Director of UF’s Online Learning Institute (OLI) Associate or Full Professor

Gainesville FL, FL
Oct 12, 2017
Executive Administration Jobs
C-Level & Executive Directors
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
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Job Description:

The University of Florida (UF) is seeking a faculty member to serve as the Director of the UF Online Learning Institute (OLI). OLI is charged with finding ways to improve student learning by merging the learning and teaching sciences with advancements in technology that delivers education at a distance. Faculty from multiple disciplines including Education, Engineering, Journalism and Communications, and Fine Arts collaborate within OLI and the Director will provide leadership and vision to the institute. The Director will work closely with other OLI faculty and the Director of UF Online (, and will have his/her academic home in the College of Education.  This is a nine-month, tenure-track, position with a negotiable start date and a start-up package appropriate to the position.


  • Vision and leadership to OLI
  • Scholarly activities commensurate with expectations of a tenure-track faculty member at a very high research activity university
  • Pursuit of external funding in collaboration with colleagues within and outside of the College of Education and as part of the OLI
  • Advising and mentoring graduate students
  • Teaching within area of expertise
  • Service to program, department, college, university and profession
Advertised Salary:

Salary is negotiable, competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience

Minimum Requirements:
  • Expertise in a research area relevant to the Online Learning Institute
  • Ability to lead and work collaboratively and effectively as part of an interdisciplinary team
  • Established and recent record of writing, securing, and successfully managing grants 
  • Established and current record of scholarly productivity
  • Administrative experience related to a Center, grants management, and/or large scale research projects.
  • Ability to contribute to the national visibility of OLI, UF, and the College of Education
  • Strong knowledge of a variety of research methodologies
Preferred Qualifications:   Special Instructions to Applicants:

Applicants should go to and reference requisition number 505037. Applicants will need to upload to the University of Florida’s Gatorjobs website (1) letter of application describing qualifications, (2) a curriculum vitae, (3) Contact information for three references who will be contacted and asked to send a letter of recommendation through the online application system, (letters will only be requested for finalists) who can address the candidate’s qualifications, and (4) contact information for up to three additional references who may be contacted during the search process. Review of applications will begin on November 17, 2017 and continue until a suitable candidate is located. Inquiries about the positions can be addressed to James McLeskey, Search Chair, (

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. UF recently became the first Florida school to break into the list of top 10 best public universities, coming in at No. 9, according to the 2018 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings. Other 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 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.  

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

The University of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Institution. The selection process will be conducted in accordance with the provisions of Florida’s “Government in the Sunshine” and Public Records laws. Search committee meetings and interviews are open to the public and all applications, resumes, and other documents related to the search will be available for public inspection.

Health Assessment Required: No