Dean, College of Sciences
The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) seeks an experienced and innovative leader to serve as the Dean of the College of Sciences. The Dean is the academic and administrative leader of the College of Sciences. This person reports directly to the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, Student Success, and P-16 Integration and also works closely with the Executive Vice President for Research, Graduate Studies, and New Program Development. UTRGV invites candidates with comprehensive academic administrative experience, who demonstrate a record of accomplishment in research, as well as success leading efforts devoted to undergraduate and graduate retention and completion, developing externally-funded research programs, developing faculty for teaching, developing undergraduate and graduate degree programs, and ensuring student success. Responsibilities
The chief purpose of this position will be to provide innovative leadership for the College of Sciences (COS) and to ensure its continued development, operation, expansion, and enhancement. The dean:
• Serves as the chief academic and administrative leader for the COS that includes Biology, Chemistry, Physics, the School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences, and the School of Earth, Environmental, and Marine Sciences;
• Collaborates with University leaders, faculty and staff to develop our shared vision as described in the UTRGV and COS strategic plans;
• Oversees the College’s academic and scholarly activities, working with faculty to articulate a shared vision of excellence, and focusing on developing, expanding, and strengthening excellent undergraduate and graduate academic programs in the College;
• Oversees the College faculty in the development of policies governing its academic programs;
• Builds an organizational culture of collegial teamwork and cultivates faculty development.
• Fosters an educational climate that promotes and celebrates diversity;
• Prepares and manages annual budgets for effective allocation within the College;
• Pursues revenue growth through development, grants and contracts, and professional development programs for the advancement of College resources;
• Expands and strengthens liaisons with domestic and international educational institutions to assess, develop and manage innovative academic programs and curriculum development;
• Promotes student success in collaboration with department chairs and faculty to ensure timely progression and completion of degree programs that prepare them for success in a dynamic global society;
• Furthers the mission of the University by expanding external resources, strengthening regional, national and global connections and nurturing collaboration amongst Colleges across the University;
• Increases funding for the College through philanthropy in collaboration with the Office of University Advancement as community outreach and engagement is a critical function/responsibility; and,
• Strengthens the College’s research portfolio, focusing on externally-funded faculty research, to address local and global challenges and improve life in the Rio Grande Valley area and beyond.
• Terminal degree;
• Minimum of five (5) years of administrative experience at the chair level or above with responsibility for budgets, personnel decisions, performance reviews, and decisions for promotion and tenure;
• Established record of scholarship, teaching, and service that qualifies the candidate for a senior faculty appointment in one of the College's disciplines; • Evidence of past effectiveness in responding to the educational needs of an urban, multicultural population; • Documented record of securing external funding; • Proven experience in multidisciplinary ventures; and, • Demonstrated commitment to the University's core values of integrating scholarly research, teaching and service to develop students' talents and prepare them for success in a dynamic global society. Preferred Qualifications
• Proven leadership and management skills in developing and working with teams as well as developing successful partnerships with faculty, staff, students and external constituents;
• Ability to communicate in a pragmatic and collegial way;
• Demonstrated support for student success initiatives;
• Proven success with externally-funded research grants; and,
• Proven ability to integrate multiple departments.
The College of Sciences
The mission of UTRGV’s College of Sciences is to advance the frontiers of science from electrons to ecosystems through discovery in the life, mathematical, physical, and statistical sciences; to partner with the community to address local and global grand challenges through basic and applied research to improve the quality of life in the Rio Grande Valley and beyond; to prepare the next generation of educators, mathematicians, scientists, and statisticians who are academically competent, socially aware, globally engaged, and ethical leaders; to provide students with fundamental scientific, mathematical, and statistical literacy; and to enhance the quality of the region’s mathematics, statistics and science education.
The College of Sciences offers undergraduate degrees in the following disciplines: Bachelor of Science in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, all available with teacher certification in collaboration with the College of Education and P-16 Integration; Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science, Marine Biology, Statistics, and Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems; Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies in Life Sciences and in Middle School Mathematics, both with teacher certification in collaboration with the College of Education and P-16 Integration. It offers Master’s degrees in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Ocean, Coastal and Earth Sciences, Agricultural, Environmental and Sustainability Sciences. In addition, the College of Sciences houses the following centers and programs:
• Agroecology and Resilient Food Systems program and The Center for Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Advancement (SARA) combine student-centered research,
education, and community engagement in various projects to address locally relevant issues that affect agroecosystems in South Texas, including in sustainable agriculture, community-supported agriculture, urban forestry, and sustainable food systems.
• Annual Research Conference is an Annual Science Symposium which serves as a forum for dissemination of new scientific knowledge and discussion of scholarly ideas to foster interaction among students, faculty, and the local industry
and community. The symposium invites poster and oral presentations of scholarly work from all disciplines. Sessions are organized by discipline or themes. All UTRGV undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and staff, as well as the public, are welcome to attend.
• The Center for Advanced Radio Astronomy (CARA) currently runs three integrated research/education programs: the Arecibo Remote Command Center (ARCC), the Low Frequency All Sky Monitor (LoFASM), and STARGATE. In addition, CARA's director is a founding member and current chair of the North American Nanohertz Observatory for Gravitational Waves (NANOGrav). These projects focus on student training and mentoring. Students are actively involved in high priority research efforts and contribute to scientific discoveries.
• The Center for STEM Education builds a community of faculty who are leaders in Challenge-Based Instruction and student programs in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields.
• The Center for Gravitational Wave Astronomy was created by a grant from The University Research Centers program administered by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration to further scientific research and education in gravitational wave astronomy.
• The Center for Urban Ecology was developed in collaboration with the City of McAllen and Quinta Mazatlan of the World Birding Center to conduct research, education, and outreach to foster sustainable urban development.
• The Center for Vector Borne Diseases is a newly established center that focuses on human, animal, and plant diseases that are transmitted by vectors. Center goals focus on increasing research efforts at UTRGV in vector-borne diseases as well as improving opportunities for student research and career development, and providing a resource for community involvement and outreach. As a multi-disciplinary and multi-departmental center, faculty from multiple departments and academic units are involved, as well as student members and external members from outside UTRGV.
• The Coastal Studies Laboratory located on South Padre Island was established in 1973, and provides educational opportunities, enhances research, engages in public service, and provides community outreach related to coastal and marine concerns in the Gulf of Mexico, with special emphasis on the South Texas region.
• UTRGV High Scholars Program engages high school students from the Rio Grande Valley in research projects being conducted by the University faculty at UTRGV's Brownsville and Edinburg campuses. The goal of this 9-week summer research program is to promote student interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) by engaging students in "real time" laboratory or field research projects.
• The Mathematics and Science Academy (MSA) provides high school students gifted in mathematics and science, with an exceptional academic path to foster that potential and deliver unparalleled learning opportunities. The MSA is an award-winning program in which Texas 11th and 12th grade high school students take classes from UTRGV faculty, alongside UTRGV students, and gain invaluable University experience with more supervision and guidance than traditional UTRGV students.
• The Spacecraft Tracking and Astronomical Research into Giga-hertz Astrophysical Transient Emission (STARGATE) facility will be a radio frequency technology park located adjacent to the SpaceX launch site command center. SpaceX will assemble and launch their signature advanced rockets and spacecraft, with launches every month at the Boca Chica Beach site. When not being used for launches, SpaceX facilities will be used by student and faculty researchers at STARGATE for training, scientific research, and technology development.
• UTeach RGV is the secondary teacher preparation program for science and mathematics majors at UTRGV. The purpose of the program is to prepare highly qualified science and mathematics teachers according to the UTeach model developed at The University of Texas at Austin. UTeach RGV is a joint effort of the College of Sciences (COS) and the College of Education and P-16 Integration (CEP) with faculty support from the College of Liberal Arts.
To learn more about the College of Sciences, please visit: http://www.utrgv.edu/cos/.
The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
On August 31, 2015, UTRGV opened its doors as one of the first major public universities of the 21st century and one of the largest Hispanic-Serving Institutions in the nation. 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 purpose at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley is to be a University for the entire Rio Grande Valley and beyond. Everything is built around five core priorities and subsequent goals:
1. Student Success: Student success is at the heart of UTRGV and the center of its core priorities; it is also one of UT System’s Quantum Leaps. Therefore, it strives to prepare and empower students to thrive in a rigorous academic environment, who are prepared to contribute to a global economy, and are inspired to become community, education, health, and industry leaders, and innovators.
2. Educational Opportunities: Affordable, geographically accessible and culturally relevant educational opportunities are critical to prepare a diverse workforce for the 21st century. UTRGV will expand such educational opportunities for residents of the Rio Grande Valley spanning from pre-K to postdoctoral education.
3. Research: UTRGV is positioned to be a model of a distributed research University and structured to nurture and support its existing faculty and students. Also, it is strategically positioned to attract and retain scholars and artists who are ready to collaboratively address cultural, scientific, technological, and socioeconomic issues of the region and the world through research, innovations, discoveries, and creative works.
4. Health and Medical Education: UTRGV is uniquely qualified to serve as a catalyst in transforming the landscape of health and medicine across the region by building a culture
of health and well-being through education, research, and mutually beneficial partnerships with educational institutions, surrounding communities, healthcare providers, governmental agencies, and philanthropic organizations.
5. Community Engagement: The distinct profile of UTRGV as a distributed University in a region of great economic vibrancy, but also
great public need, demands that community engagement be embedded in the UTRGV culture. Therefore, UTRGV seeks to build a strong institutional infrastructure that supports more developed networks and sustainable partnerships.
The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Facts at a Glance
The Rio Grande Valley is known as one of the most affordable areas in the entire country. On-campus housing is available at the campuses in Brownsville and Edinburg, with an abundance of support services for international students.
UTRGV offers a wide range of academic programs. These programs lead to bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degrees. UTRGV is a multi-campus institution and educates more than 28,000 students in South Texas, and beyond.
University Mission Statement
To transform the Rio Grande Valley, the Americas, and the world through an innovative and accessible educational environment that promotes student success, research, creative works, health and well-being, community engagement, sustainable development, and commercialization of University discoveries.
To be one of the nation’s leaders in higher education, its premier Hispanic-serving institution, and a highly engaged bilingual University, with exceptional educational, research, and creative opportunities that serve as catalysts for transformation in the Rio Grande Valley and beyond.
• Excellence: Transforming the Rio Grande Valley, the Americas, and the world requires weaving excellence throughout the fabric of the University and into the core of everything we do.
• Diversity, Access, and Inclusion: Establishing an accessible educational environment requires that we cultivate and enhance the diverse, multicultural, and linguistic assets of our University and the Rio Grande Valley. UTRGV also promotes access, inclusion, and lifelong learning to ensure that all members of the University community have opportunities to succeed.
• Inquiry, Discovery, and Creativity: Igniting, illuminating, and enhancing the talents and passions of the University community for open inquiry, discovery, and creativity inspire generations of lifelong scholars and artists who impact the Rio Grande Valley and beyond.
• Engagement and Impact: Seeking to be a catalyst for transformation, the University integrates social justice, civic responsibility, innovation, and sustainable development in its endeavors. Such change is best undertaken through interdisciplinary and collaborative approaches across the University and with community, government, business, and non-profit partners.
• Shared Governance: Participating in decision-making processes with integrity, trust, and respect is a responsibility of all UTRGV stakeholders. This requires an environment of sharedgovernance, academic freedom, accountability, transparency, and open and honest
• Leadership: Instilling a sense of value and empowerment in all members of the University community is a fundamental responsibility of leaders at all levels and involves facilitating
• Health and Well-being: Recognizing that our success is inherently related to the condition of our community, UTRGV strives to promote the health and well-being of its students, faculty, and staff, and creates a healthy, equitable and resilient community.
The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degrees.
Rio Grande Valley
The Rio Grande Valley (RGV) or the Lower Rio Grande Valley (when referring to the four-county region), informally called “The Valley,” is an area located in the southernmost tip of South Texas. It lies along the northern bank of the Rio Grande, which separates Mexico from the United States. The Rio Grande Valley is not a valley, but a floodplain containing many oxbow lakes or resacas formed from pinched-off meanders in earlier courses of the Rio Grande. Early 20th-century land developers, attempting to capitalize on unclaimed land, utilized the name "Magic Valley" to attract settlers and appeal to investors. The Rio Grande Valley is also called El Valle, the Spanish translation of "the valley," by those who live there. The residents of the Rio Grande Valley occasionally refer to the area as "El Mágico Valle del Río Grande" ("The Magical Valley of the Rio Grande"), and simply by the initials R.G.V. The main region is made up of four counties: Starr County, Hidalgo County, Willacy County, and Cameron County. As of January 1, 2012, the U.S. Census Bureau estimated the population of the Rio Grande Valley at 1,305,782. According to the U.S. Census Bureau in 2008, 86 percent of Cameron County, 90 percent of Hidalgo County, 97 percent of Starr County, and 86 percent of
Willacy County are Hispanic.
The largest city is Brownsville (Cameron County), followed by McAllen (Hidalgo County). Other major cities include Harlingen, Edinburg, Mission, Rio Grande City and Pharr. professional, intellectual, cultural, and personal growth.
Confidential applications and nominations will be accepted until the position is filled. For best consideration, applications and nominations should be provided by August 24, 2018.
The salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.
How to Apply
Greenwood/Asher & Associates, an executive search firm, is assisting The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley in this confidential search. Initial screening of applications will begin immediately and will continue until an appointment is made. Individuals who wish to nominate a candidate should submit a letter of nomination including contact information for the nominee. Application materials should include a letter addressing how the candidate’s experiences match the position requirements, a curriculum vitae or resume and five references. Submission of materials as PDF attachments is strongly encouraged.
Confidential inquiries, nominations, and application materials should be directed to:
Jan Greenwood or Betty Turner Asher, Partners
Amanda Bostick, Executive Search Consultant
Greenwood/Asher & Associates, Inc.
42 Business Centre Drive, Suite 206
Miramar Beach, Florida 32550
Phone: 850-650-2277 / Fax: 850-650-2272
For more information on UTRGV please visit: www.utrgv.edu
The successful applicant must be able to demonstrate eligibility to work in the United States. The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, veteran status or disability. Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.