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James J Sorce

Assistant Professor

Construction Management | College of Computing, Engineering & Construction

Areas of Expertise

Construction Technology, Construction Documentation and Administration, Construction Safety, Economics and Construction related Business Functions


University of Florida, Gainesville, FL    August 2018         Ph.D. College of Design, Planning and Construction
 Construction Management Focus 
 M.E. Rinker Scholar 2014 -2018
 Dissertation: Adoption of Computer Technology in  Construction Firms: An Application of the Technology  Acceptance Model

University of North Florida, Jacksonville, FL May 2006
 M.B.A., General Business: Economics focus,

University of North Florida, Jacksonville, FL May 1998
 B.B.A., Business Administration: Marketing: Economics Minor


James J. Sorce was accepted to the PhD program in Design, Construction and Planning and was designated as the M.E. Rinker Scholar in the School of Construction for the fall 2014 term at the University of Florida.

Mr. Sorce graduated from the University of North Florida (UNF) in May 1998 with a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree. His major was marketing with a minor in economics. Mr. Sorce also received his Master of Business Administration with an economics focus from UNF in May, 2006. Mr. Sorce started as a full-time faculty member in the Construction Management Department at UNF in August 2006.

While working on his master’s in business in 2005. Mr. Sorce became the marketing coordinator for the Construction Department at UNF. Mr. Sorce developed a passion for the construction industry working for the Construction Management Department. Mr. Sorce began to teach classes related to business administration and economics as an adjunct faculty member. Soon after, Mr. Sorce was hired as a faculty member in the role of Advisor and Instructor. Mr. Sorce soon became a valued member of the department’s faculty. He was decorated as the Construction Management Faculty of the year for the 2006-2007, 2007-2008 and 2008-2009 school years and has been nominated as the UNF advisor of the year three times.

As a Faculty member, Mr. Sorce has taken construction students to study abroad in eight different countries on three different continents. He has taught many different construction classes in his time at UNF. Mr. Sorce has also participated as an Instructor for several construction competition teams. These competitions included submittals and bidding procedures in the areas of housing, commercial and design build construction.

Before earning his MBA, Mr. Sorce was licensed with a series seven and series sixty-three from 2000 to 2004 while working for a prominent financial institution as a Registered Representative. In his role in the financial institution Mr. Sorce traded stocks and bonds, processed annuities and exercised stock options and managed employee company stock ownership accounts.

Before working in the financial world Mr. Sorce was employed as the marketing director with a commercial real estate firm, where he conducted market analysis, monitored economic conditions, tracked the construction of apartments and condos in Jacksonville, FL.


2007, 2008, 2009 Construction Management Faculty of the Year.

Nominated Advisor of the Year 2012 and 2010.


Member and Advisor Sigma Lambda Chi National Honor Society

National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) Member 2015

Statewide Course Numbering System Faculty Discipline Committee

National Association of Home Builders Member (NAHB)

Northeast Florida Builders Association Member (NEFBA) 

Grants and Contracts Awarded


$100,000 National Housing Endowment HELP grant 2016 – 2019

$40,000 Northeast Florida Builders Association HELP grant match 2016 - 2019

$2,500 UNF Faculty Travel Grant, Argentina grant awarded for travel in 2014 – 2015 academic year.

$25,000 UNF Transformational Learning Opportunity grant, awarded for summer 2013 student travel for Italy study abroad in construction management.

$16,000 UNF Transformational Learning Opportunity grant, awarded for summer 2013 student travel for Malaga, Spain Ship Construction study abroad.

$1,000 NAHB Travel grant, awarded 2009 for Travel to the January 2010 International Builders Show.

$1,000 NAHB Travel grant, awarded 2008 for Travel to the January 2009 International Builders Show.


$3000 Construction Department Hardhat Basketball Promo 2year commitment 2017/2018 – 2018/2019

$4000 Sigma Lambda Chi Sponsorship 2017 – 2018

$8000 NAHB Student Competition 2007 - 2014

Publications & Presentations

Maged Malek, James Sorce, Jose Mercia, 2012 “Overview of Emerging Technological Innovations in Construction Management.” AIC Journal of Professional Constructors, April 2012, Vol. 36 No. 1

Maged Malek, Adel El-Safty, Amal El-Safty, James Sorce, 2010 The Correlation between Safety Practices in Construction and Occupational Health” Management Science and Engineering, Vol. 4 No. 3

Contact Information

Building 0004, Room 1207

(904) 620-2759

Office Hours

By appointment