Department of Kinesiology – College of Health Sciences
Responsibilities: This position is a tenure-track, nine-month academic year position with the possibility of summer teaching. The successful candidate will teach undergraduate and graduate courses related to biomechanics and exercise science; advise undergraduate students; mentor master's and doctoral students; engage in scholarly research, including publishing research and applying for external research funding; and participate in service activities within the department, college, university, and profession. The anticipated appointment date is September 2018.
Qualifications: Applicants should have (1) an earned doctorate in biomechanics of human movement and performance. ABD will be considered, but the Ph.D. degree must be completed before the employment start date; (2) a strong potential for or record of academic scholarship as demonstrated by research publications and ability to secure extramural research funding; (3) a commitment to and potential for teaching excellence in biomechanics of human movement, or a record of successful college or university teaching; and (4) potential for or history of active service participation and/or leadership roles in campus, community, and professional organizations. The successful candidate must be able to work effectively with faculty, staff, and students from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Preference will be given to candidates with a strong interdisciplinary and collaborative research record and experience working in a multi-cultural setting.
The Department: The Department of Kinesiology (kinesiology.utep.edu) has a history of excellence in interdisciplinary research, teaching, and community service. The Department offers a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in Kinesiology and participates in the College of Health Sciences Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program. Current enrollment exceeds 1000 undergraduate students and more than 30 Master's degree students. Kinesiology faculty also serve as major advisors for doctoral students in the Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Ph.D. Program and doctoral students conduct research in the faculty member's area of expertise. Faculty have successfully secured external funding for and currently conduct research in sport performance, health-related fitness and aging, neuro-motor control, obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. Faculty members in the Department collaborate with local school districts, hospitals, Texas Tech University Health Science Center El Paso, national and international universities, and UTEP colleagues in, among others, Physical Therapy, Biology, and Engineering.
The Research Laboratories: Kinesiology has four research laboratories related to Exercise Physiology, Fitness, Biomechanics, and Neuro-motor Control. All laboratories contain state-of-the-art equipment. In reference to biomechanics, The Stanley E. Fulton Biomechanics and Motor Behavior Laboratory (https://www.utep.edu/chs/stanley-e-fulton-biomechanics-and-motor-behavior-laboratory/index.html) is equipped with 3 mounted AMTI force platforms, a portable force platform, a 4-camera Vicon Motus 3-D motion analysis system with automatic digitizing, a new Vicon real-time motion capture system, an 8-channel tethered EMG system, a 16-channel wireless EMG system, a Biodex isovelocity dynamometer, a wireless 16-channel Clevemed Biocapture Pro, and an Applied Science Laboratories H6 high-speed head-mounted eye tracker with eye/head integration. Other equipment includes WorldViz 4.0 Virtual Reality Developer, an eMagin Z800 3DVisor for head mounted virtual reality display, an A395 Linear Stimulus Isolator from World Precision Instruments, Brower timing system, uniaxial accelerometers, a treadmill and a cycle ergometer. The lab also contains specialized equipment for the study of gait and falling. The Virtual Reality and Motor Control Laboratory is equipped for investigations of fine motor control (Wacom Digital Touchpad with Movalyzer software), upper extremity control (custom arm bar system), full-body motion capture (8 camera Optitrack Prime 13 with Motive software), visual preference (PLATO Occlusion goggles), and balance (AMTI force plate).
The College of Health Sciences provides teaching, research, and service related to the applied health sciences (chs.utep.edu). It has four departments: Clinical Laboratory Science, Kinesiology, Public Health Sciences, Rehabilitation Sciences, and Social Work. Faculty collaborate with the UTEP School of Nursing, the new UTEP School of Pharmacy, the University of Texas at Houston School of Public Health – El Paso Regional Campus, and the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso Paul L. Foster School of Medicine. The College has over 55 full-time faculty members, serves more than 2300 students, and is nationally recognized for its innovative research in border health, and Hispanic health and health disparities. College faculty were awarded more than $15 million by the NIH and other agencies during the past five years for their innovative health research projects. The expertise of the faculty is extensive and ranges from bench to community-engaged research. Many undergraduate and graduate students assist faculty with a wide variety of research projects relevant to improving health outcomes in the U.S.-Mexico border region. The 138,000 sq. ft. College of Health Sciences and Nursing Building on UTEP's main campus houses numerous state-of-the-art clinical and research laboratories, innovative teaching and clinical simulation spaces, and faculty and administrative offices.
The University of Texas at El Paso and its access and excellence mission is redefining public higher education in Texas and across the nation. The University's extraordinary success is validated by numerous accolades. In 2017, the Brookings Institution ranked UTEP as the No. 1 leader in equal access to higher education, based on a combination of research productivity and student social mobility. The Carnegie Corporation of New York recently recognized UTEP for its institutional vision and commitment to quality, diversity, curricular innovation, and investment in our community. A 2016 column in the New York Times about a comprehensive study of college graduates lauded UTEP as a working-class institution that enrolls students from families of modest means and produces graduates who work their way into the middle class, upper middle class, and beyond. Pursuing its special mission, UTEP currently enrolls more than 25,000 undergraduate and graduate students – about 80 percent of them Hispanic – and is the only doctoral research university in the nation with a majority Mexican-American student body, many of whom are the first in their families to attend college. UTEP offers 73 bachelor's, 75 master's, and 22 doctorates, and has awarded more than 124,000 degrees since its founding in 1914.
The City of El Paso's and UTEP's border location makes it an ideal venue for academic programs and research studies on topics of national interest such as bilingual education/language acquisition, border security and immigration, environmental sustainability and infrastructure, health disparities, and international trade and commerce. El Paso, one of the safest large cities in the country, has an active arts and culture community that supports 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, dance and theatre productions; contemporary and student art galleries; a natural history museum and gardens; and an award-winning xeriscape campus. For sports fans, UTEP and El Paso offer exciting Division I-A college athletics on campus; professional baseball by the El Paso Chihuahuas, the San Diego Padres Triple-A baseball team; and ice hockey in the El Paso Coliseum. The region's mild Chihuahuan Desert climate, nearby national monuments, mountains and forests offer tremendous year-round outdoor recreational opportunities ranging from hiking and off-road adventures to downhill skiing.
Benefits: The initial salary and rank are negotiable and commensurate with qualifications and experience. The position includes excellent health and retirement benefits.
Application Procedure: Applicants must submit (1) a cover letter, (2) a curriculum vitae, and (3) three professional references in a single PDF file. Incomplete applications or multiple files will be rejected. Candidates will be notified before references are contacted. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. For more information, contact Dr. Harry Meeuwsen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.