Overview

Company Description:

The University of Texas at El Paso is a Carnegie R1 and Community Engaged research university at the heart of the U.S.-Mexico border region that is increasing access to excellent higher education. UTEP enrolls 24,000 students – 84% of whom are Hispanic and half of whom are the first generation in their families to attend college.

The city’s border location makes it an ideal venue for academic programs and research studies on topics of national interest such as bilingual education/language acquisition, border environment and immigration, environmental sustainability and infrastructure, health disparities, and international trade and commerce.

The Paso del Norte region’s center for intellectual capital, UTEP is one of the major economic engines in the region, adding $1.4 billion to the local economy annually.

El Paso’s active arts and culture community features the state’s longest-running symphony orchestra, a nationally recognized chamber music festival, art galleries, museums, and a full schedule of seasonal events and festivals. UTEP adds to the arts and entertainment scene with an award-winning dinner theater, music and dance productions, contemporary and student art galleries, and a natural history museum.

For sports fans, the UTEP Miners offer exciting Division I college athletics at several campus venues including Sun Bowl Stadium, the Don Haskins Center, Kidd Field, University Field and the Helen of Troy Softball Complex. Southwest University Park, located a mile away in lively downtown El Paso, is home to the El Paso Chihuahuas, the Triple-A affiliate of the San Diego Padres, and the El Paso Locomotive, a professional soccer team founded in 2019.

The Department of Kinesiology (https://www.utep.edu/chs/kinesiology/) has a history of excellence in interdisciplinary research, teaching, and community service. The Department offers a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in Kinesiology and students can earn a Ph.D. through the Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Doctoral Program (IHS-Ph.D.). Kinesiology faculty serve as major advisors for doctoral students in the IHS-Ph.D. program and doctoral students conduct research in the faculty member’s area of expertise. Current enrollment in Kinesiology exceeds 800 undergraduate students, with about 30 Master’s degree and Ph.D. students. Faculty have successfully secured external funding for and currently conduct research in sport performance, biomechanics, motor control, obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. Faculty members in the Department collaborate with the UTEP Doctor of Physical Therapy Program, Biology Department, College of Engineering, local community partners, hospitals, Texas Tech University Health Science Center El Paso and national and international universities. The Department offers more than ten teaching assistantships for qualified graduate students. Separately, the IHS-Ph.D. provides research assistantships for qualified Ph.D. students that allow them to focus solely on research.

The Department of Kinesiology has research laboratories related to Exercise Physiology, Fitness and Performance, Biomechanics, Motor Control, and Environmental Physiology. All laboratories contain state-of-the-art equipment to support clinical and basic science research led by the faculty.

The UTEP College of Health Sciences prepares the next generation of health and human service professionals to improve quality of life and address health disparities in their communities. The College offers five undergraduate degrees in Clinical Lab Science, Health Promotion, Rehabilitation Sciences, Social Work and Kinesiology. There are five master’s degrees in the college: Speech-Language Pathology, Occupational Therapy (transitioning to OTD by 2022), Public Health, Social Work, and Kinesiology. There are currently two doctoral programs in CHS: Doctor of Physical Therapy, and a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Health Sciences. High impact educational experiences enable students to develop leadership, problem-solving, and critical thinking skills, as well as a strong sense of social responsibility through community and global engagement opportunities.

Faculty and students engage in teaching, research, and service incorporating Boyer’s Model of the scholarship of discovery, integration, application/engagement, and teaching and learning, all related to the applied health sciences (https://www.utep.edu/chs/). The College’s facilities and programs are designed to promote interprofessional teaching, learning, research and community & global engagement initiatives. The College of Health Sciences enjoys a strong and collaborative relationship with a range of local, national and global community partners. Graduate and undergraduate students participate actively with clinical and research faculty mentors in conducting a variety of projects relevant to addressing health inequities and improving quality of life in the Paso del Norte region and beyond.

Job Description:

The University of Texas at El Paso invites applications for a full time Assistant Professor position in the Department of Kinesiology in the College of Health Sciences.  This position is a tenure-track, nine-month academic year position with the possibility of summer teaching. The successful candidate will teach undergraduate and graduate courses related to Kinesiology; mentor master’s and doctoral students; engage in scholarly research, including publishing research and applying for external research funding; and participate in service activities within the department, college, university, and profession. The anticipated appointment date is fall 2023.

Requirements:

Applicants should have:

an earned doctorate degree in Kinesiology or a closely related area;
a strong record of academic scholarship as demonstrated by research publications, and have secured or be developing substantial extramural research funding;
a commitment to and potential for teaching excellence, or a record of successful college or university teaching; and
the potential for or history of active service participation and/or leadership roles in campus, community, or professional organizations. The successful candidate must be able to work effectively with faculty, staff, and students from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds.
Preference will be given to candidates with previous experience and interest in conducting translational and collaborative research in the areas relevant to Kinesiology, demonstrated record of or strong potential of securing external funding, and postdoctoral research training.

Additional Information:

Salary will be competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience. The position comes with excellent fringe benefits. Hiring decisions are based on budget approval.

In keeping with its Access and Excellence mission, The University of Texas at El Paso is committed to an open, diverse, and inclusive learning and working environment that honors the talents, respects the differences, and nurtures the growth and development of all. We seek to attract faculty and staff who share our commitment.

The University of Texas at El Paso is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity in employment or the provision of services in accordance with state and federal law. Discrimination on the basis of sex includes an employee’s or prospective employee’s right to be free from sexual harassment under Title IX of the Higher Education Amendments of 1972. Inquiries-including the filing of a Formal Complaint or reporting an incident-about the application of Title IX may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, who can be reached by phone at (915) 747-8358, by email at titleix@utep.edu, or by mail at 500 W. University Ave., El Paso, TX, Kelly Hall, Room 312.

For accommodation information for employees and applicants with disabilities, please contact UTEP’s Equal Opportunity Office at eoaa@utep.edu.

Application Instructions:

Review of applications will begin immediately and applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Applicants must submit the following information:

● a letter of application/cover letter including a description of current research activities and plans for research progress
● curriculum vitae
● a personal statement on diversity/equity/inclusion and accessibility
● names and contact information for three professional references. Applicants will be notified before contacting references.

For more information about the position, contact Drs. Sudip Bajpeyi or Jason Boyle, Co-Chairs of the search committee, at sbajpeyi@utep.edu, jbboyle@utep.edu