Lecturer - Leadership Education

The University of Florida in Florida

Deadline Open until filled
Date Posted April 25, 2014
Employment Type Full-time
Job Description: This is a 12-month non-tenure-accruing position in the Department of Agricultural Education and Communication, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida, assigned 100% teaching (College of Agricultural and Life Sciences). This assignment may change in accordance with the needs of the unit. Duties will include (1) teaching in the areas of agricultural leadership, complex adaptive systems, problem solving, and other competencies related to the Challenge 2050 Project*; (2) teaching one or more courses in environmental science; (3) advising prospective and currently enrolled students in the Challenge 2050 certificate program(s); (4) developing and implementing formal and non-formal educational programs to engage students in Challenge 2050 initiatives and resulting implications; (5) working with internal and external stakeholders to develop strategic partnerships to impact Challenge 2050 initiatives; (6) seeking grant funding to support research associated with Challenge 2050 educational programs and the resulting implications; (7) supporting quality research aimed at the advancement and understanding of Challenge 2050 issues and solutions; and (8) contributing to the Department's overall goals in scholarship and research. All IFAS faculty members are expected to demonstrate commitment and responsibility to the three functions of the land-grant mission. The successful candidate will engage in scholarly activities related to Challenge 2050 and agricultural leadership education, including participating in curriculum revision and enhancement, conducting research and seeking funding for Challenge 2050 initiatives, supervising undergraduate research and creative work, publishing research and scholarship pertaining to Challenge 2050 and agricultural leadership, producing learning tools, and engaging in professional development activities related to teaching and advising. Faculty members are encouraged to support and participate in the CALS Honors Program, distance education, and international education. Because of the IFAS land-grant mission, all faculty members are expected to be supportive of and engaged in all three mission areas - teaching, research, and extension - regardless of the assignment split specified in the position description.
The Department of Agricultural Education and Communication is a comprehensive academic unit in the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) at the University of Florida and has diverse teaching, research, and extension education programs with 22 faculty members and 11 support personnel located on the Gainesville campus. An additional faculty member directs the department's off-campus undergraduate program in agricultural education at the UF/IFAS Plant City campus. The departmental web site at http://aec.ifas.ufl.edu provides additional information.
  • The Challenge 2050 Project is a multi-faceted IFAS-wide effort with international and domestic partners to address the unstructured, complex, and adaptive challenges (e.g., sustainable development, food security) present in today's global community. The name of the project is derived from the significant issues projected to face our world due to population increase by the year 2050. Our overall goal for the academic component associated with the larger project is to empower students to take action in addressing the ambiguity and complex adaptive challenges the communities of our world face. These problems do not fit within the normal bounds of a disciplinary degree or a semester-long course, because the issues we face are radically different than the issues that traditional educational models are designed to address. Due to this, learning objectives and programmatic initiatives set the foundation for students to develop attitudes, dispositions, and skills critical for establishing partnerships with stakeholders and holistically engaging this authentic challenge.

Minimum Requirements: A doctorate (foreign equivalent acceptable) in agricultural leadership or related field is required. Candidates should have demonstrated skills in verbal and written communication, interpersonal relationships, and procurement of extramural funding. 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. The successful applicant must have a strong commitment to teaching and research and a proven ability to work effectively with professional colleagues, students, and stakeholders. Candidates must show clear promise in research and teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels and demonstrate excellent skills in verbal and written communication, collaboration/teamwork, interpersonal communication, and procurement of extramural funding.

Preferred Qualifications: Postdoctoral experience is desirable.

Health Assessment Required: No
Special instructions to applicants: For full consideration, candidates should apply and submit additional materials by May 7, 2014. The position will open until a viable applicant pool is determined.
Nominations are welcome. Nominations need to include the complete name and address of the nominee. This information should be sent to the address below.

Application Information

Individuals wishing to apply should go online to https://jobs.ufl.edu (search for requisition # 0905489) and submit:
• Application
• Cover letter that states applicant's interest in the position and qualifications relative to the credentials listed above
• Curriculum vitae
Official transcripts showing receipt of the doctoral degree and three letters of recommendation should be sent to:
Please refer to Requisition # 0905489
Dr. Tony Andenoro
Chair, Search and Screen Committee
University of Florida
Department of Agricultural Education and Communication
PO Box 110540
Gainesville, FL 32611-0540
Telephone: 352-294-1999
Facsimile: 352-392-9585
Electronic Mail: andenoro@ufl.edu
The final candidate will be required to provide an official transcript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered "official" if a designation of "Issued to Student" is visible. Degrees earned from an education institution outside of the United States are required to be evaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approved by National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at http://www.naces.org/ .
The University of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff. The selection process will be conducted in accord with the provisions of Florida's 'Government in the Sunshine' and Public Records Laws. Persons with disabilities have the right to request and receive reasonable accommodation.

Posting Date: 04/24/2014
Closing Date:
Open Until Filled: Yes

How To Apply

You can apply for this position online at https://jobs.ufl.edu/postings/51990