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Assistant Professor, Legal Studies

University of Central Florida
Orlando, Florida
Date posted
Oct 4, 2023

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Assistant Professor, Legal Studies


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As a next-generation public research institution, we are an inclusive community of thinkers, doers, creators, innovators, healers, and leaders striving to shape the future and solve the world’s most challenging problems. No matter what your role is, when you join Knight Nation, you become an integral part of our mission to become a university for the future. You’ll be met with opportunities to connect and collaborate with uniquely talented faculty, staff, and students across 13 colleges and multiple campuses and regional locations. That means greater challenges to tackle, more meaningful opportunities to grow, and rewarding experiences that go beyond a paycheck.

The Opportunity

The Department of Legal Studies in the College of Community Innovation and Education (CCIE) at the University of Central Florida (UCF) invites applications for a 9-month, tenure-track assistant professor, anticipated to begin on-site in Fall 2024.

The selected candidate will contribute to the department mission by teaching core and specialized law courses in Legal Studies degree and certificate programs. The assistant professor is also expected to preform research and publish in academic and/or law journals. The ideal candidate will be highly motivated and proficient in the law and its relationship to public policy and the public good, as well as exercise their ability to develop and maintain collaborative relationships with and engage in community partnering and demonstrate a commitment to university and/or community service.

The Department of Legal Studies offers undergraduate degrees (B.A./B.S.) in Legal Studies, multiple interdisciplinary undergraduate certificates and a graduate certificate to a diverse student body preparing students for success in law school, graduate school, and the legal profession. The department serves approximately 800 Legal Studies majors, has 10 full-time faculty and 2 staff members. Students have opportunities for legal internships and advanced undergraduate research in the university’s Honors in the Major program. For more information about the department and our program, visit

CCIE is a one-of-a-kind academic unit with distinct, interdisciplinary expertise and potential for partnership with community stakeholders, conceived to address societal challenges and work alongside the community. Established in 2018, the college offers undergraduate and graduate programs on the main campus and UCF Downtown. At the heart of the college's mission is the institutional commitment to transform lives and strengthen society by developing a unified vision and innovative solutions to complex social issues. CCIE promotes innovation through state-of-the-art interdisciplinary research with social impact, contemporary inclusive teaching and learning practices, and preeminent service for the disciplines, the institution, and the community.

Located in Orlando, Florida, UCF is classified as a Very High Research Activity (R1) university by the Carnegie Foundation. With a diverse student body of more than 70,000 students, UCF is one of the largest universities in the country. The university offers more than 220-degree programs. UCF is committed to diversity and was designated a Hispanic Serving Institution in 2019. For more information, visit

Minimum Qualifications

By the time of appointment, candidates must have a completed J.D. from an accredited and ABA-approved law school, a demonstrated commitment to undergraduate teaching, and an active record of scholarly research, and publications.

Preferred Qualifications

Earned Ph.D. or LL.M. from a nationally renowned accredited institution.

Successful grant writing experience or documented history of attempted funded research. Experience teaching with active-learning and online modalities.

Expertise in two or more of the following areas: Environment Law, Space Law, Bankruptcy Law, Administrative Law, Poverty Law, Disability Rights, Urban Development, and Maritime Law.

Additional Application Materials Required

UCF requires all applications and supporting documents be submitted electronically through the Human Resources employment opportunities website, In addition to the online application, candidates are to upload a current curriculum vitae to be considered for this position. Candidates are strongly encouraged to provide a cover letter/statement of interest.

Candidates should be prepared to provide contact information for three (3) professional references and transcripts upon request. The selected candidate will be required to submit official transcripts (and, as applicable, U.S. degree equivalency evaluations) documenting the conferral of their qualifying academic credentials.

NOTE: Please have all documents ready when applying so they can be simultaneously uploaded. Once the online submission process is finalized, the system does not allow applicants to submit additional documents later.

Questions regarding this search may be directed to: Carol Bast, Professor, at, 407-823-1670.

Special Instructions to the Applicants:


Job Close Date:

Open until filled.

Note to applicants: Please keep in mind that a job posted as ‘Open until filled’ may close at any time without notice. As such, we encourage you to submit your application and all required documentation as quickly as possible to ensure consideration for the posted position.

Are Benefits Important to You?

Working at UCF has its perks! In addition to helping drive change and having a positive impact by supporting our students, staff, and faculty, UCF offers:

Benefit packages including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, healthcare flexible spending accounts, and an Employee Assistance Program.

Paid time off, including annual and sick leave and paid holidays. Retirement savings options.

Employee discounts, including tickets to many Orlando area attractions. Education assistance.

Flexible work environment.

And more…For more benefits information, go to ‘Prospective Employees’ on the UCF Human Resources website (

Who Are We?

Founded in 1963 to fuel the region’s talent pipeline and support the growing U.S. space program, UCF is built to make a better future for our students and society. It’s one of the reasons U.S. News & World Report ranks UCF among the nation’s top 20 most innovative colleges, while Forbes, Kiplinger, and The Princeton Review rank us a best-value university. UCF is one of 14 universities nationwide designated as both a Hispanic-Serving Institution and a Research 1 university. With 13 colleges, including a fully accredited College of Medicine, UCF offers more than 240-degree programs between its main campus, downtown campus, hospitality campus, academic health sciences campus, and 11 UCF Connect centers located throughout the region. In addition, UCF extends its reach to communities in and beyond Central Florida by offering complete online programs leading to bachelor's degrees, master's degrees, Ph.D.'s., certificates, and more.

The University of Central Florida is proud to be a smoke-free campus and an E-Verify employer. Unless explicitly stated on the job posting, it is UCF’s expectation that an employee of UCF will reside in Florida as of the date the employment begins.


Additional Requirements related to Research Positions

Pursuant to Florida State Statute 1010.35, prior to offering employment to certain individuals in research-related positions, UCF is required to conduct additional screening. Applicants subject to additional screening include any citizen of a foreign country who is not a permanent resident of the U.S., or who is a citizen or permanent resident but is affiliated with or has had at least 1 year of higher education, employment, or training in China, Cuba, Iran, Russia, North Korea, Syria, or Venezuela.

The additional screening requirements only apply to employment in research-related positions, including, but not limited to faculty positions (including employed visiting positions), graduate positions, individuals compensated by research grants or contract funds, postdoctoral scholar positions, and undergraduate positions.


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Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

As an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, UCF encourages all qualified applicants to apply, including women, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of traditionally underrepresented populations. UCF's Equal Opportunity Statement can be viewed at

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

The University of Central Florida is proud to be a smoke-free campus and an E-Verify employer.

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