Research Scientist- Chief Equity Officer (CQO) and Mathematics Principal (71671)

The University of Florida Lastinger Center for Learning is currently accepting applications for a Research Scientist to serve as its Chief Equity Officer (CQO) and Mathematics Principal, a member of the executive leadership team. In collaboration with the Lastinger Center Director, the CQO will articulate and implement a vision for the Center that aligns with its core mission to create equitable education systems that support the achievement of critical milestones that are predictive of student success not just in school but in life, namely kindergarten readiness, third grade reading, and most relevant to this position, algebra proficiency. The CQO will provide leadership on the development of mathematics-focused, technology-enhanced professional learning opportunities as well as support the refinement of the Math Nation digital curriculum. Additionally, the CQO will consult with the other Principals who lead the Center’s efforts in early learning, literacy, and technology to ensure that all the Center’s products and services advance culturally relevant pedagogy for students and teachers. This will be 12-month appointment.

The Lastinger Center for Learning is an education innovation hub within UF’s College of Education that works at the nexus of research, practice, and policy to develop sustainable systems that leverage educational technologies and improve the implementation of research-based practices. Housed in one of the nation’s elite public research universities, the Center operates as a dynamic, entrepreneurial workplace focused on executing against UF’s service mission to strengthen the human condition and improve the quality of life.

Anticipated salary and benefits: $200,000 plus UF HR benefits

  • Works in support of the Center Director to:
    • Define the overarching vision, identity, and strategy for the Center’s work in being an anti-racist organization.
    • Leverage the Center’s Council of Advisors and external partners to publicly live out the Center’s equity mission through its work
    • Execute against the Center’s Vision for 2025 to offer a comprehensive suite of evidence-based, critically conscious, and competency-based learning opportunities in both virtual and hybrid formats in support of student success in early learning, literacy, and mathematics
  • Works collaboratively with other Executive Leadership Team members (Chief Academic Officer and Early Learning and Literacy Principal, Chief Experience Officer and Technology Principal, and Assistant Directors for Strategy and Business Services) to:
    • Develop, review, and revise the Center’s products and services through the lens of culturally relevant pedagogy for teachers and students
    • Develop, execute, and communicate strategy within and outside of the organization.
    • Ensures that appropriate metrics are in place to measure performance and progress towards strategic goals.
    • Ensure that actions are completed at various levels and across various teams to achieve desired results.
  • Serves as a subject-matter expert in mathematics education, teacher education and professional learning, supporting the development, management, and implementation of Center initiatives, projects, and core business functions.
    • Cultivates and maintains the Center’s relationships with national and international business, industry, and academic experts and partners in mathematics education to inform the Center’s ongoing innovations in mathematics
    • Monitors emerging needs and interests among key stakeholders, government, and philanthropy.
    • Builds new partnerships to expand awareness, increase engagement and support for the Center’s initiatives.
    • In collaboration with the Strategy team, identifies and pursues contract and grant funding to support the Center’s development and implementation of mathematics initiatives that improve student success
  • Develop, manage, and supervise appropriate members of the Center’s team of associates.
  • Represents the Center on relevant committees and task forces, as well as at speaking engagements, conference panels and trainings.


  • Doctorate degree in mathematics education, teacher education, or related field.
  • A minimum of 10 years of experience in mathematics education and professional learning.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Strong background and familiarity with the research literature on culturally relevant pedagogy and mathematics.
  • Experience with technology-enhanced learning systems for teachers and students
  • Seasoned professional, with a strong strategy orientation, who has previously held leadership roles in complex environments.
  • Proven track record with strategy planning, development, and execution.
  • Ability to translate and communicate complex topics in a variety of forums, tailoring communications to effectively fit and influence the targeted audience
  • Strong executive presence, presentation and communication skills.
  • Ability to lead the entire range of problem-solving work from problem definition to analysis, recommendation and the development of implementation plans.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with key internal and external leaders, partners, and stakeholders. Ability to work independently as well as in a team structure; ability to manage multiple tasks and be flexible.
  • Ability to execute immediate plans, be agile in making strategically aligned decisions, and plan for long-term sustainability.

Applicant should upload all materials to the University of Florida’s employment website . If you need any technical assistance, please contact Human Resources at 352-392-2477. Please provide: (1) a letter of application addressing qualifications, (2) a curriculum vitae, and (3) email addresses and phone numbers from three colleagues who will be contacted to provide references. Applicants should reference requisition XXXX, position number 00035873. Inquiries about the position can be addressed to Search Chair, Dr. Phil Poekert, at Review of candidates will begin April 5, 2021 and continue until the position is filled. Applications received after this date will be reviewed at the discretion of the search committee.

Final candidate will be required to provide 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 .

The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff.

The University of Florida is An Equal Employment Opportunity Institution. 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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