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. 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 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, established in 2006, which has strong ties to FCI with cluster hires in Internal Medicine, the Burnett School of Biological Sciences, and we hope to partner with the newest department: Population Health. The College of Medicine 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. 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 http://www.ucf.edu/faculty.
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.