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Associate Professor or Professor, Modeling and Simulation

Job no: 498218
Work type: Faculty
Salary: Negotiable
Location: Main Campus (Orlando)

Job Description: 

The School of Modeling, Simulation, and Training (SMST) at the University of Central Florida (UCF) is accepting applications for a faculty position within the Modeling and Simulation (M&S) graduate programs,, to begin no later than August 2020. This is a tenured, 9-month faculty appointment to teach and conduct research. We are specifically seeking an individual with appropriate experience who would serve as the M&S graduate program director (initially for up to a 3-year term). While serving as graduate program director, the faculty member will hold the internal title of “Modeling and Simulation graduate program director,” and will have a reduced teaching load and receive a summer stipend. For a description of typical program director responsibilities, see

We seek applicants with a demonstrated record of rigorous research and scholarship, a record of external contract and grant funding, and excellence in teaching (especially mentoring and training graduate students) within topics relevant to M&S. Serving in this role requires demonstrated ability to work collaboratively across disciplinary boundaries with faculty and students in multiple departments across the school and the university. The successful candidate must have teaching and research experience and sufficient administrative experience to effectively lead the M&S graduate program. 

We especially encourage applicants to apply who are excited at the prospect of interdisciplinary research and teaching that integrates research and creative projects in diverse areas of inquiry. The successful candidate will have expertise that enhances or complements our existing programs and will continue to grow their own research program. We are interested in faculty whose work focuses on the intersection of humans with technical systems, social systems, and society.

Candidates must demonstrate their potential to obtain external funding to support their scholarship and to publish peer-reviewed works in high-impact research outlets. Since this is a graduate only department and highly research intensive, candidates are expected to teach and mentor graduate students and more junior faculty. We especially encourage individuals from diverse technical backgrounds to apply. UCF is an equal opportunity institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff. Minorities, women, and individuals from other under-represented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

Minimum Qualifications:

Ph.D. (or another research-focused terminal degree) from an accredited institution in disciplines in, or allied with, modeling and simulation.

Preferred Qualifications:

Preference will be given to candidates who have:

  • A strong history of publication.
  • A demonstrated track record of obtaining competitive external funding.
  • Experience in leading interdisciplinary teaching and research in modeling and simulation.
  • Record of leadership in modeling and simulation or closely related graduate education.
  • A demonstrated commitment to equity efforts, outreach, and/or experience in promoting equal opportunity in higher education.

Additional Application Materials Required:

UCF requires all applications and supporting documents to be submitted electronically through the Human Resources website, In addition to the online application, interested candidates should upload:

  1. a cover letter,
  2. a curriculum vitae,
  3. a teaching statement,
  4. a research statement,
  5. a concise diversity statement, and
  6. the names, email addresses, and telephone numbers for three professional references who may be asked to provide a letter of recommendation which specifically address your research, teaching, and interdisciplinary qualifications.
  • In your teaching statement (no more than 2 pages, 12-point Times New Roman), you should describe the degree to which you can contribute to the current core courses listed on the M&S program, the general areas of the program, as well as propose new courses related to your area of expertise that could help to grow the M&S program. You should also describe your experience in mentoring and educating graduate students in areas relevant to M&S.
  • In your research statement (no more than 2 pages, 12-point Times New Roman), you should specifically describe your current research program, funding you have received to support your research, and your plans for developing your research program in the context of M&S.
  • Your concise diversity statement (no more than 300 words) should address how you would bring a commitment to equity efforts, outreach, and/or experience in promoting equal opportunity in higher education to this position.

Additional questions may be addressed to Dr. Florian Jentsch (, Search Committee Chair, or Randall Shumaker (, Director, School of Modeling, Simulation, and Training.


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