Assistant Professor in Reading and/or Literacy

Rio Grande Valley, Texas
Commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Sep 14, 2017
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Scope of Job:

The College of Education and P-16 Integration is accepting applications for an Assistant Professor of Reading/Literacy in the Department of Bilingual and Literacy Studies to begin Fall 2018. The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) was created by the Texas Legislature in 2013 as the first major public university of the 21st century in Texas. UTRGV is located in the middle of one of the fastest growing areas in the nation, the southern tip of Texas known as the Rio Grande Valley. With a total enrollment exceeding 28,000, UTRGV is one of the largest institutions of higher education in Texas and the second largest Hispanic-serving institution in the nation, with an emphasis 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 has campuses and off-campus research and teaching sites throughout the Rio Grande Valley including in Boca Chica Beach, Brownsville (formerly The University of Texas at Brownsville campus), Edinburg (formerly The University of Texas-Pan American campus), Harlingen, McAllen, Port Isabel, Rio Grande City, and South Padre Island. UTRGV, a comprehensive academic institution, enrolled its first class in the fall of 2015, and the School of Medicine welcomed its first class in the summer of 2016.

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 biliterate population. As such, we are committed to excellence and innovation in teaching, research, and service. We:

• Provide rigorous programs of study founded on the belief that scholarship and life experience are strengthened when integrated, that diversity in all its manifestations is a fundamental component of excellence in education, and that partnerships that foster authentic social and community engagement are vital;
• Engage in continuous improvement through curricular and technological innovation in order to remain responsive to the changing educational and global reality;
• Develop highly effective, multiculturally responsive and sustaining innovative scholars, learning leaders, and education professionals who challenge the status quo and serve as change agents, making a difference by promoting social justice, embracing diversity in its broadest definition, inspiring thought leadership, and pursuing life-long learning; and
• Lead through evidence-based decision making and data literacy in order to share our story with the academic and broader research communities, as well as our public school partners, families, and policy makers.

The College of Education and P-16 Integration offers master’s programs in Reading and Literacy, Bilingual Education, Educational Leadership, Curriculum and Instruction with specializations in digital literacy, elementary mathematics and science education, mathematics education, science education, and social studies education, Special Education, School Psychology, and Counseling. We also offer Ed.D.s in Educational Leadership and Curriculum and Instruction with several specialization areas. 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 Bilingual and Literacy Studies offers programs designed to support the education of diverse students in monolingual, bilingual and multilingual settings. Our faculty and students are committed to understanding the linguistic and literacy strengths of traditionally underserved populations, examining the educational needs of children in these communities, and designing and implementing curriculum, instruction, and policy that will support their language and literacy achievement. The successful candidates will teach graduate and undergraduate reading and literacy courses across a range of initial teacher certification and advanced degree programs. In addition to teaching, faculty are expected to maintain an active research agenda in literacy, preferably with a focus on Latino learners and linguistically diverse learners. Other responsibilities include participating in college performance assessment activities and providing service and outreach to the university and the profession. Candidates should have expertise in one or more of the following areas: emergent literacy; biliteracy; transnational literacies; literacy learning and practice in multilingual and multicultural settings; developing, administering, and analyzing literacy assessment data; reading comprehension; and/or working with struggling readers.

For more information about the College of Education and P-16 Integration and the Department of Bilingual and Literacy Studies, please visit the following websites:

Minimum Qualifications:

• Candidates must hold an earned doctoral degree from an accredited institution in literacy, reading, or a strongly related field with at least 18 hours of graduate work in literacy/reading;
• Candidates who are ABD must have their doctoral degrees conferred by time of hire;
• Candidates must be capable of teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in person and online;
• Candidates must show productivity or potential in scholarship and grant acquisition.

Preferred Qualifications:

• Demonstrate a commitment to school partnerships and community initiatives;
• Have strong backgrounds in multiculturalism, diversity, equity, and/or working with culturally and linguistically diverse students;
• Have at least three years of full-time teaching experience in public schools.

Contact Information:

If you have any questions regarding this position, please feel free to contact Dr. Janine Schall at  or (956) 665-5227.