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Dean of the College of Liberal Arts

University of Texas at El Paso

Last Updated: 11/11/21

Job Description

Dean of the College of Liberal Arts

About The University of Texas at El Paso:

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. Ninety-four percent of UTEP's nearly 25,000 students are minorities, and many are the first in their families to go to college. At UTEP, students have access to 168 bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs in nine colleges and schools. UTEP is the only open-access, top tier research university in America, yet its retention rates exceed those of selective institutions.

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. It is one of only 28 institutions in the U.S. and 3 in Texas to hold both top tier research and community engagement distinctions from the Carnegie Foundation.

UTEP advances discovery of public value and positively impacts the health, culture, education and economy of the community it serves. With more than $108 million in total annual research expenditures, the University is ranked among the top 5% of colleges and universities in research and fifth in Texas for federal research expenditures at public universities.

The University employs approximately 4,000 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. Almost 25% of graduates from the poorest backgrounds reach the top income quintile, placing UTEP in the top 10 universities in American for social mobility.

The College of Liberal Arts:

The College of Liberal Arts has been the heart of a UTEP education since its founding in 1967, the year UTEP gained university status within the University of Texas System. Virtually every student who pursues an undergraduate degree at UTEP passes through the College of Liberal Arts as the College provides most of the UTEP core curriculum and is the largest College at UTEP. The College offers degree programs in the fine and performing arts, humanities, and the behavioral and social sciences. The College is distinguished by a strong commitment to community engagement, recently expressed by the solicitation and development of a Community Engaged Learning (CEL) designation for a range of undergraduate courses.

Students investigate identity and engage in creative expression through innovative programming and curriculum in the visual arts, theatre, dance, music, and creative writing. Several recent grants in the College have funded undergraduate student research in the humanities and paid internships in humanities-related entities, drawing students in history, literary and rhetorical studies, languages and linguistics, and philosophy. Our robust majors in the behavioral and social sciences have likewise engaged students deeply in undergraduate research and internships, from labs in psychology to research in sociology, anthropology, political science, communication, and criminal justice. The Patricia and Paul Yetter Law School Preparation Institute, a program that helps prepare UTEP students for law school, is nationally known for its success, and the Institute for Oral History has offered students rich opportunities to contribute to their community. Students also benefit from an increasing number of study-abroad opportunities. All of these experiences are enhanced by the College's honors program, which began in 2012 with a variety of academic enrichment components and an honors minor.

The College includes 21 departments. In addition, the College hosts a range of programs which feature interdisciplinary work in African American studies, Asian studies, Chicano/a/x studies, Latin American and border studies, leadership and community engagement, multidisciplinary studies, public administration, religious studies, military science, and women's and gender studies. The College also encompasses the Stanley and Gerald Rubin Center for the Visual Arts, which features student, faculty, and visiting exhibitions, and the Centennial Musuem and Chihuahua Desert Gardens- also known as the first museum to be established in the City of El Paso- with exhibits on the natural and cultural history of the Chihuahuan Desert region and the ties of friendship that exist between the University and Bhutan.

The College also promotes excellence through its many graduate programs, from its online bilingual MFA in Creative Writing- the first of its kind in the country- to its doctoral degrees in Borderlands History, Rhetoric and Composition, and Psychology, and a range of MA, MS, MM, MAT, MDSS, and MPA programs. Faculty engage in interdisciplinary research in Hispanic health disparities, social justice, border studies, digital humanities, community-engaged and public-facing scholarship, and environmental communication, among many other areas.

The College's teaching and research mission is led by 170 tenured or tenure-track faculty, with outstanding staff providing leadership and support across the College. We are proud to have the largest number of winners of the University of Texas Regents' Outstanding Teaching award of any college at UTEP, and the College has worked to develop multiple structures to support faculty research in recent years. Over 6200 undergraduates are enrolled across the 34 bachelor's programs, and over 600 graduate students are enrolled across the 24 master's and 3 Ph.D. programs. Seven undergraduate, four master's, and one graduate certificate program are offered online. The college awarded 1,236 bachelor's, 240 master's and 21 Ph.D. degrees during the 2019-20 academic year.

Job Description:

The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) seeks a dynamic and visionary leader for the College of Liberal Arts. The Dean will have exceptional opportunities to promote access to excellent education and research at UTEP, America's leading Hispanic-Serving university. The Dean will play a critical role in leading the College to provide students an excellent and engaged education in an inclusive university that builds on student strengths and demonstrates a culture of care.

The Dean is the chief academic officer and administrative leader of the College and serves as a key member of the University leadership team. Working collaboratively with faculty and staff to advance the College's mission, the Dean will represent the College's faculty, students, and staff within the University and among a wide range of external constituencies. Working with the Associate Deans, the Dean will lead the College of Liberal Arts team, to include the Department Chairs and Program Directors, Advisers, and many other supporting staff. The Dean has financial and administrative management responsibility for the College, guides and oversees its annual operating budget, and leads its advancement/development efforts. To ensure the College of Liberal Arts' continued growth and distinction, the next Dean will be expected to prioritize several key opportunities:

  • Elevating the profile of the College of Liberal Arts by developing a compelling vision and strategic direction for the College, particularly over the next 5-10 years
  • Cultivating a community presence that is open and accessible to our many students who are first in their families to pursue higher education, while adapting to shifting enrollment trends
  • Advancing research, scholarship, and artistic expression with an emphasis on areas of current and emerging strength
  • Developing a strategic financial plan, including the implementation of entrepreneurial initiatives and identification of new revenue streams
  • Reinforcing a culture of care through student engagement, faculty and staff development, and community engagement
  • Leading innovative approaches to the expansion and support of high-impact practices within the curriculum and co-curriculum
  • Promoting diversity, equity, access, and inclusion among faculty, staff, and students
  • Strengthening our engagement with El Paso's regional business, non-profit, and military community to foster well-being and economic development in our community
  • Developing strategic partnerships for friend-raising and fundraising in support of the College's goals
  • Collaborating with partners across the University to consider flexible curricular pathways, distance-enabled courses, and innovative educational approaches
  • Leveraging the unique binational character of our place and building upon the unique diversity of our people


The College of Liberal Arts seeks an inspiring, intellectual, and entrepreneurial leader to set it on a dynamic course for the future. Minimum requirements are:
  • qualifications commensurate with appointment as a tenured full professor in a field in the Liberal Arts including a terminal degree appropriate to the discipline;
  • a record of success as a faculty member or administrator at a research institution;
  • proven skill to administer the promotion and tenure process, faculty hiring, faculty appointments, and retention;
  • a record that shows a meaningful commitment to, and demonstrated accomplishment in, advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion;
  • experience working closely and collaboratively with senior leadership and establishing strong working relationships with university and community stakeholders;
  • the ability to use data to inform decisions and develop new initiatives, while understanding context and working within the shared governance structure;
  • respect for the disciplines within the social and behavioral sciences, the humanities, and the fine and performing arts, as well as the ability to work effectively with faculty across these fields to facilitate relationships for research and teaching;
  • superior communication skills, political adeptness, and the capacity to represent the College effectively to local, national, and international constituencies; and
  • a deep passion for student success and the student experience.

Preferred Characteristics:

The most successful candidates for Dean of the UTEP College of Liberal Arts will also have these skills and attributes:
  • a record of providing direction and advocacy for research and creative endeavors, particularly related to grant, contract, and research activities ;
  • an open and consultative leadership style, partnering with and motivating faculty, staff, and students to take the College to a heightened level of success;
  • an ability to orchestrate successful engagement with external funding agencies and sponsors;
  • a clear understanding of leading-edge methods and instructional technologies to support teaching and learning in face-to-face and online settings ;
  • a critical, strategic, creative thinker and problem solver;
  • ability to influence people positively and be a catalyst for progress;
  • a record of success as an administrator in a complex organization with experience leading staff in an office environment; and
  • an appreciation for the bilingual, multicultural nature of a border community.

Additional Information:

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. Inquiries-including the filing of a Formal Complaint or reporting an incident-about the application of Title IX may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, who can be reached by phone at [Register to View] , by email at, or by mail at 500 W. University Ave., El Paso, TX, Kelly Hall, Room 312.

For accommodation information for employees and applicants with disabilities, please contact UTEP's Equal Opportunity Office at

Application Instructions:

Candidates must submit a letter of interest, a CV, a statement of contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and a list of five professional references. No references will be contacted without prior notification to the candidate.

Applications will be reviewed beginning November 30, 2021, and will be accepted until the position is filled. Individuals from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply. Application queries or nominations should be sent to:

Dr. Toni Blum, Vice Provost for Curriculum Effectiveness and Improvement
Search Committee Chair

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El Paso, Texas, United States