Assistant Professor in Reading and/or Literacy



Assistant Professor in Reading and/or Literacy

Job Class Code: 00031
FLSA: Exempt
Posting Number: FRGV0831
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 College of Education and P-16 Integration is accepting applications for an Assistant Professor of Reading/Literacy in the Department of Bilingual and Literacy Studies to begin appointment in fall 2019.

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.

The College of Education and P-16 Integration is a catalyst for educational success for individuals, families, communities, the region, and our society at large. We do this through thoughtful, culturally sustaining partnerships with our schools and communities, demonstrating responsiveness to a growing bilingual and biliterate population. As such, we are committed to excellence and innovation in teaching, research, and service. We:

  • Provide rigorous programs of study founded on the belief that scholarship and life experience are strengthened when integrated, that diversity in all its manifestations is a fundamental component of excellence in education, and that partnerships that foster authentic social and community engagement are vital;
  • Engage in continuous improvement through curricular and technological innovation in order to remain responsive to the changing educational and global reality;
  • Develop highly effective, multiculturally responsive and sustaining innovative scholars, learning leaders, and education professionals who challenge the status quo and serve as change agents, making a difference by promoting social justice, embracing diversity in its broadest definition, inspiring thought leadership, and pursuing life-long learning; and
  • Lead through evidence-based decision making and data literacy in order to share our story with the academic and broader research communities, as well as our public school partners, families, and policy makers.
    The College of Education and P-16 Integration offers master's programs in Reading and Literacy, Bilingual Education, Educational Leadership, Curriculum and Instruction, Special Education, School Psychology, and Counseling. We also offer Ed.D.s in Educational Leadership and Curriculum and Instruction with several specialization areas. The College of Education and P-16 Integration is fully accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Texas Education Agency (TEA).
    The Department of Bilingual and Literacy Studies offers programs designed to support the education of diverse students in monolingual, bilingual and multilingual settings. Our faculty and students are committed to understanding the linguistic and literacy strengths of traditionally underserved populations, examining the educational needs of children in these communities, and designing and implementing curriculum, instruction, and policy that will support their language and literacy achievement. The successful candidates will teach graduate and undergraduate reading and literacy courses across a range of initial teacher certification and advanced degree programs. In addition to teaching, faculty are expected to maintain an active research agenda in literacy, preferably with a focus on Latinx learners and linguistically diverse learners. Other responsibilities include participating in college performance assessment activities and providing service and outreach to the university and the profession. Candidates should have expertise in one or more of the following areas: emergent literacy, digital literacy, literacy assessment, reading comprehension, literacy at the secondary level, and/or working with marginalized readers.

    Minimum Qualifications:
    • Candidates must hold an earned doctoral degree from an accredited institution in literacy, reading, or a strongly related field with at least 18 hours of graduate work in literacy/reading. If transcripts do not reveal this focus, candidates may explain in their cover letters how the courses taken address these fields.
    • Candidates who are ABD must have their doctoral degrees conferred by time of hire.
    • Candidates must be capable of teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in person and online.
    • Candidates must show productivity or potential in scholarship and grant acquisition

    Discipline Specific Required Qualifications:


    Preferred Qualification:
    Preference will be given to candidates who:
    • Demonstrate a commitment to school partnerships and community initiatives;
    • Have strong backgrounds in multiculturalism, diversity, equity, and/or working with culturally and linguistically diverse students;
    • Have at least three years of full-time teaching experience in public schools

    Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience.
    License or Certification Required?: No
    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: 11/09/2018

    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
    *Gender
    *Ethnicity/Race

    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.

    Please upload as Other Document the second Writing/Publication Sample that is required for this application.

    If you have any questions regarding this position, please feel free to contact Dr. Janine Schall at [email protected] or (956) 665-5227.

    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.

    To apply, visit https://careers.utrgv.edu/postings/20395





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