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Assistant/Associate Professor - Health Services Administration and Health Policy

University of Texas at El Paso
Texas, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted date
Nov 13, 2021

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Faculty Positions, Health & Medicine, Other Health & Medicine
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Tenured/Tenured Track
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Full Time
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Assistant/Associate Professor - Health Services Administration and Health Policy

About The University of Texas at El Paso:

The University of Texas at El Paso is America's leading Hispanic-serving university. Located at the western-most tip of Texas, where three states and two countries converge along the Rio Grande, UTEP is a public research university that transforms lives. Ninety-four percent of UTEP's nearly 25,000 students are minorities, and many are the first in their families to go to college. At UTEP, students have access to 168 bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs in nine colleges and schools. UTEP is the only open-access, top tier research university in America, yet its retention rates exceed those of selective institutions.

Located in the second-most educated city in Texas, UTEP is recognized as one of the best research universities in the country for connecting students with the community around them. It is one of the only 28 institutions in the U.S. and 3 in Texas to hold both top tier research and community engagement distinctions from the Carnegie Foundation.

UTEP advances discovery of public value and positively impacts the health, culture, education and economy of the community it serves. With more than $108 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.

The University employs approximately 4,000 faculty, staff and students. It has one of the lowest out-of-pocket costs of any research university in the U.S., underscoring its commitment to offer an exceptional education at a great value. Almost 25% of graduates from the poorest backgrounds reach the top income quintile, placing UTEP in the top 10 universities in American for social mobility.

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 nearly 25,000 students - 83% of whom are Hispanic and half of whom are the first generation in their families to attend college.

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-Juarez 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 and is one of the largest bilingual, binational, multicultural communities in the Western Hemisphere.

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 national interest, such as bilingual education/language acquisition, border environment and immigration, environmental sustainability and infrastructure, health disparities, and international trade and commerce.

The College: The 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 ( 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 faculty clinical and research 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.

The Department: The Department of Public Health Sciences ( has a history of excellence in teaching, community engaged research, and community service. The Department of Public Health Sciences offers a Bachelor of Science in Public Health and an accredited Master of Public Health program with a concentration in border and minority health. MPH graduates can go on to earn a PhD through the Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Doctoral Program (IHS-PhD). Public Health Sciences faculty serve as major advisors for doctoral students in the IHS-PhD program and doctoral students conduct research in the faculty member's area of expertise. Current enrollment in the Department is 150 undergraduate students, 30 Master's degree students. Faculty have successfully secured external funding for and are currently conducting community engaged research in minority health disparities related to chronic and infectious disease, and environmental and occupational health. Faculty members in the Department collaborate with local community-based organizations, Texas Tech University Health Science Center at El Paso, City of El Paso Department of Public Health, national and international universities, the UTEP Clinical Laboratory Science Program, the Psychology Department, and the Biology Department. The department offers teaching and research assistantships for qualified graduate students. Separately, the IHS-PhD provides research assistantships for qualified PhD students that permit students to focus solely on research.

Job Description:

The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) Department of Public Health Sciences invites nominations and applications for a full-time tenured/tenure-track Assistant/Associate faculty position in Health Services Administration and Health Policy. The new faculty member will be welcomed to join us in our mission to improve population health through research on the role and effectiveness of health services administration, health management, health informatics, health information management, and health policy, with a special emphasis on reducing and eliminating minority health disparities. Anticipated appointment is Fall 2022.

Job responsibilities include teaching, conducting an active program of research, mentoring students in research and practice, and service to the department, college, university, and community. The selected candidate will be responsible for teaching core courses for the Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Public Health, including but not limited to Public Health Administration, and for the Master of Public Health (MPH) degree, including but not limited to Health Services Administration and Health Policy. Other possible teaching opportunities include offering courses for students in the Doctor of Nursing Practice and PharmD programs.

The new hire is expected to secure external funding and work in interdisciplinary research with colleagues across the university, in collaboration with leaders from health management organizations and departments of public health, to study urgent public health problems, find solutions, and inform decision makers, often resulting in shaping health policy. We especially welcome scholars who have demonstrated expertise in interdisciplinary scholarship and a commitment to translating research into practice.

This position offers an excellent opportunity for an outstanding individual to collaborate with other faculty in ongoing research, build their own program of research, and shape the direction of new initiatives. Multiple scholarly/research opportunities are available in community and clinical settings on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border. Teaching excellence and current scholarship/research will determine appointment at the Assistant or Associate level.


Qualified applicants will have: 1) earned doctoral degree in health administration and management, health policy, public health, epidemiology or a closely related field from an accredited institution; 2) prior university-level teaching experience in healthcare administration, health policy, epidemiology, and management; 3) commitment to or evidence of teaching excellence; 4) potential for leadership in departmental, college, university, community, and professional organizations; and 5) evidence of or potential for effective collaboration with faculty, staff, and students from diverse backgrounds.

Preferred Qualifications: In addition to the required qualifications, applicants may have one or more of the following: 1) earned MPH or MSPH degree; 2) prior applied professional experience in health administration, health policy, and/or a health-care related field; 3) knowledge of issues related to Hispanic health disparities and/or border health challenges; 4) experience in translational and/or interdisciplinary science; and/or 5) knowledge of global health and health challenges for global populations living in border regions.

Additional Information:

SALARY/BENEFITS: The initial salary is negotiable and based on qualifications and experience. The position comes with research start-up package and excellent fringe benefits.

Hiring decisions are based upon 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, 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

Application Instructions:

Review of applications will begin immediately, and applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Candidates must submit the following 1) letter of interest addressing how candidate meets each required qualification, and any applicable preferred qualifications; 2) curriculum vitae; 3) abbreviated research plan (2 pages or less); 4) brief teaching philosophy (2 pages or less); 5) copies of up to three first-authored or co-authored peer-reviewed publications relevant to current scholarly/research agenda; 6) statement of contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion; and 7) complete contact information for at least three references. Applicants will be notified before references are contacted.

For more information about the position, contact:

Dr. Maria Duarte-Gardea, Committee Chair
Department of Public Health Sciences

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