Department Chair - Department of Computer Science

The Department of Computer Science (CS) at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) invites applications for a tenured faculty position, at the rank of Associate or Full Professor, to serve as Department Chair effective Fall 2018. The Chair will oversee a department of over twenty faculty members.  The Department of Computer Science offers several degree programs and research opportunities in the field of computer science. The department offers an ABET-accredited Bachelor of Science, a Bachelor of Science in Computational Sciences, a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems Technology, a Master of Science in Computer Science, as well as a Master of Science in Information Technology. We also offer a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering managed jointly between the Departments of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering. It is expected that doctoral programs will be formed and as a result will expand the department substantially in the coming years.
In addition, the Department offers a range of research opportunities spanning theoretical foundations, systems engineering, and applications of Computer Science. Together, the programs prepare students for graduate study in Computer Science and technology-related fields, as well as careers in industry, particularly in project management, software engineering, web design/development. For further information regarding UTRGV and the Department of Computer Science, please visit our websites at
Minimum Qualifications:  Highest consideration for the Department Chair position will be given to applicants who demonstrate the ability or potential to advance scholarly activities and enhance the degree programs. Applicants for the Chair position should possess a record that reflects excellent managerial skills and a record of service and leadership in the field of Computer Science.  Applicants must have earned a Ph.D. in Computer Science or a closely related field from an accredited university and must demonstrate credentials that qualify them as worthy of consideration as a tenured faculty member.
To be considered for the position at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor, candidates must meet UTRGV’s requirements for tenure.  All finalists for the position will be considered for an Endowed Chair Position. The holder of an endowed chair will normally be a tenured faculty member with the rank of Full Professor who has had a distinguished career. In exceptional circumstances, a tenured Associate Professor, with a distinguished career may be appointed for the endowed position. Candidates for an endowed chair position must have a strong scholarly record and substantive evidence of a distinguished career, especially during the three to five years immediately preceding the nomination. A separate search committee will conduct the review of candidates for Endowed Chair Position.
Preferred Qualifications:  The ideal applicant will have demonstrated evidence of leadership, community and industry engagement, skills in interdisciplinary research and collaboration along with an outstanding research program, including high-profile publications and a successful record of extramural funding.  In addition, the successful candidate will be ready and able to establish doctoral programs, nurture faculty and student-success, develop metrics of performance, and actively participate in and contribute to strategic planning within the Department and the College of Engineering and Computer Science. In particular, the Chair is expected to play a key role in advancing the Department’s research program.  A strong candidate will likely demonstrate credentials that qualify them as worthy of consideration for rank as full professor.
Salary:  Commensurate with qualifications and experience
Desired Start Date: 09/01/2017
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.  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:  02/13/2017
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:
*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.
All applications must be submitted via the UTRGV application portal at Complete all sections on the application. Review of materials will begin on March 1, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
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.  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. A Criminal Background Check must be conducted for all applicants invited on campus for an interview.  Applicants should address their ability to work collaboratively and their commitment to supporting the excellence of all students on campus.
Required Documents:
    Cover Letter/Letter of Application
    Curriculum Vitae
    Unofficial Transcripts
    List of 3 References
    Teaching Statement
    Research Statement
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