Technology, Learning & Education Assistant/Associate Professors (4 Positions) (41286)

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College of Education


The University of Florida seeks four scholars in advanced and emerging learning technologies, learning and cognitive sciences, learning analytics, and/or adaptive learning technologies. These positions will also be part of the newly forming Institute for Advanced Learning Technologies (IALT), an organization charged with facilitating interdisciplinary collaborative endeavors that will advance scholarship and practices in technology supported learning. Specifically, we are searching for four assistant/associate rank tenure-track faculty in this cluster hire. 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 a 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.

Successful applicants for the four faculty positions are 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 2019 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., VR, AR, AI, gaming, robotics)
  • Learning and cognitive sciences associated with technologies
  • Analytics, data science, and evaluation of technology-enhanced learning environments
  • Personalized learning and technology-enhanced learning
  • Global technology accessibility and universal design


  • 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 College’s 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

About the College

The College of Education at the University of Florida, founded in 1906, is ranked 14th nationally among public education schools in the U.S. News & World Report’s 2019 survey of America’s Best Graduate Education Schools, and ranks 24th overall. The College is the highest-rated education school in Florida and among public institutions in the southeastern United States. Two UF academic education programs consistently score among the very best in their specialty areas: Special Education and Counselor Education. U.S News also has ranked the College’s distance education programs first or second in the country for three years in a row. 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. UF has invested state “preeminent university” funds in three high priority research areas involving the College of Education: early childhood studies, personalized e-learning, and Big Data analysis of teaching and learning practices and trends. The College’s 98 full-time faculty researchers last year held more than $128 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. Nearly 1,500 education students are enrolled on campus in 29 bachelor’s and advanced specialty and concentration areas, within nine academic program areas: 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. Enrollment in the College’s 18 online degree and certificate programs exceeds 1,900 students from around the world. 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. 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 future looks ultrabright with the College deep into transformational renovations of Norman Hall, the College’s historic academic home.

About UF

The University of Florida, founded in 1853, is a top-10 public, land-grant, research university. UF is one of only 17 land-grant universities belonging to the elite Association of American Universities. Florida’s oldest and most comprehensive university, UF has been designated as a “preeminent” state university by the Florida Legislature. It is one of the nation’s most academically diverse universities in the nation, with an enrollment of some 54,000 students annually. UF is home to 16 colleges and more than 170 research centers and institutes and offer more than 300 graduate degree programs. Research expenditures exceeded $800 million in fiscal 2017. UF consistently ranks among the nation’s top universities: No. 9 in U.S. News & World Report’s Top Public Schools (2018); No. 1 in the Times Higher Education rankings for graduate employability; No. 3 in by Forbes (2017) and No. 7 by Kiplinger (2017) in their respective lists of best-value public college and universities; and, No. 6 in the New York Times list of universities that do the most to help low-income students (2015).

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 Southern charm, along with excellent schools. Gainesville 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.

Required Qualifications

  • Doctorate in relevant academic discipline. ABD candidates will be considered if they earn their doctorate prior to August 15, 2019.
  • 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

  • Experience in teaching blended or online classes as well as face-to-face classes
  • Evidence of potential to propose, secure, and successfully manage externally-funded projects
  • Demonstrated commitment to matters concerning 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/Associate 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. Applicants should reference requisition 41286.

All candidates should submit application materials electronically at Inquiries about the position can be addressed to Dr. Kara Dawson at Review of applications will begin on January 18, 2019. 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 Interfolio Scholar Services at 1-877-997-8807.

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.

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.

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