Chair-Professor of Spanish Department /College of Liberal Arts

Chair-Professor of Spanish Department /College of Liberal Arts


Job Class Code: 10011
FLSA: Exempt
Posting Number: FRGV1301
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 as the founding Chair of the Department of Spanish to be established in the 2022-2023 academic year. The College of Liberal Arts at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) invites applications for a full-time tenured position at the rank of full professor. Candidates should have ample administrative and budgetary management experience in an academic setting. Candidates are also expected to have a distinguished record of scholarship and teaching excellence at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

About UTRGV:

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 and staff 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.

Department/College Background:The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley College of Liberal Arts includes 11 academic departments, two freestanding degree-conferring programs, over 300 faculty members, almost 8,000 students, and a multitude of service courses needed by every student enrolled at UTRGV. The 16 full-time Spanish faculty serve 140 undergraduate and 30 graduate majors.

Minimum Qualifications:
1. Doctorate in Spanish or a closely related field2. Must meet the institutional requirements for tenure and be eligible for the rank of Full Professor in the department to be considered3. Strong organizational, management, financial, and budgetary skills 4. A proven background in recruitment, mentoring, and development of outstanding academic and administrative leadership5. Evidence of an ongoing research agenda with extensive publications6. Demonstrated excellence in teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels7. Native or Near-Native fluency of Spanish and English

Discipline Specific Required Qualifications:
1. Forging and implementing long-term departmental goals2. Developing and implementing department mission and vision3. Recruiting students and faculty members4. Developing curriculum5. Fostering faculty development and leadership6. Teaching graduate and undergraduate courses as appropriate7. Maintaining an active research agenda8. Contributing to the university and community through service activities9. Representing the department to the college and the college and upper administration to the department

Preferred Qualification:
1. A proven ability to build strong teams, as well as to work as a team member with one’s colleagues in management and in team leadership positions with one’s direct reports2. Knowledge and value of borderland language and culture 3. Evidence of ability to secure grants and external funding4. Ability to build interdisciplinary connections across campus programs and disciplines5. Knowledge of distributed campus models

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
It is the policy of The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley to promote and ensure 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. In accordance with the requirements of Title VII of the civil rights act of 1964, the title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended, our University is committed to comply with all government requirements and ensures non-discrimination in its education programs and activities, including employment. 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: 12/09/2021

Special Instructions to Applicants:

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:

Date of Birth
Social Security Number

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.

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley reserves the right to discontinue accepting applications prior to the stated close date of this position, after meeting the posting requirement of three (3) calendar days.
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 inlength.

Required Documents must include the below: 1. A statement of administrative philosophy2. Teaching evaluations3. Two sample course syllabi, one from the undergraduate level and one from the graduate level4. Two writing samples of recently published research

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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