AI and Museum Education and OutreachThe University of Florida (UF) is embarking on a campus-widestrategic initiative to hire clusters of faculty with expertise inArtificial Intelligence (AI). As part of this initiative, theFlorida Museum ofNatural History (FLMNH) is seeking qualified applicants withinnovative research interests and experience for a 12-monthtenure-track faculty position specializing in AI applications forunderstanding biological and/or cultural diversity. This positionwill be filled at the Assistant or Associate faculty level in theFLMNHDepartment of Natural History .The FLMNH, a college-level unit within UF, is a vibrant communityof about 300 employees, including 32 full-time faculty, UFundergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral researchassociates, and museum collections, education, and administrativesupport staff. As the official state museum of Florida, our coremission includes stewardship of 40 million specimens and artifacts,award-winning exhibitions, diverse public programs, and emergingvirtual and digital engagement. The FLMNH Department of NaturalHistory’s research and collections programs are world class andattract about $10 million annually in government and philanthropicsupport.The FLMNH enjoys cross-campus collaborations with many of the 16 UFcolleges, including those of potential relevance to this newfaculty position: Agricultural and Life Sciences (Institute of Foodand Agricultural Sciences), Education, Engineering, Journalism andCommunications, Libraries, and Liberal Arts and Sciences. Thisposition requires a strong commitment to university education,museum-based research, and outreach. Interactions with alliedacademic departments include affiliate professorship status withresponsibility for supervision of graduate students and teaching atleast one formal course per year. Interdisciplinary UF institutes,such as the Informatics Institute, Biodiversity Institute, andGenetics Institute, offer additional opportunities forcollaboration.We envision an innovative AI program in museum education andoutreach and seek a faculty member in this emerging field. Housedin the FLMNH, this position is part of the UF AI Workforce andEducation Cluster, with links to our Thompson EarthSystems Institute and other UF colleges. We invite applicationsfrom those who have active research programs, external support,vision, and experience in AI related to formal, informal, and/orcommunity audiences and learning. Applicants with experienceworking with multicultural, underserved, and/or underrepresentedaudiences are particularly encouraged to apply. Potential areas ofinterest include: exploring how recognition systems can createinnovative exhibits and personalized tours; understanding howaugmented reality can enhance the exhibit experience; identifyinghow AI can be used to engage individuals and/or groups worldwide;and applications of smart, adaptive learning technologies for K-12museum education and outreach. Other relevant areas of interest notexemplified above are also encouraged to apply. UF has a vibrant,highly collaborative community of museum and related educationaland outreach initiatives and strong partnerships with K-12 formaleducation statewide, especially through the Scientist in Every Florida School program. Qualificationsinclude a Ph.D., or equivalent, in education, engineering, thenatural or social sciences, or other relevant [email protected] include a Ph.D., or equivalent, in biology,anthropology, geography, engineering, computer science, or otherrelevant discipline.Interested applicants must apply online at https://account.interfolio.com/login?apply=82275. (Please see Job Requisition #68329) Applicants must submit (1)cover letter; (2) full CV, including list of peer-reviewedpublications and grants received; (3) research statement; (4)education and outreach statement; (5) statement describing theapplicant’s contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusionthrough teaching, research, or service; and (6) names and emailaddresses of a minimum of 3 professional references (do not sendletters). For more information, please visit the Florida Museum of NaturalHistory .Review of applications will begin on February 15, 2021, andwill continue until the position is filled.The final candidate will be required to provide an officialtranscript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript willnot be considered official if a designation of “Issued to Student”is visible. Degrees earned from an educational institution outsideof the United States must be evaluated by a professionalcredentialing service provider approved by National Association ofCredential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found athttp://www.naces.org/ .For inquiries concerning this position, contact Dr. BruceMacFadden, Search Chair, bmacfadd (at) flmnh.ufl.edu.The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institutiondedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty andstaff. If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to applyfor this position, please call 352/392-2477 or the Florida RelaySystem at 800/955-8771 (TDD). Hiring is contingent upon eligibilityto work in the US. Searches are conducted in accordance withFlorida’s Sunshine Law.The University of Florida is committed to non-discrimination withrespect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex,sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status,national origin, political opinions or affiliations, geneticinformation and veteran status in all aspects of employmentincluding recruitment, hiring, promotions, transfers, discipline,terminations, wage and salary administration, benefits, andtraining.