Lecturer I in School for Interdisciplinary Programs and Community Engagement



Lecturer I in School for Interdisciplinary Programs and Community Engagement (Women’s, Gender, and Environmental Studies)/College of Liberal Arts

Job Class Code: 10050
FLSA: Exempt
Posting Number: FRGV1097
Location: Rio Grande Valley
Division/Organization: Provost - Academic Affairs
Appointment Period for Non-Tenure Position: 3 years
Tenure Status: Non Tenure Track
FTE: 1.0

Scope of Job:
The School for Interdisciplinary Programs and Community Engagement (SIPCE) invites applications for a Lecturer I (3YR) position in Gender and Women's Studies, with secondary or combined expertise in Environmental Studies. Preferred areas of expertise should include one or any combination of the following fields, but not limited to: gender and the environment, gender and environmental justice, the impact of environmental changes on marginalized populations, eco-feminism, feminist theories, sexuality/LGBTQIA+ studies, queer theory, critical race theory, ethnic studies, and indigenous studies. While the geographical focus is open, SIPCE is particularly interested in scholars with regional expertise in borderlands, Latin America/Caribbean, North America, Africa, and/or the Middle East.

The main responsibilities of the person hired for this position will be to teach undergraduate courses, including Introduction to Gender Studies and Introduction to Environmental Studies. There may also be an opportunity to develop and teach upper level electives in the successful candidate's areas of expertise.

The successful applicant should also be interested in contributing to the growth of SIPCE and working alongside colleagues who are focused on social justice. Since its inception in 2015, the School has sought to create innovative avenues for interprofessional and educational collaboration that not only allow students and faculty to share and apply their knowledge, but also leave a lasting impact on the RGV community and beyond. SIPCE combines the expertise and knowledge drawn from a broad array of faculty across UTRGV. It brings together programs in Environmental Studies, Film Studies, Gender and Women's Studies, Mexican American Studies, Multidisciplinary Studies, as well as historical archeology and community engagement.

SIPCE's programs leverage faculty's expertise in cultural theory, humanities, political economy, social sciences, and community knowledge to form a lasting collaborative to reshape our local and global communities. Together, we pursue an intersectional approach to multidisciplinary research, teaching, and learning that not only attends to the unique region of Rio Grande Valley and South Texas but also the nation and world. SIPCE prepares students to address complex questions and develop meaningful solutions that promote a democratic society, social justice, and sustainable futures.

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. 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 vision, mission and core priorities (https://www.utrgv.edu/strategic-plan/).


Minimum Qualifications:
1) Ph.D. from an accredited institution of higher education. ABDs will be considered, but a conferred doctorate by September 1, 2021 is required for appointment.
2) Demonstrate potential for teaching excellence.


Discipline Specific Required Qualifications:
Ph.D. in Gender and Women’s Studies. Candidates whose Ph.D. is not in Gender and Women’s Studies must have a minimum of 18 hours of graduate credit in Gender and Women’s Studies or a related field. Candidate should also have any of the following: a minimum of 18 hours of graduate credit in Environmental Studies or related field or scholarship in Environmental Studies or related field.

Please note: Upload two sample syllabi for introductory courses in Gender & Women’s Studies and Environmental Studies under the category of “Other Documents”.


Preferred Qualification:
Candidates who exhibit the following are especially encouraged to apply:
• teaching that is grounded in social justice and demonstrates culturally responsive approaches;
• teaching experience at the university level that includes a combination of different modalities (e.g. face-to-face, hybrid, online);
• experience teaching introductory level courses in women’s/gender/sexuality studies as well as environmental studies;
• Latinx, Borderlands, Afro-latinidad, African American, indigenous, and/or ethnic studies
• Bilingual Spanish/English


Salary: Commensurate with Qualifications and Experience
License or Certification Required?:
Number of Vacancies: 1
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: 11/13/2020

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
*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.


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.
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 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 budgetary approval.


To apply, visit https://careers.utrgv.edu/postings/26430





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