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Assistant Professor - Higher Education and Student Affairs

University of South Florida
Tampa, FL
Closing date
Apr 6, 2024

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Department: Leadership, Policy and Lifelong Learning / 1716000

College/Division: College of Education

Salary Plan: Faculty

Salary Range: Negotiable, competitive, and commensurate with qualifications and experience

Department of Leadership, Policy, and Lifelong Learning

The Department of Leadership, Policy, and Lifelong Learning (LPLL) in the College of Education at the University of South Florida (USF) provides advanced graduate study at the master's, educational specialist, and doctoral levels to prepare professionals who demonstrate transformative, critical leadership in scholarship, research, service, and professional development. It aims to prepare graduates who can promote global awareness, diversity, equity, and well-being in various education organizations and agencies.

Higher Education Administration and College Student Affairs (HESA)

The vision of the USF Higher Education Administration and the College Student Affairs (HESA) program is to advance higher education studies through research, service, and teaching. The program serves those seeking careers as higher educational administrators, student affairs educators, and faculty in universities, four-year colleges, community colleges, state agencies, associations, and other settings related to higher education. HESA faculty have a range of expertise across the field with expertise in leadership, administration, higher education data mining, underserved college student populations, college teaching, and student affairs.

The Higher Education Administration and Student Affairs Program in the LPLL Department invites applications for an Assistant Tenure-Track Professor position. This is a 9-month tenure-track position effective August 7, 2023, with a typical teaching load of four courses during the academic year.

The position requires the ability to teach in the master's degree program in College Student Affairs and the doctoral program in Higher Education Administration to provide students with a solid academic background and quality research and field experiences in their specialty areas.

We seek applicants who integrate sound theoretical and methodological choices into their research program, merge foundations with applications to problems of practice, and foster the intellectual and professional development of students in, or entering, careers in higher education or student affairs administration. More specifically, applicants should be able to advance a research program, service activities, and teaching innovations that coincide with the Department's aim to promote global awareness, diversity, equity, and well-being in various education organizations and agencies.

Required Qualifications:
  • PhD in Higher Education/Higher Education Administration or related field
  • Evidence of potential for a focused research agenda in higher education or a related field
  • Evidence of teaching effectiveness
  • Evidence of successful experiences and the ability to work with a diverse community of students, faculty, staff, and external constituents

Preferred Qualifications:
  • A record of consistent research publications in highly competitive, peer-reviewed outlets within one's discipline and reflective of one's developing research agenda
  • Evidence of effective teaching experience in graduate-level courses related to policy and legal dimensions in higher education, community college environments, and the governance and financing of higher education
  • Grant acquisition potential or accomplishment as appropriate to one's field and rank
  • Research and teaching expertise using critical frameworks
  • Research and expertise in marginalized student populations in higher education
  • Research expertise associated with student success and persistence
  • Experience in development of external partnerships and community engagement
  • Experience in cross-department collaboration

USF Tampa

Information for Applicants

This position is subject to a Level 1 criminal background check.

Job Opening Number: 32752

Posting Date: 11/22/2022

Posting End Date: Open Until Filled

Application Process:

USF welcomes applications from qualified applicants who have knowledge of and experience with individuals representing diverse backgrounds and cultures. Applications should include a letter describing qualifications for the position in the above areas, current vitae, unofficial university transcripts, and the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three professional references. All required documents must be uploaded in one attachment. Position finalists must provide official university transcripts and letters of recommendation from professional references. Letters from references are not required at the time of application. References will not be contacted until the advanced screening stages, and candidates will receive prior notification. Please specify Position #9446 on all submitted documents.

Application Deadline:

Full consideration will be given to complete applications received by 5:00 pm EST of December 22, 2022. Questions about the position may be directed to Dr. Amber Dumford, Search Committee Chair, at

About the College:

Home to more than 2,400 students and 125 faculty members, the USF College of Education (COEDU) values high-quality education and excellence in research, teaching, and learning. The college is nationally accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and the educator preparation programs are fully approved by the Florida Department of Education. At a time when the skills and pedagogy of classroom teachers and school administrators are more important than ever, the USF COEDU offers state-of-the-art teacher preparation and collaborative and collegial graduate studies designed to empower educational leaders. Working closely with school district partners across the Tampa Bay region, the College seeks to join with the community to extend proven educational initiatives and discover new ways of preparing lifelong learners. The College faculty engage in innovative, interdisciplinary research addressing some of the greatest challenges facing the education field. Each year, our faculty publishes hundreds of scholarly works showcasing our impact in local communities and worldwide. Faculty in the COEDU were awarded over $28 million in internal and external funding in FY 2022. The USF COEDU is in the top 100 (#62 for 2022) in overall rankings for "America's Best Education Schools."

The USF College of Education is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive community of faculty, staff, students, and alumni that honors differences, provides equitable opportunities, fosters mutual respect, challenges stereotyped preconceptions, and condemns all forms of discrimination and prejudice. We respect and appreciate the diversity of human experiences differentiated by, for example, age, ancestry, circumstance, citizenship, culture, disability, ethnicity, family status, gender, language, nationality, political beliefs, race, religion, sexuality, or socioeconomic circumstances. For more information, please visit the College website at

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Equal Employment Opportunity

USF is an equal opportunity, equal access academic institution that embraces diversity in the workplace.

The University of South Florida does not discriminate on the basis of sex and prohibits sexual harassment. Any person may report sex discrimination, including sexual harassment (whether or not the person reporting is the person alleged to be the victim of conduct that could constitute sex discrimination or sexual harassment), in person, by mail, by telephone, or by electronic mail, using the contact information listed for the Title IX Coordinator. Reports may be made at any time either online or directly to the University's Title IX Coordinator.

Work Location

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About USF

The University of South Florida is a high-impact global research university dedicated to student success. Over the past 10 years, no other public university in the country has risen faster in U.S. News and World Report's national university rankings than USF. Serving more than 50,000 students on campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg and Sarasota-Manatee, USF is designated as a Preeminent State Research University by the Florida Board of Governors, placing it in the most elite category among the state's 12 public universities. USF is a member of the American Athletic Conference.

Working at USF

With more than 16,000 employees at USF, the University of South Florida is one of the largest employers in the Tampa Bay region. At USF you will find opportunities to excel in a rich academic environment that fosters the development and advancement of our employees. We believe in creating a talented, engaged and driven workforce through on-going development and career opportunities. We also offer a first class benefit package that includes medical, dental and life insurance plans, retirement plan options, tuition program and generous leave programs and more.

To learn more about working at USF please visit: Work Here. Learn Here. Grow Here.

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