Program Director
Doctoral Program in Public Affairs
University of Central Florida
Position #30046

The Doctoral Program in Public Affairs in the College of Community Innovation and Education at the University of Central Florida (UCF) invites applications for a 12-month tenured associate or full professor position to serve as program director, to begin August 2019. Salary is contingent upon experience.

Duties: This innovative and effective leader will serve as program director of the college-wide interdisciplinary Doctoral Program in Public Affairs. The successful candidate will bring a vision of how doctoral education can strengthen communities and change lives by creating interdisciplinary solutions to complex social problems. The program director is expected to guide the vision and the operational management of the program to advance and grow its mission related to applied research, social justice, and community engagement. We seek a leader who has the management and research skills, creativity, and vision to guide the program in its quest to deliver top-quality education, mentor faculty and students, grow the research agenda, and provide service to the community. The ideal candidate will exhibit excellent collaboration and communication skills and demonstrate the ability to enhance the interdisciplinary environment through incorporating additional disciplines across the university.

The Doctoral Program in Public Affairs comprises an interdisciplinary core involving Social Work, Criminal Justice, Public Administration, Health Services Management, and Governance with an interest in expanding to include education and urban community-focused disciplines. The program is ranked by the National Research Council in the top 25% of Public Policy doctoral programs. The program has 165 graduates throughout the world and a current enrollment of 68 students. For information about the Doctoral Program in Public Affairs, please visit

The program is housed in the College of Community Innovation and Education and will occupy a state-of-the-art facility with access to fully equipped multimedia classrooms at UCF Downtown Orlando beginning Fall 2019. The relocation will expand its community-based focus and engagement with enhanced access to urban sites. The College of Community Innovation and Education employs 210 full-time faculty members serving approximately 8,800 undergraduate and graduate students across more than 35 academic disciplines. For more information about the College of Community Innovation and Education, please visit

UCF is a thriving research university located in metropolitan Orlando. The university benefits from a diverse faculty and staff who create a welcoming environment, a high quality of life, and opportunities to grow, learn and succeed. UCF is adjacent to one of the top research parks in the nation and has a fully accredited College of Medicine. With a diverse student body of more than 66,000 students, UCF is the largest university by enrollment in Florida and one of the largest universities in the country. UCF is committed to innovative community partnerships, world class research with local impact, and the integration of technology and learning.

Minimum Qualifications: The successful candidate should have an earned doctorate or Ph.D. in Public Affairs or a closely related discipline from an accredited institution, a record of scholarly work and external funding in the areas of public affairs, urban affairs, urban studies, urban education or community engagement, and a minimum of two years administrative experience and/or documented leadership within a university structure. The successful candidate should be eligible for appointment as a tenured associate or full professor upon hire and, therefore, have a distinguished record of scholarly work and external funding commensurate with a tenured faculty appointment at the rank of associate or full professor in one of the core areas of Social Work, Criminal Justice, Public Administration, Health Services Management and Research, Governance or community-focused disciplines.

Preferred Qualifications: The successful candidate should have evidence of: (a) effective leadership and community engagement; (b) experience in interdisciplinary education; (c) effective interpersonal and communication skills; and (d) commitment to high-quality education through curriculum development, quality teaching, and working with doctoral students. A record of nationally recognized scholarship evidenced by peer reviewed publications and presentations and a record of external funding.

Application Process: UCF requires all applications and supporting documents to be submitted through the UCF online recruitment system at No paper applications will be considered. In addition to the online application, candidates must submit (1) a cover letter indicating qualifications for the position; (2) a complete curriculum vitae; (3) copy of transcripts; and (4) contact information for at least four professional references, which include email addresses. The selected candidate will be required to provide official transcripts within 30 days of hire date.

NOTE: Please have all documents ready when applying so they can be attached at that time. Once the online submission process is finalized, the system does not allow applicants to submit additional documents at a later date. Candidates are responsible for ensuring all materials have been uploaded correctly.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is closed or filled.
To Apply:

For further questions about this position, please contact Search Committee Chair, Dr. Larry Martin at

As an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, UCF encourages all qualified applicants to apply, including women,
veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of traditionally underrepresented populations. UCF’s Equal Opportunity Statement can be viewed at: As a Florida public university, UCF makes all application materials and selection procedures available to the public upon request.