University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Associate/Full Professor and Chair, Department of Teaching and Learning in Rio Grande Valley, Texas

Scope of Job

The College of Education and P-16 Integration is accepting applications for Chair of the Department of Teaching and Learning. The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) is in the middle of one of the fastest growing areas in the nation, the southern tip of Texas known as the Rio Grande Valley. It is a newly-established, vibrant institution bringing together the assets and resources of the beautiful Rio Grande Valley and The University of Texas-Pan American and The University of Texas-Brownsville.

With a total enrollment approaching 28,000, UTRGV is one of the largest institutions of higher education in Texas and the second largest Hispanic-serving institution in the nation. An emphasis is placed on educating 21st century leaders and professionals, who are culturally fluent and have a deep understanding of the perspectives, languages, and values of different cultures. UTRGV is an energetic and progressive institution, seeking faculty who are committed to making a difference and leading innovation. We are guided by core priorities focused on student success, educational opportunity, health and medical education; research impacting the Rio Grande Valley and beyond; and community engagement. UTRGV is also home to a new medical school in fall 2016. Achievements for UTRGV’s first year can be found here:

Our location along the Gulf of Mexico is known for its beautiful beaches, quality schools, mild winters, and low cost of living as compared to other areas in the nation. With its close proximity to Mexico, the university is well positioned for international research and global exchange. For more information about living in the Rio Grande Valley, see

The College of Education and P-16 Integration is a catalyst for educational success for individuals, families, communities, the region, and our society at large. We do this through thoughtful, culturally sustaining partnerships with our schools and communities, demonstrating responsiveness to a growing bilingual and bi-literate population. As such, we are committed to excellence and innovation in teaching, research, and service.

The College of Education and P-16 Integration offers master’s degree programs curriculum and instruction with specializations in digital literacy, elementary mathematics and science education, mathematics education, science education, and social studies education among others in educational leadership and counseling. We also offer Ed.D. Curriculum and Instruction with several specialization areas. The Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction was recently ranked 8th in the nation of “Best Online Ed.D. & Ph.D. “Programs in Education” by Gradsource. The College of Education and P-16 Integration is fully accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Texas Education Agency (TEA).

The Department of Teaching and Learning is home to 30 full time faculty members and is the College’s largest department. For more information about the College of Education and P-16 Integration and the Department of Teaching and Learning, please see the following websites.

Minimum Qualifications
  • Earned doctoral degree from an accredited institution in Education or Ph.D. in Education.

  • Eligible for tenure at the associate or full professor rank at UTRGV.

  • Experience in teacher education programs.

  • Leadership experience in higher education setting.

  • Established record of scholarship.

  • Experience in higher education teaching.

  • Experience seeking external funding.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Scholarship related to Teacher Education in culturally diverse settings.

  • Experience fostering student success among traditional and non-traditional student populations.

  • Experience in P-12 settings.

  • Experience motivating faculty success in research, teaching, and service.

  • Teaching and/or leading undergraduate and graduate programs.

  • Experience with successful National Accreditation.

  • Established record of developing interdepartmental, interdisciplinary, or international partnerships.

  • Administrative experience in an academic department or unit.

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

Complete all sections on the application. If you are applying for the first time please complete all biographical information including address, email address, and telephone number. You may update this at any time by selecting edit your profile in the application. The position is Security sensitive and conviction verification will be conducted on the selected applicant. All UTRGV employees are required to have a criminal background check (CBC). CBCs will be conducted of all candidates invited for an on-campus interview.

Submit a second writing/publication sample under the required “other document”.

If you have any questions regarding this position, please feel free to contact Laura Jewett, Ph.D., Chair of the Search Committee at or by telephone at 956-882-8269.

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: Associate Professor

Job Class Code: 00021

FLSA: Exempt

Posting Number: FRGV0538

Working Title: Associate/Full Professor and Chair, Department of Teaching and Learning

Number of Vacancies: 1

Location: Rio Grande Valley

Division/Organization: Division of Academic Affairs

Tenure Status: Tenured

FTE: 1.0

License or Certification Required?: No

Salary: Commensurate with Qualifications and Experience

Desired Start Date: 09/01/2017

Open Date: 10/05/2016