Lecturer - Program in Sustainability and the Built Environment (SBE) (66815)

Florida, United States
Salary Not Specified
Nov 17, 2020
Employment Type
Full Time

The Sustainability and the Built Environment (SBE) in the College of Design, Construction and Planning (DCP) at the University of Florida (UF) invites applications for a full-time Lecturer position with a Geodesign specialization located on the main campus in Gainesville, Florida. This 12-month, teaching-focused, non-tenured faculty position includes full departmental voting rights, promotion possibilities, graduate research committee capacities, and professional development opportunities on par with those more commonly associated with tenure-track, research-focused faculty. The target start date is July 1, 2021 with full teaching responsibilities commencing in the Fall 2021 semester.


Leveraging an interdisciplinary curricula spanning all of the DCP disciplines and integrating science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM) skillsets, the SBE Program offers a 120-credit undergraduate major (Bachelor of Science) and a 15-credit undergraduate minor. Created in 2008, the SBE Program has grown to annual enrollments of approximately 163 majors and 25 minors.

The SBE Program offers two specializations for students pursuing a major. An “Interdisciplinary Specialization” is highly flexible, customizable to meet the interests of individual students, and geared toward systems thinking in solving problems of sustainability and the built environment. For this position, a Geodesign specialization will focus on the principles, applications, and techniques of geodesign applied to exploring the spatial and temporal dimensions of alternative future design scenarios across the rural-to-urban transect.

Beyond on-campus teaching, the SBE Program collaborates with public and private sector individuals and institutions through the Green Building Learning Collaborative (GBLC). As a result of the strong trajectory of student participation and industry interest to date, the SBE Program is applying to create a complementary graduate degree program, tentatively titled the Master of Integrated Sustainable Development (MISD). The individual in this Lecturer position would have an opportunity to teach and mentor students within the MISD should it receive institutional approval.


The anticipated teaching assignment will involve primarily undergraduate teaching and mentoring, with secondary opportunities for graduate teaching and research committee membership. The typical 12-month teaching load includes 9-credit hours of courses both fall and spring semesters, along with 6- credit hours of courses during the summer semester. Additionally, the lecturer is expected to serve as a Senior Capstone mentor for SBE students and is encouraged to serve on graduate committees in the College.

Beyond the teaching and mentoring assignments, the individual will be expected to contribute to the governance of the SBE Program, their home academic unit, and the College through active participation in regular faculty, committee and academic planning meetings, and attendance at special events. The candidate will also be expected to collaborate with other faculty within the College, campus, and the industry.

Collegiality and Culture

The SBE Program prides itself on creating an inclusive environment, supporting diversity, equity, access, and a healthy work-life balance. The program seeks a colleague with clear potential to succeed in the College of DCP where the principles of sustainability and resiliency unify all disciplines. The ideal candidate will have a proven track record of excellence in interdisciplinary, undergraduate instruction, and an established record of service. Furthermore, the ideal candidate will walk-the-talk of sustainability as they learn lessons in the lab of their own life experiences.

The Program in Sustainability and the Built Environment (SBE) engages faculty from the 4 academic units in the College: the School of Architecture, the M.E. Rinker Sr. School of Construction Management, the Department of Interior Design, and the School of Landscape Architecture and Planning. This Lecturer position will have an academic home in one of these four units, based on their educational background and area(s) of expertise.

Conceptual Proficiencies

Applicants should have knowledge of, and experience with, or more, of the following core concepts and frameworks:

Technical Proficiencies

Candidates should possess technical proficiency in geographic information systems (GIS) with a geodesign focus, and demonstrate applied GIS expertise in one, or more, of the following focal areas:

  • Community resilience and adaptive capacity of linked social-ecological systems
  • Ecosystem management
  • Land use analysis and planning
  • Urban design

Required Qualifications

All degrees must come from an accredited institution or other internationally recognized accrediting body.

  • Master’s degree in architecture, construction management, geography, interior design, landscape architecture, urban and regional planning, or allied disciplines by August 2021
  • Teaching experience including undergraduate design studios and lectures
  • Applied experience in the area(s) of expertise
  • Evidence of interdisciplinary and student-centered approaches to teaching and learning

Preferred Qualifications

All degrees must come from an accredited institution or other internationally recognized accrediting body.

  • Doctoral degree in architecture, construction management, geography, interior design, landscape architecture, urban and regional planning, or allied disciplines by August 2021
  • Creative and entrepreneurial spirit and skills to attract new student matriculation
  • Active professional licensure
  • Public and/or private sector experience and professional networks to create career connections for SBE alumni and/or project possibilities for studio courses
  • Participation in academic or professional associations with a particular focus on sustainability, community resilience, and/or geodesign

Application Deadline

Review of qualified applications will begin on January 15, 2021 and continue until a suitable applicant pool is established and the position is filled. To ensure full consideration, all application documents must be submitted by January 14, 2021 . Applications received after this date may be considered at the discretion of the committee and/or hiring authority.

Application Process

Applications must be submitted via the University of Florida’s online application system (https://jobs.ufl.edu/). Position Number 66815 . Complete and qualified online applications must include the following:

  1. Letter of application
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. Contact information for three professional references
  4. Portfolio exemplifying student work prepared under applicant’s academic direction
  5. Examples of candidate’s professional and academic work

The Search Committee may request additional materials at a later time, including letters of reference.

For More Information

Nominations and/or inquiries regarding this position may be directed to the following individual:

Margaret Portillo PhD, FIDEC
Associate Dean for Research & Graduate Studies
Professor, Department of Interior Design
College of Design, Construction, and Planning
Email: mportill@ufl.edu
Phone: (352) 294-1406

As a Florida public university, UF makes all application materials and selection procedures available to the public upon request.

Selected 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 educational 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).

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). Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the US. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida's Sunshine Law.

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