POSITION DESCRIPTION: The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), College of Health Sciences invites nominations and applications for a full-time Visiting Assistant Clinical Professor faculty position in the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences. We are seeking a candidate with primary expertise in human anatomy. This position is a one-time 9 month (Fall and Spring semesters) appointment with the possibility of summer teaching. In addition to a primary teaching focus, job responsibilities include service to the program and college. Anticipated appointment date is Fall 2014. The ideal candidate will excel at creative teaching approaches, thrive in a bi-national setting, embrace the opportunities to work with underserved groups, and flourish in an independent work environment.
This appointment has primary responsibilities in the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) and Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) Programs teaching the anatomy courses and, if qualified, courses in the clinical curricula. Other courses may be taught in the Department of Kinesiology such as kinesiology and exercise physiology. The anatomist’s responsibilities include maintaining the human cadaver dissection lab and observing all Texas Anatomical Board rules and regulations.
THE PROGRAM: Both the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program and the Occupational Therapy Program enroll students at the graduate level. Anatomy is one of 3 courses that students from both programs take together while enrolled in the DPT and MOT Programs at UTEP.
THE PROGRAMS: The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program (http://chs.utep.edu/pt/) at UTEP was founded in 1991 and offers a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree. The program currently admits 36 students per year. Each cohort attends classes and clinical rotations for 8 consecutive semesters, graduating 31 months after entering the program. The current full-time and adjunct faculty members have expertise in acute care, cardiopulmonary, integument, service-learning, orthopedics, neuromuscular rehabilitation, geriatrics, and pediatrics. Physical Therapy faculty members hold a primary appointment in the DPT Program and have the opportunity to participate in the Interdisciplinary Health Sciences PhD Program. Faculty members are encouraged to collaborate in teaching and research in other programs across the University, with clinical partners and other regional universities.
The Occupational Therapy Program (http://chs.utep.edu/ot) at UTEP was founded in 1991 and offers a Master of Occupational Therapy degree. The program currently admits 24 students per year. Each cohort attends classes and clinical rotations for 8 consecutive semesters, graduating in 31 months after entering the program. The current full-time and adjunct faculty members have expertise in service-learning, pediatrics, sensory integration, acute care, home-based services, and adult orthopedic and neuromuscular rehabilitation. The Occupational Therapy faculty members hold a primary appointment in the MOT program and have the opportunity to participate in the Interdisciplinary Health Sciences PhD Program. Faculty members are encouraged to collaborate in teaching and research in other programs across the University, with clinical partners and other regional universities.
THE DEPARTMENT: The Department of Rehabilitation Sciences currently includes four academic programs: Doctor of Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech-Language Pathology, and Rehabilitation Counseling. All units offer the graduate degree (DPT, MOT, MS in SLP, MRC). In addition, a pre-professional undergraduate degree in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences is also planned. Departmental faculty members actively participate in the Interdisciplinary Health Sciences PhD Program that is jointly administered by the College of Health Sciences and School of Nursing. The department has approximately 197 graduate students. Its nineteen full-time faculty members are widely recognized for their research and teaching on rehabilitation sciences in a Hispanic border context. The Department will continue to thrive in newly renovated facilities with easy access to the UTEP campus, Fort Bliss, public transportation, major medical centers, and downtown El Paso. A $2.3 million renovation was recently completed, updating and expanding teaching laboratories, gait analysis, home care, and virtual reality research facilities, and a clinic for on-site faculty practice, clinical teaching, and research.
THE COLLEGE: The College of Health Sciences provides teaching, research, and service related to the applied health sciences (http://chs.utep.edu). It has five departments (Clinical Laboratory Science, Kinesiology, Public Health Sciences, Rehabilitation Sciences, and Social Work), a cooperative Pharmacy program with the University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy, and a collaborative relationship with the University of Texas at Houston School of Public Health-El Paso regional campus. Strong collaborative ties also exist with the UTEP School of Nursing, the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, and Paul L. Foster School of Medicine in El Paso. The College is staffed by over 60 full-time faculty members, serves over 2000 students, and is nationally recognized for its innovative research in border health, and Hispanic health and health disparities. It has a record of success with NIH and external health research funding. The College faculty members have been awarded $15.6 million in external funding during the past five years for its innovative health research projects. College faculty members conduct research that spans basic and clinical science, from community to global health. The breadth of their research expertise includes health education and promotion, health literacy, chronic and communicable disease prevention and management, maternal-child health, nutrition, exercise science, disability and rehabilitation sciences, social stigma and mental health. A cadre of graduate students assists faculty in conducting a variety of projects relevant to improving health outcomes in the U.S.-Mexico border region. Our $60 million 138,000 sq. ft. building on the main campus houses state-of-the-art clinical and research laboratories, innovative teaching and clinical simulation spaces, and faculty and administrative offices.
THE UNIVERSITY: Celebrating its Centennial year, The University of Texas at El Paso is an emerging national research university at the heart of the US-Mexico border committed to the ideals of access and excellence. A leader among Hispanic-serving institutions, UTEP enrolls over 23,000 students – about 77 percent of them Hispanic – and is the only doctoral research university in the nation with a majority Mexican-American student body. UTEP is designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as “Community Engaged” and by the US Department of Education as “Hispanic-Serving.” UTEP faculty have been nationally recognized for their commitment to student success, teaching, research, scholarship, and artistic expression.
UTEP comprises 8 colleges and offers 71 bachelor’s, 75 master’s, and 20 doctoral degrees, with more in development. UTEP’s nearly $80 million in research spending a year ranks the University among the top 200 universities in the nation, and its $40 million in federal research spending ranks fourth among all Texas public universities. UTEP is currently undergoing a transformation, which will benefit from over $300 million in recent building expansions, renovations, and infrastructure improvements.
The center for intellectual capital in the region, UTEP has awarded more than 110,000 degrees since its founding in 1914. UTEP is one of the major economic engines in the Paso del Norte region, generating $369 million in local business volume and 7,050 jobs, and contributing $452 million in household income. UTEP offers exciting programs that are open to the public, including Division I athletics; award-winning theater, dance, and music; the internationally acclaimed Stanlee and Gerald Rubin Center for the Visual Arts; the Centennial Museum and Desert Gardens; and continuing and lifelong education opportunities.
EL PASO: El Paso County is a highly livable, bi-cultural community of 800,000 people that offers affordable homes. It is the safest large city in the United States. Shielded by mountains on three sides, El Paso experiences more than 300 days of sunshine annually and a dry climate, making it possible to 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 comprises 248 square miles and is the sixth largest city in Texas and 19th largest in the United States. The international and multicultural characteristics of the Paso del Norte provide faculty with unique opportunities to address the border region's most challenging health issues. El Paso’s active arts and culture community features the state’s longest running symphony orchestra, a nationally recognized chamber music festival, art galleries, history museums, and a full schedule of seasonal festivals and events.
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: Candidates are required to have: (1) an earned doctorate in anatomy, ABD considered or a related field; (2) experience in teaching human anatomy, including human cadaveric dissection, in an institution of higher education; (3) the ability to manage a human cadaver dissection lab; (4) a demonstrated commitment or potential for graduate teaching excellence; (5) demonstrated skills or potential to develop proficiency in instructional technology; (6) experience in or potential for service to the program, college or profession; and (7) the ability to work effectively with faculty, staff, and students from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Preferred qualifications include: (1) a record of active participation or leadership in an anatomical society or related professional organization.
BENEFITS: The position comes with excellent fringe benefits.
SALARY: The initial salary is negotiable and based on qualifications and experience.
APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Review of applications will begin immediately and applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Applicants must submit: (1) a cover letter which describes qualifications and interest in the position; (2) a current curriculum vitae; and (3) names and contact information for three professional references. Applicants will be notified before references are contacted. For more information, please contact Dr. Anthony P Salvatore at 915-747-7265 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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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 or sexual orientation in employment or the provision of services.