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University of Florida
Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS)
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Posted: 05/2/2022
Director - Plant Science Degree Program

Director and Senior Lecturer/Master Lecturer/Professor of Practice - Plant Science Degree Program

For full consideration, candidates should apply and submit materials by June 5, 2022.  The position will remain open until a viable applicant pool is determined.

The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences is committed to creating an environment that affirms diversity across a variety of dimensions, including ability, class, ethnicity/race, gender identity and expression.  We particularly welcome applicants who can contribute to such an environment through their scholarship, teaching, mentoring, and professional service.  We strongly encourage historically underrepresented groups to apply.

If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for this position, please call 352-392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at 800-955-8771 (TDD) or visit Accessibility at UF.

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.  

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.


A Master of Science or doctorate (foreign equivalent acceptable) in plant science or a closely related discipline is required.  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.