Friday, September 12, 2014
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Updated August 18, 2014
Staff are presently employed by UTB and UTPA. While the exact date of the closure of UTB and UTPA next summer is not yet known, it is anticipated that UTRGV will become officially operational in June and both universities will cease to exist around that date so it will not be possible for anyone to be employed by UTB or UTPA thereafter.
The exact date is not yet known and may vary by department or function. We do know, though, that UTPA and UTB will cease to exist next summer and that the last possible day of employment there will likely be sometime in June, july or August.
We understand the wish to know which UTRGV staff positions will be available, and when they will be available. UTRGV staff hiring will continue on a rolling basis, but most UTRGV staff openings will not have been posted by September 19.
UTRGV has concluded that each of its academic units will have enough tenured and tenure-track faculty lines (positions) to hire every existing UTB/UTPA tenured and tenure-track faculty member in Phase I, as long as he/she fulfills the other specific criteria listed in the Phase I policy. Therefore, we do not anticipate making a direct comparison between UTB and UTPA faculty members in Phase I.
UTRGV staff hiring will continue on a rolling basis, and not in separate phases. If a staff member accepts a position with UTRGV, we trust and expect that he/she will work in that position. That said, accepting a UTRGV position will not disqualify the employee from applying for other jobs with UTRGV, just as occupying a position within UTB/UTPA has never disqualified an individual from applying for other openings within his/her university.
As explained in the documents for the staff VSIP, a staff member must meet several criteria to be eligible for the VSIP. One of those criteria requires him/her to have been employed at a Texas state agency for the last 10 years earning retirement creditable service, and to be at least 65 years of age or meet the Rule of 80. This criterion, like the other criteria listed in the VSIP documents, must have been met as of July 31, 2014.
The VSIP is not a retirement plan, so please consult with your retirement program to determine your eligibility for retiree benefits, if any, and the process for applying for those benefits, including health insurance
The VSIP is not a retirement plan, so please consult with your retirement program to determine your eligibility for retiree benefits, if any.”
We are not sure how to interpret this question. If you are asking about Phase I faculty postings, those will be available online on August 12. If you are referring to staff positions, those will be available on a rolling basis.
No. By accepting the staff VSIP, a UTB/UTPA staff member will be ineligible to apply for, seek or accept any position at any UT System institution (except UTB/UTPA) until June 1, 2016.
Medical school students will be served by the university-wide student services, financial aid, records and admissions staff. There will be officers from university services that will be dedicated to the medical school. The postings for those will not be available until the winter.
The University of Texas System Board of Regents has already invested over $300 million in the launch of UTRGV. The first year's operational funding will come from the Texas legislature, based upon the combined student enrollment of UTPA and UTB since all those students will be automatically admitted to UTRGV. The university will also be advancing a development strategy that will seek additional funding.
In the early years of UTRGV, online courses will follow the present curriculum and delivery method. Eventually, this will evolve as the technology and method for virtual teaching develops both locally and in the world higher education market. We cannot foresee how these would reduce the demand for high quality, inventive and experienced faculty since with the growth of the technological platform we expect an equal or greater growth in the student population, who may well span the globe and who will have very high expectations for excellence.
There are no plans for a Physical Therapy program at UTRGV at this time.
While the UTRGV calendar has not yet been published, you should follow your UTB calendar for the March 1st date graduation application deadline. If there is a change in the procedure or schedule, students will be notified.
Updated August 8th, 2014
UTRGV has not yet set up a Willed Body Program. An announcement will be made when the program has been activated. For now you can see a similar program for UTHSCSA at http://uthscsa.edu/csb/bodydonation/index.asp
Thank you for your suggestion. It will be relayed. Architecture was not among the initial academic degree programs recommended to the Board of Regents because it was not offered at UTB or UTPA.