Assistant Professor of Human Fitness and Performance
University of Texas at El Paso
October 3, 2018
El Paso, Texas
Full Time - Experienced
College / University
The University of Texas at El Paso
Assistant Professor of Human Fitness and Performance
Department of Kinesiology, College of Health Sciences
The University of Texas at El Paso invites applications for the position of Assistant Professor of Human Fitness and Performance in the Department of Kinesiology in the College of Health Sciences. 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 human fitness and performance (i.e., strength and conditioning) and/or related topics; 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 2019.
An earned doctorate degree in Exercise Science, Sports Science, Kinesiology or a closely related field with a focus in human fitness and performance or strength and conditioning. ABD will be considered, but the Ph.D. degree must be completed before the employment start date;
A strong potential for or record of academic scholarship in human fitness and performance as demonstrated by research publications and ability to secure extramural research funding;
A commitment to and potential for teaching excellence in human fitness and performance, or a record of successful college or university teaching; and
Potential for or 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. Preference will be given to candidates with a strong interdisciplinary and collaborative research record.
Preference will be given to candidates with previous experience and interest in conducting research in the area of human fitness and performance across the lifespan from an interdisciplinary perspective (e.g., biomechanics, motor behavior, or exercise physiology) aligned with the research potential of our state of the art laboratories, which are fully equipped to conduct clinical, applied and basic science research (https://www.utep.edu/chs/fitness-research-facility/index.html). Candidates should possess human fitness and performance-related certificates from leading professional organizations, such as the NSCA or ACSM.
The Department of Kinesiology
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 degree, and students can earn a Ph.D. through the Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Doctoral Program (IHS-Ph.D.). Kinesiology faculty serve as major advisors for doctoral students in the IHS-Ph.D. program and doctoral students conduct research in the faculty member's area of expertise. Current enrollment in Kinesiology exceeds 1000 undergraduate students, about 30 Master's degree and several Ph.D. students. 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, organizations, the Area Agency on Aging, Texas Tech University Health Science Center El Paso, national and international universities, and the UTEP Physical Therapy Program, Biology Department, and College of Engineering. The Department offers teaching and research assistantships for qualified graduate students. Separately, the IHS-Ph.D. provides research assistantships for qualified Ph.D. students that students use to focus solely on research.
The Department of Kinesiology has four research laboratories related to Fitness and Performance, Exercise Physiology, Biomechanics, and Neuro-motor Control. All laboratories contain state-of-the-art equipment. The Fitness Research Facility (https://www.utep.edu/chs/fitness-research-facility/index.html) is a fully equipped 2,000 sq. ft. exercise facility for human performance research, teaching and exercise programs. Research projects can also utilize the adjacent Stanley E. Fulton Biomechanics and Motor Behavior Lab, which is equipped with a new 8-camera VICON motion analysis system, force plates, EMG system, Biodex dynamometer, vibration plate, and a perturbation treadmill and slip walkways system. The Metabolic, Nutrition and Exercise Research (MiNER) Laboratory provides opportunities for metabolic, endocrine, cardiorespiratory, body composition, immunohistochemical and other measures. The Virtual Reality and Motor Control Research Lab is also available with an 8-camera Optitrack motion analysis system, force plate, Wacom digital tablet, Plato occlusion goggles, and ASL eye/hear integration system.
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 Ph.D. 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.
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 consistently 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.
Review of applications will begin immediately and applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
Applicants must submit the following information:
A letter of application/cover letter including a description of current research activities and plans for research progress,
Curriculum vitae, and
Names and contact information for three professional references.
For questions about the position, you may contact Dr. Sandor Dorgo, Search Committee Chair, at mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 915-747-7222.
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.