University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Chemistry Department Chair in Edinburg, Texas

Scope of Job

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) Department of Chemistry is seeking candidates for the position of Department Chair. This is a tenured position at the rank of full Professor. The department chair is a key leadership position within the college that reports to the dean, and is expected to drive the department’s research and educational programs with initiatives for supporting faculty, staff and students.

UTRGV is the latest addition (2015) to the University of Texas System formed by bringing together the assets and resources of the University of Texas-Pan American and University of Texas at Brownsville with the mandate to create a premier research university in the South Texas Region.

The Department of Chemistry currently has 21 tenured/tenure-track faculty members and 10 lecturers distributed over its two main campuses in Brownsville and Edinburg. The department has strong research programs in computational chemistry, chemical reaction dynamics, quantum chemistry, spectroscopy and materials science. The department offers an ACS-certified undergraduate degree in Chemistry and a Master of Science in Chemistry. Additional information about the department can be obtained at

The department chair, in close collaboration with the dean of the College of Sciences and members of the college leadership team, is expected to lead the faculty, staff and students in developing, managing and administering all departmental programs and activities. In addition to administrative duties, this position provides opportunities for the successful candidate to develop his/her own externally-funded research program, teach undergraduate and graduate courses, and participate in the mentoring of undergraduate and graduate students.

Minimum Qualifications

The minimum requirement is a Ph. D. from an accredited university in a Chemistry discipline with previous administrative experience and currently hold the rank of Professor.

Discipline Specific Required Qualifications

Candidates should have a strong research and teaching record and graduate student mentoring experience.

Preferred Qualifications

Excellent people skills and administrative philosophy grounded in a belief that diversification and shared governance are foundations for academic success.

EEO Statement

EEO Statement UTRGV is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer that strives to hire without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information or veteran status. UTRGV takes affirmative action to hire and advance women, minorities, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Diversity Statement UTRGV is a Hispanic-serving Institution dedicated to student success and building a diverse faculty committed to working in a multicultural environment. UTRGV has an NSF ADVANCE grant to increase the representation of women in STEM fields and to promote a positive, family friendly workplace for all faculty. We strongly encourage applications from women and minorities.

Additional Information

UTRGV is a distributed institution. As such and as assigned, the position may require presence at multiple locations throughout the Rio Grande Valley. Work is performed primarily in a general office environment. This position is security sensitive and thereby subject to the provisions of the Texas Education Code §51.215. The retirement plan for this position is Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS), subject to the position being at least 20 hours per week and at least 135 days in length. This position has the option to elect the Optional Retirement Program (ORP) instead of TRS, subject to the position being 40 hours per week and at least 135 days in length.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Dear Applicant,

Human Resources will not be held responsible for redacting any confidential information from the documents you attach with your application. The confidential information includes the following:

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Please make sure that you omit this information prior to submission. We are advising that Human Resources will be forwarding your application to the department as per your submission.

Please Note

Texas law requires faculty members whose primary language is not English to demonstrate proficiency in English as determined by a satisfactory paper-based test score of 500 (computer-based of 173 or internet-based of 61) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or a satisfactory test score of 6.0 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Faculty Title: Professor

Job Class Code: 00011

FLSA: Exempt

Posting Number: FRGV0541

Working Title: Chemistry Department Chair

Number of Vacancies: 1

Location: Edinburg, Texas

Division/Organization: Division of Academic Affairs

Tenure Status: Tenured

FTE: 1

Salary: Commensurate with Qualifications and Experience

Desired Start Date: 09/01/2017

Open Date: 10/10/2016