The University of Texas at El Paso
College of Health Sciences
Department of Social Work
Assistant/Associate Professor and MSW Program Coordinator
Responsibilities: The University of Texas at El Paso, College of Health Sciences invites nominations and applications for the position of Assistant or Associate Professor of Social Work from talented individuals who will demonstrate excellence in research, teaching, and service. This position is a tenure-track/tenure eligible nine-month academic year appointment with the possibility of summer teaching. The appointment at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor will be commensurate with experience and qualifications. The successful candidate will serve as the Coordinator of the MSW Program with responsibility for leading an established program and have the ability to work effectively with faculty, staff, students and community stakeholders from diverse ethnic, cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. The Coordinator will oversee the admission process, prepare the course schedule, chair the MSW Program Committee, work closely with the Field Education Coordinator to ensure appropriate and high quality MSW student placements, and ensure CSWE accreditation standards compliance. The MSW Program Coordinator reports to the Department Chair. Anticipated appointment date is Fall 2013.
The Department: The Department of Social Work’s MSW Program is in the final stage of candidacy for accreditation by the Council on Social Work Education. Final consideration for initial accreditation is scheduled for June 2013. The department has a history of excellence in interdisciplinary research, teaching, and community practice. It offers the Bachelor of Social Work and the Master of Social Work, which began Summer 2010. The UTEP MSW program is the only MSW in the nation to focus on social work in a border region. The department currently serves 115 undergraduate pre-social work majors, 100 BSW students, and 62 MSW students. The department has nine tenure-track positions, including the MSW Program Coordinator. The MSW program prepares students for generalist practice serving Hispanic and other clients in the U.S.-Mexico border region. Faculty members also participate in the Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Ph.D. Program administered by the College of Health Sciences and School of Nursing.
The department’s website can be found at: http://socialwork.utep.edu 
The College: The College of Health Sciences provides teaching, research, and service related to the applied health sciences (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 60 full-time faculty members, serves more than 1900 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 external health research funding, including $7.6 million in funded research during the past three years for its innovative health research projects. College faculty conduct research that spans basic and clinical sciences, 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. A recently completed $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 more than 22,000 students – about 77 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 offers 70 bachelor’s, 79 master’s, and 19 doctoral degree programs – with more in development. UTEP’s nearly $70 million in research spending a year ranks the University among the top 200 universities in the nation; and its more than $35 million in federal research spending ranks fourth among all Texas public universities. In 2012, UTEP was ranked #12 in the nation by the Washington Monthly in its annual “College Guide and Rankings.”
The center for intellectual capital in the region, UTEP awarded its 100,000th degree since its founding in 1914 at the May 2011 commencement. A major economic engine in the Paso del Norte region, UTEP generates $438 million in local business volume and contributes over 6,900 jobs and $423 million in household income. UTEP 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.
The Community: El Paso County is a highly livable, bi-cultural 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’s active arts and culture community features the state’s longest running symphony orchestra, a nationally recognized chamber music festival, art galleries, history museums, and a full schedule of seasonal festivals and events. UTEP adds to the arts scene with an award-winning dinner theater, contemporary and student art galleries, and a natural history museum.
Benefits: This position represents an excellent opportunity for an outstanding individual to build on established programs and shape the direction of the new MSW program and other future initiatives. Multiple research opportunities are available in community and clinical settings on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border. The initial salary is competitive and based on qualifications and experience. The position comes with an attractive start-up package and excellent fringe benefits.
Qualifications: (1) Earned doctoral degree in social work or a closely related field with, (2) at least 1 year of experience in an administrative position within the community or a university setting, (3) an established track record of academic scholarship and external fund development, (4) history of or potential to conduct a program of teaching and research on border health and welfare issues in a bi-national, bi-cultural environment, (5) MSW degree and a minimum of two years post-masters practice experience in social work, (6) participation in leadership roles in professional organizations.
Preferred Qualifications: (1) Bilingual (English/Spanish) writing and speaking skills and experience with curriculum development and course scheduling, (2) experience with CSWE accreditation processes, (3) licensure in Texas as an LMSW or LCSW or license-eligible in Texas, (4) 3 years of teaching and mentoring in an accredited social work program in a higher education institution.
Application Information: Applications will be received and reviewed until the position is filled. Review of applications will begin immediately. Applicants should submit: (1) a cover letter describing their interest in the position and their qualifications; (2) a curriculum vitae; and (3) complete contact information for three professional references. Candidates will be notified before references are contacted. For more information, please contact Dr. Mark Lusk at firstname.lastname@example.org  or call 915-747-8588.
Please send applications to:
Dr. Mark Lusk
Department of Social Work
College of Health Sciences
The University of Texas at El Paso
500 W. University Ave.
El Paso, TX 79968
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 or sexual orientation in employment or in the provision of services.