Associate Center Director

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Work type: Faculty Admin Title
Location: Main Campus (Gainesville, FL)
Categories: Humanities
Department:13010900 - COTA-CENTER FOR AME

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Job Description:

The Center for Arts, Migration, and Entrepreneurship (CAME) seeks an Associate Center Director to serve as the primary scholarly advisor to the center on research related to CAME’s specific yet emerging research focus. The position will play a pivotal role in CAME’s organizational development and impact by defining, redefining, and growing research initiatives around the arts, migration, and entrepreneurship. This position will utilize the knowledge of and expertise in these fields to grow the center’s research profile, expand and engage research networks, and identify new curricular engagements, while partnering with the director to advocate for the center and the communities, scholarship, and creative activity it represents. 
The associate director will join a small, nimble, and highly productive CAME team led by Oşubi Craig, CAME’s inaugural director, and CAME’s maker in residence.  

The center aligns with and extends the College of the Arts mission to be a transformative community, responding to and generating paradigmatic shifts in the arts and beyond, embracing the complexity of our evolving human experience and seeking to empower our students and faculty to shape that experience fearlessly through critical study, creative practice, and provocation. We seek a colleague who identifies as a change-maker. We seek a colleague who will prepare students to access and unsettle centers of power in a radically changing world. We seek a colleague who will position emerging artists and researchers as catalysts for equity on local and global levels. 

The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty, seeking faculty of all races, ethnicities, genders, backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives.   


These responsibilities may take different forms based on the specific interests and experience of the associate director in collaboration with the Center director.  

  • Assist with developing the Center’s research agenda and growing its profile within communities of scholars. Engage actively with scholars and relevant organizations to cultivate and grow the center’s research networks locally, nationally and/or internationally 

  • Engage with Center faculty and assist in connecting and broadening the Center’s faculty network across the campus and beyond 

  • Serve as the primary scholarly advisor to the center director on current research and emerging scholarship in fields of Arts, Migration, and Entrepreneurship and intersecting spaces related to the Center’s mission and goals  

  • Assist the director and CAME faculty in identifying funding opportunities, writing, and preparing proposals for submission 

  • Identify research, course and other curricular opportunities for student engagement, possibly including supervision of graduate students. 

  • Connect CAME’s makers in residence to UF faculty, local, and/or other resources, scholars, and practitioners to assist in the maker’s works and projects 

CENTER FOR ARTS, MIGRATION, AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP: The Center for Arts, Migration, and Entrepreneurship connects networks of scholars, artists, creatives, entrepreneurs, and advocates to the engines of creative and cultural economics at the heart of migration.  Defining the arts as all forms of cultural production, the center seeks to effectively create new models and power alignments that return value—entrepreneurship—to cultural producers to build more just global futures. Through community-responsive programming, research, and creative production, the center facilitates and extends the innovation, resilience, and ingenuity of diasporic and migratory communities.  The cultural forms that persist, remix, or emerge along the tributaries of human movement generate abundant tangible and intangible value.  

THE COLLEGE OF THE ARTS: The mission of the College of the Arts is to be a transformative community, responding to and generating paradigmatic shifts in the arts and beyond.  We achieve the university’s mission by training professionals and educating students as artists and scholars, while developing their capacities for critical study, creative practice, and provocation.  The College offers baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral degrees. Approximately 1,700 students are pursuing majors in degrees offered by the College of the Arts under the direction of 130 faculty members in its three accredited schools— the School of Art + Art History, the School of Music and the School of Theatre + Dance, and in the Center for Arts in Medicine, the Digital Worlds Institute and the Center for Arts, Migration, and Entrepreneurship. In addition, the college comprises the University Galleries, and the University level of the New World School of the Arts in Miami.  

Expected Salary:

$8,500 administrative supplement per academic year; $1,500 Summer C administrative supplement when applicable. 

Minimum Requirements:
  • Tenured UF faculty member or non-tenure track faculty whose appointment includes a research assignment research assignment in a field related to the center’s mission. Non-tenured faculty on the tenure track are not eligible until their tenure is certified.  

  • Demonstrated deep understanding of the local, national, and global reach of research related to the center’s mission and the capacity to identify and articulate cross-disciplinary connections to cultivate further research 

  • Passion for and commitment to innovative and cross-disciplinary research in fields related to the center’s mission  

  • Evidence of success in promoting an environment that advances diversity, equity, and inclusion 

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Evidence of connecting researchers and educators across multiple disciplines toward a common research focus 

  • Evidence of successful grant identification, grant writing, and awards 

  • Experience supervising graduate assistants 

  • Evidence of effective interpersonal skills and ability to represent the Center and its research agenda at events, conferences, and symposia.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

This position is open to current UF employees only.

Appointment Period: 10 or 12 month administrative term, for one year appointment with opportunity to renew for second year

Date of Expected Hire: July 1, 2023

Application Deadline: Review of applications will begin on March 6 and continue until an applicant pool is established. To ensure full consideration, all application documents must be submitted by March 17   

Application Process: Applications must be submitted via the University of Florida’s online application system. Online applications must include the following:  

(1) a detailed letter of application that explains how you match the particular qualifications of this position and how your work and perspective will contribute to and enhance the center’s research profile  

(2) a curriculum vitae that includes grant awards  

(3) links to research, production, and/or other creative activity  

(4) a letter of support from the appropriate authority (your dean, director, department chair, etc.)  

(5) names and contact information for three professional references  

The Search Committee may request additional materials later, including letters of reference.  

Nominations and inquiries may be sent to: 
Marie Kessler
Chair, CAME Ast/Aso Director Search 

The final candidate will be required to provide 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), which can be found at   

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). Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the US. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida's Sunshine Law.  

Health Assessment Required: No


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