Assistant Professor in Anthropology (Sociocultural Anthropology) / College of Liberal Arts

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Faculty TitleAssistant ProfessorJob Class Code00031FLSAExempt Position Information

Posting NumberFRGV0933Working TitleAssistant Professor in Anthropology (Sociocultural Anthropology) / College of Liberal ArtsNumber of Vacancies1LocationRio Grande ValleyDivision/OrganizationDivision of Academic AffairsAppointment Period for Non-Tenure PositionTenure StatusTenure TrackFTE1.0Scope of Job

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Department of Anthropology invites applications for a tenure-track position in sociocultural anthropology at the assistant professor level, beginning on 1 September 2020. The department seeks a candidate whose work complements the existing strengths of the department and who can make contributions to our undergraduate major in anthropology, our concentration in Global Health and Migration, and our Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies degree. We encourage applications from individuals with expertise in health, migration, the theoretical framing of borders, and community-engaged scholarship. The successful candidate will advance these areas while enlarging our departmental presence in the UTRGV Brownsville campus which, together with the Edinburg campus, hosts the Department of Anthropology. Preference will also be given to candidates who can expand students’ involvement in research and who will advance the bilingual, bicultural, biliterate mission of UTRGV. We are very interested in individuals with the potential to teach core courses, and possibly upper-division courses, in Spanish. Applicants should have an active program of research and scholarly publications, documented classroom excellence with innovative course delivery, and demonstrated potential for funded research. This position’s primary location will be the Brownsville campus of UTRGV. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Selected candidates will be required to provide official transcripts from all degree-granting universities. Applications must be submitted through the UTRGV employment portal.

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 Anthropology or closely related field (18 credit hours or more of graduate level course work in Anthropology) with degree conferred by 1 September 2020. 2) an active program of research and scholarly publications. 3) demonstrated potential for teaching excellence.

Discipline Specific Required Qualifications

Note to applicant, when uploading documents:
- Evidence of Teaching Effectiveness, including at least one (1) sample syllabus.
- Writing/publication sample (limited to 50 pages).

Preferred Qualifications

Candidates who have the potential to teach core courses, and possibly upper-division courses, in Spanish. Experience with online teaching is a plus.

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 Date10/17/2019Close Date12/17/2019Additional 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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Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

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

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