Assistant Professor in Practice in Organization and School Leadership

Rio Grande Valley, Texas
Commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Oct 04, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Scope of Job:

The Department of Organization and School Leadership at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) is seeking an Assistant Professor in Practice to work in the preparation of school leadership practitioners beginning in the fall of 2018. The successful candidate will have experience in the leadership of PreK-12 schools at the principal and/or central office administration levels. The selected candidate will be predominantly involved in the classroom and field supervision and mentoring of graduate students in the principal practicum/internship courses, and in providing professional development and review sessions for students who will complete the state certification exam. The selected candidate may also be required to teach Master’s and/or Principal Certification Program courses other than the internship courses, and serve on department and/or university committees as assigned by the Department Chair.

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.

Our location along the Gulf of Mexico is known for its beautiful beaches, quality schools, mild winters, and low cost of living as compared to other areas in the nation. With its close proximity to Mexico, the university is well positioned for international research and global exchange. For more information about living in the Rio Grande Valley, see

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, multi-culturally 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 lifelong 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 educational leadership; curriculum and instruction with specializations in digital literacy, elementary mathematics and science education, mathematics education, science education, and social studies education; school psychology; and counseling. We also offer Ed.Ds 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).

For more information about the College of Education and P-16 Integration and the Department of Organization and School Leadership, please visit the following websites:

Minimum Qualifications:

1) have an earned doctorate in School Administration or School Leadership from an accredited university;
2) have a valid Principal or Mid-Management Certificate;
3) have experience as a school leader (principal and/or central office level);
4) have the ability to supervise practicum/internship courses and other field experiences;
5) have the ability to conduct review sessions for the state certification Examination;
6) must have ability to teach online classes and use technology to support teaching and learning.

Preferred Qualifications:

1) valid Superintendent Certificate;
2) experience working with education, children, adolescents, and families from diverse socio-cultural backgrounds.

Contact Information:

If you have any questions regarding this position, please feel free to contact Dr. Velma Menchaca at or (956) 665-3436.