The University of Central Florida (UCF) is accepting
applications for a tenured faculty position at the rank of
associate professor or professor, and director of the graduate
programs in the School of Modeling, Simulation, and Training
(SMST). This is a 9-month, state-funded appointment within the
Modeling and Simulation (M&S) graduate programs, https://msgrad.ist.ucf.edu, to
begin no later than August 2022.
We seek applicants with a demonstrated record of rigorous
research and scholarship, a record of external contract and grant
funding, and excellence in teaching (especially mentoring and
training graduate students) within topics relevant to M&S. We
are interested in faculty with a demonstrated record of academic
leadership such as initiating new programs; aligning existing
programs with the strategic directions of the university and the
region; interacting with business, government, and K-12
representatives on how our M&S program can serve their future
workforce needs; and the development of strategic partnerships to
advance the education of the existing workforce.
The selected candidate will serve as the M&S graduate
program director (initially for up to a 5-year term, renewable).
While serving as graduate program director, the faculty member will
have a full teaching release for the first year and a reduced
teaching load for the remainder of the directorship term, and
receive a commensurate summer stipend. For a description of typical
program director responsibilities, see https://graduate.ucf.edu/graduate-guide.
The School of Modeling, Simulation and Training was
established in 2018 by UCF to recognize the growth and success of
the M&S workforce. SMST houses two departments: the Institute
of Simulation and Training (IST) and the M&S graduate program.
SMST has 148 total employees, which includes 40 dynamic
interdisciplinary faculty members (tenure track and research) and
has an average annual budget of around $17.5M, which includes
average external funding of $13.3M. SMST faculty members are
internationally recognized for their cutting-edge research. The
school emphasizes interdisciplinary research and robust
partnerships across a diverse range of stakeholders. SMST faculty
have appointments in a wide range of academic units including
business, chemistry, computer science, history, industrial
engineering, interactive media, medicine, nursing, philosophy,
physics, and psychology. SMST also sustains impactful STEM and
other outreach activities with the university, local schools,
museums, hospitality systems, and other organizations, with the
goal of inspiring future generations of MST researchers and
Since the inception of the M&S graduate program, over
391 M.S. and 115 Ph.D. degrees have been awarded. Facilities
include 80,000+ square feet of laboratories, workspace, and
administrative offices over four locations in the Central Florida
UCF was founded in 1963 to provide talent for Central
Florida and the growing U.S. space program. Since then, its impact
on the state, the nation, and the world has been steadily
increasing. UCF comprises over 69,000 students and over 13,500
faculty and staff members, and has an annual budget of around $1.8
billion. UCF is an academic, partnership, and research leader in
fields such as modeling and simulation, engineering and computer
science, video game design, cybersecurity, optics and lasers,
healthcare, education, business, public administration, and
hospitality management. UCF offers 99 bachelor’s, 89 master’s and
31 research doctoral programs, and awards approximately 17,000
degrees per year.
Central Florida is the recognized world capital for
modeling, simulation, and training, with between $4B and $5B in
related procurement contracts issued annually. A significant amount
of sponsored research supports new training technologies and
techniques associated with these efforts. Along with the well-known
theme parks, Central Florida is home to museums, theaters,
performing arts centers, botanical gardens, spring-fed lakes and
rivers, fishing, boating, golf and other recreational sports,
professional sports venues, and other cultural attractions. The
“space coast,” including the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
and the Atlantic Coast beaches, is typically within a one hour
drive. The Gulf Coast and associated beaches are typically within a
two-three hour drive. Central Florida is served by three airports.
The Orlando International Airport (MCO) is the busiest in the
state, and the 10th busiest in the country, with over 850 daily
flights on 44 airlines to 135 domestic and international
● Ph.D. (or equivalent
terminal degree in Modeling and Simulation or other related field
of research) from an accredited institution in disciplines in, or
related with, modeling and simulation.
● Experience in
graduate teaching in disciplines in, or related with, modeling and
● A research
specialization and active research program in M&S or a related
field with the potential for obtaining external funding.
In order to obtain tenure, the selected candidate must have a
demonstrated record of teaching, research, and service commensurate
with rank (https://facultyexcellence.ucf.edu/document/institute-for-simulation-and-training-t-te-criteria/).
Rank on hire will also be determined based on the selected
candidate's record of teaching, research, and service.
Record of leadership in modeling and simulation or closely
related graduate education.
• A demonstrated
commitment to equity efforts, outreach, and/or experience in
promoting equal opportunity in higher education
• Experience in
leading interdisciplinary teaching and research in modeling and
• A strong history of
• A demonstrated track
record of obtaining competitive external funding.
identifying and developing new funded interdisciplinary research
and educational initiatives with diverse faculty teams towards
strategic growth of the program.
administrative experience with educational or research programs
such as the interdisciplinary programs from the NSF, NEH, and other