The College of Education at the University of Florida seeks one open-rank tenure track professor in computer science/artificial intelligence (CS/AI) in K-12 education. This tenure-track faculty position is intended to support work in the area of K-12 computer science education using artificial intelligence, data science, and/or learning analytics methods and approaches. This position complements the 13 faculty currently affiliated with the Institute for Advanced Learning Technologies (IALT), a unit charged with facilitating interdisciplinary collaborative endeavors that will advance scholarship and practices in technology-enhanced learning. IALT is a multidisciplinary institute within the College of Education and closely affiliated with the academic programs in Educational Technology and Research & Evaluation Methods. This faculty member will join a productive and collegial community of scholars committed to high quality teaching, research, and service and to developing a culturally diverse faculty and student body.
The IALT is situated in a new, custom-renovated space that supports developing, assessing, and disseminating innovative learning technologies for use in educational, workforce, and professional development settings. IALT faculty have the opportunity to collaborate with talented colleagues across UF and beyond, including but not limited to: Computer & Information Science & Engineering, Digital Worlds Institute, Lastinger Center for Learning, McKnight Brain Institute, Neuroscience, Psychology/Cognitive Sciences, UF Informatics Institute, UF’s Online Learning Institute, and UF Online.
The nine-month, tenure-accruing faculty appointment begins August 2022 and includes the possibility of summer employment. Salary is negotiable, highly competitive, and commensurate with qualifications and experience. Individuals from all ranks focused on CS/AI in K-12 education are encouraged to apply.
Potential areas of expertise and scholarship may include:
- Design, development, and implementation of high-quality AI and/or data science driven instructional materials and tools to support CS/AI in K-12 education
- Teaching and learning approaches to CS/AI in either formal and informal K-12 learning environments
- Designing for diversity, equity, and inclusion in K-12 CS/AI education
- Research and development on preservice and/or inservice teacher preparation related to CS/AI in K-12 education
- Use of data analytics and/or machine learning to investigate patterns of K-12 CS/AI implementation for students and/or preservice and inservice teachers.
- Conduct scholarly activities commensurate with expectations of a tenure-track faculty member at a research-intensive university
- Build a collaborative and diverse community of scholars among colleagues within and outside of the college, especially within IALT and UF’s CS/AI education research community
- Vigorously pursue external funding opportunities with the support of the College’s Office of Educational Research
- Publish in top-tier refereed scholarly journals
- Advise, engage, and mentor graduate students in teaching, research, and outreach activities
- Design and teach courses (face-to-face, blended, and/or online) for undergraduate and graduate students
- Provide service to the university and the profession
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