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Lecturer & Civic Engagement Coordinator

University of Florida
Florida, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Dec 7, 2021

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Faculty Positions, Professional Fields, Public Administration & Policy, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Criminal Justice & Criminology, Other Social & Behavioral Sciences, Political Science & International Relations, Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Community Relations & Institutional Outreach
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Full Time
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Lecturer & Civic Engagement Coordinator

Job Description:

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 Coalition.
    • Coordinating tabling, presentation, and event opportunities.
    • 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 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: and

Expected Salary: The salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience, and includes a full benefits package. Minimum Requirements:
  • 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 coordination.
  • A commitment to working in and engaging with underserved communities and providing inclusive access to the Center’s programs and initiatives.
Preferred Qualifications:

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 hiring authority.

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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