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Professor and Associate Dean, Undergraduate Studies

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The Opportunity

The College of Undergraduate Studies (CUGS) is seeking a dynamic and strategic leader to serve as professor and associate dean, responsible for developing and implementing policies and practices for undergraduate studies at the University of Center Florida (UCF) and in the college. This position is a 12-month, tenured faculty member that reports to the vice provost and dean, College of Undergraduate Studies.

Specific duties include the following:

  • Support the Vice Provost and Dean of CUGS in the recruitment, hiring, and retention of faculty for the college.

  •  Identify, develop, and implement a robust professional development plan for Interdisciplinary Studies faculty.

  • Lead college-level efforts to promote scholarship of teaching and learning and coordinate efforts to build a core faculty for the college by engaging current faculty members who are outstanding researchers with strong research and teaching commitments to interdisciplinary studies to participate in a Faculty Fellows program (when funding is available).

  • Provide leadership support to the director, Interdisciplinary Studies program.

  • Oversee development, growth, and review of innovative academic programs in the college. 

  • Support the development and implementation of the college’s strategic enrollment plan.

  • Assessment and evaluation of goals and objectives articulated in the college’s strategic plan.

  • Serve as the administrative lead for the university’s General Education program (GEP) to include leadership for the teaching development and assessment and evaluation of the GEP.  Providing leadership to the GEP team to include GEP faculty fellows and faculty leads. With leadership from the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning, support target professional development efforts for General Education faculty members.

  • Lead efforts in academic policy to include providing support to the vice provost and dean on undergraduate catalog review, revisions and undergraduate academic policy.

  • Coordinating with Academic Services on academic petitions and overseeing the implementation of the undergraduate grade appeal process. Engage in the development of policies connected to Academic Services including but not limited to petitions, waivers, appeals, withdrawals, and medical withdrawals.

  • Maintain current knowledge of trends in the field of higher education.

  • Serves as dean designee, as appropriate.

  • Perform other related duties as assigned or requested.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • An earned doctorate or terminal degree in an appropriate discipline from an accredited institution.

  • The successful candidate must be a current tenured professor in their primary discipline and have at least three years of leadership experience as a department chair or director of an academic program.

  • The position requires computer skills, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and database experience.

In order to be eligible for appointment as a tenured  professor upon hire, the successful candidate must have a distinguished record of scholarly achievement and teaching experience commensurate with a tenured professor appointment in their primary discipline.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of general education programming.

  • Understanding of academic policies.

  • Experience in mentorship of faculty.

  • Actively engaged in research and scholarship.

Additional Application Materials Required:

UCF requires all applications and supporting documents be submitted electronically through the Human Resources employment opportunities website, https://www.ucf.edu/jobs/ .  In addition to the online application, interested candidates must provide the following materials to their application:

  • A cover letter.

  • A current curriculum vitae.

  • A list with contact information for three (3) professional references.

  • A vision statement for general education at a large and diverse university. 

The selected candidate will be required to submit official transcripts (and, as applicable, U.S. degree equivalency evaluations) documenting the conferral of their qualifying academic credentials.

NOTE: Please have all documents ready when applying so they can be attached at that time. Once the online submission process is finalized, the system does not allow applicants to submit additional documents later.

Questions regarding this search may be directed to:  Dr. Theodorea Berry, Vice Provost and Dean, at Theodorea.berry@ucf.edu,  407-823-2374.

Special Instructions to the Applicants:

Some travel may be required for meetings.

Job Close Date:

Open until filled.

Note to applicants: Please keep in mind that a job posted as ‘Open until filled ’ may close at any time without notice. As such, we encourage you to submit your application and all required documentation as quickly as possible to ensure consideration for the posted position.

Are Benefits Important to You?

Working at UCF has its perks!  In addition to helping drive change and having a positive impact by supporting our students, staff, and faculty, UCF offers:

  • Benefit packages including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, healthcare flexible spending accounts, and an Employee Assistance Program.
  • Paid time off, including annual and sick leave and paid holidays.
  • Retirement savings options.
  • Employee discounts, including tickets to many Orlando area attractions.
  • Education assistance.
  • Flexible work environment.

And more…For more benefits information, go to ‘Prospective Employees’ on the UCF Human Resources website (https://hr.ucf.edu/ )

Who Are We?

Founded in 1963 to fuel the region’s talent pipeline and support the growing U.S. space program, UCF is built to make a better future for our students and society. It’s one of the reasons U.S. News & World Report ranks UCF among the nation’s top 20 most innovative colleges, while Forbes, Kiplinger , and The Princeton Review rank us a best-value university. UCF is one of 14 universities nationwide designated as both a Hispanic-Serving Institution and a Research 1 university. With 13 colleges, including a fully accredited College of Medicine, UCF offers more than 220-degree programs between its main campus, downtown campus, hospitality campus, academic health sciences campus, and 11 UCF Connect centers located throughout the region. In addition, UCF extends its reach to communities in and beyond Central Florida by offering complete online programs leading to bachelor's degrees, master's degrees, Ph.D.'s., certificates, and more.

The University of Central Florida is proud to be a smoke-free campus and an E-Verify employer. Unless explicitly stated on the job posting, it is UCF’s expectation that an employee of UCF will reside in Florida as of the date the employment begins.

Additional Requirements related to Research Positions

Pursuant to Florida State Statute 1010.35, prior to offering employment to certain individuals in research-related positions, UCF is required to conduct additional screening. Applicants subject to additional screening include any citizen of a foreign country who is not a permanent resident of the U.S., or who is a citizen or permanent resident but is affiliated with or has had at least 1 year of higher education, employment, or training in China, Cuba, Iran, Russia, North Korea, Syria, or Venezuela.

The additional screening requirements only apply to employment in research-related positions, including, but not limited to faculty positions (including employed visiting positions), graduate positions, individuals compensated by research grants or contract funds, postdoctoral scholar positions, and undergraduate positions.


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Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

As an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, UCF encourages all qualified applicants to apply, including women, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of traditionally underrepresented populations. UCF's Equal Opportunity Statement can be viewed at  http://www.oie.ucf.edu/documents/PresidentsStatement.pdf.

As a Florida public university, UCF makes all application materials and selection procedures available to the public upon request.

The University of Central Florida is proud to be a smoke-free campus and an E-Verify employer.

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