Assistant Professor, Department of Writing and Language Studies (Applied Linguistics)

Assistant Professor in the Department of Writing and Language Studies (Applied Linguistics)/College of Liberal Arts

Job Class Code: 00031
FLSA: Exempt
Posting Number: FRGV0806
Location: Rio Grande Valley
Division/Organization: Division of Academic Affairs
Appointment Period for Non-Tenure Position:
Tenure Status: Tenure Track
FTE: 1.0

Scope of Job:
The Department of Writing and Language Studies invites applications for a tenure track Assistant Professor commencing September 1, 2019. Candidates with a PhD in Applied Linguistics (or closely related field) with an emphasis in Second Language Acquisition or Teaching English as a Second/Foreign Language are encouraged to apply. Responsibilities include teaching undergraduate courses in the English degree, teaching and supervising graduate students, conducting research, and carrying out service responsibilities.

The Department of Writing and Language Studies at UTRGV offers BA programs in English and Spanish in conjunction with the Department of Literatures and Cultural Studies. It also offers MA programs in English (Rhetoric, Composition, Literacy Studies, and Linguistics), English as a Second Language, and Interdisciplinary Studies in English. The Department brings together linguistics, languages (including a wide variety of languages, such as French, German, Chinese, and Arabic), and rhetoric/composition.

UTRGV faculty are expected to demonstrate a strong commitment to student success and to advancing the university, college, and program missions, as well as a commitment to UTRGV's vision, mission and core priorities

Minimum Qualifications:
1.) Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics or related field (18 hours of graduate coursework in Applied Linguistics, Linguistics, or Second Language Acquisition) by time of hire; ABDs will be considered but degree must be conferred by 9-1-19;
2.) Evidence of excellence or promise of excellence in teaching;
3.) Evidence of excellence or promise of excellence in research/scholarship.

Discipline Specific Required Qualifications:
Expertise in Second Language Acquisition or Theory and Practice of Teaching English as a Second Language

Preferred Qualification:
In addition to expertise in Second Language Acquisition and/or Teaching English as a Second Language (Theory and Practice), the academic concentration is open, but applicants with specialization in one or more of the following areas will be viewed favorably: teaching ESL/EFL pedagogic courses, multilingual/SLA or third language acquisition, or phonology and pronunciation. Further, the ideal candidate will have an interest in research related to/drawing from the linguistic resources of the Rio Grande Valley region and have experience in teaching diverse ESL/EFL student populations, graduate coursework in theoretical linguistics, and/or online course delivery.

Salary: Commensurate with Qualifications and Experience
License or Certification Required?:
Number of Vacancies: 1
Desired Start Date: 09/01/2019

EEO Statement:
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.

Diversity Statement
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: 10/19/2018

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.

Complete all sections on the application. 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. Security sensitive; All UTRGV employees are required to have a criminal background check (CBC). CBCs will be conducted for all candidates invited for an on-campus interview.

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.

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. All positions are subject to budget approval.

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