Department Chair - Associate/Full Professor

Rio Grande Valley
Oct 21, 2020
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Posting Details

Faculty TitleProfessorJob Class Code10011FLSAExemptPosting NumberFRGV1052Working TitleDepartment Chair - Associate/Full ProfessorNumber of Vacancies1LocationRio Grande ValleyDivision/OrganizationProvost - Academic AffairsAppointment Period for Non-Tenure PositionTenure StatusTenuredFTE1.0Scope of Job

The Department of Chemistry at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, a Hispanic-Serving Institution with an enrollment of over 32,000 students and recently awarded an R2 Carnegie Classification, invites applications for a full time Department Chair – Associate/Full Professor with an expected start date of January 1, 2021. The UTRGV Department of Chemistry is committed to cultivating and preserving a culture of inclusion and diversity. The successful candidate will lead the department to be the premiere chemistry program in the Rio Grande Valley, with a world-class reputation earned by delivering an outstanding education and cutting-edge research training to students and providing opportunities for professional growth and community engagement to all members of the department.
The department currently has 16 tenured/tenure-track faculty members and 10 lecturers distributed over its two main campuses in Brownsville and Edinburg. Faculty research programs include all traditional areas of chemistry, as well as interdisciplinary work in medicinal chemistry and materials science. The department is currently home to nearly 250 undergraduates and 40 graduate students pursuing BS and MS degrees in Chemistry, a BS in Chemistry leading to teacher certification, and minors in Chemistry and Biochemistry. Department faculty are also active participants in a new MS program in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry. These research and teaching activities are generously supported by an internal endowment and by a long-standing departmental grant from the Robert A. Welch Foundation.
The chair is expected to inspire and support faculty, staff, and the predominantly Hispanic student population; foster an environment of collegiality, teamwork, respect and diversity; interact with all stakeholders to determine the priorities and direction of the department; support the expansion of the research capabilities of the department while maintaining excellence in teaching; increase the national recognition of the departmental programs; and advocate for the department within UTRGV. As a faculty member, the chair will also be expected to teach a reduced load and participate in research and service activities.
Candidates must also provide names and contact information for five references.

Minimum Qualifications

The successful candidate will hold a Ph.D. in Chemistry or a related field, and will have demonstrated leadership abilities in administration, personnel management, and budgeting. Also, the successful candidate must meet the requirements for tenure and appointment at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor.

Discipline Specific Required Qualifications

The successful candidate will have an excellent track record in research and teaching.

Preferred Qualifications

The successful candidate will have excellent people skills and an administrative philosophy grounded in the belief that diversification and shared governance are foundations for academic success. Also, the successful candidate will have experience working with and mentoring students from underrepresented backgrounds.

License or Certification Required?SalaryCommensurate with Qualifications and ExperienceDesired Start Date06/01/2021EEO Statement

EEO Statement
The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. UTRGV promotes and ensures equal employment opportunities for all individuals without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information or protected veteran status. Our University is committed to complying with all government requirements and ensures non-discrimination in our education programs and activities, including employment.
An eligible veteran, surviving spouse of a veteran or an orphan of a veteran is entitled to preference in the selection process over other applicants who do not have greater qualifications. Further, we grant an employment preference to former foster youth who were in the permanent managing conservatorship of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services on the day preceding the individual’s 18th birthday over other applicants for the same position who do not have a greater qualification.
We encourage women, minorities and differently abled persons to apply for employment positions of interest.

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 Date09/12/2020Close DateAdditional 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.

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.
Open until filled but full consideration will be given to applications received by 10/19/2020

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). All Positions are subject to budget approval. The candidate will have to provide a Leadership Philosophy/Experience document to be uploaded under “Additional Document” as part of the application.
Quick Link Candidates must also provide names and contact information for five references.

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    Applicant DocumentsRequired Documents
    1. Teaching Philosophy
    2. Curriculum Vitae
    3. Unofficial Transcripts
    4. Letter of Interest
    5. Research Statement
    6. Additional Document
    7. List of 3 References
    Optional Documents

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