University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Assistant Professor in Behavior Analysis in Rio Grande Valley, Texas

Scope of Job

The Human Development and School Services Department at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) is seeking applicants for a full-time tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Behavior Analysis to begin fall 2018. 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.

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 t 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 thought 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 with a specialization in Bilingual Education and in Educational Leadership. The College of Education and P-16 Integration is fully accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Texas Education Agency (TEA).

Candidates with a background in applied behavior analysis are encouraged to apply. The successful candidate will teach graduate level courses, advise graduate students, maintain an active research program involving students, become involved in preparing students and working professionals for certification in behavior analysis, provide service to the university and profession, and work with diverse populations of students, faculty and staff.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Ph.D. from an accredited university with a specialty in Applied Behavior Analysis. ABD candidates may be considered for appointment with the requirement that the degree must be conferred by September 1, 2018;

  • The faculty member is expected to have a strong background in one or more areas within the field;

  • Candidates with a background in clinical areas should either be eligible for or have obtained BCBA certification. Candidates who are eligible to sit for the BCBA exam, are expected to obtain their certification on or before September 1, 2018;

  • Demonstrated ability or potential to teach graduate-level courses;

  • Potential or proven track record as a researcher.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Teaching and research experience in the field of behavior analysis at the university level;

  • Ability, desire, and experience teaching graduate courses and conducting supervision of students who are pursuing certification as behavior analyst by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board;

  • Interest and ability in using a wide variety of teaching methodologies;

  • Applied experience in the field of behavior analysis.

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.

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.

Please include a statement of scholarly interests for the required “Research Statement”.

Please include names, email addresses, and telephone numbers of at least three recent professional references.

If you have any questions regarding this position, please feel free to contact Dr. John Lowdermilk at or (956) 665-3466.

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.

Faculty Title: Assistant Professor

Job Class Code: 00031

FLSA: Exempt

Posting Number: FRGV0643

Working Title: Assistant Professor in Behavior Analysis

Number of Vacancies: 1

Location: Rio Grande Valley

Division/Organization: Division of Academic Affairs

Tenure Status: Tenure Track

FTE: 1.0

License or Certification Required?: Yes

Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience

Desired Start Date: 09/01/2018

Open Date: 09/20/2017