Assistant Professor in Writing and Language Studies (Rhetoric, Composition, & Literacy Studies)/College of Liberal Arts
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Rio Grande Valley
Provost - Academic Affairs
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Scope of Job:
We seek applicants who are dedicated to serving The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley's
diverse student body as an assistant professor of rhetoric, composition, and literacy studies in the Department of Writing & Language Studies beginning in the 2023-2024 academic year. We invite applications from candidates with expertise in writing pedagogy. Secondary areas of research and teaching specialization might include: WAC, medical rhetorics and writing, digital rhetorics and writing, technical and professional writing, and disability studies. Expected duties include maintaining an active research agenda, teaching in the English major, English M.A., and professional writing minor, and service to the department, university, field, and/or community.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 2021 semester. For additional information, please visit our website
The Department of Writing & Language Studies at UTRGV has a core mission—engagement. We have the largest department in the College of Liberal Arts, and every day our faculty work to put students at the center of our jobs. With experiential learning opportunities that immerse students in living research, we're looking at how language and writing make things happen in the world. With many award-winning teachers and programs, we're building classroom spaces that buzz with collaboration and communication. And with energetic researchers and community partners in all our areas (Linguistics, Rhetoric & Composition, Professional & Technical Writing, Asian Studies, English as a Second Language, French, and more), we are creating new knowledge with our colleagues and our students. Our degrees and minors may have traditional names, but our department is building a new identity we'd love to explore with you. We're multilingual, we're invested in social impact, and we're designing innovative worlds through writing and language.
The qualifications to be considered as an Assistant Professor are (1) a PhD from an accredited institution in Rhetoric & Composition, Writing Studies, or English (ABDs may be considered, but a conferred doctorate by August 31, 2023 is required for appointment); (2) evidence of excellence or promise of excellence in teaching; (3) evidence of excellence or promise of excellence in research/scholarship.
Discipline Specific Required Qualifications:
Graduate coursework in Rhetoric & Composition Pedagogy. When submitting Evidence of Teaching Effectiveness please the following peer observations, sample syllabi, assignments, feedback, and student evaluations.
(1) expertise in writing pedagogy; (2) the ability to teach in a variety of classrooms including face to face, hybrid, and online synchronous or asynchronous; (3) prior teaching experience with first year writing at the post-secondary level
Commensurate with Qualifications and Experience
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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.
Special Instructions to Applicants:
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 NumberGender
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.
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 inlength.
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/36063
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