Mexican American Studies, UT Rio Grande Valley


Mexican American Studies
College of Liberal Arts

(Associate/Full, Tenured)

Job Class Code: 10021
FLSA: Exempt
Posting Number: FRGV1398
Submission Deadline: 12/15/2022
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We seek applicants who are dedicated to serving The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley's diverse student body as an Associate Professor or Full Professor of Mexican American Studies Program in the School of Interdisciplinary Programs and Community Engagement beginning in the 2023-2024 academic year.

The Mexican American Studies Program invites applications for a full-time Associate Professor or Full Professor with a specialization in Mexican American/Chicanx/Latinx Studies to begin fall 2023. Preferred areas of specialization include Critical Pedagogies/Education; however, the committee will consider any combination of the following fields: politics, cultural studies, migration, immigration, citizenship, Afro-Latinx Studies, Indigenous Studies, health, labor, comparative Ethnic Studies, activism, gender and sexuality, and U.S-Mexico borderlands. The successful candidate will be expected to teach and develop undergraduate and graduate courses in their respective area of specialization and will be expected to teach Introduction to Mexican American Studies and other courses (be able to teach in any modality—face to face, online, hybrid); mentor students; sustain a research agenda; seek external funding and contribute service to university, college, department, community, and profession. The successful candidate will contribute to the vision of promoting bilingualism biculturalism, and biliteracy in the Texas-Mexico Border through an active research agenda, teaching, and service in the field of Mexican American/Chicanx/Latinx Studies.

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.

Program Background
Housed in the School of Interdisciplinary Programs and Community Engagement, the Mexican American Studies (MAS) academic program at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) is a social justice-oriented program that prepares students to work, serve and research in their communities to address the complex socio-political/historical conditions surrounding Mexican American/Chicana/o/x/Latina/o/x/ communities. MAS prepares students to be leaders and advocates in their communities and professions to promote a just society. The MAS Program offers a B.A., Minor, Graduate Certificate, and Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies with concentration in Mexican American Studies. The Mexican American Studies program plays a fundamental role in fulfilling the B3 (bilingual, bicultural, biliterate) mission of UTRGV and contributes to the goals of achieving the Carnegie Foundation Community Engagement classification. The candidate will be part of a team that is fulfilling that vision and gaining greater regional and national significance. The program is committed to growth and achieving departmental status. The candidate will be coming into a Program that has a strong community of faculty and students committed to the Program's mission.

The MAS program seeks a successful candidate with a notable record of research in Chicana/o/x and/or Latina/o/x Studies, quality teaching, and community engagement. The successful candidate would be part of a program that is committed to student success and to scholarly research addressing the strengths and needs of students, and local, state, and national Mexican American/Chicanx/Latinx communities as well as cultivating community engagement opportunities for students with a focus on social justice.

Minimum Qualifications:
Ph.D., from an accredited university in Chicana/o/x Studies, Latina/o/x Studies, or closely related field in which the applicant’s expertise is interdisciplinary and falls within the area(s) of Chicana/o/x/Latina/o/x Studies.

Candidates for a tenured appointment must be tenured at their current institution. To be eligible for the rank of Associate or Full Professor in the program candidates must meet the institutional requirements for tenure.

Associate Professor: Requirements include a demonstrated ability to independently conduct programmatic research activities that meet the departmental and institutional requirements for the rank of associate professor; and (2) a high degree of teaching proficiency and commitment to professional service.

Professor: Beyond the above requirements, requirements include scholarly professional experience demonstrated through an exemplary record of publications in peer-reviewed journals, external funding, and a distinguished record of accomplishments that have led to a national reputation in the applicant’s area of expertise. Applicant’s professional activities should meet the departmental and institutional requirements for the rank of professor.

Discipline Specific Required Qualifications:
Preferred Qualification:
• Quantitative research methodologies
• Possess Bilingual/Biliterate skills in English and Spanish
• Research and teaching that is grounded in social justice and that demonstrates culturally affirming/responsive approaches
• Grant writing experience and/or obtaining external research funding
• Teaching experience at the university level and/or willingness to teach in any modality

Salary: Commensurate with Qualifications and Experience
Deadline to submit: 12/15/2022
Desired Start Date: 09/01/2023
Incomplete applications will not be considered. All positions are subject to budget approval.
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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 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.

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).

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.
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