Chair - Full Professor in the Department of Psychological Science/College of Liberal Arts

Chair - Full Professor in the Department of Psychological Science/College of Liberal Arts

Job Class Code: 10011
FLSA: Exempt
Posting Number: FRGV1111
Location: Rio Grande Valley
Division/Organization: Provost - Academic Affairs
Appointment Period for Non-Tenure Position:
Tenure Status: Tenured
FTE: 1.0

Scope of Job:
We seek applicants who are dedicated to serving The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley's diverse student body as the Chair of the Department of Psychological Science beginning in the 2021-2022 academic year. This is a tenured position at the rank of Full Professor. The Department has 41 full time and part-time faculty members and offers Bachelor's, Master's, and Ph.D. degrees. There are over 1,000 undergraduate majors and the department offers masters programs in clinical and experimental psychology with a certification in Board Certified Behavior Analysis. It has a new doctoral program in clinical psychology that has accepted its second cohort. The program seeks to educate Spanish-English bilingual students and will be seeking APA accreditation in the next few years.
Candidates for the position of Chair must have a doctorate in Psychology and meet the Rank Qualifications listed below. The Chair is expected to have the skills to direct and coordinate the academic, operational, personnel, budgetary, and student-oriented activities of a dynamic department. The Chair is expected to have the ability to participate in college and university level governance as required and to be a strong advocate for the department, college, and/or university.

The Chair is expected to have skills and knowledge for guiding faculty teaching, scholarly activities, and seeking external funding. Successful applicants will work effectively with a variety of people throughout the organization and external to the University. The position requires the ability to administer the fiscal affairs of the department and to allocate the resources of the department in accordance with University rules and procedures in order to meet department goals and objectives.

Review of application will begin on January 1, 2021. For consideration, applicants must submit a letter of interest that details how the applicant's experience and interests meet the requirements of the position, current curriculum vitae, copies of all official post-secondary transcripts (original transcripts will be required prior to hire), and three letters of recommendation. Salary will be commensurate to qualifications and experience.

Application materials will only be accepted electronically via the UTRGV Career portal. Incomplete applications will not be considered. For questions regarding this position, please contact Dr. Paul Sale, Interim Department Chair at (956) 665-3329 or [email protected].

About UTRGV:
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 (

Minimum Qualifications:
Requirements for Professor are: (1) a doctorate in Psychology and must be tenured, (2) scholarly professional experience demonstrated through an exemplary record of teaching and publication in peer-reviewed journals to meet the institutional requirement for the rank of Full Professor, and (3) a distinguished record of accomplishment that leads to an international or national reputation in the field of psychology, (4) a high degree of teaching proficiency and commitment and professional service, and (5) at least five years of administrative experience managing an academic unit.

Evidence of commitment to research, a strong teaching background, and a commitment to service is required.

Discipline Specific Required Qualifications:

Preferred Qualification:
Experience with program development, assigning, facilitating, and evaluating the work of faculty and staff. Experience with mentoring developing scholars, initiating, and supervising the faculty promotion and tenure process. Strong interpersonal, organizational, and leadership skills. Knowledge of administering the financial affairs at the department level. Knowledge of current state and federal grant-related regulations and attainment of external funding. History of interdisciplinary collaboration and research. Experience with program evaluation and ongoing curricular revisions based on assessment outcomes; and direction of recruitment, retention, advising, and timely graduation of students.

Salary: Commensurate with Qualifications and Experience
License or Certification Required?:
Number of Vacancies: 1
Desired Start Date: 09/01/2021

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 it’s education programs and activities, including employment.

Open Date: 11/19/2020

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.

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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