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Chair of Pharmacy Practice and Clinical Sciences

University of Texas at El Paso
El Paso, Texas
Executive Level
Closing date
Dec 16, 2022

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Position Type
Specialty Area
Pharmacotherapy, Other
Work Setting
College / University

DESCRIPTION OF POSITION: The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) invites applications for Chair of Pharmacy Practice and Clinical Sciences (at rank of Clinical Associate/Clinical Professor). The successful candidate will be a talented regional/national leader who will cultivate and embrace excellence in teaching, research, and service in a predominantly Mexican-American community. This position represents a unique opportunity for an outstanding individual to lead a team of clinical pharmacy faculty who are responsible for delivering an integrated curriculum while advancing scholarship in practice-based research at the School of Pharmacy at UTEP, a research-intensive university. Appointment at the rank of Clinical Associate or Clinical Professor with the opportunity for administrative advancement in the Dean’s Office is commensurate with the applicant’s history of excellence in teaching, scholarship, and leadership. The appointment date is negotiable with the potential to initiate an appointment as early as spring of 2023.

RESPONSIBILITIES: This position allows a chair to: (1) lead a team of clinical faculty to implement an integrated Doctor of Pharmacy curriculum using innovative teaching models that connect science to practice; (2) provide leadership and mentoring for the Pharmacy Practice and Clinical Sciences Team including faculty development, evaluation, recruitment, workload assignments, and other administrative functions; (3) provide departmental leadership for the school’s Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) accreditation process;  (4) develop practice initiatives and research collaborations in pharmacy, health sciences and the community; (5) demonstrate scholarly activity as evidenced by publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals; (6) engage and mentor a culturally diverse Doctor of Pharmacy student body in pharmacy practice/research experiences; and (7) provide leadership through university, professional, scientific and/or community service.

UTEP PHARMACY: The UTEP School of Pharmacy ( was established in 2017 and is the first pharmacy school on the Texas – Mexico border, and one of only a handful of pharmacy schools at a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) in the United States. The mission of the School of Pharmacy is to “bridge borders for access and excellence by transforming pharmacy education, patient care, community service, research and leadership to benefit a 21st century demographic.” UTEP’s School of Pharmacy will be a pioneer for excellence in pharmacy education for “Innovation, Diversity, Engagement, Access, and Leadership (IDEAL).”  The school’s inaugural cohort of PharmD students graduated in May of 2021 and the school was granted full accreditation status in June 2021 by ACPE; its sixth class matriculated in the Fall of 2022.

ABOUT UTEP & 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 – 84% of whom are Hispanic and half of whom are the first generation in their families to attend college. 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 $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.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: Candidates must have a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from an accredited institution with completion of postgraduate residency training (or equivalent experience with clinical competence in an area of pharmacy practice), and a license to practice pharmacy in Texas (within two months of employment if not currently licensed) as well as documented evidence of:

  1. Leadership and/or mentoring of pharmacy practice faculty;
  2. Success in teaching and precepting in a higher education institution;
  3. Success in collaborative scholarship, external funding, and/or publications;
  4. Service to the community, pharmacy profession, and/or university;
  5. Ability to work effectively as a team with faculty, staff, students and patients from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds;
  6. Strong oral and written communication skills.

BENEFITS: The initial salary is competitive, based on qualifications and experience, and comes with excellent fringe benefits.

APPLICATION INFORMATION: Review of applications will begin immediately, and applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Candidates must submit: 1) a cover letter, 2) curriculum vitae, 3) statement of teaching, research and service philosophies, 4) statement of contributions to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility, and 5) contact information for at least three professional references. Questions should be directed to the Administrative Services Coordinator, Claudia Vrahnos, at / phone: 915-747-8303

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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, 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.



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