Center for European Studies Director and Associate/Full Professor

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The University of Florida invites applications for the position of Center for European Studies Director. The University of Florida is looking for an intellectual leader with a commitment to collaborative university-wide programs and the capacity to articulate a vision of European Studies’ future in the United States academy. The position’s start date is August 16, 2023. The position is full-time, nine-month, and tenure-accruing. The salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience, and the compensation includes a full benefits package.

The University of Florida is a premier, public research university located in Gainesville, Florida. Founded in 1853 as a public land-grant, sea-grant, and space-grant institution, UF is ranked as #5 among public universities in the nation (U.S. News & World Report, 2022) and is a world-class institution of scholarship, learning, and public service. UF is home to 16 colleges, including the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, law, medicine, business, and engineering, and to more than 200 research, service, and education centers, bureaus, and institutes. The university is among the nation’s most academically comprehensive, and it surpassed $1 billion in research spending in 2021-22.

UF’s Center for European Studies (CES) is one of just six comprehensive National Resource Centers for European Studies in the nation. It receives funding from the U.S. Department of Education Title VI program, as well as a variety of other federal and European grant programs. The Center is multidisciplinary in scope. In addition to nearly 50 affiliate faculty representing more than a dozen departments and colleges from across the university, CES is home to 12 faculty members with full or joint appointments in the Center. The core mission of the Center is to promote excellence in teaching and research on Europe across a variety of disciplines. CES offers interdisciplinary undergraduate certificates and minors, provides academic advising for the Europe track of the International Studies major, and manages two study abroad programs in Belgium and the Czech Republic. CES also offers a graduate certificate and provides a variety of research and funding opportunities for graduate students pursuing Europe-related research across a wide variety of disciplines. The Center also disseminates knowledge about Europe more broadly through integrated outreach programs that target K-12 students and teachers, the general public, state and local government, and the business community.

We seek an established scholar of modern Europe at the rank of full Professor or advanced Associate Professor with a strong interest in advancing research, undergraduate, and graduate education as well as promoting access to knowledge production in and about Europe on campus and within the wider community. Candidates for the Director position should have substantial administrative experience, a strong record of program building across disciplines, a record of successful grant writing and administration, national and international recognition as a scholar, extensive academic contacts in Europe, and a firm grounding in European area studies paradigms. Ph.D. required. Preferred areas of expertise include the social sciences, humanities, or a combination thereof.

We anticipate that strong candidates will provide excellent leadership that builds on the research, programmatic goals, and established connections to Europe that have propelled the Center’s success over the past two decades. Simultaneously, we seek candidates with a vision and ideas that can move the Center in new directions that will reflect emerging disciplinary and global issues and embody UF’s renewed commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion on our campus and in our programs and curricula.

For full consideration, applications must be submitted online at https://explore.jobs.ufl.edu/en-us/job/524249/director-and-associatefull-professor. A complete application includes: 1) a cover letter summarizing the applicant's qualifications, interests, and suitability for the position; 2) a complete CV; 3) a research statement; 4) a statement on administrative/program building experiences; 5) a statement on grant writing record and administration experiences; 6) and the names and contact information of three references. After initial review, letters of recommendation will be requested from the references for selected applicants.

Applications will be reviewed beginning November 1, 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.

For further information or questions, please contact the Steering Committee Chair, Dr. Luis Álvarez-Castro (lacastro@ufl.edu).

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 http://www.naces.org/.

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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