Assistant Professor, Mexican American Studies (Mexican American/Chicana/o History)

Assistant Professor of Mexican American Studies(Mexican American/Chicana/o History)/College of Liberal Arts

Job Class Code: 00031
FLSA: Exempt
Posting Number: FRGV0802
Location: Brownsville, Texas
Division/Organization: Division of Academic Affairs
Appointment Period for Non-Tenure Position:
Tenure Status: Tenure Track
FTE: 1.0

Scope of Job:
The Mexican American Studies Program at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) invites applications for a full-time tenure-track Assistant Professor with a specialization in both Mexican American Studies and Mexican American/Chicana/o history to begin in fall 2019. Areas of specialization can include one or any combination of the following fields, but not limited to: migration, immigration, citizenship, indigeneity, health, labor, activism, gender, and U.S-Mexico borderlands. The successful candidate will be expected to teach and develop undergraduate and graduate courses in their respective area of specialization in addition to teaching Mexican American history surveys and Mexican American Studies' courses. The successful candidate will contribute to the vision of creating a bilingual, bicultural institution on the Texas-Mexico Border through an active research agenda, teaching, and service in the university and Rio Grande Valley community.
The MAS Program offers a B.A., Graduate Certificate, and Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (MAIS) in Mexican American Studies. MAS plays a fundamental role in fulfilling the bilingual and bicultural vision of UTRGV and contributes to the goals of achieving the Carnegie Foundation Community Engagement classification. The candidate will be part of a team that is fulfilling that vision and gaining greater regional and national significance. MAS is committed to student success and scholarly research that recognizes the strengths and needs of students and the community. The MAS Program is also committed to cultivating community engagement opportunities, social justice, and creative activities by faculty and students. Given the steady growth of MAS during the past six years, it is expected that the program will achieve departmental status. The candidate will be coming into a Program that has a strong community of faculty and students committed to the Program's mission.

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:
Ph.D. in History or a closely related field whose research focuses on topics related to the Mexican American/Chicana/o experience. Candidates whose Ph.D. is not in history must have a minimum of 18 hours of graduate credit in History. ABDs will be considered but degree must be conferred by 9-1-19.

Submission of Documents:
Writing Sample - Writing sample can be either dissertation chapter or a published manuscript

Other Documents - Submit a syllabi and any additional supplemental documents

Discipline Specific Required Qualifications:
Specialization in both Mexican American Studies and Mexican American/Chicana/o history.

Preferred Qualification:
Candidates who exhibit the following are encouraged to apply:
- Bilingual/Biliterate in English and Spanish
- Research & teaching that is grounded in social justice and demonstrates culturally responsive approaches
- Teaching experience at the university level and/or willingness to teach online.
- Teaching and curriculum development for history and social studies in K-12
- Grant writing experience and/or obtaining external research funding

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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