Director of Mexican American Studies

(Director of Mexican American Studies in the School of Interdisciplinary Programs & Community Engagement, College of Liberal Arts)


Job Class Code: 10011
FLSA: Exempt
Posting Number: FRGV1258
Location: Rio Grande Valley
Division/Organization: Provost - Academic Affairs
Appointment Period for Non-Tenure Position:
Tenure Status: Tenured
FTE: 1

Scope of Job:
We seek applicants who are dedicated to serving The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley's diverse student body as Director of the Mexican American Studies Academic Program beginning in the 2022-2023 academic year. The MAS program seeks a successful candidate with a notable record of research in Chicana/o/x and/or Latina/o/x Studies, quality teaching, community engagement, and a strong record of academic administration to direct the program. The successful candidate will lead the program in fulfilling that vision and gaining greater regional and national significance. The successful candidate would be leading a program that is committed to student success and to scholarly research addressing the strengths and needs of students, the local, state, and national community as well as cultivating community engagement opportunities and social justice. It is expected that the successful candidate will assist the program in achieving departmental status. Candidates who are advanced Associate or Full Professor with experience building and directing programs are preferred.

The program director is responsible for consulting with and representing the interest of the program faculty on policies, plans, and procedures that affect the program or and is responsible for the overall leadership, management, and administration of the school or department, including: a. Pursuing and achieving program excellence in teaching, research, and service;

b. Strategic planning and goal setting aligned with similar efforts at the college and university level;

c. Developing strategic initiatives and programming to help ensure student success;

d. Management and professional development of faculty members and staff;

e. Preparation and management of school or department budget;

f. Recruitment, retention, evaluation and promotion of faculty;

g. Development of curriculum;

h. Communication with faculty and administration;

i. Enforcement of applicable regulatory policies;

j. Maintaining an environment of collegiality and shared governance;

k. Addressing questions, complaints, grievances, and suggestions from faculty, staff, and students; and

l. Performing other duties as assigned by the dean.

It is UTRGV's Vision “To be one of the nation's leaders in higher education, its premier Hispanic-serving institution, and a highly engaged bilingual university, with exceptional educational, research, and creative opportunities that serve as catalysts for transformation in the Rio Grande Valley and beyond.” As such, UTRGV is committed to building a diverse faculty that can contribute to an enriching learning environment that strives for more equitable outcomes for student success.

UTRGV is a distributed campus, one university spanning four counties and multiple locations. Our purpose is to be a university for the entire Rio Grande Valley and beyond. Over 91% of the students enrolled at UTRGV identify as Hispanic, making UTRGV one of the top 3 universities with the highest percentage of Hispanic students.

Thanks to a steadfast commitment to safety and success, UTRGV yielded record-breaking outcomes in enrollment and student success in the fall 2021 semester. For additional information, please visit our website.

Minimum Qualifications:
Ph.D., from an accredited university in Chicana/o/x Studies, Latina/o/x Studies, or closely related field in which the applicant’s expertise is interdisciplinary and falls within the area(s) of Chicana/o/x/Latina/o/x Studies. Candidates must meet the institutional requirements for tenure and be eligible for the rank of Full Professor in the program to be considered for the position.

Discipline Specific Required Qualifications:
Please include your leadership philosophy in the submission of the Letter of Interest.

Preferred Qualification:
Three or more years of successful previous administrative experience, possess bilingual and biliterate skills in Spanish and English

Salary: Commensurate with Qualifications and Experience
License or Certification Required?: No
Number of Vacancies: 1
Desired Start Date: 09/01/2022

EEO Statement:
EEO Statement
The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. UTRGV promotes and ensures equal employment opportunities for all individuals without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information or protected veteran status. Our University is committed to complying with all government requirements and ensures non-discrimination in our education programs and activities, including employment. An eligible veteran, surviving spouse of a veteran or an orphan of a veteran is entitled to preference in the selection process over other applicants who do not have greater qualifications. Further, we grant an employment preference to former foster youth who were in the permanent managing conservatorship of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services on the day preceding the individual’s 18th birthday over other applicants for the same position who do not have a greater qualification. We encourage women, minorities and differently abled persons to apply for employment positions of interest.
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.

Open Date: 11/01/2021

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 and phone. You may update this at any time by selecting to edit your profile in the application. Security sensitive; All UTRGV employees are required to have a criminal background check (CBC). CBCs will be conducted for all candidates invited for an on-campus interview.

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.

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. All positions are subject to budget approval.

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