Assistant Professor in Curriculum and Instruction - Educational Research Methods, Department of

University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
Texas, United States
Salary Not specified
Nov 23, 2020
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Assistant Professor in Curriculum and Instruction - Educational Research Methods, Department of Teaching and Learning

Job Class Code: 10031
FLSA: Exempt
Posting Number: FRGV1068
Location: Rio Grande Valley
Division/Organization: Provost - Academic Affairs
Appointment Period for Non-Tenure Position:
Tenure Status: Tenure Track
FTE: 1.0

Scope of Job:
The College of Education and P-16 Integration is accepting applications for an Assistant Professor of Educational Research Methods with an active research agenda in the Department of Teaching and Learning. The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) was created by the Texas Legislature in 2013 as the first major public university of the 21st century in Texas. This transformative initiative provided the opportunity to expand educational opportunities in the Rio Grande Valley, including a new School of Medicine, and made it possible for residents of the region to benefit from the Permanent University Fund - a public endowment contributing support to the University of Texas System and other institutions.

UTRGV has campuses and off-campus research and teaching sites throughout the Rio Grande Valley including in Boca Chica Beach, Brownsville (formerly The University of Texas at Brownsville campus), Edinburg (formerly The University of Texas-Pan American campus), Harlingen, McAllen, Port Isabel, Rio Grande City, and South Padre Island. UTRGV, a comprehensive academic institution, enrolled its first class in the fall of 2015, and the School of Medicine welcomed its first class in the summer of 2016.

Our location along the Gulf of Mexico is known for its beautiful beaches, quality schools, mild winters, and low cost of living as compared to other areas in the nation. With its close proximity to Mexico, the university is well positioned for international research and global exchange. For more information about living in the Rio Grande Valley, see

The College of Education and P-16 Integration is a catalyst for educational success for individuals, families, communities, the region, and our society at large. We do this through thoughtful, culturally sustaining partnerships with our schools and communities, demonstrating responsiveness to a growing bilingual and biliterate population. As such, we are committed to excellence and innovation in teaching, research, and service. We:

  • Provide rigorous programs of study founded on the belief that scholarship and life experience are strengthened when integrated, that diversity in all its manifestations is a fundamental component of excellence in education, and that partnerships that foster authentic social and community engagement are vital;
  • Engage in continuous improvement through curricular and technological innovation in order to remain responsive to the changing educational and global reality;
  • Develop highly effective, multiculturally responsive and sustaining innovative scholars, learning leaders, and education professionals who challenge the status quo and serve as change agents, making a difference by promoting social justice, embracing diversity in its broadest definition, inspiring thoughtful leadership, and pursuing life-long learning; and
  • Lead through evidence-based decision making and data literacy in order to share our story with the academic and broader research communities, as well as our public school partners, families, and policy makers.

    The College of Education and P-16 Integration offers master's programs in Bilingual Education, Reading and Literacy, Educational Leadership, Curriculum and Instruction, Special Education, School Psychology, and Counseling. We also offer Ed.D.s in Curriculum and Instruction and in Educational Leadership. The College of Education and P-16 Integration is fully accredited by the Texas Education Agency and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and is pursuing national accreditation by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). The Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction was recently ranked 8th in the nation of “Best Online Ed.D. & Ph.D. Programs in Education” by Gradsource ( The M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction was recently ranked as one of the top Master's in Math Education Degree Programs in the nation for 2020 (by and one of the best online master's programs in math education (by
    For more information about the College of Education and P-16 Integration and the Department of Teaching and Learning, please see the following websites.

    Responsibilities of the Assistant Professor in Curriculum and Instruction - Educational Research Methods include but are not limited to the following: teaching educational research methods courses, such as research methods and design, quantitative research, qualitative research, and research methods in education, as well as additional courses in other programs as needed. Responsibilities also include participating in on-going graduate program development; providing service to the department, the college, the university and the profession; developing and sustaining a line of research that contributes broadly to educational studies; pursuing internal and external funding for research and program development; chair and serve on thesis and dissertation committees; and mentoring graduate student research and advising master's and doctoral students. Applicants must show evidence of and/or potential for excellent teaching, research, service, and external grant procurement.

    Minimum Qualifications:
    Candidates for this position must meet the following minimum qualifications.

    •Earned a doctorate degree from an accredited institution in Educational Research, Curriculum & Instruction, Educational Psychology, Educational Studies, Statistics, Quantitative Research, Research Methods, or other closely related field. ABD can be considered, if degree will be conferred by September 1, 2021.
    •Demonstrated potential for excellent teaching, community engagement, and scholarly research and publication in the area of educational studies and/or educational research.
    •Demonstrated potential to secure, or have a record of securing external funding.
    •Demonstrated potential for working with culturally and linguistically diverse students.

    Discipline Specific Required Qualifications:
    Earned at least 18 graduate credits in educational research or research methods, such as statistics, research methods, research design, and/or research practicum

    Preferred Qualification:
    Candidates with the following qualifications will have preferred status.

    •Active research agenda.
    •Experience teaching research methods, statistics, and/or educational research.
    •Publication record specializing in quantitative, qualitative, and/or mixed methods research.
    •Publications in peer-reviewed, nationally or internationally circulated journals.
    •Experience in graduate program development.
    •Experience in graduate teaching.
    •Experience in advising or working with graduate students.
    •Knowledge and application of online teaching and learning.
    •Experience with Dissertations or Theses in Practice or Action Research

    Salary: Commensurate with Qualifications and Experience
    License or Certification Required?: No
    Number of Vacancies: 1
    Desired Start Date: 09/01/2021

    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: 10/05/2020

    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

    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. You may update this at any time by selecting to edit your profile in the application.

    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.

    If you have any questions regarding this position, please feel free to contact department chair, Dr. James Jupp at or (956)-882-7421.

    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.

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