Assistant Professor, Department of Finance

University of Central Florida

Job Description

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As a next-generation public research institution, we are an inclusive community of thinkers, doers, creators, innovators, healers, and leaders striving to shape the future and solve the world’s most challenging problems. No matter what your role is, when you join Knight Nation, you become an integral part of our mission to become a university for the future. You’ll be met with opportunities to connect and collaborate with uniquely talented faculty, staff, and students across 13 colleges and multiple campuses and regional locations. That means greater challenges to tackle, more meaningful opportunities to grow, and rewarding experiences that go beyond a paycheck.

The Opportunity

The University of Central Florida (UCF) invites applications for an assistant professor in the College of Business Administration’s Department of Finance. We anticipate one position available at our main campus in Orlando, Florida, with teaching responsibilities in both Daytona and Orlando.

This is a nine-month, tenure-track position in the Department of Finance starting August 8, 2024.  The successful candidate is expected to have expertise in Risk Management and FinTech related fields.

UCF is a comprehensive, metropolitan university.  With more than 66,000 students, UCF is the second largest university in the country in terms of enrollment, located on a 1,445 acre main campus in suburban Orlando.  Adjacent to the UCF main campus is the Central Florida Research Park, which is one of the top ten research parks in the country, based on the number of employees, companies and acreage.  For more information on UCF, see our website at http://www.ucf.edu .

With some 8,500 undergraduate and 1,000 graduate students enrolled, the UCF College of Business Administration is one of the largest AACSB-accredited business colleges in the nation.  The college offers part-time, executive and professional MBA programs as well as master’s degrees in accounting, management, real estate, taxation, and sports business management.  The college also offers a Ph.D. in business administration with tracks in accounting, finance, management, and marketing.      

The Finance Department (which includes the Dr. P. Phillips School of Real Estate) has 20 full-time faculty members including 16 tenured and tenure-track appointments. In addition to the Ph.D. in Finance degree, the Department’s new Master's of Science in FinTech program was launched in Fall 2022. It combines finance and computer science concepts to prepare graduates to succeed in the emerging Financial Technology industry. The department also offers a Professional Master of Real Estate (P.M.R.E.) degree and undergraduate degrees in finance and real estate.  For more information on the College of Business Administration, see our website at  http://www.bus.ucf.edu/ .

Orlando is one of the nation's most dynamic, diverse, and rapidly growing metropolitan areas. It is home to numerous cultural activities, major and minor league sports franchises, a wide variety of outdoor recreation activities, and countless theme parks and entertainment venues. Orlando is well positioned near the Space Coast in the center of the high-tech Interstate 4 corridor that extends from Tampa through Orlando, to Daytona Beach.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in finance or a closely related field, from an accredited institution by the time of appointment.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A strong research agenda in finance and evidence supporting the potential for excellence in research publications.

  • Evidence supporting the potential for excellence in teaching at both undergraduate and graduate levels in the fields of Risk Management and FinTech.

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, candidates should upload a curriculum vita, a cover letter stating interest and qualifications, names and contact information of three references, supporting documentation of teaching competence and evidence of on-going research.

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 simultaneously uploaded.  Once the online submission process is finalized, the system does not allow applicants to submit additional documents later.

Questions regarding this search should be directed to Dr. Qinghai Wang at Qinghai.Wang@ucf.edu.

Special Instructions to the Applicants:


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 240-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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