Assistant Professor of Agricultural Education

University of Florida

United States


This is a 12-month tenure-accruing position what will be 70% teaching (College of Agricultural and Life Sciences), 10% research (Florida Agricultural Experiment Station), and 20% extension (Florida Cooperative Extension Service. Duties will include (1) teaching undergraduate and graduate courses (on-campus and by distance) in agricultural teacher education and related areas, (2) advising undergraduate and graduate students, (3) supervising student interns, (4) developing and delivering educational programs and materials to agriscience teachers and other target audiences as part of a planned extension program, and (5) contributing to the Department’s overall goals in scholarship and research through a minimum of 10% effort in research.  Tenure will accrue in the Department of Agricultural Education and Communication.  The faculty member will participate actively in undergraduate education and graduate education by chairing graduate committees, serving on graduate committees, supervising thesis and dissertation research, supervising undergraduate research, and publishing the results with his/her graduate students.  The faculty member will seek contract and grant funding actively to support his/her program.   

The successful candidate will engage in scholarly activities related to instruction, including teaching undergraduate and/or graduate courses, advising and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students, participating in curriculum revision and enhancement, seeking funding for the teaching program, supervising undergraduate and graduate research and creative work, publishing teaching-related scholarship, producing learning tools, and engaging in professional development activities related to teaching and advising.  Faculty are encouraged to support and participate in the CALS Honors Program, distance education, and international education.

Because of the IFAS land-grant mission, all faculty are expected to be supportive of and engaged in all three mission areas—Research, Teaching and Extension—regardless of the assignment split specified in the position description.

Background Information:

The Department of Agricultural Education and Communication is a comprehensive academic unit in the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) at the University of Florida and has diverse teaching, research, and extension education programs with 26 faculty members and 13 support personnel located on the Gainesville campus. An additional three faculty member directs the department’s off-campus undergraduate program at the UF/IFAS Plant City campus. The departmental web site provides additional information.



A doctorate (foreign equivalent acceptable) in agricultural education or a closely related discipline and at least three years of successful secondary-level teaching experience are required.  Candidates should have demonstrated skills in verbal and written communication, interpersonal relationships, and procurement of extramural funding.  Candidates must be supportive of the mission of the Land-Grant system.  Candidates must also have a commitment to IFAS core values of excellence, diversity, global involvement, and accountability. 


Experience in designing and delivering teacher professional development and delivering an instructional program from a statewide-location is desirable.


Application Instructions

For full consideration, candidates should apply and submit additional materials by 1 March 2020.  The position will remain open until a viable applicant pool is determined.


Nominations are welcome.  Nominations need to include the complete name and address of the nominee. This information should be sent to:

Please refer to Requisition # 58165

Dr. John Diaz

Chair, Search and Screen Committee

University of Florida

Department of Agricultural Education and Communication

1200 N Park Road

Plant City, FL 33563

Telephone:                               813-757-2297

Facsimile:                                352-392-9585

Electronic Mail:            

Application Information

  • Individuals wishing to apply should go online to submit:
    • Cover letter that states applicant’s interest in the position and qualifications relative to the credentials listed above
    • Curriculum vitae
    • Contact information (including email addresses) for three (3) individuals willing to write letters of recommendation
    • Unofficial transcripts

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 education 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. The University of Florida is a public institution and subject to all requirements under Florida Sunshine and Public Record laws.

The University of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff. The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences is committed to creating an environment that affirms diversity across a variety of dimensions, including ability, class, ethnicity/race, gender identity and expression. We particularly welcome applicants who can contribute to such an environment through their scholarship, teaching, mentoring, and professional service. The University and greater Gainesville community enjoy a diversity of cultural events, restaurants, year-round outdoor recreational activities, and social opportunities.

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