We’re Hiring: Associate or Full Professor in Latin American Development

Associate or Full Professor in Latin American Development

As part of the University of Florida’s “Preeminence Initiative,” the Center for Latin American Studies and the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences at the University of Florida invite applications for multiple tenure-track nine-month positions at the rank of associate or full professor in the social sciences with a focus on Latin American development to begin in August 2014. These hires are part of a new initiative intended to extend the University of Florida’s long history of internationally recognized excellence in Latin American Studies. The Center for Latin American Studies, which dates back to 1930 and is the oldest Latin American Studies program in the US, has been designated as a National Resource Center under the US Department of Education’s Title VI program continuously since 1961.

We seek applicants with a demonstrated record of rigorous field research and scholarship and sustained record of external grant funding, excellence in teaching as well as graduate student mentoring across a broad range of topics and regions. Candidates also should demonstrate an interest in program building and the ability to work collaboratively across disciplinary boundaries with faculty and students in various departments and disciplines. Research interests should focus on Latin American development issues from a combination of approaches involving theory, policy and practice.

The appointments will be made jointly between the Center and the appropriate disciplinary department within the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, with tenure in the department. The Center offers a Masters of Arts in Latin American Studies (MALAS), a Masters of Arts in Sustainable Development Practice (MDP), graduate and undergraduate certificates, an undergraduate minor, and a joint law degree. The MDP, which is jointly administered with the Center for African Studies, builds on the Center’s well-established Tropical Conservation and Development (TCD) Program (http://www.tcd.ufl.edu), whose mission is to bridge theory and practice to advance biodiversity conservation, sustainable resource use, and human well-being in the tropics. The Center has strong links to programs in the Latin American Business Environment, Law and Policy in the Americas, and Immigration and Latinos. The Center is also linked to departments with strong PhD programs including those where the faculty member for this position will have tenure. More information about the Center can be found at: http://www.latam.ufl.edu/. The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences (CLAS) is UF’s largest college and encompasses the Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences, which includes the Departments of Anthropology, Geography, Political Science, and Sociology and Criminology & Law (www.clas.ufl.edu). All four of these departments have MA and PhD training programs with faculty who employ diverse theoretical perspectives and methodologies. Social science faculty in CLAS frequently work collaboratively across disciplinary boundaries and are active in research and practice in many countries across Latin America and the Caribbean.

Applicants should apply through the University of Florida’s GatorJobs on-line applicant tracking system at https://jobs.ufl.edu/postings/46420 and submit: a letter of interest (indicating research and teaching interests), curriculum vitae, and a list of three references. Review of applications will begin 15 December 2013, and continue until an applicant pool has been established. This search is part of a cluster of strategic hires in Latin American social science at the University of Florida. Applicants for these positions are encouraged to also apply for the position of Professor/Associate Professor in Latin American Studies/Social Sciences (https://jobs.ufl.edu/postings/44483); review of applications for this position will begin on 15 November 2013.

The University of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff. The selection process will be conducted in accord with the provisions of Florida “Government in the Sunshine” and Public Records laws. Search Committee meetings and interviews will be open to the public; and all applications, CV’s and other documents related to the search will be available for public inspection. All candidates for employment are subject to a pre-employment screening which includes a review of criminal records, reference checks, and verification of education.

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