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Director and Senior Lecturer/Master Lecturer/Professor of Practice – Plant Science Degree Program with University of Florida in University of Florida main campus – Gainesville, FL

Type of position This is a 12-month non-tenure-accruing faculty position at the rank of Senior Lecturer/Master Lecturer/Professor of Practice that will be 60% teaching and 40% academic administration in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS), Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, at the University of Florida. This position serves as the Director and the Undergraduate Coordinator for the Plant Science Bachelor of Science Program. The academic home for the teaching responsibilities will be in one of the core departments supporting the undergraduate Plant Science Program: Agronomy, Environmental Horticulture, Horticultural Sciences, or Plant Pathology, depending on the expertise of the successful candidate. The administrative responsibilities will report to the CALS Associate Dean.
Employer University of Florida
Location University of Florida main campus – Gainesville, FL
Description of Location The University of Florida (http://www.ufl.edu) is a Land-Grant, Sea-Grant, and Space-Grant institution, encompassing virtually all academic and professional disciplines, with an enrollment of more than 56,000 students. UF is a member of The Association of American Universities. The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (http://ifas.ufl.edu) includes the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (http://cals.ufl.edu), the Florida Agricultural Experiment Station (http://research.ifas.ufl.edu), the Florida Cooperative Extension Service (http://extension.ifas.ufl.edu), the College of Veterinary Medicine (http://www.vetmed.ufl.edu), the Florida Sea Grant program (http://www.flseagrant.org/ ), and encompasses 16 on-campus academic departments and schools, 12 Research and Educational Centers (REC) located throughout the state, 6 Research sites/demonstration units administered by RECs or academic departments, and Florida Cooperative Extension Service offices in all 67 counties (counties operate and maintain). The School of Natural Resources and Environment is an interdisciplinary unit housed in IFAS and managed by several colleges on campus. UF/IFAS employs nearly 4,500 people, which includes approximately 990 salaried faculty and 1,400 permanent support personnel located in Gainesville and throughout the state. IFAS, one of the nation’s largest agricultural and natural resources research and education organizations, is administered by a Vice President and four deans: the Dean of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, the Dean for Extension and Director of the Florida Cooperative Extension Service, the Dean for Research and Director of the Florida Agricultural Experiment Station, and the Dean for the College of Veterinary Medicine. UF/IFAS also engages in cooperative work with Florida A&M University in Tallahassee.
Salary Commensurate with Qualifications and Experience
Closing date of competition open until suitable candidate is found
Date position available anticipate Fall of 2022
Description of duties

Duties will include teaching three to four courses annually in the Plant Science major, including teaching the Plant Science B.S. degree capstone courses and other undergraduate courses based on expertise and program needs, and providing leadership for the undergraduate Plant Science Program. The successful candidate will engage in scholarly activities related to instruction and advising and mentoring undergraduate students. This position is also expected to provide  leadership in curriculum revision and enhancement, publish teaching-related articles, produce learning tools, and engage in professional development activities related to teaching and advising. All faculty are encouraged to support and participate in the CALS Honors Program, distance education, and international education. Other duties and responsibilities related to leadership and administration will include supervision of the Plant Science Academic Advisor and budgetary oversight of the program. A successful candidate will develop and maintain industry and alumni contacts for program support and internship opportunities. Recruitment and  retention of students, including increased accessibility for statewide students, within the program is key. This includes recruitment and training of Faculty Mentors. This position will lead the Plant Science Steering Committee and work closely with the Plant Science Academic Advisor,
Faculty Mentors, unit leaders and upper administration to achieve program goals and learning objectives. This person will actively promote Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) among participating faculty, work with unit leaders to ensure timely peer assessment of core courses and lead the annual Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) assessment. Because of the IFAS land-grant mission, all faculty are expected to be supportive of and engaged in all three mission areas— Research, Teaching and Extension—regardless of the assignment split specified in the position description.

Qualifications sought

A Master of Science or doctorate (foreign equivalent acceptable) in plant science or a closely related discipline is required. A doctoral degree and more than five years of experience in undergraduate teaching, an established record of excellence in teaching and mentoring, and evidence of academic leadership experience and/or training are preferred. Candidates should have demonstrated skills in verbal and written communication, interpersonal relationships, and undergraduate teaching, advising, and mentoring. Candidates are also expected to have some prior experience associated with program management and administration. Candidates must be supportive of the mission of the Land-Grant system. Candidates must also have a commitment to IFAS core values of excellence, diversity, global involvement, and accountability. 

Contact for additional information Dr. Xin Zhao
Chair, Search and Screen Committee
University of Florida
Horticultural Sciences Department
1235 Fifield Hall, 2550 Hull Road
PO Box 110690
Gainesville, Florida 32611
Tel: 352-273-4773; Email: zxin@ufl.edu
Application procedure  
Submit what Individuals wishing to apply should go online to (https://explore.jobs.ufl.edu/en-us/job/521678) and submit:
Cover letter that states applicant’s interest in the position and qualifications relative to the credentials listed
above, and includes a teaching and mentoring philosophy, administrative and management philosophy, and a
statement on the candidate’s vision for diversity, equity, and inclusion, and how these relate to the position. The letter should include the applicant’s general strategy for sustaining and advancing the Plant Science Degree Program.
Curriculum vitae
Contact information (including email addresses) for 3 individuals willing to write letters of recommendation.
Letters will be requested automatically through the PageUp system. Please note that the deadline for reference letters to be submitted is August 1, 2022.
Unofficial transcripts
Submit to please use the online portal listed (https://explore.jobs.ufl.edu/en-us/job/521678) – for additional information or items to be sent, please direct to:
Dr. Xin Zhao
Chair, Search and Screen Committee
University of Florida
Horticultural Sciences Department
1235 Fifield Hall, 2550 Hull Road
PO Box 110690
Gainesville, Florida 32611
Tel: 352-273-4773; Email: zxin@ufl.edu
Additional Information The University of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff. The University and greater Gainesville community enjoy a diversity of cultural events, restaurants, year-round outdoor recreational activities, and social opportunities.
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