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UCF is officially in pursuit of 200 new faculty members who will join the school's colleges in time for the 2015-16 academic year.

According to the UCF jobs website, the 200 open faculty positions are up for grabs and applications are being accepted online.

"…We're looking for 200 faculty members who like opportunity, growth and sunshine," the website states.

The hires come after performance-enhancing funds were granted to the university from the state. Of the positions, STEM faculty will see the biggest boost, along with nursing.

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"The last few years there's been a very big increase in student interest in enrollment in STEM fields. [The campaign is] helping us address this immense growth in student interest in enrollment in STEM fields," said Michael Johnson, dean of the College of Sciences.

For those who make the cut, the university will bring them to campus for an in-depth interview process.

"[Committee members] bring [candidates] to campus, they typically meet lots of faculty and students, they'll give a seminar on their research, sometimes they'll give an example class to show how they teach, and then from that we try to choose who's the best person for the job we have and bring them here next fall," Johnson said.

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A brief scroll through the open jobs shows a variety of positions ranging from associate professors to visiting instructors, research scientists and full professors.

Positions are available in every school at the university, from communications professors to primary care physicians at the College of Medicine.

To apply for open faculty positions visit ucf.edu/jobs.

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Jessica J. Saggio is the Managing Editor at the Central Florida Future. Follow her on Twitter at @JessicaJSaggio or email her at JessicaS@KnightNewspapers.com.

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