Center Director and Associate/Full Professor (85214)

University of Florida
Belle Glade, FL

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Center Director and Associate/Full Professor (85214)

Belle Glade, FL
Open Date:
Oct 19, 2021

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. We strongly encourage historically underrepresented groups to apply.


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) or visit Accessibility at UF .


Duties and Responsibilities

The Everglades Research and Education Center seeks a Center Director to provide vision in planning, developing and integrating, and implementing mission-oriented research, teaching, and extension programs; professional development of faculty, staff, and students; administration of the Center's personnel and financial resources; and promotion of efforts to secure external funding. This is a 12-month, tenure track position with tenure home in an appropriate academic department in IFAS. The Center Director administers state, national, and international programs of the Center, assists and supervises faculty and staff, and evaluates personnel performance. The Director represents Center and faculty interests with administrators, other departments and units, outside agencies, groups and individuals in academia, industry, and the community. The Center Director collaborates with the Vice President, Deans, Associate Deans, Assistant Deans, IFAS Chairs, other Research and Education Center Directors, and other administrators to provide leadership for delivering integrated programs to meet the needs of extension clientele, research sponsors, and other stakeholders. The Center Director’s primary responsibility will be administrative with opportunities for limited research, teaching, or extension. The mission of EREC is to conduct research and extension programs that will improve agricultural practices, conserve and protect soil, water, and wildlife resources, and develop cost effective and energy efficient systems that will permit the continued advancement of agriculture in southern Florida.


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 Everglades Research and Education Center campus and research farm are located on over 900 acres in Palm Beach County at the southeastern edge of Lake Okeechobee in south central Florida. It is a dynamic, agriculturally diverse region specializing in the production of sugarcane, winter vegetables (including sweetcorn, radish, leafy vegetables, and celery), commercial sod and rice. The diversity in faculty and programs of 13 faculty and research scientists provides a unique setting for interdisciplinary work in agronomy, entomology, horticulture, plant breeding, plant pathology, soil science, and weed science. EREC contains offices, laboratories, greenhouses, an on-site farm manager quarters, mechanical shop, equipment storage buildings and 600 acres available for field research. EREC has communal and individual residential dormitories and houses for graduate students and visiting scientists. Approximately 50 additional personnel support faculty research and extension programs. Belle Glade is located west of the metropolitan West Palm Beach area (population approximately 1 million), a region with excellent subtropical climate, exceptional beaches and surrounding aquatic environments, and the cultural advantages of a large city.




The Center Director must have 1) a doctorate (foreign equivalent acceptable) in an agricultural, biological, or natural resources science discipline; 2) a record of outstanding scholarly achievement and activities in research, teaching, and extension and/or industry; 3) an understanding and support of the mission of a land-grant university; 4) demonstrated strong professional leadership, communication, interpersonal, and administrative skills; 5) demonstrated originality in identifying and securing traditional and non-traditional funding and a strong commitment to seek internal and external funding in support of the EREC and UF missions; 6) the experience or ability to manage personnel, fiscal, and physical resources of an off-campus Center to ensure quality growth and maintenance of the facilities for research, extension and teaching activities; 7) a commitment to faculty and graduate student position recruitment and retention; 8) a commitment to continued personal professional development for self, faculty, and staff; 9) a commitment to international programs. The candidate must also have a commitment to IFAS core values of excellence, diversity, global involvement, and accountability. 

Application Instructions:

For full consideration, candidates should apply and submit materials by December 1, 2021.  The position will remain open until a viable applicant pool is obtained.


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 # 85214

Dr. Jorge Rey

Chair, Search and Screen Committee

University of Florida

Florida Medical Entomology Lab - Vero Beach

200 9th St SE

Vero Beach, FL 32962-4657


Telephone:                               (772) 226-6640

Facsimile:                                (772) 226-6699

Electronic Mail:                      [email protected]


Application Information


Individuals wishing to apply should go online to and submit:

    • Cover letter that states applicant’s interest in the position and qualifications relative to the credentials listed above, including candidate’s vision for the position and views on equity diversity, and inclusion.
    • Curriculum vitae
    • Contact information (including email addresses) for three references that could provide a letter upon request.


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 dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff.

The University of Florida is An Equal Employment Opportunity Institution. 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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