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Assistant Professor - Urban Ecology & Sustainability Science

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Posting Details

Title Information

Faculty Title Assistant Professor
Job Class Code 00031
FLSA Exempt

Position Information

Posting Number FRGV0671
Working Title Assistant Professor - Urban Ecology & Sustainability Science
Number of Vacancies 1
Location Edinburg, Texas
Division/Organization Division of Academic Affairs
Appointment Period for Non-Tenure Position
Tenure Status Tenure Track
FTE 1
Scope of Job

The University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley is seeking applications for a faculty position (Assistant Professor) within the College of Sciences with joint appointment in the School of Earth, Environmental and Marine Sciences (SEEMS) and the Department of Biology. This is a 9-month, tenure track position involving teaching, scholarly research and service. She/he should be able to teach a variety of courses offered by these departments, as well as create new classes that focus on urban ecology and sustainability. The candidate is expected to mentor undergraduate and graduate students in research. UTRGV is a distributed campus and faculty may be required to teach at different locations, however this position will have a primary assignment on the Edinburg campus. UTRGV faculty will be expected to demonstrate a strong commitment to research, student success and to advancing the university, college, and program missions and are committed to UTRGV’s guiding principles (http://www.utrgv.edu/en us/about-utrgv/transition-plan/guiding-principles).

The successful candidate is expected to build a strong, extramurally funded research program that examines the sustainability of novel ecosystems, linked socio-ecological systems, or coupled human/natural systems. We are especially interested in candidates with a research focus on one or more emerging areas of that examine sustainability and resilience of urban/suburban systems, including (but not limited to): landscapes including native plant restoration/conservation, urban green spaces, urban ecology, sustainable urban food systems, eco-tourism, and conservation of ecosystem services in urban areas. The person hired for this position will be expected to participate in community engaged research and teaching, as the position includes administrative duties at the Center for Urban Ecology, a collaborative university-public partnership with local government to integrate research and education to promote sustainability practices among community participants (homeowners, local area schools, city and county government).

Minimum Qualifications

PhD from an accredited university.

Discipline Specific Required Qualifications

A Ph.D. in Urban Ecology, Conservation Ecology, Environmental Studies, Geography, Sustainability Science, or a related discipline.PhD from an accredited university.

Preferred Qualifications

Demonstrated commitment to student success (e.g. innovative teaching approaches and pedagogies, experience mentoring graduate and undergraduate student, etc.)
Strong theoretical grounding in one or more disciplines, with experience using mixed quantitative methods, (e.g. survey design, empirical data collection, geographic information analysis, network analysis, quantitative conservation ecology, etc.)
Demonstrated excellence in research (i.e. funding, dissemination of scholarship, etc.) with experience or strong interest in interdisciplinary research and community engaged scholarship.
A strong commitment to advancing the university, college, and program missions following UTRGV’s guiding principles.

License or Certification Required? No
Salary Commensurate with Qualifications and Experience
Desired Start Date 09/01/2018

Posting Detail Information

EEO Statement

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.


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 09/01/2018
Close Date 12/31/2017
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

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.

Complete all sections on the application. If you are applying for the first time please complete all biographical information including address, email, and phone. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

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.

Posting Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Unofficial Transcripts
  3. Letter of Interest
  4. Unofficial Graduate Transcripts
  5. Teaching Statement
  6. Research Statement
  7. List of 3 References
Optional Documents