The Department of Natural History at the University of Florida (UF) is seeking a 12-month, tenure track faculty member with research and teaching interests in science learning, museums, and Artificial Intelligence (AI). We invite applications from those with research programs focused on engagement within formal, informal, and/or community spaces as well as AI tools and applications as they relate to learning in and with museums. We are particularly interested in candidates whose research offers opportunities for integrative collaborations with other faculty and divisions within the Florida Museum. Potential areas of interest include: identifying how AI can be used to connect learners with museum collections; how AI tools can support learning through community science efforts; the use of AI tools to conduct data analysis of museum education research; applications of AI learning technologies for museum education and outreach; or creatively using AI in novel ways regarding methods of museum based education. Individuals with other relevant areas of interest not exemplified above are also encouraged to apply.

Qualifications

The successful candidate will be responsible for developing and maintaining a programmatic line of research related to AI and Museum Education. This includes seeking external funding from competitive federal and private agencies to support their work and developing a strong record of scholarly activity. While the tenure home for this position is in the Department of Natural History, candidates will teach at least one course per year as well as mentor and supervise graduate students in allied departments as described below. This position will also be responsible for contributing to service in the Department of Natural History, UF, and in their field of expertise. We especially encourage applications from candidates who contribute to the diversity, and inclusivity of the academic community and who have experience working with underserved and/or underrepresented students, scientists, and communities.

Successful candidates should have a Ph.D., or equivalent, in education, museum studies, engineering, the natural or social sciences, or other relevant disciplines, and evidence of excellence in research, teaching, and service. Starting salary range for this position is $85,000 to $125,000, and negotiable commensurate with experience.

The Department of Natural History at the University of Florida

The University of Florida, the State of Florida’s flagship university and ranked No. 5 among the nation’s top public research universities by U.S News and World Report, is embarking on a campus-wide strategic initiative to hire clusters of faculty with expertise in AI. The top candidate will join a larger community of experts engaged in museum education research, AI research, and flagship initiatives such as the Scientist in Every Florida School program, part of the Thompson Earth Systems Institute. The Florida Museum is home to iDigBio, the national hub for specimen digitization, which has a core mission to broaden participation in digitization and use of natural history specimens .

This position will be filled at the Assistant or Associate faculty level in the Florida Museum’s Department of Natural History. The Florida Museum of Natural History is a college-level unit at UF in which the department is housed. The department includes 33 full-time faculty along with a large number of collections and scientific staff, postdoctoral research associates, graduate and undergraduate students, and administrative support staff. As the official state museum of Florida, the Florida Museum’s core mission includes stewardship of 40 million specimens and artifacts, production of award-winning exhibitions, and diverse public programs, and development of emerging virtual and digital engagement. The Florida Museum Department of Natural History’s research and collections programs are world class and attract about $10 million annually in competitive grant support from the government, private sector, and other organizations.

The Florida Museum enjoys cross-campus collaborations with many of UF’s colleges, departments, and institutes including those of potential relevance to this new faculty position: Education, Museum Studies, Engineering, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, Journalism and Communications, Libraries, and Liberal Arts and Sciences. Interactions with allied academic departments include affiliate professorship status with responsibility for supervision of graduate students and teaching at least one formal course per year in an allied department.

Application Instructions

Interested applicants must apply online at here. (Please see Job Requisition #518989). Applicants must submit (1) cover letter; (2) full curriculum vitae; (3) statement describing the applicant’s current and planned research in the context of natural history museums; (4) statement about the applicant’s experience with teaching and outreach; (5) statement describing the applicant’s contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion through teaching, research, and/or service; and (6) names and email addresses of a minimum of 3 professional references (do not send letters). Review of applications will begin on January 1, 2022, and will continue until the position is filled.

The final 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 must be evaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approved by National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at http://www.naces.org/.

For inquiries concerning this position, contact Dr. Robert Guralnick, Search Chair, rguralnick@flmnh.ufl.edu.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

At Florida Museum, we strive to create a more diverse and inclusive student, faculty, and staff experience at the University of Florida.  As a university-based museum, we believe it is essential that we, as educators, develop pathways for learners of all ages and wide-ranging audiences toward increased diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion in STEM and Humanities disciplines and workforces. We are committed to the ongoing self-reflection and work needed to serve students from historically underrepresented groups within the greater University of Florida community, especially through student mentorship, teaching, and experiential learning opportunities. Candidates who, through their research, teaching, and/or service, will contribute to the diversity and excellence of the UF community are encouraged to apply.