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Assistant Professor, Higher Education Administration and Policy

University of Florida

Assistant Professor, Higher Education Administration and Policy

Job No: 528445
Work Type: Tenure-Track Faculty
Location: Main Campus (Gainesville, FL)
Categories: Education/Training/Instructional Design
Department: 18070000 - ED-SHDOSE-SCHL OF HUM DEV&ORG

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The University of Florida invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Higher Education Administration and Policy position. The Higher Education Administration and Policy program builds upon a rich tradition of excellence in scholarship within the College of Education at the University of Florida. This faculty member will join a collaborative, cohesive, and energetic community of scholars within the College that is committed to high-quality teaching, research, and service.

We seek candidates with scholarly interests focused on contemporary issues in higher education, including but not limited to the following areas: college access; college student persistence, completion, and transfer; organization, leadership, and governance issues in higher education; public policies in higher education; science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) opportunities and outcomes in higher education; and additional research areas of direct relevance to higher education administrators and policymakers. Regardless of area of study, we seek a colleague who can advance knowledge in the field of higher education and enhance the research, teaching, and service of the Higher Education Administration and Policy program. We encourage scholars with strong methodological training in qualitative or quantitative methods to apply for this position.

The successful applicant for this tenure-track Assistant Professor position is expected to maintain a clear, systematic line of research; seek external research funding; publish in scholarly journals; present research findings at meetings of professional associations; contribute to advising and teaching, especially recruiting and mentoring doctoral students. The faculty member will also engage in service to the program, school, college, university, and profession. Additionally, the successful candidate will have the opportunity to engage in collaborative projects through the Institute of Higher Education at the University of Florida—an interdisciplinary research center housed within the College of Education.

This 9-month tenure-accruing faculty appointment will begin in August 2024 and include the possibility of summer employment.

  • Conduct scholarly activities commensurate with expectations of a tenure-track Assistant Professor at a research-intensive university
  • Publish in respected refereed scholarly journals
  • Pursue external funding
  • Teach (face-to-face, blended, and/or online) courses
  • Advise, engage, and mentor graduate students in teaching, research, and outreach activities
  • Participate in program development
  • Provide service to the program, school, college, university, and the profession

ABOUT THE COLLEGE: Founded in 1906, the College of Education at the University of Florida has consistently earned national recognition for its excellence. The college has secured rankings of either #1 or #2 for Online Graduate Education over the past eight years. The college is ranked 10th for graduate education among public colleges of education in the U.S. News & World Report. Impressively, the college boasts four academic programs within the top 20 of the U.S. News rankings: Counselor Education (4th), Special Education (4th), Elementary Education (17th) and Secondary Education (20th). Notably, the Teachers, Schools & Society (TSS) program received the 2020 Program of the Year accolade from the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED).

The college has a global reach with more than 35,000 UF “EduGator” alumni spread across the world. Stay connected through social media, search “UF College of Education” on Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, Pinterest, X and YouTube.

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 5th among public universities. Furthermore, UF is #1 nationally for online undergraduate education. National recognition such as being named a Fulbright Top Producing Institution for U.S. Student from the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and ranking 20th in Forbes 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. Most recently, UF was named a “5-star college” by Money magazine's “Best Colleges in America 2023” list.

ABOUT THE AREA: UF is situated in Gainesville in North Central Florida, a vibrant college town that blends big-city cultural and athletic offerings with small-town friendliness and charm, along with excellent schools and other amenities. 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

Expected Salary:

Salary is negotiable, highly competitive, and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Minimum Requirements:
  • Doctorate in Higher Education or a closely related field. ABD candidates are encouraged to apply as long as they plan to earn their doctorate prior to August 15, 2024.
  • Demonstrated ability or potential to conduct rigorous scholarship in the field of Higher Education via publications and presentations at national conferences (commensurate with experience).
  • Demonstrated ability or potential to teach graduate courses in Higher Education, pursue external funding, and serve on dissertation committees (commensurate with experience).

  • Preferred Qualifications:
  • Evidence of potential to teach in a Higher Education degree program or closely related subject area
  • Evidence of potential to propose, secure, and successfully manage externally funded projects
  • Evidence of commitment to collaborate with students and other faculty members
  • Ability to contribute to recruitment efforts and the national visibility of the Higher Education Administration and Policy program

  • Special Instructions to Applicants:

    Applicant should upload all materials to the University of Florida's employment website If technical assistance is needed, please contact Human resources at (352) 392-2477. Complete applications include: (1) a letter of application addressing required and desired qualifications, (2) curriculum vitae or resume, (3) contact information for three references, who after further review will be asked to send a letter of recommendation through the online application system.

    Applicants should reference requisition 528445, position number 00040249. Inquiries about the position can be addressed to Dr. Justin Ortagus, Search Committee Chair ( Review of candidates will begin February 15, 2024 and continue until the position is filled. To ensure full consideration, application materials should be submitted by February 15, 2024. Applications received after this date may be considered at the discretion of the committee and hiring authority.

    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. Final candidates 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 outside of the United States are required to be evaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approved by the National Association of Credentialing Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at

    Application must be submitted by 11:55 p.m. (ET) of the posting end date.

    Health Assessment Required:

    Applications Close: Open until filled

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    The University is committed to non-discrimination with respect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status, national origin, political opinions or affiliations, genetic information and veteran status in all aspects of employment including recruitment, hiring, promotions, transfers, discipline, terminations, wage and salary administration, benefits, and training.

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