F13:14- 018 The University of Texas – Pan American seeks a senior scholar and academic leader to serve as Chair of the Department of Political Science beginning September 1, 2014.
Criteria: Successful applicants for this Chair position will have credentials commensurate with those of a tenured, advanced Associate Professor (full professors may be considered), including a Ph.D. in Political Science; a record of teaching excellence and significant research accomplishment; experience in writing and managing grants; and a commitment to quality undergraduate and master’s-level education. It is expected that the successful candidate will contribute to at least one of the graduate training areas in the department. Candidates from any area of political science are encouraged to apply, but applicants with expertise in methods and/or political theory will receive priority consideration. Responsibilities: The Chair provides direction to the department, including strategic planning, and hiring of faculty and program development, and budgetary and space planning. The Chair works closely with the Dean of the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences to implement academic priorities and initiatives. With strong institutional support, the Department anticipates hiring 3-4 new faculty during the first several years of the appointment. The Department is home to the Center for Survey Research at the University, and has recently developed a Master’s program.
Context: The Department of Political Science has 12 full time, tenured/tenure-track faculty and 8 non-tenured/non-tenure-track faculty. The University of Texas Pan-American (UTPA) has been granted a new, higher peer group status by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB), advancing from a comprehensive to doctoral institution. UTPA, a Hispanic serving institution, 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. UTPA is located in Edinburg, Texas, approximately 10 miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border and 75 miles northwest of South Padre Island. Since its inception in 1927, The University of Texas-Pan American has conferred over 2,600 associates, 58,000 bachelor’s, 13,000 master’s, and 155 doctoral degrees. UTPA provides an affordable education and global opportunities with a choice of 56 bachelor’s, 53 master’s, three doctoral, and two cooperative doctoral programs within 7 colleges.
UTPA has received a 5-year NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation grant to increase the representation of women in the faculty and leadership of STEM fields (which includes political science) and to promote a positive, family friendly work environment. The Political Science Department is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through their research, teaching and/or service. Applicants should address their ability to work collaboratively and their commitment to supporting the excellence of all students on campus.
Review of applications will begin on October 15, 2013 and will continue until the position is filled. For consideration, candidates should submit an application letter, specifically indicating the position for which they are applying and explaining their leadership style, curriculum vitae, three current letters of reference, a statement of teaching interests, as well as a teaching philosophy. Provide teaching evaluations, if available. Official transcripts in support of all earned degrees will be required for candidates who receive verbal offers.
Application materials will only be accepted electronically and should be sent directly to: College of Social and Behavioral Sciences—Office of the Dean at email@example.com. For questions regarding this position, please contact Dr. Jessica Lavariega-Monforti, Search Committee Chair at (956) 665-8062 or firstname.lastname@example.org . Incomplete application will not be considered. Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. Hiring is subject to budgetary approval.
UTPA is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, minorities, veterans, and qualified individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. This position is security-sensitive as defined by Texas Government Code 411.09 (a) (2). All UTPA employees are required to have a criminal background check (CBC). CBCs will be required of all candidates invited to campus. 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).