University of Texas at El Paso – Assistant Professor – Rehabilitation Counseling Program

The University of Texas at El Paso
Assistant Professor – Rehabilitation Counseling Program
College of Health Sciences – Department of Rehabilitation Sciences

Description: The University of Texas at El Paso, College of Health Sciences invites applications for an Assistant Professor position in the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, Rehabilitation Counseling Program. The position is a tenure-track, nine-month academic year position with the possibility of summer teaching. Anticipated appointment date is fall 2017.

Program: The Master of Rehabilitation Counseling program, which enrolled its first graduate students in August of 2010, is the first such program in the El Paso region. Faculty members in the program are expected to be proficient educators, dedicated researchers, and committed to serving the university and community. Faculty in the College of Health Sciences are also encouraged to collaborate in both teaching and research with faculty from other programs across the University as well as with clinical partners and other regional universities.

Qualifications: Required qualifications include (1) an earned doctoral degree in Rehabilitation Counseling, Rehabilitation Psychology, or a closely-related field from an accredited university (ABD considered but PhD must be completed before employment); (2) Current CRC certification (Certified Rehabilitation Counselor) or eligibility; certification must be obtained within one year of hire; (3) minimum of two years experience in rehabilitation counseling practice; (4) demonstrated commitment to, or potential for, teaching excellence at the university level; (5) ability to use technology in instruction; (6) demonstrated record of, or potential for, scholarly research and publication, including development of grant proposals and attracting external funding; and (7) demonstrated record of, or potential for, service to professional organizations and the public vocational rehabilitation program or community rehabilitation programs. Preferred qualifications include (1) experience fostering community partnerships and supervising students in a clinical setting; (2) teaching or research experience in assessment and theories of counseling. Individuals with prior work experience in a multi-cultural setting, and a Hispanic and/or border health research focus are encouraged to apply. Bilingual (English/Spanish) candidates are also encouraged to apply. ABD applicants must have earned doctorate by August 15, 2017.

The Department: The Department of Rehabilitation Sciences currently includes four academic units, all of which offer a graduate degree: Occupational Therapy (MOT), Physical Therapy (DPT), Rehabilitation Counseling (MRC), and Speech Language Pathology (MS in SLP). The program is fully accredited by CORE through 2022. A pre-professional undergraduate degree in Health and Rehabilitation is being planned. Departmental faculty members actively participate in the Interdisciplinary Health Sciences PhD Program, which is jointly administered by the College of Health Sciences and School of Nursing. The department has approximately 265 graduate students and 23 full-time faculty members, who are widely recognized for their research and teaching on rehabilitation sciences in a Hispanic border context.

The College: The College of Health Sciences provides teaching, research, and service related to the applied health sciences ( It has five departments (Clinical Laboratory Science, Kinesiology, Public Health Sciences, Rehabilitation Sciences, and Social Work) 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 UTEP School of Pharmacy, the UTEP-University of Texas at Austin Cooperative Pharmacy Program, the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, and the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine in El Paso. The College has over 60 full-time faculty members, serves over 2000 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. College faculty members have been awarded $15.6 million in external funding during the past five years for their innovative health research projects. They 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 a variety of projects relevant to improving health outcomes in the US-Mexico border region. Our $60 million 135,000 square foot 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: Located in one of the largest binational communities in the world, The University of Texas at El Paso is unique among research institutions. UTEP enrolls more than 23,000 students, a majority of whom are Hispanic, and many are the first in their families to attend college. Ranked among the Top 10 universities in the nation by Washington Monthly magazine and #1 for improving student social mobility, UTEP is dedicated to becoming the first national research university to serve a 21st-century student demographic.

El Paso: Set against the backdrop of the Franklin Mountains in the Chihuahuan Desert, The University of Texas at El Paso is located at the heart of the U.S.–Mexico border region in one of the largest binational communities in the world. El Paso is a highly livable, bicultural community of almost 700,000 people, which offers affordable homes and attractive neighborhoods. It has been named among the safest large cities in the United States. El Paso experiences more than 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 security and immigration, environmental sustainability and infrastructure, health disparities, and international trade and commerce.

Benefits: Multiple research opportunities are available in community and clinical settings. The initial salary and rank are negotiable and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Application Procedure: Applicants must submit the following: (1) a cover letter describing their interest in the position and their qualifications; (2) a curriculum vita; and (3) the names, titles, addresses, and e-mails of three professional references. Applications will be received until the position is filled. For more information, please contact Dr. Barbara Schoen at (915) 747-7233 or Candidates will be notified before references are contacted.

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Hiring decisions are contingent 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.

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.

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