Tenured Faculty Position – Department of Chemistry Chair

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The Department of Chemistry at The University of Texas Rio Grande valley invites applications for Department Chair. This is a tenured position at the rank of full Professor. A Ph.D. in Chemistry is required. The department chair is a key leadership position within the college that reports to the dean, and is expected to drive the department’s research and educational programs with initiatives for supporting faculty, staff and students.

UTRGV is the latest addition (2015) to the University of Texas System formed with the merger between University of Texas Pan American and University of Texas at Brownsville with the mandate to create a premier research university in the South Texas Region.

The Department of Chemistry currently has 21 tenured/tenure-track faculty members and 10 lecturers distributed over its two main campuses in Brownsville and Edinburg. The department has strong research programs in computational chemistry, chemical reaction dynamics, quantum chemistry, spectroscopy and materials science. The department offers an ACS-certified undergraduate degree in Chemistry and a Master of Science in Chemistry. Additional information about the department can be obtained at http://www.utrgv.edu/chemistry.

The department chair, in close collaboration with the dean of the College of Sciences and members of the college leadership team, is expected to lead the faculty, staff and students in developing, managing and administering all departmental programs and activities. In addition to administrative duties, this position provides opportunities for the successful candidate to develop his/her own externally-funded research program, teach undergraduate and graduate courses, and participate in the mentoring of undergraduate and graduate students.

Applications should be submitted as per Special Instructions to Applicants below. The application package must contain a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, concise descriptions of teaching philosophy and research plan, and undergraduate and graduate transcripts. Detailed description of previous administrative and/or leadership positions held by the applicant must be provided.  Candidates must also arrange to have three letters of recommendation sent to the Chair of the Search Committee, Dr. Soma Mukherjee (soma.mukherjee@utrgv.edu). Recommendation letters must reference the appropriate Job Vacancy number in their communication. Review of applications begin on December 15, 2016 and will continue until the position is filled. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

UTRGV is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. Women, minorities, and qualified individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. This position is security-sensitive as defined by the Texas Education Code §51.215(c) and Texas Government Code§411.094(a) (2). All UTRGV employees are required to have a criminal background check (CBC). CBCs will be conducted of all candidates invited to campus. Texas law requires faculty 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).

Special Instructions to Applicants

Applications must be submitted on line at https://careers.utrgv.edu. Posting Number FRGV0541. Incomplete applications will not be considered.