Assistant Professor in Political Science (Constitutional Law & Theory)/College of Liberal Arts

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Faculty TitleAssistant ProfessorJob Class Code00031FLSAExempt Position Information

Posting NumberFRGV0921Working TitleAssistant Professor in Political Science (Constitutional Law & Theory)/College of Liberal ArtsNumber of Vacancies1LocationRio Grande ValleyDivision/OrganizationDivision of Academic AffairsAppointment Period for Non-Tenure PositionTenure StatusTenure TrackFTE1.0Scope of Job

The Department of Political Science at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley invites applications for a full-time tenure-track faculty member in Constitutional Law & Theory to begin September 1, 2020. The department is particularly interested in applicants with a critical research agenda (such as critical race theory or critical legal studies). This position continues the department’s effort to build an undergraduate and graduate program with courses anchored in the concepts and methods of political science while simultaneously crossing disciplinary boundaries to incorporate topics, concepts, and methods utilized outside of political science. The successful candidate will teach courses on Civil Rights & Liberties, Federalism, Judicial Process, a course in their substantive specialization, and required lower-division courses in U.S. Federal Government & Politics and/or Texas Government and Politics. The department maintains a highly flexible teaching schedule (4 courses per academic year) that can include 1 to 2 day per week teaching schedules, evening schedules, and online teaching with possible support from graduate assistants, undergraduate research interns, and instructional coaches.

The university enrolls more than 29,000 students in its graduate and undergraduate programs. UTRGV is located in one of the fastest growing regions of the United States. The department is seeking candidates who are committed to advancing UTRGV’s mission, vision, and values as articulated in the UTRGV Transforming Our World Strategic Plan (, which includes strong commitments to educational access for a diverse student body; engaged learning involving social justice, civic responsibility, and sustainability; and shared governance; and research that can transform the Rio Grande Valley and the world.

Minimum Qualifications

1) Ph.D. in Political Science, Law & Society, Law or related field from an accredited institution of higher education (but must have at least 18 hours of graduate credit in Political Science). ABDs will be considered, but a conferred doctorate by September 1, 2020 is required for appointment. 2) Demonstrate potential for a strong research and publication record. 3) Demonstrate potential for teaching excellence.

Discipline Specific Required QualificationsPreferred Qualifications

Candidates with experience and/or willingness to occasionally teach lower-division introductory courses online are particularly encouraged to apply.

License or Certification Required?SalaryCommensurate with Qualifications and ExperienceDesired Start Date09/01/2020 Posting Detail Information

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 Date10/11/2019Close Date12/27/2019Additional 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.

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.

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.

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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    Applicant DocumentsRequired Documents
    1. Writing / Publication Sample
    2. Curriculum Vitae
    3. Unofficial Transcripts
    4. Evidence of Teaching Effectiveness
    5. Letter of Interest
    6. List of 3 References
    Optional Documents

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