Director and Senior Lecturer/Master Lecturer/Professor of Practice – Plant Science Degree Program

Apply now Job no: 521678
Work type: Non-Tenure-Track Faculty
Location: Main Campus (Gainesville, FL)
Categories: Biology/Life Science
Department:60011000 - AG-SVP-ADMINISTRATION

Classification Title:

Director and Senior Lecturer/Master Lecturer/Professor of Practice

Job Description:

The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences is committed to creating an environment that affirms diversity across a variety of dimensions, including ability, class, ethnicity/race, gender identity and expression.  We particularly welcome applicants who can contribute to such an environment through their scholarship, teaching, mentoring, and professional service.  We strongly encourage historically underrepresented groups to apply.

If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for this position, please call 352-392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at 800-955-8771 (TDD) or visit Accessibility at UF.

This is a 12-month non-tenure-accruing faculty position at the rank of Senior Lecturer/Master Lecturer/Professor of Practice that will be 60% teaching and 40% academic administration in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS), Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, at the University of Florida.  This position serves as the Director and the Undergraduate Coordinator for the Plant Science Bachelor of Science Program.  The academic home for the teaching responsibilities will be in one of the core departments supporting the undergraduate Plant Science Program: Agronomy, Environmental Horticulture, Horticultural Sciences, or Plant Pathology, depending on the expertise of the successful candidate.  The administrative responsibilities will report to the CALS Associate Dean.  

Duties will include teaching three to four courses annually in the Plant Science major, including teaching the Plant Science B.S. degree capstone courses and other undergraduate courses based on expertise and program needs, and providing leadership for the undergraduate Plant Science Program.  The successful candidate will engage in scholarly activities related to instruction and advising and mentoring undergraduate students.  This position is also expected to provide leadership in curriculum revision and enhancement, publish teaching-related articles, produce learning tools, and engage in professional development activities related to teaching and advising.  All faculty are encouraged to support and participate in the CALS Honors Program, distance education, and international education.

Other duties and responsibilities related to leadership and administration will include supervision of the Plant Science Academic Advisor and budgetary oversight of the program.  A successful candidate will develop and maintain industry and alumni contacts for program support and internship opportunities. Recruitment and retention of students, including increased accessibility for statewide students, within the program is key.  This includes recruitment and training of Faculty Mentors.  This position will lead the Plant Science Steering Committee and work closely with the Plant Science Academic Advisor, Faculty Mentors, unit leaders and upper administration to achieve program goals and learning objectives.  This person will actively promote Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) among participating faculty, work with unit leaders to ensure timely peer assessment of core courses and lead the annual Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) assessment.

Because of the IFAS land-grant mission, all faculty are expected to be supportive of and engaged in all three mission areas—Research, Teaching and Extension—regardless of the assignment split specified in the position description.


Expected Salary:

Commensurate with Education and Experience

Minimum Requirements:


A Master of Science or doctorate (foreign equivalent acceptable) in plant science or a closely related discipline is required.  Candidates should have demonstrated skills in verbal and written communication, interpersonal relationships, and undergraduate teaching, advising, and mentoring.  Candidates are also expected to have some prior experience associated with program management and administration.  Candidates must be supportive of the mission of the Land-Grant system.  Candidates must also have a commitment to IFAS core values of excellence, diversity, global involvement, and accountability. 

Preferred Qualifications:


A doctoral degree and more than five years of experience in undergraduate teaching, an established record of excellence in teaching and mentoring, and evidence of academic leadership experience and/or training are preferred.  

Special Instructions to Applicants:

For full consideration, candidates should apply and submit materials by August 15, 2022.  The position will remain open until a viable applicant pool is determined.


Nominations are welcome.  Nominations need to include the complete name and address of the nominee. This information should be sent to:


Please refer to Requisition # 521678

Dr. Xin Zhao

Chair, Search and Screen Committee

University of Florida

Horticultural Sciences Department

1235 Fifield Hall, 2550 Hull Road

PO Box 110690

Gainesville, Florida 32611

Tel: 352-273-4773; Email:


Application Information

  • Individuals wishing to apply should go online to ( and submit:
    • Cover letter that states applicant’s interest in the position and qualifications relative to the credentials listed above, and includes a teaching and mentoring philosophy, administrative and management philosophy, and a statement on the candidate’s vision for diversity, equity, and inclusion, and how these relate to the position. The letter should include the applicant’s general strategy for sustaining and advancing the Plant Science Degree Program.
    • Curriculum vitae
    • Contact information (including email addresses) for 3 individuals willing to write letters of recommendation. Letters will be requested automatically through the PageUp system. Please note that the deadline for reference letters to be submitted is August 21, 2022.
    • Unofficial transcripts


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 education institution outside of the United States are required to be evaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approved by National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES).

Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the US. The University of Florida is a public institution and subject to all requirements under Florida Sunshine and Public Record laws.

The University of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff. The University and greater Gainesville community enjoy a diversity of cultural events, restaurants, year-round outdoor recreational activities, and social opportunities.

Health Assessment Required: No


Advertised: Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close:

Back to search results Apply nowRefer a friend

Share this:

| More

Send me jobs like these

We will email you new jobs that match this search.