Public History Position at the University of Texas at El Paso

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Assistant/Associate Professor- Public History

Job Description: The History Department at the University of Texas at El Paso invites applications for a scholar of Public History (Assistant or Associate Professor) to begin in the fall of 2022. The successful applicant will have a background of working in or with any of the following: community organizations; state, local, and federal historical agencies; historic preservation associations; and private historical contracting. The successful candidate should have a strong and demonstrable record in Digital History, be able to contribute to the Public History curriculum, and expand our professional development initiatives at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Individual research emphasis is open, but the department is known internationally for its doctoral program in Borderlands history. This program, which has about 35 students, capitalizes on our location on the U.S.-Mexico border, but encompasses both conceptual and comparative borderlands in global context. Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience. 

Requirements: A Ph.D. in history or closely related field is required at the time of appointment. Additional Information: 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. 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 (915) 747-8358, 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: Review of applications will begin November 15, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled. All applicants must submit a letter of interest, curriculum vita, transcripts, writing sample, and contact information of three reference writers. Letters of recommendation will be requested separately of candidates going into the first round of interviews. Additionally, applicants should submit a statement of contributions to diversity, equity and inclusion. 

Please contact Dr. Yolanda Chávez Leyva, Chair of the Search Committee ( if you have any questions about the position.

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.