Tenure-Track Assistant or Associate Professor Faculty Position in Occupational Therapy
Position Description: The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) College of Health Sciences Department of Rehabilitation Sciences invites nominations and applications for a full-time tenure-track or tenure-eligible position in a dynamic and growing Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) Program. This is a nine-month academic year appointment with the possibility of summer teaching. The applicant should be an occupational therapist with a doctoral degree in occupational therapy or a related field. Faculty responsibilities include teaching core occupational therapy courses, advising/mentoring graduate students, engaging in research and scholarly activities, and participating in service within the department, college, university, and profession. Unique opportunities for interdisciplinary research in underserved and multicultural populations are available. The anticipated appointment date is negotiable, with a target starting date of September 2018.
Qualifications: Candidates must (1) have a doctorate in occupational therapy or a related field, (research doctorate preferred, clinical doctorate considered), (2) be eligible for Texas occupational therapy licensure, (3) be an active member of the American Occupational Therapy Association, (4) have a minimum of two years of experience in clinical occupational therapy practice, (5) have experience in teaching, research, or grant writing, (6) demonstrate a commitment to, or potential for, teaching excellence at the university level, (7) demonstrate skills or potential to develop proficiency in instructional technology, and (8) have 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 roles in occupational therapy, (2) a record of research and/or publications, and (3) experience in grant writing and/or project management.
The Program: The Occupational Therapy (OT) Program (http://chs.utep.edu/ot ) is an entry-level master's degree program with 6 semesters of coursework and two 12-week clinical fieldwork experiences. Student-to-teacher ratio is about 24:1 in lecture courses and 12:1 in lab courses, making class sizes ideal for hands-on learning experiences and service learning opportunities. The OT program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) and has high NBCOT examination pass rates. A recently awarded HRSA Scholarship for Disadvantaged Students grant offers a majority of the MOT students tuition, fees, and living expenses. The OT faculty members hold a primary appointment in the MOT program but have opportunities to teach in the newly established Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation Sciences and/or the Interdisciplinary Health Sciences PhD program. Faculty members are encouraged to collaborate in teaching and research with other programs across the University, clinical partners, and other regional universities.
The Department: The Department of Rehabilitation Sciences currently includes five academic programs: Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation Sciences, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Speech Language Pathology, and Rehabilitation Counseling. All units except BSRS offer the graduate degree (DPT, MOT, MS in SLP, MRC). 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 228 graduate students. Its 19 full-time faculty members are widely recognized for their research and teaching on rehabilitation sciences in a Hispanic border context. A $2.3 million renovation was recently completed, including a brand-new anatomy cadaver laboratory, and teaching laboratories for gait analysis, home care, and clinical simulation. Other additions include virtual reality research facilities and a clinic for on-site faculty practice, clinical teaching, and research. The Department will continue to thrive in these 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 (chs.utep.edu). It has four departments (Kinesiology, Public Health Sciences, Rehabilitation Sciences, and Social Work), a Clinical Laboratory Science Program, 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 newly established School of Pharmacy (which was a cooperative program with UT Austin Pharmacy before), the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, and the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine in El Paso. The College is staffed by over 60 full-time faculty members, serves more than 2100 students, and is nationally recognized for its innovative research in border health and in Hispanic health and health disparities. It has a record of success with NIH and external health research funding. The College faculty have been awarded $15.6 million in external funding during the past five years for their 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 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 an emerging national research university 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 25,000 students – about 80 percent of them Hispanic – and is the only doctoral research university in the nation with a student body that is a majority Mexican-American. UTEP comprises 8 colleges and offers 73 bachelor's, 75 master's, and 22 doctoral degree programs, with more in development. UTEP's over $90 million in externally funded research spending a year ranks the University among the top 200 universities in the nation, and its over $35 million in federal research spending ranks fourth among all Texas public universities. UTEP has recently undergone a transformation, benefitting from over $300 million in building expansions, renovations, and infrastructure improvements.
The Brookings Institution in 2017 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 University also was recognized recently by the Carnegie Corporation of New York for its institutional vision and abiding commitment to diversity, high quality, curricular innovation, and investment in our community. Our success in achieving both affordability and high quality in the low-resourced US-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 also to engage in enriched educational experiences to prepare them to compete successfully with their peers worldwide.
About El Paso: El Paso County is a highly livable, bicultural community of 800,000 people that offers affordable homes and is the safest large city in the United States. Shielded by mountains on three sides, El Paso enjoys more than 300 days of sunshine annually and a dry climate, making it possible to engage in outdoor activities year-round. The city of El Paso adjoins both the state of New Mexico and the country of Mexico, making it one of the largest international communities in the world. El Paso comprises 248 square miles and is the sixth largest city in Texas and 19th largest in the United States. El Paso and UTEP offer exciting sporting events, cultural opportunities (museums, galleries, performances), and lifelong learning open to the public.
Benefits: This position represents an excellent opportunity for an outstanding individual to build on established programs and shape the direction of future initiatives. Multiple teaching and research opportunities are available in community and clinical settings on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border. Initial salary and rank are negotiable and based upon qualifications and experience. The position comes with excellent fringe benefits.
Application Information: Applicants must submit: (1) a cover letter, (2) curriculum vitae, and (3) complete contact information for three professional references. Candidates will be notified before references are contacted. Applications will be reviewed immediately and received until the position is filled. For more information, please contact Program Director Dr. Christine C. Chen at 915-747-7269 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hiring decisions are subject to final 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.
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