We’re looking for 100 faculty members who like opportunity, growth and sunshine.

“My research goal is to develop computational models and visualizations that analyze the massive amount of data and reduce information overload.”
Dr. Fei Liu
Assistant Professor of Computer Science
Joined UCF in 2015 after her postdoctoral fellowship at Carnegie Mellon University

Faculty Cluster Initiative

A new Faculty Cluster Initiative has been designed to leverage UCF’s existing strengths and foster the development of strong, interdisciplinary diverse teams focused on solving today’s most challenging scientific and societal problems.

The strength of this initiative comes from faculty depth, the ability to translate depth across disciplines and the collaboration among deans, directors, chairs and faculty members in every college across campus.

Six faculty clusters have been selected in this program’s inaugural year, including cyber security, renewable energy, coastal systems, genomics and bioinformatics, prosthetics, and energy conversion and propulsion. Read about each cluster below:

Why Join UCF?

Cutting-Edge Academics

With 13 colleges and more than 210 degree programs, UCF proves to be one the “most innovative schools” in the nation alongside Harvard, MIT and Stanford, according to U.S. News & World Report.

About UCF

UCF is a thriving pre-eminent research university located in metropolitan Orlando, benefitting from a diverse faculty and staff who create a welcoming environment and opportunities to grow, learn and succeed. With more than 63,000 students, UCF is the largest university by enrollment in Florida and the second-largest in the nation. It has more than 11,000 employees and an operating budget of $1.5 billion. The Washington Post this fall showcased how UCF is in “the vanguard of an insurgency that aims to demolish the popular belief that exclusivity is a virtue in higher education” because of our mission of meeting our region’s demand and providing access to high-quality education.


In Fall 2015, UCF’s freshman class set records with an average SAT two-score of 1261 and average 4.0 high school grade point average. Freshmen entered The Burnett Honors College with an average 1400 SAT two-score, and the number of National Merit Scholars ranked UCF among the top 15 colleges and universities. Additionally, UCF is one of 25 public universities with the Carnegie Foundation’s highest designation in two categories: community engagement and very high research activity.


UCF’s 13 Colleges


UCF College of Arts and Humanities in Orlando, Florida

Arts & Humanities

From literature to philosophy to digital media, our faculty members hone their creative skills and enjoy an environment for artistic expression of every kind. We empower faculty to explore their creative interests in everything from music, performing arts, history, women’s studies and more. With 17 departments, as well as new facilities such as our Performing Arts Center, the college embodies forward-thinking teaching and research in arts and humanities.

UCF Burnett Honors College - enjoy the intimacy of a small liberal arts college along with the benefits of a large metropolitan research university in Orlando, Florida

Burnett Honors College

Students enjoy the intimacy of a small liberal arts college along with the benefits of a large metropolitan research university. Here, faculty teach in interdisciplinary groups and smaller classes, allowing for more discussion and greater interaction. The college is open to students of all disciplines, and admission is competitive. Our Fall 2015 freshman class boasted an average SAT two-score of 1400 and an average high school grade point average of 4.4.

UCF College of Business Administration - Undergraduate business degrees and graduate MBA in Orlando, Florida

Business Administration

The college is one of the nation’s largest accredited schools of business and home to the DeVos Sport Business Management program, the Kenneth G. Dixon School of Accounting, the Dr. P. Phillips School of Real Estate and the Institute for Economic Competitiveness. The college is involved in helping entrepreneurs and small businesses succeed, and encourages faculty to take part in numerous opportunities to enhance their teaching and research beyond the classroom.

UCF College of Education and Human Performance in Orlando, Florida

Education & Human Performance

Instructing future educators to teach creatively, passionately and exceptionally is what the college is all about. Home to the UCF Teaching Academy, the Toni Jennings Exceptional Education Institute and the Morgridge International Reading Center, the college leverages partnerships with local schools to provide real-world experience that gives our students a competitive edge in the job market after graduation.

UCF College of Engineering and Computer Science in Orlando, Florida

Engineering & Computer Science

Innovative research, close industry partnerships and a great location make the college highly competitive. UCF is one stop on the Florida High Tech Corridor and a neighbor to industry leaders such as Siemens, Lockheed Martin and Harris, providing faculty members with new research and engagement resources and students with unprecedented internship and job opportunities. The college also is home to new maker labs and two-time national champion cyber defense student team.

UCF College of Graduate Studies - Masters, PhD, Doctorates and Graduate Certificates in Orlando, FL

Graduate Studies

The college provides leadership and vision for graduate education at UCF. Working with faculty across campus, the college looks at innovative interdisciplinary programs and courses, such as modeling and simulation, conservation biology and nanotechnology. The college helps pair students with unique research opportunities, hosts interdisciplinary speaker series, coordinates internships and organizes graduate community events, including job fairs, orientations and research programs.

College of Health and Public Affairs in Orlando, Florida and Online

Health & Public Affairs

The college is home to one of the country’s largest communication disorders clinic, and its School of Social Work prepares students to work with military families, among other groups. Its faculty are dedicated to aiding society, being active in their communities and advancing research in fields as diverse as public administration, legal studies, health management and informatics and criminal justice. The college also is home to multiple community centers, clinics and institutes.

UCF College of Medicine - Biomedical and Biological Sciences Degrees and Advanced Medical Research in Orlando, Florida


History-making. A national model for medical education. These are just a few of the things people are saying about the college. The Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences is nationally know for its innovative research on everything from Alzheimer’s disease to cancer and heart disease. Our modern southeastern Orlando complex is the heart of Lake Nona’s Medical City, also home to Nemours Children’s Hospital, a new VA Medical Center and the Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute.

UCF College of Nursing in Orlando, Florida


As an active member of Central Florida’s health care community, the college utilizes state-of-the-art technology and community-oriented programs to develop future health care professionals. Clinical excellence and community service are hallmarks of the college, as well as a commitment to increasing access to education through innovative and flexible programs. Faculty research ranges from gerontology, simulation and technology, acute care and physiology and health care self-management.

UCF College of Optics And Photonics in Orlando, Florida

Optics & Photonics

Comprised of three major research centers – the Center for Research and Education in Optics and Lasers (CREOL), the Florida Photonics Center of Excellence and the Townes Laser Institute – the college is internationally known for its research and industry partnerships. Here, expert faculty conduct groundbreaking research and advance the science and technology of lights, lasers, fiber optics, imaging systems and smart sensors.

UCF Rosen College of Hospitality Management in Orlando, Florida

Rosen College of Hospitality Management

Strategically located near Orlando’s International Drive, Rosen College is in the heart of one of the world’s largest and most popular tourism destinations. And it is the perfect lab for hospitality faculty. The college enjoys multiple partnerships with nearby industries and diverse faculty from around the world. Many faculty have served in executive roles in restaurants, hotels, theme parks and other attractions, and have planned major conventions and events.

UCF College of Sciences in Orlando, Florida


The college is UCF’s largest with 10 departments and schools, as well the National Center for Forensic Science and the Lou Frey Institute of Politics and Government. Faculty members have won many national and international awards for research and teaching, are fellows of the American Academy of Sciences, serve as presidents of national scientific societies and act as advisors to international, national and state agencies. Areas of excellence range from anthropology and communication to planetary sciences and political science.

College of Undergraduate Studies - Interdisciplinary Degrees in Orlando, Florida

Undergraduate Studies

UCF’s newest college offers innovative learning and research in interdisciplinary studies. The college administers the National Science Foundation-funded EXCEL program to increase student success in freshman and sophomore science and mathematics courses and the McNair Scholars Program designed to prepare first-generation students for doctoral studies. The college also facilitates experiential learning, undergraduate research, advising for pre-health and pre-law students and academic services.

Why Join UCF?

Research in Action

A Carnegie Foundation-designated “very high research activity” institution, UCF and its researchers are solving today’s greatest problems with the help of nationally known resources.

At UCF, We’re Dedicated to Faculty Success.

One of UCF’s priorities is strengthening its faculty by adding world-class researchers and scholars, and ensuring the success of each member in the classroom, the research lab and beyond.

From teaching technologies and professional development to research mentoring and work-life balance, UCF faculty are supported across campus through a variety of offices and centers aimed to help them achieve more.

Office of Faculty Excellence

Faculty Excellence leads university-wide initiatives and programs that strengthen faculty support, encourage interdisciplinary collaboration and inspire faculty excellence to advance research, teaching and scholarship. Services include:

  • Evaluation and promotion
  • Academic leadership programs and coaching
  • Faculty career-life balance
  • Awards
  • Leave programs

Office of Research and Commercialization

The Office of Research & Commercialization fosters the creation of intellectual capital that can solve today’s pressing problems, improve the quality of life and provide an engine for economic growth. UCF assists faculty in securing funding for their research, award management and, if desired, technology transfer. Services include:

  • Proposal development
  • Budget preparation
  • Institutional Review Board
  • Venture accelerator
  • UCF Business Incubation Program

Karen L. Smith Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning

The center provides development opportunities for faculty members at all career stages. It helps faculty find resources whether they are considering a new technique in class, conducting research or incorporating technology into their presentations. Services and activities include:

  • Development conferences and workshops
  • Support for educational research
  • Adjunct and graduate assistant training
  • New faculty orientation
  • Course innovation projects

UCF Libraries

UCF Libraries provide many services for faculty, including course materials, online textbooks, streaming videos, building collections and citation management. UCF has four library locations:

  • The John C. Hitt Library
  • Rosen Library on our hospitality management campus
  • Health Sciences Library at the College of Medicine
  • Curriculum Materials Center (PreK-12 materials and resources for future educators)

Center for Distributed Learning

The center provides faculty members with information and support for teaching online. It offers best practices, assistance from instructional designers and tools for interaction and assessment. Services include:

  • Course development and production
  • Online teacher training
  • Data analysis
  • Research design

Center for Success of Women Faculty

The center promotes research and offers resources for career-family balance and living and working in Central Florida, in addition to a successful women seminar series, one-on-one mentoring and more. Activities include:

  • UCF Faculty Parents Network
  • Active mentoring
  • Workshops and book club
  • Support organizations

Faculty Statistics

194faculty hired last year
77%faculty with doctoral degrees
42.4%faculty are women
More than 600 issued U.S. patents since 2005
$133.4 million in funded research last year

Why Join UCF?

Industry Partnerships

There’s a reason we’re called “America’s Partnership University.” With hundreds of industry partners from big data to biology, UCF is a cornerstone in both our region’s growth and identity.

About Orlando, Florida

Located in Orlando, one of “… the next big boom towns in the U.S.” according to Forbes magazine, UCF is also in a state with more research parks than theme parks.

Orlando — A Great Place to Work and Live

Orlando has seen rapid growth and economic expansion in recent years and is a center for the life sciences, medical innovation and technological developments. That’s why Orlando ranked No. 4 on Forbes’ 2015 best cities for future job growth and No. 13 for fastest-growing cities in the U.S. And why Fast Company magazine has included Orlando in its list of “Best Cities for Innovation.” Plus the sunshine and warm climate create a perfect environment to live, work and explore.

An Educated Workforce

Each year, UCF graduates 15,000 students. Many stay and enter the workforce armed with an education that translates into greater economic earning power. UCF has 200,000 alumni stay in Florida to work in business, sales or hospitality, or in research areas like nanotechnology, engineering, biomedical sciences or pharmaceuticals. Others go out of state, adding to the growing national reputation of UCF and Orlando.

UCF also helps and works side-by-side with the community on joint projects – from teaching underprivileged children to read to protecting the environment, and from developing health care solutions to finding alternative energy solutions.

Central Florida Perks

Why Join UCF?

UCF is one of Central Florida’s largest employers, with about 2,000 faculty members and more than 9,000 staff members. The university adds $7.73 billion of value to the economy. We’re looking for 100 new faculty members to help us make a difference. Ready to get started?