Assistant Professor in Integrated Pest Management/Plant Pathology

Assistant Professor in Integrated Pest Management/Plant Pathology

Job Class Code: 00031
FLSA: Exempt
Posting Number: FRGV0855
Location: Rio Grande Valley
Division/Organization: Division of Academic Affairs
Appointment Period for Non-Tenure Position:
Tenure Status: Tenure Track
FTE: 1

Scope of Job:
The University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) is seeking applications for a two tenure-track faculty positions (Assistant Professor) within the College of Sciences, with dual appointments in the School of Earth, Environmental and Marine Sciences (SEEMS) and the Department of Biology.

These are full-time, tenure-track positions involving teaching, scholarly research, and service, and complement recent hires to form a core group at UTRGV of faculty in Agriculture and Food Systems Sciences.
Applicants should include a cover letter describing their academic qualifications and professional experiences, and how they align with current UTRGV faculty research interests.
The successful candidate is expected to demonstrate a strong, extramurally funded research program in their area of specialization, and to complement ongoing systems research in food and agricultural sciences and related fields at UTRGV. The candidate is also expected to mentor undergraduate and graduate students. Well-qualified candidates should be able to demonstrate interest in community engaged research and teaching, and a commitment
to advancing UTRGV's guiding principles and the university, college, and program missions ( us/about-utrgv/transition-plan/guiding-principles).

Applicant statements should detail how their teaching, service, and/or scholarship has supported the success of students from diverse backgrounds that are underrepresented in their academic field. Applicants who have not yet had the opportunity for such experience should note how their work will further the UTRGV mission for student success. Please keep teaching and research statements to a limit of 2 to 3 pages.

UTRGV is located in a region of unusual biological diversity and interest, the subtropical Rio Grande Valley, near the Gulf of Mexico. South Texas is also considered an agricultural hotspot, located on the US-Mexico Border and home to the largest agricultural land ports in the country.

The subtropical climate allows for year round growing, and as a result south Texas is among the state-wide leader in the production of citrus, potatoes, sorghum, sugar cane, melons, cotton, vegetables, and other specialty crops. Already considered one of the premier Hispanic Serving Institutions in the US, UTRGV is developing initiatives to become the premier research institution in South Texas. The College of Sciences recently inaugurated a new $87M Science Building, which includes state-of-the-art lab spaces and a core facility for instrumentation.

The university offers a start-up package and reduced teaching load for incoming faculty. Highly qualified candidates may also be eligible for the University of Texas System Rising Star Award to enhance start-up packages.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Minimum Qualifications:
A Ph.D. in any discipline relevant to agricultural or food sciences with a focus in either (a) plant pathology or (b) integrated pest management, from an accredited university.

Discipline Specific Required Qualifications:
Qualified candidates should be able to teach and create a variety of courses across two main foci: (a) plant pathology and (b) integrated pest management, as well as related courses in plant physiology, mycology, plant sciences, plant-insect interactions, or microbiology. The successful candidate will collaborate with other faculty and other related programs that leverage the unique subtropical agricultural landscape of the Rio Grande Valley, existing connections to the USDA Agricultural Research Service and USDA APHIS, USFWS, committed grower cooperators, and the burgeoning regional expertise and interest in sustainable agriculture and food systems.

Preferred Qualification:
Commitment to student success (innovative teaching approaches and pedagogies, use of technology in the classroom, experience mentoring graduate and undergraduate student, etc.) especially for students that are underrepresented in the sciences.

Strong theoretical grounding in one or more disciplines, and experience in systems research with collaboration with other scholarly disciplines.

Demonstrated excellence in research (scholarly publications, relevant funding, etc.), with experience or strong interest in interdisciplinary research and community engaged scholarship.

Salary: Commensurate with Qualifications and Experience
License or Certification Required?: No
Number of Vacancies: 2 (70096210 & 70096212
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: 12/10/2018

Special Instructions to Applicants:
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.

Remote interviews are expected to begin in early February and in-person interviews by the end of February. Offers are expected to be made to qualified candidates by mid-March.

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

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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