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Assistant/Associate Professor and Associate Director - 126030

University of West Florida
Pensacola, Florida
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Posted Date
Apr 10, 2023

Faculty Opportunity

University of West Florida Center for Cybersecurity

Assistant/Associate Professor and Associate Director - 126030


The University of West Florida (UWF) Center for Cybersecurity in Pensacola, Florida, invites applications and nominations for an Assistant or Associate Professor, dependent on qualifications and experience, with a working title of Associate Director (position number 126030). The position can be tenure-track, tenured, or non-tenure earning, depending on the candidate's education, experience, and preference. The Associate Director will support the Center’s nationally recognized education, training, research, and outreach activities. This is a full-time faculty position that includes a guaranteed 1.0 FTE summer appointment (in addition to 9-month appointment) and can start June 2023 or later. Salary is competitive and commensurate with education, experience, and rank.


Position Highlights

UWF is seeking a passionate cybersecurity faculty member with experience and contributions in cybersecurity education, workforce development, grants, and/or research. Candidates with experience in (a) developing and teaching various cybersecurity courses or programs and (b) securing grants or contracts to support education, workforce development, or research are encouraged to apply. Any of the following teaching or research interests are encouraged but not required: cybersecurity fundamentals, network security, incident response, forensics, threat intelligence and hunting, artificial intelligence and/or machine learning for cybersecurity, critical infrastructure security, industrial control systems security, cloud security, and industry certification courses.



This position will directly support the UWF Center for Cybersecurity’s mission and activities. The successful candidate will develop and teach cybersecurity courses; submit and manage grant proposals or contracts that support education, workforce development, or research; disseminate research via scholarly publications and presentations; and provide administrative support for the Center.


A successful candidate may be hired as (1) a tenure-track assistant professor in the appropriate academic department, (2) an associate professor with tenure in the appropriate academic department, or (3) a non-tenure-track assistant/associate professor based on education, experience, and preference. Rank and tenure within the University will be determined by educational background, experience, and record.


Position Qualifications

Ph.D. in Cybersecurity, Computer Science, Information Technology, Computer Engineering, or closely related discipline from an accredited institution with a strong commitment to cybersecurity-related teaching and research.


Preferred Qualifications

Candidates who have some of the qualifications below are preferred.


Experience in cybersecurity teaching, training, and/or curriculum development, as evident through development and instruction of cybersecurity courses in face-to-face, online, or hybrid learning environments.


Ability to secure external grants or contracts to support education, workforce development, or research.


Administrative or management experience. Familiarity with cyber ranges and their use to enhance education and training.


Application Process

Candidates must apply online through the University of West Florida website: Applicants must attach the following documents: a letter of interest, curriculum vita, name/contact information for three references in electronic format, and a statement of teaching and research goals and accomplishments. References will be contacted directly to provide letters of recommendation. An opportunity to upload these documents will be provided during the application process. For assistance, please contact Human Resources at 850-474-2694 or email Applications are preferred by April 28, 2023, but will continually be accepted until the position is filled.


The University of West Florida is an Equal Opportunity/Access/Affirmative Action/Disabled/Veteran employer. Any individual requiring special accommodation to apply is requested to advise UWF by contacting UWF Human Resources at 1-850-474- 2694 (voice) or 1-850-857-6158 (TTY). A criminal background check is required for successful candidates. E-Verify is required for employment. All applications for employment at the University are subject to Florida public records law.


About the University of West Florida and the UWF Center for Cybersecurity

The UWF Center for Cybersecurity is a regional hub for multidisciplinary cybersecurity education, workforce development, research, and outreach. The Center leads the National Cybersecurity Workforce Development Program ( UWF is designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence (CAE) in Cyber Defense Education by the National Security Agency and the Center serves as the CAE Regional Hub for the Southeast US, one of five such hubs across the country. The Center leads several cybersecurity training and workforce development programs, including the Cybersecurity for All Program®, and hosts and operates the Florida Cyber Range®. UWF offers multidisciplinary undergraduate and graduate cybersecurity programs and certificates, including the CAE-designated and ABET-accredited BS in Cybersecurity, MS in Cybersecurity, state-of-the-art research, and teaching facilities. The Center and UWF faculty lead a variety of multidisciplinary education, training, workforce development, and research programs and grants. For additional information, please visit


About Pensacola, Florida

Pensacola and Northwest Florida, commonly known as the Cyber Coast, is home to a growing cybersecurity ecosystem of cybersecurity businesses, defense bases, and government organizations. Northwest Florida is home to six Air Force and Navy installations representing $9 billion in regional spending, nearly 200,000 jobs, and an economic impact of $22 billion. This includes a substantial cybersecurity training presence. Corry Station in Pensacola is also home to the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and National Security Agency (NSA), with expanding cybersecurity operations. The UWF Center for Cybersecurity also has strong partnerships with many cybersecurity companies, including Amazon, Booz Allen Hamilton, Florida Power and Light, IBM, L3 Harris, Leidos, Navy Federal Credit Union, Northrop Grumman, Peraton, Raytheon, Regions, and Walmart.


UWF is close to some of the world’s best white-sand beaches, including Pensacola Beach, which was named among the Top Five Beaches in the U.S. by TripAdvisor. Pensacola is also known as the "Cradle of Naval Aviation” and home to the Blue Angels air team. The city hosts annual festivals, cultural events, and performances throughout the year.

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