Job: University of Texas at El Paso, Sociology and Anthropology, Assistant Prof

The University of Texas at El Paso, College of Liberal Arts, Department of Sociology and Anthropology

Assistant Professor

POSITION DESCRIPTION: The Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Texas at El Paso is seeking an Assistant Professor of Sociology with research specializations in education, work/occupations, sociology of science, or medicine, with a focus on social inequalities. We seek a scholar with an interest in underrepresented minorities and women in higher education, the training and retention of health scientists and professionals, academic research careers, or professional and workplace diversity issues. The Department of Sociology and Anthropology offers undergraduate majors and minors in Sociology and Anthropology and a MA degree in Sociology.

The new hire will be expected to synergize with UTEP’s new National Institutes of Health-funded BUILDing SCHOLARS (Building Undergraduate Infrastructure Leading to Diversity: Southwest Consortium of Health-Oriented education Leaders And Research Scholars) Center. The Center will train the next generation of biomedical and socio-behavioral scientists and engineers from underrepresented groups for careers in health research. The Center will address the needs of undergraduate students in the  Southwestern US through a multi-institution consortium which includes colleges and universities in Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona.

Responsibilities include teaching in the undergraduate and graduate programs, mentoring students in research, and maintaining an active research program, which includes developing research related to NIH’s BUILD initiative ( and UTEP’s BUILDing SCHOLARS Center more specifically.

ABOUT UTEP & EL PASO: Celebrating its Centennial year in 2014, The University of Texas at El Paso is the second oldest academic institution in The University of Texas System. UTEP is the only national research university with a Mexican-American majority student body and is second among all continental U.S. colleges and universities in awarding bachelor’s degrees to Hispanics. The University enrolls 23,000 students and employs more than 3,000 faculty and staff.  The University’s rapidly growing research portfolio in the sciences, engineering, health fields, and other areas brings in more than $83 million per year, ranking UTEP fourth in federal research expenditures among the public universities in Texas.  With a 2013 and 2014 ranking by Washington Monthly magazine as one of the top 10 universities in the nation – and #1 for promoting social mobility among its graduates – UTEP is well on its way to becoming the first national research university with a 21st-century student demographic. For more information about UTEP, please visit our website:

El Paso is a highly livable, bicultural community of 800,000 people, which offers affordable homes and attractive neighborhoods. It is the safest large city in the United States. Sheltered by mountains on three sides, 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 both the state of New Mexico and the country of Mexico, making it the nation’s leading area for cultural diversity and border health research. El Paso is the sixth largest city in Texas and 19th largest city in the United States.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants should have an earned doctorate in Sociology by the start date, with demonstrated success in research and an interest in teaching  and mentoring students. The successful candidate must be able to work effectively with faculty, staff, and students from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds.

APPOINTMENT DATE AND SALARY: Anticipated appointment date is fall 2015. Salary will be competitive for rank. The position comes with an attractive start-up package, funded through UTEP’s NIH BUILDing SCHOLARS Center.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Only electronic submissions will be accepted. Please submit as separate documents (1) a letter of application, (2) curriculum vita, (3) evidence of teaching proficiency and (4) one sample of scholarly work to Sara Grineski ( (5) Three letters of reference should be sent to Sara Grineski ( under separate cover.

FOR QUESTIONS OR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Sara Grineski, Associate Professor of Sociology, BUILDing SCHOLARS Research Enrichment Core Director, and Search Committee Chair, at

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.

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