Assistant or Associate Professor, Learning Sciences

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Work type: Faculty
Location: Main Campus (Orlando)
Categories: Education & Human Performance, Engineering/Computer Science, Faculty Cluster- Learning Sciences

Classification Title:

Assistant or Associate Professor, Learning Sciences

Job Description:

The University of Central Florida (UCF) has established several interdisciplinary clusters to strengthen its academic offerings and research mission. At this time we are recruiting faculty in the area of machine learning with an emphasis on its applications to human learning and plan to hire one tenure track assistant professor or tenured associate professor for the Learning Sciences Faculty Cluster. This position has an anticipated start date of August 8, 2020.


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. A strong advantage of this position is the ability of the candidate to choose a combination of units from the cluster for their appointment. (See 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.


The ideal candidate will have a strong background in machine learning with an emphasis on its applications to human learning and be on an upward leadership trajectory in these areas. They will have research impact, as reflected in high-quality publications and the ability to build a well-funded research program. All relevant technical areas will be considered. We are looking for a team player who can help bring together current campus efforts in the learning sciences. In particular, we are looking for someone who will work at the intersection of several areas, such as a) machine learning, b) human learning, c) data analytics, d) human-technology interaction addressing K-12, as well as industries including entertainment, simulation and training, health, aerospace, aviation, military, etc.


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. In 2019, UCF was officially recognized as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) by the US Department of Education and a "Green College" by the Princeton Review for our efforts in sustainability and environmental responsibility. UCF's students represent all 50 states and over 120 countries. While Orlando is famous for its amusement parks, it is also home to the emerging preeminent University of Central Florida. UCF is in a centralized location that is 30 minutes to Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando and 60 minutes to the beach. UCF has 16 sports teams, including football, soccer/futbol, tennis, volleyball, and 600+ cultural, academic and social student clubs and organizations all led by faculty mentors. In addition, UCF has several associations for faculty and staff, among them, the Black Faculty and Staff Association (BFSA), the Latino Faculty and Staff Association (LaFaSA), the PRIDE Faculty and Staff Association, and the Faculty Excellence Center for Success of Women Faculty. This year, UCF received the 2019 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT into Diversity magazine, which recognizes U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion.


The Carnegie Foundation has classified UCF as an R1 Doctoral University for its high research activity and community engagement. This past fiscal year, UCF brought in a record amount of research funding in excess of $192M. For the third consecutive year, UCF has been recognized among the nation’s most innovative universities according to U.S. News & World Report while Kiplinger’s and The Princeton Review have ranked UCF as one of the nation’s best values for a college education.


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 world-renowned entertainment industry, including large corporations such as Disney, Harris Corporation, Lockheed Martin, Siemens, Oracle, Apple, AMD, Boeing, SpaceX, Blue Origin, etc. 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 Veterans Administration Medical Center, and the Nemours Children’s Hospital, both of which have strong interests in the learning sciences.


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. In addition, UCF is #16 for Florida on the list of America's Best Employers by state, outranking any other educational institutions on the list. Come learn more about UCF at


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Minimum Qualifications:

A Ph.D. or foreign degree equivalent from an accredited institution by the time of appointment in an area appropriate to the cluster. The selected candidate must also have a record of high impact research related to machine learning, demonstrated by a strong scholarly record. Candidates for associate professor must also have a demonstrated record of external competitive funding.


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

Preferred Qualifications:

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

Additional Application Materials Required:

UCF requires all applications and supporting documents to be submitted electronically through the Human Resources website, No paper or emailed applications or materials can 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 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 reference (include email address).


*In the cover letter candidates must address their background in machine learning, experience working in an interdisciplinary environment, and identify the department(s) for their potential tenure home and the 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 upon receipt of all required material and continue until the position is filled.


Questions regarding this search can be directed to the cluster's leads: Dr. Charles Hughes at and Dr. Roger Azevedo at

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: 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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