The College of Education at the University of Florida is seeking an Associate Dean for Research. This is a full-time, 12-month administrative position that reports to the Dean of the College of Education. The Associate Dean for Research collaborates with faculty, COE administration, and Centers to develop and implement policies, research infrastructure, and incentives to advance the research and scholarship mission of the COE. The ADR oversees the Office of Educational Research and directly supervises 5 professional staff. In addition, the ADR will lead the College’s comprehensive research agenda and external funding activities in conjunction with the University’s Division of Sponsored Research. The ADR will promote and coordinate collaborative research and interdisciplinary efforts within the COE, UF colleges, universities, and research centers, and national peer research institutions.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Promote faculty scholarship and success in securing public and private funding
- Lead all matters related to research, contracts, grants, and faculty development to support the development of the COE research enterprise.
- Mentor faculty to initiate a research agenda and respond successfully to calls for external research funding
- Support efforts to fund high quality doctoral students capable of contributing to the COE research agenda
- Manage a comprehensive Office for Educational Research (OER), and continue to build necessary infrastructure for supporting research and development efforts
- Represent the COE research agenda and faculty research efforts with external funding agencies (e.g., IES, NFS, State of Florida agencies, private foundations)
- Represent the college research efforts within the University and externally and be the primary liaison with campus and external funding agencies, as well as establish strategic partnerships to pursue new research opportunities.
- Provide advice to the Dean and contribute to senior management team decisions.
- Develop and maintain effective collaborative relationships with all relevant faculties and groups within the University.
- Work with the advancement staff to maximize private foundation connections in support of significant grants and gifts for research centers, endowed professorships, etc.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
Minimum Qualifications (Education and Experience):
1) Earned doctorate in fields closely related to education or the social sciences; 2) Successful academic experience and credentials to qualify for a tenured appointment as a full professor; 3) demonstrated administrative experience, which could include being a department chair, project director of a large grant, or center/institute; (4) proven track record in publishing research and in securing and managing external grants and contracts; (5) strong interpersonal skills and ability to communicate effectively with colleagues across units within the College and across the University; and, (6) ability to organize large-scale, multi-disciplinary projects and operate under tight deadlines.
The preferred starting date is July 1, 2011. Salary: Negotiable. This position is a 12-month appointment that also includes an administrative stipend. Please apply for this position through the Gatorjobs website only. To apply, applicants should complete candidate profiles at http://jobs.ufl.edu and use reference number 0804239. Please submit a detailed letter of application, current curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information for at least five people who can serve as references. Letters of reference are not required at this time but will be requested in the next stage of the selection process. Applications will begin to be reviewed on February 1, 2011 and will continue to be accepted until a highly qualified candidate is found.
For additional information, please contact Dr. Tom Dana, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and ADR Search Chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The University of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Institution. The selection process will be conducted in accordance with the provisions of Florida’s “Governance in the Sunshine” and Public Records laws. Search Committee meetings and interviews will be open to the public, and all applications, resumes, and other documents related to the search will be available for public inspection.
Why the College of Education at the University of Florida?
About the College of Education Office of Educational Research
Scope of Work
The Office of Educational Research (OER) is a service unit within the College of Education Dean’s area, established in 2005. Its mission is to initiate, support and develop the sponsored research, training, and service activities of faculty and graduate students. The OER provides the following support services: Finding Potential Funding Sources (targeted searches of training and research grants for faculty and doctoral students using web-based search engines); Finding Potential Collaborators (searchable database of faculty research profiles and coordination and support for collaborative, interdisciplinary research groups); Proposal Development (project design and statistics consultation, budget development, feedback on proposal drafts per faculty request, preparation of tables and figures, reference lists, and appendices, and boilerplates); Proposal Submission Support (gathering and completing official University of Florida and federal forms and assurances, signature round-up, and providing liaison services with the Division of Sponsored Research); Budget Management Services (provide Principal Investigators with monthly reports and reconciliations with university financial management software, Peoplesoft©); Faculty Development and Training (coordinate and deliver Faculty Professional Development Series on Proposal Writing, Project Management, Research Design, Quantitative and Qualitative Analyses Procedures, among others); Supporting Collaboration (provide financial support for travel to foundations and funding agencies, seed money for project development); and Communication and Events (Annual Report of accomplishments, OER Monthly Research Bulletin (ORB), and Faculty Brown Bag and Lecture Series).
The OER personnel include a Research Director, responsible for coordination and oversight of day-to-day service activities, a Statistics Director who provides statistics and research design consultation services, a Grants Specialist, who provides budget and proposal development support, a Senior Fiscal Assistant who provides budget management services for funded projects, an Executive Secretary, who provides administrative support services to the Associate Dean for Research, the Research Director, and other OER personnel, and a Graduate Research Assistant who provides proposal development support, as assigned.
Funding Activity Levels
Since 2005, OER personnel has provided support services for faculty and doctoral students submitting proposals seeking $133.5 million in research funding with $41.1 million currently awarded.
About the College of Education: (https://education.ufl.edu)
The UF College of Education, founded in 1906, consistently ranks among the top 25 public education colleges in the elite Association of American Universities. The college has three nationally ranked programs in the 2011 US News & World Report survey of America’s Best Graduate Schools: Counselor Education (No. 3), Special Education (No. 4) and Educational Administration (No. 19). The college’s 106 distinguished faculty members engage in innovative research and public scholarship that enhance whole-school improvement, student achievement, school readiness, teacher retention and professional advancement, and leadership development in the numerous education disciplines. Current research projects have generated more than $37 million in external funding. Nearly 1,900 students are enrolled in 21 bachelor’s and advanced degree programs, offered within the academic areas of Teaching and Learning, Special Education and Early Childhood Studies, Counselor Education, School Psychology, Higher Education Administration, Student Personnel in Higher Education, and Research and Evaluation Methodology. Online course enrollment is nearly 4,400. The college’s educator preparation programs have been continuously accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) since 1954.
About the University of Florida (http://www.ufl.edu)
The University of Florida is the nation’s fourth largest university with more than 50,000 students, 4,000 faculty and 340,000 alumni throughout the world. UF offers one of the most comprehensive academic programs in the country. Students can choose from more than 100 undergraduate degree programs in 16 colleges, while the Graduate School coordinates some 200 graduate and professional degree programs. The Carnegie Commission on Education rates the University of Florida among the nation’s leading research institutions. UF is home to more than 150 research centers and institutes and its distinguished faculty conducts more than $678 million of research annually. It is one of only 17 land-grant universities in the Association of American Universities (AAU), and the U.S. News and World Report ranked UF 17th in its 2009 survey of America’s top public universities.
UF Office of Research (www.research.ufl.edu/)
The Division of Sponsored Research (DSR) was established in 1962 by an act of the Florida Legislature to manage and stimulate an expanding and balanced research program. DSR provides research infrastructure for UF researchers and assists them in identifying, obtaining, and administering external research funds. DSR facilitates institutional approval for all extramural proposal submissions, accepts and administers grant awards, and negotiates contracts and other research-related agreements on behalf of the University of Florida. The Office of Research manages half a billion dollars annually in public and private grants. Royalty and licensing income exceeds $40 million annually and technologies developed at UF have led to the founding of dozens of companies.