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FIRE Open Positions & Hiring

FIRE Faculty Leader & Assistant Clinical Professor

Thank you for considering applying for our open positions.  We invite you to learn more about our program, our team, and our research groups.

General Position Information

The First-Year Innovation & Research Experience (FIRE) is a major initiative at the University of Maryland, College Park (UMD).  FIRE provides first-year UMD students with an inclusive faculty-mentored research experience that drives accelerated professional development and opportunity.

FIRE Assistant Clinical Professors design and implement the group research agenda and are responsible for all research-related curricula, instruction, and broad student mentorship.  The position empowers early-career faculty members to grow as research leaders, educators, mentors, and higher education professionals.


FIRE Assistant Clinical Professors work in collaboration with department-based UMD faculty members to design and implement the research agenda of a new FIRE research stream.  As the lead instructor of research-related FIRE courses, the FIRE Assistant Clinical Professors are tasked with providing an excellent educational experience through the development of a research-centered curriculum that allows for iteration: students engage in work that includes periods of uncertainty, setbacks, and unexpected outcomes and have the opportunity to repeat unsuccessful methodological attempts.  As the professional that works with FIRE-participating students, FIRE Assistant Clinical Professors provide personal, academic, research, and professional mentorship.

Expectations of Position

  • Ability to lead a team of undergraduate peer mentors through clear communication and management.

  • Ability to develop instructional curriculum and protocols for research-based inquiry and discipline understanding.

  • Ability to effectively teach undergraduate students in lecture and research-based environments.

  • Ability to mentor students from research, academic and personal perspectives.

  • Ability to assess student learning through the development of formative and summative assessments appropriate for inquiry-based instruction.

  • Ability to manage research operations including student progress, equipment, consumables, and oversight of the fiscal budget.

  • Ability to effectively communicate with stream faculty members, undergraduate peer mentors, students, and institutional colleagues.

  • Ability to problem-solve, prioritize, and manage multiple projects and timelines.

  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills including the ability to communicate clearly and effectively.

  • Ability to work autonomously and collaboratively.

  • Flexibility to grow, adapt and change as FIRE develops at UMD.

The position reports to the Director of Undergraduate Research in the Office of Undergraduate Research, Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Ph.D. (title: Assistant Clinical Professor) or Master’s (title: Lecturer) degree.

  • Active research interests and goals.


  • Research leadership experience.

  • Experience working on funded research projects.

  • Prior supervisory experience of undergraduate researchers.

  • Record of success in presenting research at conferences and/or publishing research in peer-reviewed journals.

  • At least one year of experience in teaching undergraduate students (either as the instructor of record or as a teaching assistant).

  • At least one year of research team experience with substantial project management experience and organizational skills.

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