Assistant Professor

Gainesville, Alachua County
Apr 02, 2014
Jobs Outside Higher Education
Public Policy
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track

Requisition Number: 0905329

Department: 60320000-AG-FAM YOUTH / COMM SCI

Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description: This is a 12-month tenure-accruing position in the Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida, assigned 65% extension (Florida Cooperative Extension Service) and 35% research (Florida Agricultural Experiment Station). This assignment may change in accordance with the needs of the unit. Duties will include (1) developing and implementing formal and non-formal Extension programs to educate community and industry leaders about public issues involving community development, planning, resilience, and sustainability; (2) planning and conducting a high-quality, productive research program with an emphasis on examining emerging trends in community development and the role of community leaders in addressing and managing issues (3) working with internal and external stakeholders to develop strategic plans to educate community and industry leaders about public issues relevant to rural and urban communities; (4) seeking grant funding to support the aforementioned research and the alternative delivery of community issues educational programs; (5) advising graduate students; and (6) contributing to the Department's overall goals in scholarship and research. Tenure will be in the Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences with an appointment in the UF/IFAS Center for Public Issues Education. The faculty member will actively participate in graduate education by chairing and serving on graduate committees, supervising thesis research, and publishing the results with his/her graduate students. The faculty member will actively seek contract and grant funding to support his/her program and engage in Extension activities in his or her program area. The successful candidate will engage in scholarly activities related to community development and public issues education, including seeking funding for the Center for Public Issues Education, supervising undergraduate and graduate research and creative work, publishing relevant scholarship, participating in curriculum revision and enhancement, producing learning tools, and engaging in professional development activities related to teaching and advising. Faculty members are encouraged to support and participate in the CALS Honors Program, distance education, and international education. Because of the IFAS land-grant mission, all faculty members are expected to be supportive of and engaged in all three mission areas - teaching, research, and extension - regardless of the assignment split specified in the position description.

Minimum Requirements: A doctorate (foreign equivalent acceptable) in community development, urban and regional planning, rural sociology, communications, geography, organizational leadership or closely related field with an emphasis in community issues education, issues management, extension education, and/or research methodology is required. Successful candidates will have demonstrated effectiveness or clear promise in extension programming, research, teaching, verbal and written communication, collaboration/teamwork, interpersonal communication, and procurement of extramural funding. Candidates must be supportive of the land-grant system and IFAS's core values of excellence, diversity, global involvement, and accountability. The successful applicant must have a strong commitment to research and extension and a proven ability to work effectively with professional colleagues, students, and stakeholders. The Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences is a comprehensive academic unit in the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) at the University of Florida and has diverse teaching, research, and extension education programs with 24 faculty members and 5 support personnel located on the Gainesville campus. The departmental web site provides additional information.

Preferred Qualifications: Previous industry or agency professional experience working in the community development and public issues arena is strongly preferred.

Special Instructions to Applicants: For full consideration, candidates should apply and submit additional materials by April 25, 2014. The position will remain open until a viable applicant pool is determined. This position is available June 1, 2014, and will be filled as soon thereafter as an acceptable applicant is available. Nominations Nominations are welcome. Nominations need to include the complete name and address of the nominee. This information should be sent to the address below. Application Information Individuals wishing to apply should go online to and submit: o Application o Cover letter that states applicant's interest in the position and qualifications relative to the credentials listed in this Position Announcement o Complete vita (which includes statement of current position and responsibilities) o The names and contact information for three references capable of addressing the candidate's qualifications for this position; and o Unofficial transcripts for all graduate work (attach as 'other document'). Official transcripts showing receipt of the doctoral degree should be sent to: Please refer to Requisition # 0905329) Larry F. Forthun, Ph.D. Chair, Search and Screen Committee University of Florida Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences 3026 McCarty Hall D PO Box 110310 Gainesville, FL 32611-0310 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 selection process will be conducted in accord with the provisions of Florida's 'Government in the Sunshine' and Public Records Laws. Persons with disabilities have the right to request and receive reasonable accommodation.