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Associate Professor- Public Health Nutrition

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Category:: Health Sciences
Department:: Department of Public Health Sciences
Locations:: El Paso, TX
Posted:: Oct 5, 2018
Closes:: Open Until Filled
Type:: Full-time
Ref. No.:: RY18-06

About The University of Texas at El Paso:

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. UTEP has over $90 million in research spending per year, which ranks the University among the top 200 universities in the nation. More than $35 million of this is in federal research spending, which ranks fourth among all Texas public universities. The quality of UTEP's faculty and their sustained commitment to excellence are reflected in the University's strong record of receiving extremely competitive grant awards, while also maintaining an academic environment dedicated to addressing the educational needs of students, many of whom are the first in their families to attend college.

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. UTEP enrollment tops 25,000 students, most of whom are Hispanic, and is the only doctoral research university in the nation with a student body that is a majority Mexican-American. UTEP offers 74 bachelors, 76 masters, and 22 doctoral degree programs across eight colleges and schools, with more in development. UTEP features excellent classroom and laboratory facilities, with construction underway for a state of the art Interdisciplinary Research building which will house interdisciplinary research teams from across campus. UTEP is characterized by its bilingual and bicultural student population, and is the first national research university serving a 21st century student demographic. For more information about UTEP, watch this video (from 2015) https://vimeo.com/141958477 and please visit our website: www.utep.edu.

El Paso, Texas
The University of Texas at El Paso is located along the U.S.-Mexico border in one of the largest binational communities in the world. El Paso is a highly livable, bicultural community of almost 700,000 people that offers affordable homes and attractive neighborhoods. It has been named among the safest large U.S. cities. El Paso experiences more than 300 days of sunshine annually, and residents enjoy outdoor activities year-round. This location offers 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.

As the region's center for intellectual capital, UTEP has awarded about 130,000 degrees since its founding in 1914. UTEP is one of the major economic engines in the Paso del Norte region, adding $1.4 billion to the local economy annually. The University also is credited for creating an estimated 26,499 new jobs, according to a January 2015 report by Economic Modeling Specialists International.

El Paso's active arts and culture community features the state's longest running symphony orchestra, nationally recognized chamber music and film festivals, art galleries, museums, and a full schedule of seasonal events. UTEP adds to the arts and entertainment scene with an award-winning dinner theater, music and dance productions, contemporary and student art galleries, and a natural history museum. For sports fans, the UTEP Miners offer exciting Division I-A college athletics at several campus venues: the Sun Bowl Stadium, the Don Haskins Center, Kidd Field, University Field and the Helen of Troy Softball Complex. Southwest University Park, located a mile away in lively downtown El Paso, is home to the El Paso Chihuahuas, the Triple-A affiliate of the San Diego Padres.

The Department of Public Health Sciences
The Department of Public Health Sciences (https://www.utep.edu/chs/phs/index.html) 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 Health Promotion and an accredited Master of Public Health program with a concentration in border and minority health. Students can 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 160 undergraduate students, about 45 Master's degree and several PhD students. Faculty have successfully secured external funding for and currently conduct 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 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.

The Department of Public Health Sciences has access to state-of-the-art research facilities located in the College of Health Sciences and School of Nursing Building, including the Nutrient Analysis Laboratory and the Experimental Foods Laboratories https://www.utep.edu/chs/research/research-centers-and-laboratories.html.

The College of Health Sciences
The UTEP 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 six master's degrees in the college: Speech-Language Pathology, Occupational Therapy (transitioning to OTD by 2022), Public Health, Rehabilitation Counseling, Social Work, and Kinesiology. There are currently two doctoral programs in CHS: Doctor of Physical Therapy, and a PhD 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 (https://www.utep.edu/chs/). 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.

Job Description:

The University of Texas at El Paso invites applications for the position of Associate Professor of Public Health Nutrition in the College of Health Sciences, Department of Public Health Sciences. We seek to prepare a new generation of professionals dedicated to addressing global public health nutrition challenges.

The successful candidate will provide leadership for the development of a MS in Nutrition and Dietetics; teach undergraduate and graduate courses related to human nutrition and/or related topics; 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 2019.


Applicants should have:

  1. An earned doctorate in nutrition or public health with a preferred emphasis in global public health nutrition or related field from an accredited college or university;
  2. a strong record of academic scholarship in community nutrition, public health nutrition, global health nutrition and/or dietetics;
  3. a strong record of academic scholarship as demonstrated by research publications and ability to secure extramural research funding;
  4. a commitment to, and potential for, teaching excellence in human nutrition, global health and public health nutrition and a record of successful college or university teaching;
  5. an understanding of, and commitment to, community and globally engaged scholarship; and
  6. history of active service 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.

Preferred qualifications:
Preference will be given to candidates with an MPH degree or Certificate in Public Health; previous experience and interest in conducting interdisciplinary research in the area of global human nutrition across the lifespan and across cultures; and the ability to align with the translational research potential of our state-of-the-art laboratories, which are fully equipped to conduct clinical, basic and applied science research. Other preferred areas of research include nutritional epidemiology or human health and disease. Preference will be given to candidates with a strong interdisciplinary and collaborative research record.

Additional Information:

Benefits: Salary will be competitive for rank and commensurate with qualifications and experience. The position comes with excellent fringe benefits.

Hiring decisions are based on 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.

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 the provision of services.

For accommodation information for employees and applicants with disabilities, please contact UTEP's Equal Opportunity Office at [email protected]

Application Instructions:

Review of applications will begin immediately and will be accepted until the position is filled.

Applicants must submit the following information:

  1. a letter of application/cover letter including a description of current research activities and plans for research progress;
  2. curriculum vitae; and
  3. names and contact information for three professional references.

For questions about the position, you may contact Dr. Maria Duarte, Search Committee Chair at [email protected] or by phone at 915-747-7252.




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Posted: 12/25/2018
Application Due: 5/15/2019
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