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Assistant Professor (Texas A&M University-San Antonio)

Specialization: Early American literature or Latina/o literature

Qualifications: A Ph.D. degree in English or a closely related field from a regionally accredited institution, with a demonstrated specialization in either Early American literature or Latina/o literature.

Texas A&M University-San Antonio (A&M-SA) is an upper-division only university with over 4,500 students (Fall 2015) enrolled in undergraduate programs and select graduate programs. It has been transforming rapidly into a comprehensive 4-year urban university with the first cohort of freshmen and sophomores arriving in Fall 2016*. Part of the statewide Texas A&M University System, A&M-SA is located on 694 acres in south San Antonio and offers a 21st century education to a diverse student body. Built in the style of the historic Spanish missions, the main campus facilities leverage technology to enhance the universitys commitment to student success, while embracing the spirit of San Antonios rich culture. Self-reported demographic data indicate 56% of students are the first generation in their family in college, 67% are Hispanic, and 64% women. The goal is to meet students where they are, be sensitive to their needs and committed to their progressive and sustained growth. To meet the new instructional needs related to first and second year courses required for comprehensive university expansion, the university is seeking excellent faculty candidates to fill the following positions starting in summer of 2016.

A&M-SA is committed to diversity among faculty and inclusive excellence. This commitment is based on the belief that a diverse faculty enhances the breadth, depth and quality of our students’ educational experiences by providing a variety of role models and mentors for our diverse student population, which helps us to attract, retain, and graduate such students more successfully.  In this context we solicit from applicants a statement, with a maximum of 1,000 words, placed in the cover letter that addresses how their life experiences, work history, professional engagement, and relevant community engagements will contribute to the success of our diverse students, promote diversity in our campus community, and the applicants’ plans for serving our diverse student population.

For the tenure track position listed above, the successful candidate will teach introductory lower-division courses as well as upper-division courses in the area of specialization. In select disciplines graduate teaching will be required. All positions require a minimum of 18 graduate hours in the relevant discipline, a minimum of one year of college or university teaching experience, excellent communication skills, evidence of active research and published scholarly work. The successful candidates will be broadly trained in their disciplines, willing to work in a collaborative and fast-paced environment, familiar with the needs of a non-traditional, first-generation, culturally diverse student body, will adapt to high-impact educational practices such as cooperative education, service learning, and undergraduate research, and have experience with contemporary instructional technologies such as learning management systems and e-portfolios.

A&M-SA prides itself in being agile and audacious in thinking. The faculty and staff are working to implement data driven and proven high impact practices in teaching and learning, including the learning community model, that lead to student persistence and college completion. It seeks faculty who are committed to this vision, are willing to innovate and experiment, and create a national model for student success. For tenure track positions the teaching workload is 4/4, and for lecturer positions 5/5. Summer teaching assignments may be available depending on student need. Applications are accepted only through the online job portal at:     https://employment.tamusahr.com/applicants/jsp/shared/Welcome_css.jsp. The priority date for tenure track applications is January 4, 2016, and for lecturer positions February 1, 2016.

A&M-SA received independent accreditation by SACSCOC in December 2014. The university has identified cybersecurity, cyber-physical security, and water resources science as the initial thrust areas for research. The university is committed to inclusive excellence and invites applications from all qualified applicants. A&M-SA is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer committed to provide equal employment opportunity to all persons regardless of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation or gender identity.

*Subject to approval of comprehensive expansion by SACSCOC.

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