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Director of the School of Earth, Environmental, and Marine Sciences (SEEMS)

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
Rio Grande City, Texas (US)
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Sep 16, 2022

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Director of the School of Earth, Environmental, and Marine Sciences (SEEMS)


The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) invites nominations and applications for the position of director of the School of Earth, Environmental, and Marine Sciences (SEEMS). Reporting directly to the dean of the College of Sciences, the director will be responsible for setting the strategic, operational, and financial direction for SEEMS. The College seeks a dynamic leader who will work in concert with faculty, staff, and students to promote a culture of excellence. The director shall create and carry out a vision that leads the School to greater prominence in the Valley and beyond.


UTRGV was created by the Texas Legislature in 2013 as the first major public university of the 21st century in Texas. This transformative initiative expanded 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 is the second largest Hispanic Serving Institution in the United States, and the majority of its students are bilingual and bicultural. UTRGV is located in a growing, vibrant region on the border with Mexico and Latin America, which boasts many diverse cultural, ecological and recreational activities. UTRGV campuses, strategically located throughout the Valley, offer a unique opportunity to unify the SEEMS’ programs amongst the different locations - Edinburg, Brownsville, Port Isabel, and South Padre Island. The director is expected to establish a visionary process for program development and enhancement with an interdisciplinary focus.


The mission of the School of Earth, Environmental, and Marine Sciences is to provide students with a unique integrative education and training experience that prepares them to meet the challenges and opportunities in the multiple dimensions of contemporary earth, environmental and marine sciences. This experience includes providing cutting-edge research opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students that generate new knowledge and formulate effective solutions for a sustainable Rio Grande Valley and beyond. SEEMS promotes collaborative, multi-disciplinary research and seeks participation of other sciences and disciplines interested in applying interdisciplinary perspectives to understanding earth-environmental systems and their interactions with society (i.e., integrating biological, chemical, physical, and geospatial sciences with engineering, socioeconomics, law, and policy).


The director of the School of Earth, Environmental, and Marine Sciences (SEEMS) will oversee the school, faculty and student productivity and development, research, external relations, and multi-disciplinary collaborations within the university and with the external community. The SEEMS director will advocate for the school and will recruit and retain diverse faculty, staff, and students. The director is expected to promote the regional visibility of the college’s programs, foster research and creativity, and work closely with college leaders to ensure that their graduates have the knowledge and skills to be successful after graduation.


Professional Qualifications and Leadership Skills


The successful candidate must possess an earned terminal degree (Ph.D.) in a discipline or field represented in SEEMS and have demonstrated leadership abilities in administration, personnel management, and budgeting. Also, the successful candidate must meet the requirements for tenure and appointment at the rank of full Professor and have an excellent track record in research, teaching and service. The next director will clearly value interdisciplinary approaches to environmental problem solving and be a tireless advocate for interdisciplinary collaboration and integrated science. Preferred leadership skills include demonstrated success in growing enrollment at the undergraduate and graduate levels as well as effective skills in advancing, implementing, and sustaining undergraduate and graduate degree offerings.


The full position profile can be accessed at


How to Apply


Greenwood/Asher & Associates, LLC is assisting The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley in this search. Applications and nominations are now being accepted. For a full application package, please submit a cover letter, CV, and list of five references. Confidential inquiries, nominations and application materials should be directed to Greenwood/Asher & Associates. Submission of application materials as PDF attachments is strongly encouraged. The search will be conducted with a commitment of confidentiality for candidates until finalists are selected. Initial screening of applications will begin immediately and will continue until an appointment is made. For best consideration, applications and nominations should be provided by September 6, 2022.


Inquiries, nominations, and application materials should be directed to:


Betty Turner Asher, Founder, Greenwood/Asher & Associates


Julie Schrodt, Senior Executive Search Consultant


The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. 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.

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