Assistant Professor of Sociology

University of Texas at El Paso
Texas, United States
Salary Not specified
Sep 18, 2020
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

College of Liberal Arts

Department of Sociology & Anthropology

Assistant Professor of Sociology

Position Description: The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), Department of Sociology & Anthropology, invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Sociology or related disciplines. The purpose of this position is (1) to contribute to our strengths in environmental justice issues, and (2) to augment our efforts to obtain a doctoral program for the department. All areas of Environmental Sociology will be considered, but we are especially interested in their effects on our areas of expertise in Latinx and/or indigenous communities, borders, and health disparities. The teaching load is 2-2. Faculty with research interests that will benefit from our primarily Latinx student population and evidence of successful grant acquisition are especially encouraged to apply.


About UTEP: The University of Texas at El Paso is a comprehensive public research university that is increasing access to excellent higher education. UTEP enrolls more than 25,000 students in 167 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs in 10 colleges and schools. It is one of the largest and most successful Hispanic-serving institutions in the country, with a student body that is over 80% Hispanic. UTEP advances discovery of public value and positively impacts the health, culture, education and economy of the community it serves. With more than $100 million in total annual research expenditures, the University is ranked among the top 5% of colleges and universities in research and fifth in Texas for federal research expenditures at public universities. It is also nationally recognized as a community-engaged university.


About The Department: The UTEP Department of Sociology & Anthropology is the historical home of the field of U.S.-Mexico Border Studies and had a major role in the growth of border studies as a global academic field. The department has 16 tenured and tenure-track faculty members in the fields of Sociology, Anthropology, and Geography. We have an active M.A. program and a vibrant research agenda especially concerned with Latinx Studies, U.S.-Mexico Border Studies, immigration, criminalization, environmental justice, social inequality (i.e. race/ethnicity, class, gender, and citizenship), health issues, and the U.S. Southwest.


About El Paso: Set against the backdrop of the Franklin Mountains in the Chihuahuan Desert, The University of Texas at El Paso is located along the U.S.-Mexico border in one of the world’s largest binational communities. UTEP’s award-winning, sustainably designed campus landscape and unique Bhutanese architecture create an energizing and tranquil oasis in the bustling El Paso-Juárez metroplex of more than 2 million residents. El Paso is a highly livable, bicultural community of more than 800,000 people that offers affordable homes and attractive neighborhoods. It has been repeatedly named among the safest large U.S. cities. El Paso experiences almost 300 days of sunshine annually, and residents enjoy outdoor activities year-round. The City of El Paso is adjacent to the state of New Mexico and the country of Mexico, making it an ideal venue for academic programs and research studies on topics of border environment and immigration, environmental sustainability and infrastructure, and health disparities, among others.


Required Qualifications: A Ph.D. in Sociology or related field; published research; potential to attract external funding; and the ability to teach and direct graduate research, with a high level of productivity.


Application Instructions and Contact Information: Interested candidates must submit: 1) a letter summarizing qualifications and fit within the department and program; and 2) a current curriculum vitae. If you have any questions about the position, you may contact Maria Cristina Morales, Search Committee Chair, at


Application Review Date: Review of applications will begin October 16, 2020, and will continue until the position is filled. To apply, visit


Hiring decisions are subject to 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 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.

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