Assistant Professor in Curriculum and Instruction with focus on Social Studies

Assistant Professor in Curriculum and Instruction with focus on Social Studies/Language Arts Education

Job Class Code: 10031
FLSA: Exempt
Posting Number: FRGV1120
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 College of Education and P-16 Integration is accepting applications for two Assistant Professors in Curriculum and Instruction with a research focus on social studies and/or language arts education with potential for doctoral teaching. Language arts and/or social studies research agendas, experience in teacher education program development, and experience teaching in undergraduate classrooms are preferred along with potential for graduate teaching in educational foundations or qualitative research methods. We seek applicants who are dedicated to serving The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley's diverse student body as an Assistant Professor in the Teaching and Learning Department beginning in the 2021-2022 academic year.

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) was created by the Texas Legislature in 2013 as the first major public university of the 21st century in Texas. This transformative initiative provided the opportunity to expand educational opportunities in the Rio Grande Valley, including a new School of Medicine, and made it possible for residents of the region to benefit from the Permanent University Fund - a public endowment contributing support to the University of Texas System and other institutions. It is UTRGV's Vision “To be one of the nation's leaders in higher education, its premier Hispanic-serving institution, and a highly engaged bilingual university, with exceptional educational, research, and creative opportunities that serve as catalysts for transformation in the Rio Grande Valley and beyond.” As such, UTRGV is committed to building a diverse faculty and staff that can contribute to an enriching learning environment that strives for more equitable outcomes for student success.

UTRGV is a distributed campus, one university spanning four counties and multiple locations. Our purpose is to be a university for the entire Rio Grande Valley and beyond. Over 91% of the students enrolled at UTRGV identify as Hispanic, making UTRGV one of the top 3 universities with the highest percentage of Hispanic students.

Thanks to a steadfast commitment to safety and success, UTRGV yielded record-breaking outcomes in enrollment and student success in the fall 2020 semester. For additional information, please visit our website.

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. We:

  • 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 the changing educational and global reality;
  • Develop highly effective, multiculturally 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 life-long 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 Bilingual Education, Reading and Literacy, Educational Leadership, Teacher Leadership, Curriculum and Instruction, Special Education, School Psychology, and Counseling. We also offer Ed.D.s in Educational Leadership and Curriculum and Instruction with concentrations in bilingual education, math education, science education, higher education teaching, and curriculum generalist. 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), and is currently pursuing accreditation by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). The Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction was recently ranked 8th in the nation of “Best Online Ed.D. & Ph.D. “Programs in Education” by Gradsource.

    For more info
    rmation about the College of Education and P-16 Integration and the Department of Teaching and Learning, please see the following websites:

    Responsibilities for the positions include but are not limited to the following: teaching curriculum and instruction and social studies methods and/or language arts methods classes in our Early Childhood through 6th Grade (EC6) Program as well as additional masters and doctoral teaching as needed. Responsibilities also include participating in on-going teacher education and graduate program development; providing service to the department, the college, and the profession; developing and sustaining a line of research that contributes broadly to social studies and/or language arts education; working with partner school districts and local community organizations; pursuing internal and external funding for research and teacher training; and mentoring undergraduate and graduate student research and advising doctoral students. Applicants must show evidence of and/or potential for excellent teaching, research, service, and external grant procurement.

    Minimum Qualifications:
    • Earned doctorate from an accredited institution in Curriculum Studies, Curriculum & Instruction, Language Arts Education, Social Studies Education, or another closely related field.
    • Demonstrated potential for excellent teaching, community engagement, and scholarly research and publication in the area of social studies and/or language arts education.
    • Demonstrated potential to secure or record of securing external funding.
    • Demonstrated potential for working with culturally and linguistically diverse students.
    • Evidence of innovative P-12 teaching.

    Discipline Specific Required Qualifications:

    Preferred Qualification:
    • Social studies research agenda.
    • Literacy or language arts research agenda.
    • Teacher education research agenda.
    • Experience in teacher education program development.
    • Three years of EC6 teaching experience.
    • Potential for doctoral teaching in qualitative methods or educational foundations

    Salary: Commensurate with Qualifications and Experience
    License or Certification Required?: No
    Number of Vacancies: 2
    Desired Start Date: 09/01/2021

    EEO Statement:
    EEO Statement
    The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley is an Equal Employment Opportunity/ Affirmative Action employer. It is the policy of The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley to promote and ensure 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. In accordance with the requirements of Title VII of the civil rights act of 1964, the title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended, our University is committed to comply with all government requirements and ensures non-discrimination in its education programs and activities, including employment.

    Open Date: 11/25/2020

    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.

    The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley reserves the right to discontinue accepting applications prior to the stated close date of this position, after meeting the posting requirement of three (3) calendar days.

    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 Dr. James Jupp at james. [email protected] or (956) 665-3401.

    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. All positions are subject to budget approval.

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