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Assistant Professor - Social Foundations

University of South Florida
Tampa, Florida
Negotiable, competitive, and commensurate with qualifications and experience
Posted Date
Nov 2, 2022
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The Social foundation program promotes interdisciplinary scholarship that applies humanities and social science perspectives to problems in education (defined broadly) and to develop culturally relevant and socially just solutions. The Social Foundations program includes four faculty members who offer undergraduate and graduate courses to prepare globally-minded and innovative educators, scholars, leaders, and other professionals. The program’s courses support students pursuing degrees in k-12 education and higher education.  The program offers an undergraduate minor in Global Studies in Education and a Graduate Certificate in Diversity of Education.

The Social Foundations program is housed in the Department of Educational and Psychological Studies. The Department of Educational and Psychological Studies is home to six other programs: Educational Psychology, Exercise Science, Instructional Technology, Interdisciplinary Education, School Psychology, and Social Foundations, collectively committed to “Advancing rigorous inquiry and preparing highly qualified, culturally responsive professionals.”

Position:  Assistant Professor, Social Foundations, Tampa, Florida. This is a 9-month, full-time, tenure-track position with the opportunity for an additional summer contract.  This position begins on August 7, 2023. Major responsibilities include: teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in social foundations (delivered face-to-face and online); maintaining an active program of research and scholarship; securing external funding to support research and training agendas; mentoring master’s, Ed.S., and doctoral degree students; and providing service to colleagues within the College, University, P-12 schools, and professional associations. There is an expectation that the individual hired for the position will contribute to cross-department collaboration and possess the ability and willingness to participate in college and departmental recruitment, retention, and assessment activities. Applications from ABDs accepted but all degree requirements must be met by the start date: August 7, 2023.

Required Qualifications:

Earned doctorate in Social Foundations or closely related sub-discipline such as sociology, economics, philosophy, epistemology, political science, cultural studies, comparative education, and anthropology.

Evidence of a robust research agenda and emerging publication and professional presentation record.

Experience, education, and/or scholarship promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion

Evidence of working effectively with a wide range of students, faculty, or other constituents, including but not limited to those from diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, racial, international, ability, and ethnic backgrounds.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Evidence of successful teaching experience at the undergraduate and/or graduate course.
  • Evidence of grant funding or the potential to secure grant funding.
  • Evidence of successful scholarship and bringing research to publication.  
  • Prior K-12 teaching or other professional experience.
  • Evidence of ability to improve and assess student performance in both in-person and online courses.
  • Evidence of utilizing technology for teaching and creating innovative learning environments for students.
  • Evidence of successful mentoring of students in higher education.
  • Evidence of successful engagement with colleagues, staff, and administrators to develop ways to improve the educational experience of students.


USF welcomes applications from qualified applicants who have knowledge of and experience with individuals representing diverse backgrounds and cultures. Applications should include a letter of interest specifying Position #4548 and describing qualifications for the position in each of the required/preferred areas, a current vita, a diversity statement (1-2 pages outlining your experiences with and commitment to diverse populations of students), and unofficial university transcripts for all graduate degrees earned, and contact information for four professional references. Letters from references are not required at the time of application. Position finalists will be required to provide official university transcripts. Position finalists may be requested to provide letters of recommendation from professional references. References will not be contacted until the advanced stages of screening, and candidates will receive prior notification.

Full consideration will be given to complete applications received by 5:00 pm EST on December 1, 2022. Applications will be considered until the position is filled.  Questions about the position may be directed to Dr. Larry Johnson, Chair of the Search Committee, at

About the College

Home to more than 2,400 students and 125 faculty members, the University of South Florida College of Education values high-quality education and excellence in research, teaching, and learning. The college is nationally accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and the educator preparation programs are fully approved by the Florida Department of Education. At a time when the skills and pedagogy of classroom teachers and school administrators are more important than ever, the USF College of Education offers state-of-the-art teacher preparation and collaborative and collegial graduate studies designed to empower educational leaders. Working closely with school district partners across the Tampa Bay region, the College seeks to join with the community to extend proven educational initiatives and discover new ways of preparing life-long learners. The College faculty engage in innovative, interdisciplinary research addressing some of the greatest challenges facing the education field.  Each year, our faculty publish hundreds of scholarly works showcasing our impact in local communities and throughout the world.  Faculty in the College of Education were awarded over $28 million in internal and external funding in FY 2022.  The USF College of Education is in the top 100 (#62 for 2022) in overall rankings for “America’s Best Education Schools.”

 The USF College of Education is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive community of faculty, staff, students, and alumni that honors differences, provides equitable opportunities, fosters mutual respect, challenges stereotyped preconceptions, and condemns all forms of discrimination and prejudice. We respect and appreciate the diversity of human experiences differentiated by, for example, age, ancestry, circumstance, citizenship, culture, disability, ethnicity, family status, gender, language, nationality, political beliefs, race, religion, sexuality, or socioeconomic circumstances.





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