Assistant Professor - Social Science

University of South Florida

Tampa, FL

ID: 7115645
Posted: November 8, 2022
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

About the Program

The USF Social Science Education (SSE) program prepares students for careers as social studies teachers, instructional leaders, curriculum designers, and researchers in the field of education. It is a nationally- and internationally recognized program in the field. Faculty are highly productive scholars, innovative instructors, and leaders in their communities at all levels. In addition to courses at the bachelor’s and master’s levels, we have an active SSE doctoral program.

Position Summary:

The Social Science Education (SSE) program at the University of South Florida (USF) seeks an Assistant Professor with excellent teaching skills, a well-articulated research agenda, and a willingness to engage in professional service. At all levels of their work, the ideal candidate will embrace and reflect the USF Strategic Plan (, with special attention to the “Social Justice and Human Rights” Strategic Focus.

Teaching expectations: undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral courses (face-to-face, online, and/or hybrid delivery) in elementary and secondary social studies. Duties will include work with pre- and in-service teachers, support doctoral student research, and advise and mentor doctoral students (including chairing and/or serve on doctoral committees). Commensurate with our diverse student population, preference will be given to candidates who bring specialization and interest in diversity, equity, and inclusion in education.

Research expectations: active and coherent scholarly research in social studies education and related fields. Publication in high-impact venues and disseminating work to national and international audiences. Experience, or willingness to engage, in grant writing and seeking external funding.

Service expectations: to the Department, College, University, and profession. Activities at the local, regional, and national levels are expected, with additional engagement at the international level preferred.

The Assistant Professor of Social Science Education is a nine-month, tenure-earning appointment beginning August 7, 2023. We strongly encourage applications from scholars of color and/or traditionally marginalized groups.

Minimum Qualifications:
Candidates must have all of the following:

an earned Ph.D./Ed.D. (or degree conferral by the time of appointment for an Assistant Professor) in social studies education.
expertise in, and a commitment to, social studies education.
a minimum of three years teaching experience in grades 6- 12, with excellent teaching evaluations.
demonstrated success in working with diverse populations of students.
demonstrated ability to foster and support diversity, equity, and inclusion in all aspects of their work.
a well-articulated research agenda.
Preferred Qualifications:

Experience teaching at the post-secondary level, particularly in social studies teaching methods.
Experience in field-based social studies teacher education.
Experience working with school districts.
A record of peer-reviewed publications.
A record of, or potential for, external funding support.
Knowledge of program accreditation processes (e.g., CAEP).