Posted: Sep 23, 2022

Assistant Professor in Sociology of Health

Application Deadline: N/A

About The University of Texas at El Paso:

The University of Texas at El Paso is a Carnegie R1 and Community Engaged research university at the heart of the U.S.-Mexico border region that is increasing access to excellent higher education. UTEP enrolls 24,000 students, and more than half of undergraduates are the first generation in their families to attend college.

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. More than half of our undergraduates are the first in their families to go to college. At UTEP, our 24,000 students have access to 170 bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs in nine colleges and schools.

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. UTEP is one of only four institutions in Texas to hold both the top research and community engagement distinctions from the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

UTEP advances discovery of public value and positively impacts the health, culture, education and economy of the community it serves. With more than $109 million in total annual research expenditures, the University is ranked among the top tier of colleges and universities in research and sixth in Texas for federal research expenditures at public universities.

The University employs more than 5,000 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.

The city's border location makes it 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.

The Paso del Norte region's center for intellectual capital, UTEP is one of the major economic engines in the region, adding more than $1.4 billion to the local economy annually.

El Paso's active arts and culture community features the state's longest-running symphony orchestra, a nationally recognized chamber music festival, art galleries, museums, and a full schedule of seasonal events and festivals. 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 college athletics at several campus venues including 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, and the El Paso Locomotive, a professional soccer team founded in 2019.

About the Department:

The UTEP Department of Sociology & Anthropology is the historical home of the field of U.S.-Mexico Border Studies and had a major role in the growth of border studies as a global academic field. The department has 14 tenured and tenure-track faculty members in the fields of Sociology, Anthropology, and Geography. We have an active M.A. program and a vibrant research agenda especially concerned with Latinx Studies, U.S.-Mexico Border Studies, immigration, criminalization, environmental justice, social inequality (i.e. race/ethnicity, class, gender, and citizenship), health issues, and the U.S. Southwest. Our new PhD in Sociology will admit its first cohort in the Fall 2023.

Job Description:

The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), Department of Sociology & Anthropology, invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in the Sociology of Health.  The purpose of this position is (1) to contribute to our strengths in borders, mobilities, Latinx populations, and environmental justice issues, (2) to contribute to our new doctoral program, and (3) to enhance research opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students. All areas of Sociology of health will be considered, but we are especially interested in candidates with expertise in Latinx health disparities, the social determinants of health, and advanced quantitative and methodological skills.  Faculty with research interests that will benefit from our primarily Latinx student population and evidence of successful grant acquisition, are especially encouraged to apply.


A Ph.D. in Sociology is required at the time of appointment. The search committee is especially interested in candidates who through their research, teaching, and service, will contribute to UTEP's inclusive excellence framework.

Application Instructions:

Applicants must electronically submit: (1) letter of interest that summarizes qualifications and fit within the department, (2) curriculum vita, (3) one scholarly publication or dissertation manuscript, (4) a statement of contributions to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility, and (5) names and contact information of three references that we may contact. If you have questions about the position, please contact the Search Committee Chair, Maria Cristina Morales, at [email protected].

Application Review Date: Review of applications will begin November 2, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled.

Additional Information:

Hiring decisions are subject to budgetary 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. 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.