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Instructional Specialist, Experiential Learning

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As a next-generation public research institution, we are an inclusive community of thinkers, doers, creators, innovators, healers, and leaders striving to shape the future and solve the world’s most challenging problems. No matter what your role is, when you join Knight Nation, you become an integral part of our mission to become a university for the future. You’ll be met with opportunities to connect and collaborate with uniquely talented faculty, staff, and students across 13 colleges and multiple campuses and regional locations. That means greater challenges to tackle, more meaningful opportunities to grow, and rewarding experiences that go beyond a paycheck.

The Opportunity

Experiential Learning (EL) is seeking to fill a 12?month, non?tenure earning instructional specialist position anticipated to begin no later than May 2023. EL’s mission is to enhance academic study and student competency development, promote regional economic vitality, and build ongoing partnerships with employers and the community. EL has been supported by UCF since the opening of the university in 1968. The department began as a small cooperative education program and over many years has become accredited and one of the largest and most diverse programs in the country. In 1995, the department began supporting internships as well and in 2003 added Service?Learning to create a comprehensive, centralized department to promote and facilitate quality experiential learning courses at UCF. 

Experiential Learning instructs and promotes applied learning courses, facilitates the development of quality experiential learning courses through collaboration and training for faculty campus wide, and partners with employers and community partners locally, nationally, and internationally to help them access talented students and assist in the educational process.  

Instructional specialists are responsible for multiple areas within the role: 

Students Services 

  • Document/track student and employer activity using computer?based systems.
  • Assist students with obtaining positions related to their major and/or career goals.

  • Provide student advising, assistance with targeted resume writing and interview skills to obtain a position.

  • Develop and conduct workshops, presentations, and other program related events. 

Student Course Facilitation 

  • Register, monitor, guide, and grade student assignments and attainment of learning objectives in appropriate EL courses.

  • Contribute to course curriculum and program development as appropriate. 

Academic Services 

  • Collaborate with discipline faculty and academic advisors to verify academic program requirements.

  • Provide support, resources, and recommendations to departments for developing and enhancing internship programs.

  • Connect UCF academic departments and community organizations to develop experiential learning partnerships. 

Employer Relations 

  • Develop experience?based educational opportunities with employers.

  • Document/track employer activity using computer?based systems.

  • Consult business partners seeking student talent and alternative funding sources.

  • Present to agencies and employers seeking to connect with EL/UCF in various capacities.  

On Campus Outreach 

  • Participate on grant writing teams or special projects where experiential learning activities are a component of the proposal or activity.

  • Compile assessments on special programs and issue recommendations for program improvement.

  • Connect UCF academic departments and community organizations to develop experiential learning partnerships. 

  • Develop internship opportunities within the UCF community.

  • Market and promote the program to all constituents.

Minimum Qualifications

Master's degree from an accredited institution in an appropriate area of specialization with a minimum of two years of working related experience in experiential learning. Must have been faculty (adjunct, interim, or full-time) at a higher education institution previously.

Preferred Qualifications

Prefer direct experience with the following: 

  • Planning, development, implementation, and teaching of cooperative education and/or internship programs/courses at university level.

  • Experience developing partnerships and educational positions with employers, as well as with community partners.

  • Experience developing and maintaining relationships with faculty, staff and other constituents.

  • Experience completing duties through collaboration and with minimal directions, being resourceful, partnership minded, and flexible with strong follow up and communication skills.

  • High volume and fast?paced environment.

Additional Application Materials Required:

UCF requires all applications and supporting documents be submitted electronically through the Human Resources employment opportunities website, https://www.ucf.edu/jobs/ .  In addition to the online application, candidates should upload a cover letter, a current curriculum vitae, and a list with contact information for three (3) professional references.

The selected candidate will be required to submit official transcripts (and, as applicable, U.S. degree equivalency evaluations) documenting the conferral of their qualifying academic credentials.

NOTE: Please have all documents ready when applying so they can be simultaneously uploaded. Once the online submission process is finalized, the system does not allow applicants to submit additional documents later.

Questions regarding this search should be directed to Quynh Dang at Quynh.Dang@ucf.edu .

Job Close Date

April 6, 2023

Are Benefits Important to You?

Working at UCF has its perks!  In addition to helping drive change and having a positive impact by supporting our students, staff, and faculty, UCF offers:

  • Benefit packages including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, healthcare flexible spending accounts, and an Employee Assistance Program.

  • Paid time off, including annual and sick leave and paid holidays.

  • Retirement savings options.

  • Employee discounts, including tickets to many Orlando area attractions.

  • Education assistance.

  • Flexible work environment.

And more…For more benefits information, go to ‘Prospective Employees’ on the UCF Human Resources website (https://hr.ucf.edu/).

Who Are We?

Founded in 1963 to fuel the region’s talent pipeline and support the growing U.S. space program, UCF is built to make a better future for our students and society. It’s one of the reasons U.S. News & World Report ranks UCF among the nation’s top 20 most innovative colleges, while Forbes, Kiplinger, and The Princeton Review rank us a best-value university. UCF is one of 14 universities nationwide designated as both a Hispanic-Serving Institution and a Research 1 university. With 13 colleges, including a fully accredited College of Medicine, UCF offers more than 220-degree programs between its main campus, downtown campus, hospitality campus, academic health sciences campus, and 11 UCF Connect centers located throughout the region. In addition, UCF extends its reach to communities in and beyond Central Florida by offering complete online programs leading to bachelor's degrees, master's degrees, Ph.D.'s., certificates, and more.

The University of Central Florida is proud to be a smoke-free campus and an E-Verify employer. Unless explicitly stated on the job posting, it is UCF’s expectation that an employee of UCF will reside in Florida as of the date the employment begins.

Additional Requirements related to Research Positions

Pursuant to Florida State Statute 1010.35, prior to offering employment to certain individuals in research-related positions, UCF is required to conduct additional screening. Applicants subject to additional screening include any citizen of a foreign country who is not a permanent resident of the U.S., or who is a citizen or permanent resident but is affiliated with or has had at least 1 year of higher education, employment, or training in China, Cuba, Iran, Russia, North Korea, Syria, or Venezuela.

The additional screening requirements only apply to employment in research-related positions, including, but not limited to faculty positions (including employed visiting positions), graduate positions, individuals compensated by research grants or contract funds, postdoctoral scholar positions, and undergraduate positions.


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Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

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  http://www.oie.ucf.edu/documents/PresidentsStatement.pdf.

As a Florida public university, UCF makes all application materials and selection procedures available to the public upon request.

The University of Central Florida is proud to be a smoke-free campus and an E-Verify employer.

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