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Assistant Director for Programming and Public Engagement (43420)

University of Florida: College of Liberal Arts & Sciences: 16720000 – LS-HUMANITIES-PUBLIC SPHERE


Gainesville, Florida

Open Date

Jan 29, 2019


The Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere at the University of Florida, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences invites applications for a full-time, twelve-month, non-tenure-accruing position at the rank of Lecturer, beginning July 1, 2019, for the position of Assistant Director for Programming and Public Engagement. The salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience, and includes a full benefits package.

As a key part of the Center’s intellectual life, the Assistant Director for Programming and Public Engagement will join a vibrant community of scholars and community partners in growing the Humanities Center’s public-facing programming. This work involves creating, organizing, and presenting public programs, facilitating discussions, and interacting with a broad range of individuals across the university and various communities.  

Duties will include:

–Working closely with community partners to carry out speaker series, workshops, and other public humanities programs in North Central Florida;

–Advising UF faculty, students, and community partners on creating successful programs for the Center’s Programs in the Public Humanities Grant; Collaborating with Center faculty to write grant proposals for public programs;

–Developing professional training and coursework on public humanities theory and practice for students, faculty, and staff and, possibly, local cultural institutions;

–Creating and coordinating undergraduate student programs and, possibly, internships in the humanities;

–Working with Center faculty and staff to communicate the work of the Center through e-newsletter, social media, and news outlets; and representing the Center at outreach events and with related initiatives(such as the Digital Humanities Working Group, UF Imagining America Working Group).

–Coordinating existing humanities summer workshops for high school students and K-12 educators;

Founded in 2005, the University of Florida Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere supports a diverse field of scholars across Florida’s oldest, land-grant, and most comprehensive research university with an array of funding opportunities, public programs, working groups, and grant-writing services. The Center has three interrelated purposes: (1) to facilitate and promote the research programs of humanities scholars at UF, (2) to provide an intellectual and physical space for critical and collaborative discussions of the humanities beyond individual disciplines, and (3) to provide a place for outreach to our communities. The Center benefits from its central location in North Florida and the close proximity of numerous cultural institutions and nature parks.

The Department particularly welcomes applicants who can contribute to a diverse and inclusive environment through their scholarship, teaching, mentoring, and professional service. The university and greater Gainesville communities enjoy a diversity of cultural events, restaurants, year-round outdoor recreational activities, and social opportunities.

For questions regarding the position, please email Center Associate Director Dr. Sophia K. Acord ( For further information about the Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere, see:


Required qualifications:

  • A M.A., M.A.E., M.Ed. M.S., M.F.A., or Ph.D. (preferably in the humanities, arts, social sciences, journalism, or education) by August 15, 2019;
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills;
  • Strong organizational skills;
  • The ability to work both independently and collaboratively;
  • A commitment to community-engaged work.

Preferred qualifications are:

  • One to three years of experience in scholarly programming and/or community-engaged scholarship,
  • Experience developing educational resources and programs that cultivate both academic and general audiences including high school students and K-12 educators,
  • Experience with using digital platforms, video, and social media to develop or communicate humanities content.

Application Instructions

For full consideration, applications must be submitted online at 

A complete application includes: (1) a letter of application summarizing the applicant’s experience, qualifications, interests, and suitability for the position; (2) a complete curriculum vitae; (3) a vision statement on public programming in the humanities (max. 1 page); 4) providing one or more examples of a public humanities or public outreach program; (5) three confidential letters of recommendation.

Applications will be reviewed beginning March 14, 2019, and the position will remain open until filled. Applications received after this date may be considered at the discretion of the committee and/or hiring authority.

All candidates for employment are subject to a pre-employment screening which includes a review of criminal records, reference checks, and verification of education.

The selected candidate will be required to provide an official transcript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible. Degrees earned from an educational institution outside of the United States require evaluation by a professional credentialing service provider approved by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at

The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida’s Sunshine Law. If an accommodation due to disability is needed in order to apply for this position, please call (352) 392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at (800) 955-8771 (TDD).

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