Lecturer I (3 YR) in Philosophy and Religious Studies - College of Liberal Arts (University of Texas Rio Grande Valley)
Job Class Code: 10050
Posting Number: FRGV1436
Location: Edinburg, Texas
Division/Organization: Provost - Academic Affairs
Appointment Period for Non-Tenure Position: 3 years
Tenure Status: Non Tenure Track
Scope of Job:
We seek applicants who are dedicated to serving The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley's diverse student body as a lecturer in Philosophy and Religious Studies beginning in the 2022-2023 academic year.
We are a pluralistic and inclusive department that offers a major and a minor in Philosophy and a minor in Religious Studies. We seek an outstanding teacher who will not only inspire students to take more courses in both fields, but also to pursue a major in Philosophy and/or a minor in Religious Studies. The successful candidate will be qualified to teach any of the following introductory courses in philosophy: Introduction to Philosophy; Ethics, Happiness, and the Good Life; Race, Sexuality, and Class; and Critical Thinking. In addition, the successful candidate will also be qualified (possessing the equivalent to 18 graduate hours in Religious Studies) to teach one or more specializations within Religious Studies, such as the Nature of Religion, Indigenous Religions, World Religions, Borderlands Spirituality, Judaism, Latin American Liberation Theologies, etc. Since the philosophy department embraces UTRGV's vision of becoming a B3 (Bilingual, Bicultural, & Biliterate) University to better serve our 90% Hispanic student body, we request that candidates show how their experience, work, or teaching might support these priorities.
Complete application includes: 1) a letter of interest 2) unofficial graduate transcripts, 3) curriculum vitae, 4) list of three references, and 5) a teaching portfolio (to be submitted as “Other Document”) that includes a teaching statement and sample syllabi for at least one of the above introductory courses in philosophy and for one course in religious studies. Candidates may include other evidence of excellent teaching in their teaching portfolio.
Application deadline is January 15, 2023. Start date is Fall 2023.
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 https://www.utrgv.edu/newsroom/2020/09/17-utrgv-marks-record-high-enrollment-student-success-outcomes-amid-pandemics-
An MA in Philosophy or closely related field and 18 graduate hours in Religious Studies from an accredited university is required prior to August 31, 2023.
Discipline Specific Required Qualifications:
A PhD in Philosophy or Religious Studies
Salary: Commensurate with Qualifications and Experience
License or Certification Required?: No
Number of Vacancies: Varies
Desired Start Date: 09/01/2023
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.
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: 11/03/2022
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
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 in length.
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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