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Dean and Endowed Chair of the College of Health Sciences

Dean and Endowed Chair of the College of Health Sciences

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About The University of Texas at El Paso:

The University of Texas at El Paso is America's leading Hispanic-Serving University. Located at the westernmost tip of Texas, where three states and two countries converge along the Rio Grande, UTEP is a public research university that transforms lives. Ninety-four percent of UTEP's nearly 25,000 students are minorities, and many are the first in their families to go to college. At UTEP, students have access to 168 bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degree programs in nine colleges and schools. UTEP is the only open-access, top-tier research university in America, yet its retention rates exceed those of selective institutions.

Located in the second-most educated city in Texas, UTEP is recognized as one of the best research universities in the country for connecting students with the community around them. It is one of only 28 institutions in the U.S. and 3 in Texas to hold both top tier research and community engagement distinctions from the Carnegie Foundation.

UTEP advances discovery of public value and positively impacts the health, culture, education, and economy of the community it serves. With more than $108 million in total annual research expenditures, the University is ranked among the top 5% of colleges and universities in research and fifth in Texas for federal research expenditures at public universities.

The University employs approximately 4,000 faculty, staff and students. It has one of the lowest out-of-pocket costs of any research university in the U.S., underscoring its commitment to offer an exceptional education at a great value. Almost 25% of graduates from the poorest backgrounds reach the top income quintile, placing UTEP in the top 10 universities in America for social mobility.

The College of Health Sciences

The College of Health Sciences is made up of four departments: Kinesiology, Public Health Sciences, Social Work, and Rehabilitation Sciences (which includes Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Speech-Language Pathology programs), a Clinical Laboratory Sciences Program, and a PhD program in Interdisciplinary Health Sciences. Faculty and students engage in teaching, research, and service related to the applied health sciences. The College's facilities and programs are designed to promote interdisciplinary teaching, learning, research and community engagement among our students. The College is housed in two locations. Our $60 million 135,000 sq. ft. Health Sciences and Nursing 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 Campbell Building, located about a mile from the main campus, is home to the graduate programs in the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, and offers clinical, classroom, and laboratory spaces, including the Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic, the Concussion Management Clinic, and the recently-renovated Human Anatomy Teaching Lab.

The College of Health Sciences enjoys a collaborative relationship with a variety of community partners in the healthcare industry, education, and military settings. The College's graduate and undergraduate students actively participate with faculty mentors in conducting a variety of projects relevant to improving health outcomes of the U.S.-Mexico border region population. In an underserved and healthcare workforce shortage region, the College of Health Sciences strives to provide its students with the best research and academic experience so the community can benefit from the care of high quality professionals.

Job Description:

The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) seeks a dynamic and visionary leader for the College of Health Sciences. The Dean will have exceptional opportunities to strengthen and shape how the College of Health Sciences contributes to America's leading Hispanic-Serving University. This appointment will be eligible for a substantial endowed chair in the role of Dean. Through the development of a supportive research and education infrastructure, the recruitment of talented faculty, the engagement of community partners, and a strong commitment to student success, the College of Health Sciences has built a portfolio of degree programs that prepares diverse students for challenging health care careers, and has developed engaged programs of research that make a difference in the local and global community. The next Dean will play a critical role in the University's new strategic plan, provide leadership and direction for the future of the College, and will ensure the highest standards of quality in health sciences education, service, and research.

Dean of College of Health Sciences

The Dean is the chief academic officer and administrative leader of the College of Health Sciences, and serves as a key member of the University leadership team, reporting directly to the Provost. Working collaboratively with faculty and staff to advance the College's mission, the Dean will represent the College within the University and among a wide range of external constituencies. The Dean will continue to promote UTEP's highly acclaimed access, excellence, and impact mission, strengthen collaborations with community partners, and build on existing research and scholarship to promote excellence in education and research at UTEP. The Dean will be responsible for development efforts with external partners, as well as alumni and other donors, in support of the goals of the College.


Minimum expectations for the successful candidate are:

  • An earned doctorate degree or equivalent, interdisciplinary experience, and qualifications commensurate with appointment as a tenured full professor
  • Demonstrated excellence in leadership and management indicative of innovative approaches, and the ability to make clear and informed decisions
  • Superior communication skills, political adroitness, and the capacity to represent the College effectively to local, national, and international constituencies
  • A history of quantifiable success in external and alumni relations and asset development for a large, complex organization
  • A record that demonstrates a meaningful commitment to, and accomplishment in, advancing diversity and inclusion, and community engaged scholarship and practice
  • A dedication to the core values of the University

Desirable qualities in a successful candidate for Dean of the UTEP College of Health Sciences include:

  • Progressive, administrative leadership at the departmental chair level or higher
  • Evidence of academic excellence
  • Record of scholarly activity, including peer-reviewed publications and external funding
  • Demonstrated support of faculty and staff development
  • An open and inclusive leadership style, partnering with and motivating faculty, staff, and students to take the College to a heightened level of success
  • A clear understanding of leading-edge methods and instructional technologies to support teaching and learning
  • Demonstrated appreciation for high-impact educational practices
  • Demonstrated record of interdisciplinary collaborations

Additional Information:

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. We seek to attract faculty and staff who share our commitment.

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 in accordance with state and federal law. Discrimination on the basis of sex includes an employee's or prospective employee's right to be free from sexual harassment under Title IX of the Higher Education Amendments of 1972. Inquiries-including the filing of a Formal Complaint or reporting an incident-about the application of Title IX may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, who can be reached by phone at (915) 747-8358, by email at, or by mail at 500 W. University Ave., El Paso, TX, Kelly Hall, Room 312.

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

Application Instructions:

Applications will be reviewed beginning November 15, 2021, and will be accepted until the position is filled. Visit this site ( to learn more. Individuals from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

Applicants must submit a CV, a letter of interest that includes discussion about contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion; and a list of five professional references.

Nominations and queries should be sent to Clifton Tanabe, Ph.D., College of Health Sciences Dean Search Committee Chair at

Additional Info

Contact Name : Clifton Tanabe, Ph.D.

Contact Address : 500 West University Avenue
El Paso, TX 79968

Contact Email :

Contact Phone : 915-747-5000

Application Deadline : 11/2/2022

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