Website College of Education, University of Florida
Institute for Advanced Learning Technologies
The University of Florida seeks a well-established scholar and leader to serve as Director of the newly forming Institute for Advanced Learning Technologies (IALT), an organization charged by the Florida Legislature with facilitating interdisciplinary collaborative endeavors that will advance scholarship and practices in technology supported learning. IALT will be a multidisciplinary institute within the College of Education. The Director of IALT will join a productive and collegial community of scholars committed to high quality teaching, research, and service and to developing a culturally diverse faculty and student body.
The Institute will be situated in new, custom-renovated space, and is charged with developing, assessing, and disseminating innovative advanced learning technologies for use in educational, workforce, and professional development settings. IALT faculty, including a cluster hire of four assistant/associate professors that is currently in progress, have the opportunity to collaborate with talented colleagues across UF and beyond, including but not limited to: Computer & Information Science & Engineering, Digital Worlds Institute, McKnight Brain Institute, Neuroscience, Psychology/Cognitive Sciences, UF’s Online Learning Institute, and UF Online.
Successful applicants for the inaugural IALT Director position will have a strong background in one or more areas that are central to IALT (i.e., advanced and emerging learning technologies, learning and cognitive sciences, learning analytics, and adaptive learning technologies), and the leadership skills to envision and develop successful collaborative research initiatives within UF and beyond. The Director will have the opportunity to build the Institute and associated labs with access to a wide range of intellectual and physical resources associated with one of the nation’s top public universities and colleges of education. The preferred starting date is August 2019. Salary is negotiable, highly competitive, and commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Potential areas of expertise and scholarship may include
- Design, development, and implementation of innovative, technology-enhanced learning systems and environments (e.g., VR, AR, AI, gaming, robotics)
- Learning and cognitive sciences associated with technologies
- Analytics, data science, and evaluation of technology-enhanced learning environments
- Personalized learning and technology-enhanced learning
- Global technology accessibility and universal design
- Provide vision and leadership for IALT
- Conduct scholarly activities commensurate with expectations of an advanced associate or full professor at a research-intensive university
- Publish in top-tier refereed scholarly journals
- Vigorously pursue external funding opportunities with the support of the College’s Office of Educational Research
- Advise, engage, and mentor graduate students in teaching, research, and outreach activities
- Teach within areas of expertise
- Provide service to the program, school, college, university, and the profession
- Expertise in a research area or areas relevant to IALT.
- Demonstrated ability to lead and work collaboratively and effectively as part of an interdisciplinary team.
- Established and current record of writing, securing, and successfully managing grants.
- Established and current record of scholarly productivity commensurate with this position and the rank of an advanced associate or full professor.
- Administrative experience related to a Center, grants management, and/or large-scale research projects.
- Ability to contribute to the national visibility of IALT, UF, and the College of Education.
- Strong knowledge of a variety of research methodologies.
- Doctorate in relevant academic discipline.
- Record of relevant teaching experience.
- Demonstrated commitment to matters concerning inclusion, equity, diversity and/or socially just practices.
- Evidence of commitment to collaboration with faculty and students.
- Commitment to active engagement with and/or leadership in learning technology professional organizations.
Applicants for the tenure-track Associate or Full Professor-Rank Faculty/IALT Director position should complete the steps described below. Applicants should go to jobs.ufl.edu and reference requisition number 39816. Applicants will need to upload the following application materials to the University of Florida’s Interfolio website: (1) letter of application describing qualifications, (2) a curriculum vitae, and (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.
Inquiries about the position can be addressed to James McLeskey, IALT Search Committee Chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org. To ensure full consideration application materials should be submitted by January 31, 2019. Applications received after this date may be considered at the discretion of the search committee and hiring authority. If you need technical assistance, please contact Interfolio Scholar Services at 1-877-997-8807.
The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institution. Because the University is committed to building a broadly diverse educational environment that fosters multicultural skills, applicants should include in their cover letter information about how they will further this objective.
Selected candidate 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 from an educational 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).
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 “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 14th nationally among public education schools in the U.S. News & World Report’s 2019 survey of America’s Best Graduate Education Schools, and ranks 24th overall. The College is the highest-rated education school in Florida and among public institutions in the southeastern United States. Two UF academic education programs consistently score among the very best in their specialty areas: Special Education and Counselor Education. U.S News also has ranked the College’s distance education programs first or second in the country for three years in a row. 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. UF has invested state “preeminent university” funds in three high priority research areas involving the College of Education: early childhood studies, personalized e-learning, and Big Data analysis of teaching and learning practices and trends. The College’s 98 full-time faculty researchers last year held more than $128 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. Nearly 1,500 education students are enrolled on campus in 29 bachelor’s and advanced specialty and concentration areas, within nine academic program areas: 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 18 online degree and certificate programs exceeds 1,900 students from around the world. 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. 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 future looks ultrabright with the College deep into transformational renovations of Norman Hall, the College’s historic academic home.
The University of Florida, founded in 1853, is a top-10 public, land-grant, research university. UF is one of only 17 land-grant universities belonging to the elite Association of American Universities. Florida’s oldest and most comprehensive university, UF has been designated as a “preeminent” state university by the Florida Legislature. It is one of the nation’s most academically diverse universities in the nation, with an enrollment of some 54,000 students annually. UF is home to 16 colleges and more than 170 research centers and institutes and offer more than 300 graduate degree programs. Research expenditures exceeded $800 million in fiscal 2017. UF consistently ranks among the nation’s top universities: No. 9 in U.S. News & World Report’s Top Public Schools (2018); No. 1 in the Times Higher Education rankings for graduate employability; No. 3 in by Forbes (2017) and No. 7 by Kiplinger (2017) in their respective lists of best-value public college and universities; and, No. 6 in the New York Times list of universities that do the most to help low-income students (2015).
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.
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