Three Year Lecturer in Biology-Lecturer Faculty in the Biology Department of College of Sciences

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
Edinburg, Texas
Commensurate with Qualifications and Experience
Dec 15, 2020
Faculty Jobs
Science & Technology
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution



Faculty Title

Lecturer I

Job Class Code 10050

FLSA Exempt

Posting Number FRGV1138

Working Title Three Year Lecturer in Biology-Lecturer Faculty in the Biology Department of College of Sciences

Number of Vacancies 1

Location Rio Grande Valley

Division/Organization Provost - Academic Affairs

Appointment Period for Non-Tenure Position 3 years

Tenure Status Non Tenure Track



Scope of Job

We seek applicants who are dedicated to serving The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s diverse student body as a Lecturer of Biology beginning in the 2020-2021 academic year.

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 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.

Department Background
The successful candidate will join a Department dedicated to the use of curriculum responsive to the students it serves and one that utilizes culturally relevant pedagogies. Moreover, the successful candidate will join a Department that exhibits its dedication to its students by strategically reviewing and implementing key retention factors and strategies.


The position is mainly for teaching, although some service may be required. Specific teaching assignments may include undergraduate Biology courses such as General Biology, Anatomy & Physiology, and others.


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.


Minimum Qualifications

M.S. in Biology or a related area from an accredited university


Discipline Specific Required Qualifications

All faculty at UTRGV are required to exhibit a commitment to Teaching Excellence. Candidates must show experience and qualifications that meet SACS-COC and other departmental/college accreditation requirements.


Teaching: The primary responsibility of Lecturers will be teaching and collaborating with colleagues to enhance student success. Lecturers are expected to implement evidence-based teaching and learning strategies in the classroom and to document their impact. Use of effective activities/pedagogy in the classroom is recommended to engage students, cultivate thinking skills, and motivate interest in the subject. Faculty will be expected to integrate innovative technology and customized learning to maximize student success. Given that UTRGV is a distributed university, faculty may be required to teach online or hybrid courses or teach at different locations.


Service and Scholarship: Although the primary obligation of lecturers is to teach, service to the university and community may be a part of the faculty members’ responsibilities. This position does not provide any formal expectation and/or support for scholarship activities. However, UTRGV encourages all faculty, including Lecturers, to engage in scholarship.


Preferred Qualifications

Preferred qualifications include a terminal degree in Biology or a related area, extensive teaching experience in undergraduate biology courses, and experience working with underrepresented students.


License or Certification Required? No

Salary Commensurate with Qualifications and Experience

Desired Start Date 09/01/2021

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.

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.


Open Date 12/14/2020

Close Date 01/14/2021

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.


Special Instructions to Applicants 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.


Please note the required documents for this posting:
1. Curriculum Vitae
2. List of 3 references addressing teaching
3. Letter of interest
4 Unofficial undergraduate and graduate transcripts (official transcripts will be required at the time of hire)
5. Teaching statement including use of technology in teaching


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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Applicant Documents

Required Documents

Curriculum Vitae List of 3 References Unofficial Transcripts 2 Letter of Interest Unofficial Graduate Transcripts Teaching Statement

Optional Documents

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