Assistant, Associate or Full Professor (Sustainable Coastal Systems)

University of Central Florida

Orlando, FL, US

Position Number

Class Title Assistant, Associate or Full Professor, Sustainable Coastal Systems
Administrative Title No Administrative Function
Job Description

The University of Central Florida recently established an interdisciplinary cluster approach to strengthen its academic offerings and research mission. In support of this effort, we are hiring faculty in the area of Sustainable Coastal Systems ( The goal is to bring together a core group of faculty who work across traditional research boundaries or are working in transdisciplinary fields. We invite applications from individuals who are active research leaders in the interdisciplinary fields of ecological modeling (assistant/associate professor), ecological economics and environmental policy/coastal political geography (associate/full professor). These three hires will join almost 40 current cluster-affiliated faculty, representing twelve departments and seven colleges, to lead a world-class effort to understand and assess natural and human-related impacts to coastal ecosystem health, restoration, sustainability, and mitigation; and ultimately to characterize and integrate physical, chemical, biological, and socio-economic processes impacting coastal communities and ecosystems. Specifically we seek:

1. Tenure-track assistant professor or tenured associate professor with interdisciplinary research interests in ecological modeling, coastal biogeochemistry, or marine ecosystem dynamics, and who is working at the interface of social and biological sciences; or

2. Tenured associate professor or full professor with interdisciplinary research interests focused on environmental policy or coastal political geography who addresses the coastal zone as a single integrated ecological-social-economic system; or

3. Tenured associate professor or full professor with interdisciplinary research interests in environmental/ecological economics and empirical analyses related to coastal systems and coupled human-natural systems. Research interests could include renewable resource modeling; ecosystem services valuation; environmental risk analysis; or environmental policy analysis.

Successful candidates will become core faculty members of the Sustainable Coastal Systems Cluster. They must demonstrate a strong commitment to interdisciplinary research and publication; a commitment to interdisciplinary and collaborative research, have demonstrated an ability to perform high-impact and high-demand research, and develop a program that will lead to strong extramurally-funded research and national/international recognition.

Faculty in these interdisciplinary positions will be expected to strengthen both their tenure home department as well as the Sustainable Coastal Systems Cluster. Both individual and interdisciplinary infrastructure and startup are expected with these three new positions. Each new faculty member will have a unique interdisciplinary mentoring team to foster intellectual breadth and to facilitate integrative capacity to strengthen the success of the cluster.

The University of Central Florida, the nation’s second-largest university with more than 63,000 students, has grown in size, quality, diversity, and reputation in its first 50 years. Today, the university offers more than 200 degree programs at its main campus in Orlando and more than a dozen other locations. UCF is an economic engine attracting and supporting industries vital to the region’s future while providing students with real-world experiences that help them succeed after graduation. For more information, visit

Position Minimum Qualifications

Ph.D. from an accredited institution in an area appropriate to the Sustainable Coastal Systems Cluster.

Applicants are expected to have relevant post-doctoral training and show a demonstrated ability or strong potential to maintain a vigorous, extramurally-funded research program.

Strong quantitative and excellent communication and interpersonal skills are essential.

In order to obtain tenure, the selected candidate must have a demonstrated record of teaching, research and service commensurate with rank in the tenure department.

Special Conditions

Please note: position numbers 38869 and 38660 have closed. All remaining and future applicants will be considered for position number 38476.

Additional Application Materials Required

Candidates must apply on-line at and attach the following materials: a cover letter, curriculum vitae, teaching statement, research statement, and contact information for three professional references. In the cover letter candidates should address their background in their discipline and should identify the department(s) for their potential tenure home. In the research statement candidates should include descriptions of their successful interdisciplinary research collaborations and how their current and future research can contribute to the cluster’s overall interdisciplinary objectives.

Note: Please have all documents ready when applying so they can be attached at that time. Once the online submission process is finalized, the system does not allow applicants to submit additional documents at a later date.

The search committee will begin reviewing applications immediately and continue to accept applications until the positions are filled.

For more information about these positions please contact the Sustainable Coastal Systems Cluster search chair, Dr. Graham Worthy, at [email protected]

UCF is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply, including minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities. As a Florida public university, UCF makes all application materials and selection procedures available to the public upon request.

FTE 1.0-Full-Time
Requisition Number 700933
Job Open Date 08/19/2016
Job Close Date  
Open until filled Yes
Division Academic Affairs
College/Area Faculty Cluster Initiative
Department FCI-Coastal
Annual Salary Negotiable
Type of Appointment Regular
Job Category Faculty
Work Location Orlando (Main)
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