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Gulf Scholars Program Coordinator

Bob Graham Center for Public Service
Gainesville, Florida
Competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience, includes a full benefits package
Start date
Nov 29, 2023

Job No: 529428
Work Type: Non-Tenure-Track Faculty
Location: Main Campus (Gainesville, FL)
Categories: Academic Advising/Support, Communications/Public Relations/Marketing, Education/Training/Instructional Design
Department: 16840000 - LS-GRAHAM CENTER

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Job Description:

The Bob Graham Center for Public Service at the University of Florida is conducting a national search for a faculty member to fill the new position of Gulf Scholars Program Coordinator beginning in spring 2024.

We seek a dynamic colleague with topical expertise as well as demonstrated experience in place-based learning; student advising and mentorship; project management; and logistical support to oversee the Gulf Scholars. The successful candidate will teach in the program and manage its day-to-day operations, including developing a Gulf Studies minor, recruiting and advising students, coordinating various program initiatives, and traveling to Gulf field sites, all underpinned by a commitment to prepare the next generation to address the most pressing challenges facing the Gulf of Mexico and the globe. Knowledge and experience directly related to the Gulf of Mexico is preferred.

About the Gulf Scholars Program

“UF and the Gulf” is a 5-year, $475,000 grant from the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine, Gulf Research Program, which is supported by the BP Horizon oil spill settlement. UF's Bob Graham Center for Public Service initiated “UF and the Gulf” to support interdisciplinary teaching, research, and experiential learning exploring the challenges and opportunities facing Gulf communities. The project promotes cultural, economic, environmental, political, social, and built environment sustainability by connecting faculty and students to government, industry, and community partners across the region.

About the Bob Graham Center for Public Service

Part of UF's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Bob Graham Center serves as an interdisciplinary hub for students, faculty, and staff interested in civic engagement, public leadership, and public service. Its role in the “UF and the Gulf” initiative is to infuse civic engagement and public service across approaches to addressing the challenges facing the Gulf and its communities, helping students develop key competencies and mindsets toward sustainability leadership.

About the position

Applicants must demonstrate professional experience both topically and administratively. The academic discipline is open, though the ideal candidate should have a Ph.D., Master's, or other terminal degree in a field relevant to the Gulf specifically, or in fields centered on experiential, community-, service- or place-based learning. Individuals with appropriate policy or professional expertise should also apply. Preference will be given to applicants who provide evidence of excellence in teaching or advising students as well as experience working in the Gulf of Mexico.

This is a renewable 9-month non-tenure track line based at UF's main campus in Gainesville. The teaching expectation will be one traditional course per term (0.25 FTE), including developing and offering an “Introduction to Gulf Studies” class. Program coordination will constitute 0.50 FTE of the appointment. The remainder of the appointment (0.25 FTE) will be a mixture of serving as instructor of record for internship or other experiential learning opportunities and other service to the Center.

UF is ranked 6th among the nation's top public research universities, driven by a preeminence strategy that has added 500 new faculty positions in recent years. Florida's only member of the Association of American Universities, UF has a $5 billion annual budget and is included in the Carnegie Commission's list of leading research universities. Our 56,000 students come from all 50 states and more than 100 countries. Located in Gainesville and surrounded by preserved natural areas, the 2,000-acre campus spans from UF's historic red-brick core to a major academic health center, championship sports facilities and tech start-up district linking to the city's lively downtown. Alachua County schools are highly rated and offer a variety of programs including magnet schools and an international baccalaureate program. Learn more about what Gainesville has to offer at Visit Gainesville.

The university's considerable ocean-related resources include numerous research centers working at the interface of the Gulf's social, biological, and built environments. UF maintains connections across the Gulf through the Florida Sea Grant marine extension program and the IFAS Nature Coast Biological Station 60 miles west of Gainesville on the coast, devoted to enhancing conservation through community-based research and extension.

Advertised Salary:

The salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience, and the compensation includes a full benefits package.

Employment Benefits include:

Health Insurance: UF participates in state- and university-sponsored benefits programs for individuals, families, and domestic partners, and offers voluntary insurance that includes vision, dental, long-term disability and more.

Retirement Options: Attractive options include Florida Retirement System Pension Plan, State University System Optional Retirement Program, Florida Retirement System Investment Plan, and Voluntary Retirement Savings Plan.

Leave: UF staff enjoy a generous paid leave plan as well as access to a sick-leave pool, parental leave, and leave payouts.

Minimum Requirements:

Ph.D., Master's, or other terminal degree in a field relevant to the Gulf specifically, or in fields centered on experiential, community-, service- or place-based learning. Individuals with appropriate policy or professional expertise should also apply.

Preferred Qualifications:

Preference will be given to applicants who provide evidence of excellence in teaching or advising students as well as experience working in the Gulf of Mexico.

Individuals with appropriate policy or professional expertise should also apply.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

For full consideration, applications must be submitted online. Click on Apply Now at the top of this posting.

A complete application includes (1) a letter of application summarizing the applicant's qualifications, interests, outlining approaches to teaching about the Gulf and any relevant professional experience, (2) a complete curriculum vitae, (3) work samples related to the Gulf, and (4) the names and email addresses of three references must be provided. After initial review, if chosen to receive further consideration, an email will be sent to your references, requesting them to upload their confidential letter to the submission packet.

Applications will be reviewed beginning December 5, 2023, and the position will remain open until filled. Only complete applications will be reviewed at this time. Applications received after this date may be considered at the discretion of the committee and/or hiring authority. For inquiries, please contact search committee chair Jeff Carney at for more information.

All candidates for employment are subject to a pre-employment screening which includes a review of criminal records, reference checks, and verification of education.

The 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 require evaluation by a professional credentialing service provider approved by the 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. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida's Sunshine Law. If an accommodation due to disability is needed in order to apply for this position, please call (352) 392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at (800) 955-8771 (TDD).

The Bob Graham Center for Public Service is committed to promoting an environment that welcomes all abilities, classes, ethnicities/races, gender identities and expressions. We particularly welcome applicants who can contribute to such an environment through their scholarship, teaching, mentoring, and professional service.

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