Associate Professor or Professor, Human-Technology Interaction

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Work type: Faculty
Location: Main Campus (Orlando)
Categories: Engineering/Computer Science, Health & Public Affairs, Health Professions, Medicine, Nursing, Other, Research/Grants, Rosen College of Hospitality Management, Sciences, Faculty Cluster- Disability, Aging and Technology

Classification Title:

Associate Professor or Professor, Human-Technology Interaction

Job Description:

The University of Central Florida (UCF) is seeking a tenured associate professor or professor who can effectively facilitate and lead new and existing interdisciplinary research collaborations in the broad areas of disability, aging, and technology, one area in which UCF had established interdisciplinary clusters to strengthen its academic offerings and research mission. The successful candidate must demonstrate the ability to secure external funding and create a strategic vision for developing educational programs that link health and wellness interventions with technology applications. A key selection criterion for this position is the desire and ability to act as a bridge between cluster faculty members in the human and technological sciences in order to build synergistic collaborations across the university. Thus, a strong desire for and track record of working in interdisciplinary teams is preferred. The ideal candidate will have research impact as reflected in high-quality publications and the ability to build a well-funded research program. Exceptionally well-qualified candidates will be considered for the “cluster lead” designation. Areas of expertise may include but are not limited to: human-computer interaction and the design and evaluation of sociotechnical systems for health domains; robotics and assistive technologies; health informatics or data analytics; and the intersection of aging or disability research with technology-focused interventions. 

 

The Disability, Aging, and Technology (DAT) cluster is a partnership between six colleges: the College of Health Professions and Sciences, the College of Nursing, the College of Sciences, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Rosen College of Hospitality Management, the College of Medicine, and the Nanoscience Technology Center at UCF. The DAT cluster seeks transdisciplinary engagement in research and education to link health and wellness interventions with technology applications so that effective and feasible health, behavioral, and assistive technologies can be used with diverse populations. Please visit our website to learn more about the cluster and the departments involved: https://www.ucf.edu/faculty/cluster/disability-aging-technology/.

 

This is an interdisciplinary position that will be expected to strengthen both the cluster and a chosen tenure home department and may include a combination of joint appointments. For this position, the anticipated tenure home is either the Department of Computer Science in the College of Engineering and Computer Sciences or the Department of Psychology in the College of Sciences. (See https://www.ucf.edu/faculty/cluster/disability-aging-technology/ for a complete list of all the units involved.) Both individual and interdisciplinary infrastructure and startup support will be provided with this new position. The position will carry a rank commensurate with the candidate’s prior experience and record.

 

UCF is one of the nation’s largest universities with a diverse student body of more than 68,000 students and has grown substantially in size, quality, diversity, and reputation in its first 50 years. Today, the university offers more than 200 degree programs at its main campus in Orlando. UCF is an economic engine, attracting and supporting industries vital to the region’s future while providing students with real-world experiences that help them succeed after graduation. UCF’s Orlando location also puts it at the center of the Florida High Tech Corridor. The corridor has an excellent industrial base that includes software, defense, space, simulation and training, and a world-renowned entertainment industry. Adjacent to UCF is a thriving research park that conducts over $2 billion in funded research, hosting more than 100 high technology companies and UCF’s Institute for Simulation and Training. The Central Florida area is designated by the State of Florida as the Center of Excellence in Modeling and Simulation. UCF also has an accredited medical school which was established in 2006 and is a neighbor to the Orlando VA Medical Center and to large corporations such as Disney, Harris Corporation, Lockheed Martin, Siemens, and many others. Great weather, easy access to the seashore, one of the largest convention centers in the nation, and one of the world’s best airports are just a few features that make Orlando an ideal location. We encourage you to learn more about UCF at http://www.ucf.edu/faculty.

Department:

AA-Faculty Cluster Initiative -- Disability, Aging, and Technology Cluster

Type of Appointment:

Regular

Advertised Annual Salary:

Negotiable

Minimum Qualifications:

A Ph.D., terminal degree, or foreign degree equivalent from an accredited institution in an area appropriate to the cluster.

 

The selected candidate must also have relevant teaching experience and a record of high impact research related to the cluster focus on disability, aging, and technology demonstrated by a strong scholarly and/or funding record.

 

In order to obtain tenure, the selected candidate must have a demonstrated record of teaching, research and service commensurate with rank.

Preferred Qualifications:

A history of working with teams, especially teams that span multiple disciplines, is strongly preferred.

 

Published research in assistive technology related to rehabilitation or medical robotics, human-robot interaction, or smart environments.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

This position has an anticipated start date of August 8, 2020. The review of applications will begin immediately. Applications will be accepted and reviewed on an ongoing basis; therefore, interested applicants are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as practicable as the position is subject to close with as little as 7 days’ notice. 

 

 

 

Additional Application Materials Required:

UCF requires all applications and supporting documents to be submitted electronically through the Human Resources website, www.ucf.edu/jobs/. No paper or emailed applications or materials will be considered.

 

UCF has a diverse student body and community, and we are committed to meeting the needs of this community. Please tell us about your approach and experience, in the context of a faculty-student setting and as a colleague, meeting the needs of a diverse community.

 

In addition to the online application, interested candidates must also attach the following materials to their application:

 

1)      the above-mentioned diversity statement,

2)      *a cover letter,

3)      curriculum vitae,

4)      teaching statement,

5)      research statement, and

6)      contact information for three professional references (include email addresses).

 

*In the cover letter candidates must address their background in human-technology interaction, their experience working in a multidisciplinary environment, and identify the department(s) for potential joint appointments they may desire.

 

NOTE: Please have all application 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 at a later date.

 

This position has an anticipated start date of August 8, 2020. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

 

Questions regarding this search can be directed to search chair, Dr. Janan Smither, at Janan.Smither@ucf.edu.

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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