Assistant Professor in Bilingual Education

Rio Grande Valley, Texas
Commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Sep 27, 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 Assistant Professor of Bilingual Education in the Department of Bilingual and Literacy Studies. 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. This transformative initiative provided the opportunity to expand educational opportunities in the Rio Grande Valley, including a new School of Medicine, and made it possible for residents of the region to benefit from the Permanent University Fund – a public endowment contributing support to the University of Texas System and other institutions.

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 Bilingual Education, Reading and Literacy, Educational Leadership, Curriculum and Instruction, Special Education, School Psychology, and Counseling. We also offer Ed.D.s in Curriculum and Instruction with a specialization in Bilingual Education and in Educational Leadership. 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 bilingual education courses in both Spanish and English 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 bilingual education or related fields, preferably with a focus on Latino learners. Other responsibilities include participating in college performance assessment activities and providing service and outreach to the university and the profession.

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 bilingual education or a strongly related field with at least 18 hours of graduate work in bilingual education;

•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.

Discipline Specific Required Qualifications:

•Candidates must be English/Spanish bilingual and biliterate.

Preferred Qualifications:

Preference will be given to candidates who:

•Have at least three years of teaching experience in public schools;

•Demonstrate a commitment to school partnerships and community initiatives;

•Show productivity or potential grant writing and acquisition;

•Have a strong background in multiculturalism, diversity, and equity;

Contact Information:

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