Lecturer & Civic Engagement Coordinator
The Bob Graham Center for Public Service at the University of
Florida invites applications for a lecturer in the field of
Citizenship and Civics. We are seeking a dynamic individual with
demonstrated experience in student mentorship and in local, state,
and/or national-based civic engagement, public leadership, and/or
public service. The position is a twelve-month, non-tenure-accruing
appointment, to be renewed on a year-to-year basis beginning spring
2022, with an opportunity for advancement in UF’s Lecturer track.
The salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and
experience, and includes a full benefits package.
In 2020, UF’s president signed the ALL IN Campus Democracy
Challenge and identified the Graham Center as the primary
facilitator of civic engagement on UF’s campus. Through a variety
of efforts, including establishing the non-partisan Gator Get Out
The Vote Coalition, UF’s 2020 Voting Rate was 76.7%, compared to
66% at campuses across the nation. To continue strengthening civic
and voter engagement on UF’s campus, the successful candidate will
be expected to:
- Serve as the Center’s Civic Engagement Coordinator, which may
include, but is not limited to, the following: (25%)
- Implementing the Center’s non-partisan voter registration,
voter education, and voter turnout initiatives, which includes
coordinating with the Campus Vote Project Ambassadors, TurboVote,
UF student government, off-campus entities, and leading the efforts
of the Center’s Civic Engagement Cabinet and Gator Get-out-the-Vote
- Coordinating tabling, presentation, and event
- Coordinating and developing the Center’s community outreach
initiatives, including speaking at K-12 and other educator events
in Gainesville and throughout Florida.
- Collaborating on other student-led initiatives at the Center
and advising student groups.
- Serve as the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences’ Civic
Literacy Coordinator to help ensure the University meets the new
legislatively-mandated Civic Literacy Requirement, including
working closely with the Political Science and History departments
to support AMH2020: The United States since 1877 and POS2041: U.S.
Federal Government. (25%)
- Advise and manage the College’s pre-law initiatives, including
Mock Trial, and serve as the instructor of record for the
associated course POS3679. (20%)
- Teach one course each fall, spring, and summer semester,
related to civic engagement and/or public policy. This may include
teaching the Center’s undergraduate civic engagement course,
AMH2020, POS2041, the Center’s course in Florida politics connected
to the Tallahassee Internship Program, relevant internship credits
associated with the Center’s experiential learning initiatives, or
other relevant topical courses. (25%)
- Perform other duties as assigned to help develop and further
the mission and expand the reach of the Graham Center locally,
statewide, nationally, and internationally. (5%)
Bob Graham Center students endeavor to engage in their communities,
to influence policy, and to interact with leaders in the local,
state, national, and international arenas through the Center’s
public programs, special projects, academic coursework, and
research initiatives. The successful candidates will join a
collaborative and inclusive team dedicated to promoting the ideals
of civic engagement, public leadership, and public service for all
UF students. Some travel, evening and weekend work is required.
Applicants are encouraged to visit the unit’s website at http://www.bobgrahamcenter.ufl.edu/
to learn more about the Bob Graham Center for Public Service. UF is
ranked the 5th best public university in the United States by US
News and World Report 2022, with exceptional research, teaching,
and a university-wide commitment to diversity.
The Bob Graham Center for Public Service in particular welcomes
applicants who can contribute to a diverse and inclusive
environment through teaching, mentoring, and professional service.
The university and greater Gainesville has approximately 285,000
residents. The region is known for its diversity of cultural
events, restaurants, year-round outdoor recreational activities,
social opportunities, and abundant natural resources including
forests, lakes, springs, rivers, and wetlands. More information
about Gainesville is available at: http://www.cityofgainesville.org
The salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications
and experience, and includes a full benefits package.
- Master’s degree or Ph.D. in Public Policy, Public
Administration, or closely related field by August 15, 2022.
- Three years of experience working in local or state civic
engagement, public leadership, or public service-oriented
positions, or equivalent experience in academic program
- A commitment to working in and engaging with underserved
communities and providing inclusive access to the Center’s programs
A doctoral degree or other terminal professional degrees, or
equivalent relevant experience.
Special Instructions to Applicants:
For full consideration, applications must be submitted online at
under Reference # 519312.
A complete application includes (1) a letter of application
summarizing the applicant's qualifications, interests, and
suitability for the position, including experience in engaging,
mentoring, and working with undergraduates, especially as they
pertain to the areas of civic engagement, public leadership, and
public service; (2) a complete curriculum vitae
; and (3) a
statement on teaching experience, objectives, and potential
courses; and (4) a list of three references who can address the
applicant’s teaching capabilities, student advising and mentoring,
and experience in civic engagement, public service, or public
leadership. After initial review, applicants who are chosen to
receive further consideration will be asked to request confidential
letters of recommendation from the list of references.
Applications will be reviewed beginning January 7, 2022, 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
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).
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