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Assistant Professor in Environmental and Natural Resources Economics in the College of Sciences / School of Earth, Environmental, and Marine Sciences

Job Class Code: 10031
FLSA: Exempt
Posting Number: FRGV1271
Location: Rio Grande Valley
Division/Organization: Provost - Academic Affairs
Appointment Period for Non-Tenure Position:
Tenure Status: Tenure Track
FTE: 1

Scope of Job:
We seek applicants who are dedicated to serving The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley's diverse student body as a Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of the School of Earth, Environmental and Marine Sciences beginning in the 2022-2023 academic year. We invite applications for a Tenure-Track Assistant Professor position in Environmental and Natural Resources Economics with emphasis on applied economics, finance and/or policy in agriculture, fisheries, natural resources, biotechnology, environment, international development, trade, and non-market valuation, beginning Fall 2022 subject to funding availability. Given UTRGV's strategic location on the Gulf of Mexico along the US-Mexico border, this hiring initiative seeks candidates who can bring a multidisciplinary perspective to strengthen and complement SEEMS' established expertise in ocean, coastal, earth, agriculture, environmental, and sustainability sciences. The selected finalist will establish an independent research program that successfully attracts extramural funding, actively contribute to program growth, departmental development, and engage in innovative teaching at both undergraduate and graduate levels. 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 semester. For additional information, please visit our website. UTRGV is a leading Hispanic-serving institution recently promoted to R2 Carnegie research classification and with the goal to become an R1 institution. As such, the successful applicant will benefit from college and university initiatives aligned with this goal, such as expanded research facilities, faculty salary incentives for external funding, an inclusive and welcoming environment, and growing graduate offerings that include two new doctoral programs (Ph.D. in Math and Statistics and Ph.D. in Physics) and several more in the pipeline. As a federally designated Hispanic Serving Institution, UTRGV is committed to preparing its students to succeed, contribute, and excel in an increasingly diverse, global, and interconnected world. Applicants who identify with this mission are strongly encouraged to apply. School/College Background
The COS has state-of-the-art facilities for research and instruction available for SEEMS faculty on the brand-new buildings on UTRGV's main campuses in Edinburg and Brownsville, and at the Coastal Studies Labs in Port Isabel. The selected candidate will join a dynamic and highly interdisciplinary research group of faculty with diverse backgrounds and expertise that enable rich interdisciplinary collaborations. Faculty in SEEMS work closely with local area partners including federal (e.g., NOAA, USFWS, USDA) and state agencies (e.g., Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Texas Department of Agriculture) on collaborative opportunities for research and teaching. As part of the University of Texas System, UTRGV has access to UT System resources, such as the Texas Advanced Computing Center (https://www.tacc.utexas.edu/). The university offers a start-up package, and competitive salaries.

Minimum Qualifications:
A Ph.D. in Economics, Agricultural Economics, Agribusiness, Finance, Sustainability Management, or closely related fields with specialization in environmental/ecological/natural resource economics and/or finance is required.

Discipline Specific Required Qualifications:
This hiring initiative focuses on the area of applied economics, finance and/or policy in agriculture, fisheries, natural resources, biotechnology, environment, international development, trade and non-market valuation. Applicants should provide evidence of or strong potential for significant productivity in research. Successful candidates will demonstrate potential for establishing multidisciplinary collaborations, the ability to involve both undergraduate and graduate students in research activities, and a commitment to educating a diverse body of students in a Hispanic-serving Institution.
Diversity and inclusion are part of our core values and as such we encourage applications from women and members of underrepresented groups in the sciences. It is our commitment to elevate the lives and economic well-being of the Valley community by offering first-rate education in the STEM fields. We value applicants who can understand and have overcome race-, gender-, or ability-based barriers, and who can bring with them the wealth of worldview, perspective, and experience that is critical to an innovative and accessible educational environment.

Preferred Qualification:
Experience in academia/ industry/ government at any level is desired. Externally funded research and teaching experience are considered a plus.

Salary: Commensurate with Qualifications and Experience
License or Certification Required?: No
Number of Vacancies: 1
Desired Start Date: 09/01/2022

EEO Statement:
EEO Statement
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. 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 Date: 11/03/2021

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.

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.
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 upload a diversity statement (one page max.) to the required additional document.

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.

To apply, visit https://careers.utrgv.edu/postings/31295





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A New University with a Long History

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley was created by the Texas Legislature in 2013 in a historic move that brings together the resources and assets of UT Brownsville and UT Pan American and, for the first time, makes it possible for residents of the Rio Grande Valley to benefit from the Permanent University Fund—a public endowment contributing support to the University of Texas System and the Texas A&M University System.

 

Our new university will also be home to a School of Medicine and will transform Texas and the nation by becoming a leader in student success, teaching, research, and health care. UTRGV will enroll its first class in the fall of 2015, and the School of Medicine will open in 2016.

 

UT Brownsville and UT Pan American

The shared history of The University of Texas Pan American and The University of Texas at Brownsville goes back to 1927, when Edinburg College was founded. In 1973, Pan American opened a second campus in Brownsville, which later became an independent institution of The University of Texas System in 1991. Over the years, the missions and the identities of these great institutions have continually evolved to serve the communities of the Rio Grande Valley.

Now, the evolution and connection between these two institutions is coming full circle as UT Brownsville and UT Pan American are being established as a single, new university and medical school, with a single, new identity—The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.

Learn more about UTRGV here.

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