Jan 17, 2020
The University of Texas at El Paso College of Liberal Arts Department of Psychology Assistant Professor – STEM Education Research Open Area Faculty Position A commitment to and effectiveness in classroom instruction is expected. Teaching responsibilities will include at least three sections per year of the very successful Research Foundations Course (RFC), a core course within the Freshmen Year Research Intensive Sequence. There will be opportunities to contribute to the Psychology Department curriculum program. The new hire will be expected to synergize with UTEP’s National Institutes of Health-funded BUILDing SCHOLARS Center. The Center is training the next generation of underserved and underrepresented biomedical and socio-behavioral scientists and engineers for careers in health-related research. The Center addresses the needs of undergraduate students in the U.S. Southwest through a multi-institution consortium, which includes Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona. The center’s institutional development, student training, and research enrichment cores are anchored in undergraduate research and other high-impact, evidence-based educational practices to advance discoveries in seven interdisciplinary research nodes where UTEP faculty in the biomedical and socio-behavioral sciences and engineering have demonstrated strength: Addiction, Cancer, Neurodegenerative & Chronic Diseases, Environmental Health, Health Disparities, Infectious Diseases, and Translational Biomedicine. The center has a 2,000 sq. ft. dedicated collaborative learning environment designed specifically as a SCALE-UP classroom/innovation space. Currently over 1400 students are majoring in Psychology disciplines. All areas of social or social-cultural psychology and health psychology are open for consideration. Faculty with research interests that will benefit from our primarily Latinx student population are especially encouraged to apply. REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: A Ph.D. in Psychology or a related field. Applicants with published research in higher education research practices or science education, potential to attract external funding, and the ability to teach and direct research foundation classes are highly desired. ABOUT UTEP AND EL PASO: UTEP, a member of the University of Texas System, enrolls more than 25,000 students and is designated an R1 university (very high research activity) by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. UTEP serves its primary constituency with 74 bachelor’s degree programs, 74 master’s programs and 22 doctoral programs. With an 80% Hispanic student population, UTEP proudly reflects the demographic composition of the bi-national region from which it draws the vast majority of its students. Eighty-three percent of students are from El Paso County. UTEP is the top university in the continental United States for graduating Hispanic students who go on to earn doctoral degrees in STEM fields. It also is recognized as one of the top universities in the U.S. for the number of Hispanic graduates in biological and biomedical sciences. UTEP employs more than 4,000 people (faculty, staff and students). The university maintains an operating budget of $450 million. Its rapidly growing research portfolio in the sciences, engineering, health-related fields, and other areas has $91 million in total annual research expenditures. UTEP receives funding from the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities and other agencies. For more information about UTEP, please visit our website www.utep.edu . . El Paso is a highly livable, bicultural community of 800,000 people, which offers affordable homes and attractive neighborhoods. It has consistently been named one of the safest large cities in the United States. Sheltered by mountains on three sides, El Paso experiences more than 300 days of sunshine annually, and residents enjoy outdoor activities year-round. The city of El Paso is adjacent to both the state of New Mexico and the country of Mexico, making it the nation’s leading area for cultural diversity and border health research. El Paso is the sixth largest city in Texas and 19th largest city in the United States. 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: 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. The El Paso Locomotive, a professional soccer team, was founded in 2019. ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT: The Psychology Department has 19 tenured and tenure-track faculty members. We have an active Ph.D. program and a vibrant research environment. It offers a nationally recognized doctoral program with concentrations in Social/Cultural Psychology; Behavioral Neuroscience; Bilingualism, Language, and Cognition; Health Psychology; and Legal Psychology. APPOINTMENT DATE AND SALARY: Anticipated appointment date is September 1, 2020. Salary will be competitive for the rank. The position comes with an attractive start-up package, funded through UTEP’s NIH BUILDing SCHOLARS Center. APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Interested candidates must submit: 1) a letter summarizing qualifications and fit within the department and program; 2) a current curriculum vitae; 3) statement of research interests; 4) statement of teaching philosophy; and 5) relevant reprints or pre-prints (no more than three); 5) complete contact information for three professional references; 6) a statement about your commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and access as it relates to your research, teaching, service and mentoring. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Applicants are encouraged to apply by November 20, 2019. If you have any questions about the position, you may contact Lourdes Echegoyen, Search Committee Chair at email@example.com . To apply, please visit https://www.utep.edu/employment Hiring decisions are based upon budgetary 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. 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.
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