Open Rank in Engineering Technology

Dec 11, 2018
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Open Rank in Engineering Technology

Job Class Code: 00031
FLSA: Exempt
Posting Number: FRGV0847
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:
Applicants for this position will be expected to teach courses in engineering technologies areas. Responsibilities will include courses and laboratory development and delivery; scholarship/research in a well-defined area of focus that is in line with the program's research agenda, securing external funding; service to the department, college and university, including service to the local industry; and maintaining a clear professional development agenda to support the program's growth. The successful candidate is expected to play a collaborative role as a team member in initiatives in partnership with schools, community colleges, government agencies and industries to create a eco-system that will bring economic prosperity to the Rio Grande Valley. Our plan is to have the BS in Engineering Technology accredited by the Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET,

As Engineering Technology is currently a program within the Mechanical Engineering Department, the Mechanical Engineering (ME) Department at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley invites applications for two (2) open rank faculty positions to start in the fall 2019 semester. The ABET accredited ME program at UTRGV has an enrollment of over 840 undergraduate students and 59 master's degree students.

For further information regarding UTRGV and the Department of Mechanical Engineering, please visit our website at

Minimum Qualifications:
Applicants must have an earned Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Systems Engineering or a related field from an accredited university or be expected to receive the degree by the start-date. Candidates at the Assistant Professor level will be considered based on demonstrated potential to enhance the teaching and research capabilities of the Engineering Technology program.

Determination of academic rank of Associate or Full Professor will be based on an evaluation of the applicant’s Curriculum Vitae. Applicants at these ranks must have demonstrated evidence of leadership, skill in interdisciplinary research and collaboration along with an outstanding research program, including high-profile publications and a successful record of extramural funding. Candidates must also meet the institutional requirements for tenure to be considered for the position at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor. It is expected that an Associate or Full Professor will take a leadership role in the Engineering Technology program. Women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply.

Discipline Specific Required Qualifications:
Applicants must also have a demonstrated ability (or a well-designed plan) to develop and maintain a funded research program and to lead multidisciplinary collaborative projects. The successful candidate will demonstrate having (or potential to) achieved excellence and balance in teaching, research and service, collaboration with faculty across disciplines and the ability to involve undergraduate students in research activities. UTRGV faculty will be expected to demonstrate a strong commitment to student success and to advancing the university, college, and department missions. Faculty are also expected to demonstrate a strong commitment to UTRGV’s strategic plan (, and to promote access to post-secondary education to a diverse student body and to become one of the largest and most successful Hispanic-serving emerging research institutions in the U.S.

Preferred Qualification:
The highest consideration will be given to applicants who have relevant industrial experiences and demonstrated research and scholarship activities. The preferred candidate will have experience with and commitment to ABET accreditation.

Salary: Commensurate with Qualifications and Experience
License or Certification Required?: No
Number of Vacancies: 2 (70096182 & 70096183)
Desired Start Date: 09/01/2019

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: 11/30/2018

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.

All applications must be submitted via the UTRGV application portal at Complete all sections on the application. Review of materials will begin on February 4, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

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. A Criminal Background Check must be conducted for all applicants invited to campus for an interview.

Applicants should address their ability to work collaboratively and their commitment to supporting the excellence of all students on campus.

Additional Information:
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.

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.

For additional information on UTRGV, please visit this link

Please Note:
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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