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The College of Sciences at The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) is seeking applications for a tenure-track assistant professor in STEM EDUCATION RESEARCH (Chemistry and/or Biology Education preferred). The successful candidate will be expected to build an excellent science education program at a departmental level through research and curricular development activities, lead the expansion of the program through collaborations with other faculty, and attract external funding at levels needed to build and sustain such a research program.
A commitment to and effectiveness in classroom instruction are expected. Teaching responsibilities will include the very successful Research Foundations Course (RFC), a core course within the Freshmen Year Research Intensive Sequence. There may also be opportunities to contribute to the chemistry/ biology curriculum programs as determined by the department chair based on departmental workload requirements.
The new hire will be expected to synergize with UTEP's National Institutes of Health-funded BUILDing SCHOLARS Center. The Center is training the next generation of underserved and underrepresented biomedical and socio-behavioral scientists and engineers for careers in health-related research. The Center addresses the needs of undergraduate students in the U.S. Southwest through a multi-institution consortium, which includes Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona. The center's institutional development, student training, and research enrichment cores are anchored in undergraduate research and other high-impact, evidence-based educational practices to advance discoveries in seven interdisciplinary research nodes where UTEP faculty in the biomedical and socio-behavioral sciences and engineering have demonstrated strength: Addiction, Cancer, Neurodegenerative & Chronic Diseases, Environmental Health, Health Disparities, Infectious Diseases, and Translational Biomedicine. The center has a 2,000 sq. ft. dedicated collaborative learning environment designed specifically as a SCALE-UP classroom/innovation space. Currently over 3,100 students are majoring in disciplines within the College of Science, 2,400 of whom are in the Biological Sciences and Chemistry & Biochemistry. Both departments are housed in state-of-the-art, recently built facilities and offer nationally recognized doctoral programs.
An earned doctorate in Chemistry, Biochemistry, or Biology with an emphasis on higher education research practices in one of these fields is required. Postdoctoral experience is highly preferred. Applicants with published research, potential to attract external funding, and the ability to teach and direct research foundation classes are highly desired.
Lourdes E. Echegoyen, Ph.D.
Director, Campus Office of Undergraduate Research Initiatives
Director & Principal Investigator, BUILDing SCHOLARS Center
Research Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
The University of Texas at El Paso
500 W. University Ave., CCSB 2.0322
El Paso, TX 79968