Qualitative Research Methods Assistant Professor

Gainesville FL, FL
Oct 12, 2017
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Classification Title:


Job Description:

The University of Florida invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in the College of Education with a focus on qualitative research methods. This faculty member will join a collaborative, cohesive, and energetic community of scholars within the College that is committed to research and scholarship, high quality teaching, and professional service. 

We seek candidates who have a program of research that utilizes qualitative methods to address problems of educational practice, policy, and theory in and/or out of educational institutions, and are deeply reflective about the methods themselves. Applicants should be highly promising scholars able to serve as a core faculty member in one or more of the program areas within the College, and contribute substantially to the college’s qualitative research methods offerings. The specific education discipline and area of research expertise is open, and should contribute to our rich tradition of doctoral preparation and excellence in scholarship as reflected by interests of critical national and international importance.

The successful applicant for this tenure-track position is expected to maintain a clear, systematic line of research and have the ability to contribute to the national visibility of the College of Education and respective program area. This 9-month tenure-accruing faculty appointment will begin August 2018 and include the possibility of summer employment.


  • Conduct scholarly activities commensurate with expectations of a tenure-track faculty member at a leading research university, including publishing in respected refereed scholarly journals
  • Vigorously pursue external funding in collaboration with colleagues within and outside of the College of Education
  • Advise, engage, and mentor graduate students in research, teaching, and outreach activities
  • Teach (face-to-face, blended, and/or online) graduate level courses
  • Actively participate and collaborate with colleagues regarding course and program development
  • Provide service to the program, college, and university
  • Actively engage with and/or provide leadership in relevant professional organizations
  • Advertised Salary:

    Salary is negotiable, competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience

    Minimum Requirements:

    • Doctorate in an education or closely related discipline. ABD candidates will be considered as long as they plan to earn their doctorate prior to August 15, 2018.
    • Evidence of a well-articulated research agenda focusing on high-impact topics.
    • Record of scholarship in the field of education as demonstrated through publications and presentations at national and international conferences (commensurate with experience).
    • Evidence of a strong potential for securing external funding to support research activities (commensurate with experience).
    • Record of teaching experience in higher education, preferably in the areas of qualitative research methods or other closely related subject areas. Teaching experience via distance education and other technology-assisted instruction is desirable.
    • Depth of knowledge and experience in a range of qualitative methodologies as indicated by a formal major, minor or substantive preparation that may include, but is not limited to, individual and focus group interviews, ethnography, critical and participatory methodologies, case study, interactional analysis and/or ethnomethodology, discourse analysis, observational techniques, digital qualitative methods.

    Special Instructions to Applicants:

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

    Inquiries about the position can be addressed to Dr. Nancy Waldron, search chair, at waldron@coe.ufl.edu. To ensure full consideration application materials should be submitted by November 17, 2017. Applications received after this date may be considered at the discretion of the search committee and hiring authority.

    Applicants will upload all application materials to the University of Florida’s employment website https://jobs.ufl.edu.

    Applicants should reference requisition 505033, position 00032876. Candidates should submit application materials electronically at https://jobs.ufl.edu.

    Final candidate will be required to provide 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), which can be found at http://www.naces.org/.

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

    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 19th nationally among public graduate colleges of education (U.S. News). Three of the College's academic programs occupy top-15 spots in the U.S. News rankings: Special Education (5th), Counselor Education (8th) and Elementary Teacher Education (14th). 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 98 full-time faculty members with distinguished records in teaching, research and service. Faculty researchers last year held more than $102 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 1,460 education students are enrolled on campus in 28 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. Enrollment in the College’s top- ranked online programs exceeds 1,750 students from around 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 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.

    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 9th among public universities. National rankings such as 2nd by Forbes and 7th by Kiplinger 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 $700 million in research awards. The Florida Legislature designated UF as a “preeminent” state university in 2013. UF has announced plans to hire 500 additional 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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