The University of Texas at El Paso
College of Health Sciences
Doctor of Physical Therapy Program
Assistant Professor – Pathokinesiology &/or Exercise Science Expertise
POSITION DESCRIPTION: The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) College of Health Sciences invites nominations and applications for a full-time tenure-track Assistant Professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences’ Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program. This is a 9-month appointment with potential for summer teaching. The successful applicant will be a physical therapist with an academic doctorate in physical therapy or a related field, and have expertise in pathokinesiology and/or exercise science. Job responsibilities include teaching, scholarly activity (e.g., conference presentations, manuscript submission, and grant writing), and service to the program, college, university, and community. Anticipated appointment date is fall 2016. The ideal candidate will excel at incorporating active learning strategies in teaching, have or develop a productive research agenda, thrive in a bi-national setting, embrace the opportunities to work with underserved groups, and flourish in an independent work environment. Teaching excellence and scholarship will be commensurate with appointment at the Assistant professor level.
THE PROGRAM: Founded in 1993, the UTEP Doctor of Physical Therapy Program (http://chs.utep.edu/pt/) currently admits 36 DPT 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 have expertise in acute care, cardiopulmonary, integument, service learning, orthopedics, neuromuscular rehabilitation, geriatrics, and pediatrics. Physical Therapy faculty members hold primary appointments in the DPT Program and have the opportunity to participate in the Interdisciplinary Health Sciences PhD program. Faculty members are also encouraged to collaborate in teaching and research with faculty from other programs across the University as well as with clinical partners and faculty from other regional universities. The DPT Program’s mission is to graduate highly qualified doctors of physical therapy prepared to provide culturally proficient and linguistically competent care in our border region and beyond.
THE DEPARTMENT: The Department of Rehabilitation Sciences currently includes four academic units: Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech-Language Pathology, and Rehabilitation Counseling. All units offer a graduate degree (DPT, MOT, MS in SLP, MRC). 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 jointly administered by the College of Health Sciences and School of Nursing. The Department has approximately 225 graduate students. Its 36 core and associated faculty members are widely recognized for their research and teaching on rehabilitation sciences in a Hispanic border context. The department thrives in newly renovated facilities with easy access to the UTEP campus, Fort Bliss, public transportation, major medical centers, and downtown El Paso.
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 the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine in El Paso. The College is staffed by over 100 core and associated 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 other external health research funding. The College faculty have been awarded $15.6 million in external funding during the past five years for innovative health research projects. College faculty 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: The University of Texas at El Paso is a doctoral/research institution at the heart of the U.S.-Mexico border region committed to the ideals of access and excellence. A leader among Hispanic-serving institutions, UTEP enrolls over 23,000 students - about 80 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 U.S. Department of Education as “Hispanic Serving.” UTEP faculty are nationally recognized for their commitment to student success, teaching, research, scholarship, and artistic expression.
UTEP comprises six colleges and a School of Nursing, and offers 72 bachelor’s, 73 master’s, and 20 doctoral programs with more in development. UTEP’s over $80 million in research spending a year ranks the University among the top 200 universities in the nation; its over $35 million in federal research spending ranks fourth among all Texas public universities.
UTEP is currently undergoing a transformation, including over $300 million in recent building expansions, renovations, and infrastructure improvements. The center for intellectual capital in the region, UTEP 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.
In its 2015 national university rankings, Washington Monthly again ranked UTEP in the top 10. In addition, UTEP maintained its #1 ranking as the nation’s leading university in fostering student social mobility. Our success in achieving both affordability and high quality in the low-resource U.S.-Mexico border setting requires a deep commitment by all UTEP faculty and staff, and our many friends and supporters. That commitment ensures that students who entrust us with their aspirations are given every opportunity not only to pursue them, but to engage in enriched educational experiences on our campus that will prepare them to compete successfully with their peers from across the globe. UTEP is not only redefining public higher education regionally and throughout Texas; our impact is being strongly validated across the nation. UTEP also offers exciting Division I athletic programs; award-winning theater, dance, and music programs; several art galleries and a museum; and continuing and lifelong education programs open to the public.
EL PASO: El Paso County is a highly livable, bi-cultural community of 800,000 people, which offers affordable homes and attractive neighborhoods. It is one of the safest large cities 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 a leading area for cultural diversity and border health research. El Paso comprises 248 square miles, making it the sixth largest city in Texas, and 19th largest city 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.
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: Candidates are required to have: (1) a clinical doctoral or non-doctoral degree in physical therapy and an academic doctorate in physical therapy or a related field; (2) eligibility for physical therapist licensure in Texas; (3) at least 3 years of clinical experience as a physical therapist; (4) current membership in the American Physical Therapy Association; (5) demonstrated experience with or potential for graduate teaching excellence; (6) demonstrated skills or potential to develop proficiency in instructional technology; (7) a demonstrated record of or potential for scholarly activity; (8) experience in or potential for service to the program, college, university, and community; and (9) ability to work effectively with faculty, staff, and students from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Preferred qualifications include: (1) demonstrated record of or potential for securing external funding; and (2) a record of active participation and/or leadership roles in related professional organizations.
BENEFITS: This position represents an excellent opportunity for an outstanding individual to build on an established program and shape the direction of new initiatives. Multiple research opportunities are available in community and clinical settings on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border. 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 should submit a single PDF that includes: (1) a cover letter which describes qualifications and interest in the position; (2) a current curriculum vitae; and (3) names and complete contact information for three professional references. Applicants will be notified before references are contacted. For more information, please contact Dr. Loretta Dillon at 915-747-8215 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Applications must be submitted by email to:
Dr. Loretta Dillon, Search Committee Chair
University of Texas at El Paso, College of Health Sciences
Department of Rehabilitation Sciences
Doctor of Physical Therapy Program
Hiring decision is based upon budget approval.
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.