, and implementation of innovative, technology-enhanced learning systems and environments (e.g., gaming, VR, AR, AI, robotics).
  • Learning and cognitive sciences with technologies
  • Personalized learning and technology-enhanced learning
  • Global technology accessibility and universal design

Responsibilities:

  • Conduct scholarly activities commensurate with expectations of a tenure-track faculty member at a research-intensive university
  • Publish in top-tier refereed scholarly journals
  • Vigorously pursue external funding opportunities with the support of the Office of Educational Research
  • Advise, engage, and mentor graduate students in teaching, research, and outreach activities
  • Teach (face-to-face, blended, and/or online) courses
  • Provide service to the program, school, college, university, and the profession

Qualifications

Required Qualifications:

  • Doctorate in relevant academic discipline. ABD candidates will be considered if they earn their doctorate prior to August 14, 2020.
  • Record of scholarship as demonstrated through publications and presentations at national conferences (commensurate with experience)
  • Record of relevant teaching experience (commensurate with experience)

Desired Qualifications:

  • Evidence of potential to propose, secure, and successfully manage externally-funded projects
  • Experience in teaching blended or online classes as well as face-to-face classes
  • Commitment to inclusion, equity, diversity and/or socially just practices
  • Evidence of commitment to collaboration with faculty and students
  • Commitment to active engagement with and/or leadership in learning technology professional organizations

Application Instructions

Applicants for the tenure track Assistant Professor positions should send: (1) a letter of application addressing required and desired qualifications, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) a sample publication, and (4) contact information for at least three references who may be contacted and asked to send a letter of recommendation through the online application system.

All candidates should submit application materials electronically at jobs.ufl.edu. Review of applications will begin on January 8, 2020. Inquiries about the position can be addressed to the search chair, Dr. Albert Ritzhaupt at aritzhaupt@coe.ufl.edu

Selected candidate will be required to provide an official transcript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible. Degrees earned from an educational institution outside of the United States are required to be evaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approved by National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES).
 
If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for this position, please call 352-392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at 800-955-8771 (TDD). Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the US. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida's Sunshine Law.

ABOUT THE COLLEGE: The College of Education at the University of Florida, founded in 1906, is ranked No. 1 in the nation in Online Graduate Education (U.S. News & World Report), 8th nationally for undergraduate education (USA Today), and 15th nationally among public graduate colleges of education (U.S. News). Three of the College's academic programs occupy top-20 spots in the U.S. News rankings: Counselor Education (3rd), Special Education (7th), and Elementary Teacher Education (16th). 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 of Education is immersed in three of UF’s designated priority research areas in UF’s state-funded Preeminence initiative—early childhood studies, precision learning, and analysis of learning analytics. The College has 108 full-time faculty members with distinguished records in teaching, research and service. Faculty researchers last year held more than $128.5 million worth 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 3,729 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 and Counselor Education • Early Childhood Education • Educational Leadership • Higher Education Administration • Research and 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 NCATE and CAEP since 1954. Almost 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 7th 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. 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.


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