Lecturer in Quantitative Data Science – University of Florida


This is a 12-month non-tenure-accruing position that will be 100% teaching (College of Agricultural and Life Sciences), 0% research (Florida Agricultural Experiment Station) and 0% extension (Florida Cooperative Extension Service), available in the School of Forest Resources and Conservation, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, at the University of Florida. This assignment may change in accordance with the needs of the unit. Duties and responsibilities include: developing and teaching undergraduate and graduate courses, short courses and workshops. The teaching responsibilities may include both on-line as well as face-to-face instruction in one or more of the following areas: scientific programming, data wrangling, visualization and analysis, “big data” analysis, and statistical analysis. Up to 30% of this position will be devoted to solving data problems with students, through one-to-one consulting, informal data related events (e.g., hackathons), and possibly participating on graduate student committees. Successful candidates should have a strong interest in teaching and mentoring, contributing to the existing courses and to the development of innovative undergraduate and graduate curricula that encompasses/integrates quantitative data science across our campus. A successful candidate should be able to effectively communicate technical concepts to students from a wide range of backgrounds and should be committed to a vision that includes instruction in emerging new approaches to data science.

The successful candidate will engage in scholarly activities related to instruction, including teaching undergraduate and/or graduate courses, advising and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students, participating in curriculum revision and enhancement, seeking funding for the teaching program, supervising undergraduate and graduate research and creative work, publishing teaching-related scholarship, producing learning tools, and engaging in professional development activities related to teaching and advising.  Faculty are encouraged to support and participate in the CALS Honors Program, distance education, and international education.

Background Information:

The School is committed to creating an environment that affirms diversity across a variety of dimensions, including ethnicity/race, gender identity and expression. We particularly welcome applicants who can contribute to such an environment through their scholarship, teaching, mentoring, and professional service. The university and greater Gainesville community enjoy a diversity of cultural event, restaurants, year-round outdoor recreational activities, and social opportunities.



A minimum of MS (foreign equivalent acceptable) in:

(a) A natural resources and environment related field (including natural, social or physical science) with quantitative experience, or

(b) A quantitative field (statistics or computing) with natural resources and environment experience.

Candidates should have demonstrated skills in verbal and written communication, interpersonal relationships, and procurement of extramural funding. Candidates must be supportive of the mission of the Land-Grant system. Candidates must also have a commitment to IFAS core values of excellence, diversity, global involvement, and accountability.


A PhD (foreign equivalent acceptable) in:

(a) A natural resources and environment related field (including natural, social or physical science) with quantitative experience, or

(b) A quantitative field (statistics or computing) with natural resources and environment experience.

Application Instructions

For full consideration, candidates should apply and submit additional materials by 30 April 2019.  The position will remain open until a viable applicant pool is determined.


Nominations are welcome.  Nominations need to include the complete name and address of the nominee. This information should be sent to:

Please refer to Requisition # 44597

Wendell Cropper

Chair, Search and Screen Committee

University of Florida

School of Forest Resources and Conservation

214 Newins-Ziegler Hall

Gainesville, FL 32611-0410

Telephone:                               352-846-0859

Facsimile:                                352-392-1707

Electronic Mail:                      wcropper@ufl.edu

Application Information

  • Individuals wishing to apply should go online to http://apply.interfolio.com/61107 and submit:
    • Cover letter that states applicant’s interest in the position and qualifications relative to the credentials listed above
    • Curriculum vitae
    • Contact information (including email addresses) for 3 individuals willing to write letters of recommendation
    • Unofficial transcripts

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 education institution outside of the United States are required to be evaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approved by National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES).

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