Assistant Professor in Early Childhood

Assistant Professor in Early Childhood

Job Class Code: 10031
FLSA: Exempt
Posting Number: FRGV1059
Location: Rio Grande Valley
Division/Organization: Provost - Academic Affairs
Appointment Period for Non-Tenure Position:
Tenure Status: Tenure Track
FTE: 1.0

Scope of Job:
The Department of Human Development & School Services at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) College of Education and P-16 Integration invites applicants for an assistant professor, tenure track position in the Early Care and Early Childhood Education Programs to begin in fall 2021. The Department of Human Development & School Services is actively engaged in collaborating with both the university and Rio Grande Valley communities to move the university forward.

We seek a colleague who shares our commitment, has diverse experience in early childhood education and is willing to teach undergraduate and/or graduate early care or early childhood education courses in traditional, blended, and/or online formats; and supervise university students in early childhood settings. Responsibilities will also include advising students, recruiting and mentoring students, serving on department, college, and university committees, grant writing, and engaging in professional and scholarship activities. Faculty may be assigned to teach at either the Edinburg or Brownsville campus, or both. UTRGV faculty are expected to demonstrate a strong commitment to student success and to advancing the university, college, and program missions, as well as a commitment to UTRGV's guiding principles ( utrgv/history/transition-plan/guiding-principles/)

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) is in the middle of one of the fastest growing areas in the nation, the southern tip of Texas known as the Rio Grande Valley. It is a newly-established, vibrant institution bringing together the assets and resources of the beautiful Rio Grande Valley and The University of Texas-Pan American and The University of Texas-Brownsville. The Rio Grande Valley includes the city of McAllen which was recently ranked number one in a listing of the 20 best places to live in the US for quality of life.

With a total enrollment of over 32,000, UTRGV is one of the largest institutions of higher education in Texas and the second largest Hispanic-serving institution in the nation, with an emphasis on educating 21st century leaders and professionals who are culturally fluent and have a deep understanding of the perspectives, languages, and values of different cultures. UTRGV is an energetic and progressive institution, seeking faculty who are committed to making a difference and leading innovation. We are guided by core priorities focused on student success, educational opportunity, health and medical education; research impacting the Rio Grande Valley and beyond; and community engagement. UTRGV also became home to a new medical school in fall 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.

  • 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, multi-culturally 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 lifelong 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 educational leadership; curriculum and instruction with specializations in digital literacy, elementary mathematics and science education, mathematics education, science education, and social studies education; and school psychology; and counseling. We also offer Ed.Ds in educational leadership and curriculum and instruction with several specialization areas, including early childhood education. 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). Further, the Ed.D in Curriculum and Instruction, housed in the College of Education and P-16 Integration, was recently ranked 8th in the nation of “Best Online Ed.D & Ph.D Programs in Education” by gradsource.

    Minimum Qualifications:
    An earned PhD or EdD in early childhood education, child development or a closely related field from an accredited institution, or ABD with designated completion date by September 1, 2021.

    -Knowledge of the accreditation standards of the National Association for the Education of Young Children;
    -Knowledge of the Head Start Standards;
    -Strong understanding of multiple early childhood systems such as Head Start, public or private early childhood education centers, as well as public preschool and public primary education programs.
    -Demonstrated commitment to inclusion, social justice and equity in early childhood education; and culturally responsive and differentiated practices in fostering academic achievement.

    Research/Scholarly Work:
    -Evidence of scholarly research and/or publication in the area of specialization.
    -Results of research/scholarly work is published, disseminated in peer-reviewed journals, and/or presented at conferences or symposiums.
    -Evidence of a research thread related to their area of expertise.

    -Active participation as a member of the university community by serving on committees such as administrative committees, search committees, university shared governance activities, and student advising.

    Discipline Specific Required Qualifications:

    Preferred Qualification:
    -Valid early childhood certification or other equivalent state certification.

    -Knowledge of the Texas Pre-K Guidelines and Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS).

    -Three years of work experience with young children ages birth-8.

    Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience
    License or Certification Required?:
    Number of Vacancies: 1.0
    Desired Start Date: 09/01/2021

    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: 10/01/2020

    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.

    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.

    If you have any questions regarding this position, please feel free to contact department chair, Dr. John Lowdermilk at [email protected] or (956)-665-3466.

    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.

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