Department Chair of Human Performance / Associate or Full Professor - Tenure-track

  • University of Texas Permian Basin
  • Odessa, TX, USA
  • Feb 06, 2024
Full time Biology/Biotechnology/Life Sciences Health Sciences/OT/PT/Kinesiology

Job Description


Department Chair of Human Performance / Associate or Full Professor - Tenure-track

Hiring Department

The University of Texas Permian Basin Department of Human Performance welcomes applications for a tenure track faculty member to serve as the Academic Department Chair for the Department at the Associate or Full Professor rank. UTPB offers a competitive salary and relocation expenses. The anticipated start date is August of 2024. Review will occur on a rolling basis.


Salary Range


Salary is negotiable based on candidate qualifications


Essential Functions

The successful candidate must advocate for students, faculty, department goals, and programs.
Applicants must have demonstrated leadership skills (contributes through direct teaching, research/scholarship, and service). Serves as a role model in these areas, relevant administrative experience, and a commitment to the education and mentorship of students and faculty.

The candidate will have a terminal degree in a discipline appropriate for the department which will have expanded responsibility over Biology. Terminal degrees in Biology, Physiology, Kinesiology, and Health Professionals: MD, DPT, PA, DVM, etc. are invited to lead this new initiative. The Academic Department Chair will join a newly reorganized department with research activities spanning diverse areas of the Biological / Biomedical Sciences, and Human Performance (Athletic Training, Exercise Science, Biomechanics and Kinesiology).

The department chair is responsible for consulting with and representing the interest of department faculty on policies, plans, and procedures that affect the department. Faculty are expected to maintain an active research program involving undergraduate and graduate students, teach courses in the spring and fall semesters, and provide service to the department, college, and university. The department chair is responsible for the overall leadership, management, and administration of the department, including:

Pursuing and achieving departmental excellence in teaching, research, and service;
Strategic planning and goal setting aligned with the college/school and university levels;
Management and professional development of faculty members and staff;
Preparation and management of department budget;
Recruitment, retention, evaluation, and promotion of faculty;
Development of curriculum;
Communication with faculty and administration;
Enforcement of applicable regulatory policies;
Maintaining an environment of collegiality and shared governance;
Addressing questions, complaints, grievances, and suggestions from faculty, staff, and students;
Performing other duties as assigned by the dean

Required Qualifications

Terminal degree in a discipline appropriate for the department (e.g., athletic training, biology, biomechanics, kinesiology, physiology, exercise science, medical doctor, doctor of physical therapy, physician assistant, doctor of veterinary medicine, etc.)

Current academic rank of tenured associate or full professor (or equivalent non-US rank)

Demonstrated leadership skills

Excellent management skills

Distinguished record of teaching, service, and research

Additional Information

From the Department

UT Permian Basin is one of seven academic institutions in the University of Texas System; there are also six health science institutions in the UT System. The Department of Human Performance has six full-time faculty who value diversity, equity, and inclusion. We offer the following BS programs: athletic training, exercise science, and human performance, online and face-to-face. UT Permian Basin is located in the warm and sunny climate of West Texas. The Midland/Odessa area is ideal for those who enjoy hiking, geology, and the outdoors. Several Texas state parks and two national parks are located within 200 miles of the university. Questions may be directed to Dr. Cynthia Warrick: .

The Department is especially interested in candidates with experience serving underserved groups who will contribute to the mission of the university.

All candidates must complete an employment application. Please include a letter of interest, a CV, a research and teaching statement, student course evaluations (if available), and a list of three references in your application. The review will occur on a rolling basis.

Required Application Materials


1. Cover Letter
2. Curriculum Vitae (CV)
3. List of References
4. Teaching Philosophy Statement
5. Research Statement
6. Student Course Evaluations
7. Transcripts (Preferred)

Conditions of Employment


1. The job description is not a complete list of all responsibilities and duties performed by employees. Employees may perform other related duties as assigned by their immediate supervisor.
2. Employment is subject to an introductory period to monitor employee performance.
3. Once hired, the prospective employee must present documentation within three (3) days of the hire date to establish their identity and employment eligibility as required by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Applicants must be able to show proof of eligibility to work in the United States by time of hire. UTPB participates in e-Verify.
4. Employees must be able and willing to travel and perform duties away from campus as necessary and must be able to operate a licensed motor vehicle, have access to a dependable motor vehicle, and possess a valid state driver's license. Must have and maintain a satisfactory driver's record.
5. Employment is contingent upon a successful background check.
6. UT Permian Basin is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran.




Generally, the normal work hours for the university are Monday through Thursday, 7:30 - 5:30 pm; Friday, 8:00 am - 12:00 pm with a one-hour lunch. The individual holding this position may need to be available early morning, evening, and on weekends to meet the needs of the department. Hours worked may differ with some departments.


Standard Working Conditions


1. Able to lift various materials up to 25 pounds on an occasional basis.
2. Able to bend, crouch, and reach continuously.
3. Physically able remain seated, frequently to continuously.
4. Able to remain standing up to 15% of the time.
5. Possesses dexterity abilities required to perform job duties including extensive keyboard work, operating office equipment, performing filing, and other job-related responsibilities that include extensive wrist and hand movement.
6. Standard working conditions may differ depending on department and occupation.


University Benefits


1. UT Permian Basin offers an excellent compensation package including heath, retirement, & fringe benefits for eligible employees.
2. Coverage includes medical, prescriptions, life insurance, AD&D, and matching retirement provided by UTPB.
3. You may also be eligible to add dental, vision, family coverage, & flex-spending accounts, additional retirement, and a few other coverages as options too.
4. Fringe benefits include tuition reimbursement (after one year of service), wellness breaks, employee assistant program (EAP), and meal deals, among other perks and discounts!
5. Our benefits package, along with an ample leave policy, make for a great total compensation package.


About the University


The University of Texas Permian Basin is located in Odessa, Texas. It was authorized by the Texas Legislature in 1969 and founded in 1973. The Permian Basin is one of the fastest-growing, culturally vibrant, economically invigorated regions of the country - full of industry, culture, and wide-open spaces. At the academic heart of this area sits The University of Texas Permian Basin - which every year, delivers smart, savvy leaders across the U.S.


As a regional, comprehensive institution, The University of Texas Permian Basin serves a diverse community of students from the region, the state, and beyond. Through excellence in student-centered teaching, learning, research, and public service, the University cultivates engaged citizens and impacts lives while advancing the technology and public interests of West Texas.


Our vision is that the University of Texas Permian Basin will be an innovative, responsive university that thinks large and lives local. We will lead in advancing education, research, economic competitiveness, and cultural enrichment.
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