University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley

University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley

Three Year Lecturer Biology-Lecturer in the Department of Biology College of Sciences (HS Collegiate)

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Title Information

Faculty Title Lecturer I

Job Class Code 10050 FLSA Exempt

Position Information

Posting Number FRGV1488

Working Title Three Year Lecturer Biology-Lecturer in the Department of Biology College of Sciences (HS Collegiate) Number of Vacancies 2 Location Rio Grande Valley Division/Organization Provost - Academic Affairs Appointment Period for Non-Tenure Position 3 years Tenure Status Non 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 Lecture I of Biology beginning in the 2023-2024 academic year.

This position will be assigned to teach undergraduate core curriculum courses at a UTRGV Collegiate High School in Edinburg, McAllen, Harlingen, Brownsville and/or another UTRGV campus. The UTRGV Collegiate High School provides academically talented students in grades 11th and 12th the opportunity to earn dual credit while beginning academic study that will lead towards the completion of a baccalaureate degree. All courses follow the same curriculum and assessment guidelines as other UTRGV courses taught in this discipline. All academic and institutional policies governing instruction, assessment, grading, confidentiality, mandated reporting, and departmental participation apply to courses taught as part of this program. The UTRGV College High School is located in various RGV locations (Edinburg, McAllen, Harlingen, Brownsville; therefore, the ideal candidate must be able to travel to this location to deliver instruction. Candidate will be based out of either Edinburg or Brownsville UTRGV campuses.

Faculty hired to teach collegiate high school courses may be required to participate in supplemental training focused on working with high school-aged college students. Trainings may include but are not limited to: Effective teaching methods for working with high school-aged college students; maintaining student engagement with coursework; and, safety protocols and best practices for working with high school-aged college students.

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. For additional information, please visit our website.

Department/College Background

The successful candidate will join a department dedicated to the use of curriculum responsive to the students it serves and one that utilizes culturally relevant pedagogies. Moreover, the successful candidate will join a department that exhibits its dedication to its students by strategically reviewing and implementing key retention factors and strategies. The position is mainly for teaching, although some service may be required. Specific teaching assignments may include undergraduate Biology courses particularly General Biology. and others. Thanks to a steadfast commitment to safety and success, UTRGV yielded record-breaking outcomes in enrollment and student success in the Fall 2023 semester. For additional information, please visit our website.

About the Department : The Department of Biology at UTRGV, located on the Edinburg and Brownsville campuses, is composed of faculty and staff committed to research and education in the life sciences. The mission of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Department of Biology is to educate, train and diversify the next generation of leaders and life-long learners in the area of biology. We strive to ensure student success by employing innovative teaching methods and creating an environment of inclusiveness. Our mission is to perform cutting-edge research in biology and life sciences that is interdisciplinary ,international, and student inclusive. Our mission includes service through outreach programs, promote sustainable development, and performing research that directly impacts the Rio Grande Valley, Texas and the world.

Minimum Qualifications

(M.S. in Biology or a related area from an accredited university)

Discipline Specific Required Qualifications

All faculty at UTRGV are required to exhibit a commitment to Teaching Excellence. Candidates must show experience and qualifications that meet SACS- COC and other departmental/college accreditation requirements.

Teaching: The primary responsibility of Lecturers will be teaching and collaborating with colleagues to enhance student success. Lecturers are expected to implement evidence-based teaching and learning strategies in the classroom and to document their impact. Use of effective activities/pedagogy in the classroom is recommended to engage students, cultivate thinking skills, and motivate interest in the subject. Faculty will be expected to integrate innovative technology and customized learning to maximize student success. Given that UTRGV is a distributed university, faculty may be required to teach online or hybrid courses or teach at different locations.

Service and Scholarship: Although the primary obligation of lecturers is to teach, service to the university and community may be a part of the faculty members' responsibilities. This position does not provide any formal expectation and/or support for scholarship activities. However, UTRGV encourages all faculty, including Lecturers, to engage in scholarship.

Preferred Qualifications License or Certification Required? No Salary Commensurate with Qualifications and Experience Desired Start Date 09/01/2023

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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 04/11/2023 Close Date 06/01/2023 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


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.

“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.”

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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Applicant Documents

Required Documents

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Unofficial Transcripts
  • List of 3 References
  • Letter of Interest
  • Unofficial Graduate Transcripts
  • Optional Documents

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  • Teaching Philosophy
  • Writing / Publication Sample
  • Reference Letter 1
  • Reference Letter 2
  • Reference Letter 3
  • Multi Media
  • Certifications and Licenses
  • Training Certificates
  • Other Document
  • Evidence of Teaching Effectiveness
  • Unofficial Transcripts 2
  • Unofficial Transcripts 3
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    Three Year Lecturer Biology-Lecturer in the Department of Biology College of Sciences (HS Collegiate)


    University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley


    United States


    May 24, 2023

    Application deadline

    June 01, 2023

    Job type

    Lecturer,Associate Professor/Professor