University of Texas at El Paso Psychology Department - Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in Bilingualism or Second Language Acquisition

The University of Texas at El Paso College of Liberal Arts Department of Psychology Assistant Professor in Bilingualism or Second Language Acquisition

POSITION DESCRIPTION: The Department of Psychology at The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the assistant level, with a research specialization in bilingualism or second language acquisition. This position targets, but is not limited to, applicants with cognitive, developmental, lifespan, neuropsychological, or neuroscientific approaches. We particularly encourage applications from researchers who would broaden the collective expertise of the Bilingualism, Language, and Cognition area with developmental or lifespan approaches, ERP, TMS, fNIRS, eye-tracking, neuropsychological approaches, special populations, individual differences, or advanced analytic approaches. The position will begin in the Fall 2020 semester.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: A Ph.D. in Psychology or related field, published research, potential to attract external funding, and the ability to teach and direct research.

ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT: The Psychology Department has 19 tenured and tenure-track faculty members. It offers a nationally recognized doctoral program with an interdisciplinary Ph.D. concentration in Bilingualism, Language, and Cognition. Faculty in this area lead a vibrant campus-wide interdisciplinary research community with shared interests and collaborative research in bilingualism and language acquisition ( The department also has Ph.D. concentrations in Behavioral Neuroscience, Social-Cultural Psychology, Health Psychology, and Legal Psychology and an M.A. program in Clinical Psychology.


The University of Texas at El Paso is an ideal venue for academic programs and research on many aspects of bilingualism, language acquisition, and biculturalism. UTEP is located along the U.S.–Mexico border in one of the world’s largest binational, bilingual, and bicultural communities. The University enrolls more than 25,000 students, about 80% of them Latino and more than 50% first generation college students. UTEP and its “access and excellence” mission are redefining public higher education not only in Texas, but also across the nation. In December 2018, the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education designated UTEP as an R1 research university, with an annual research investment of $91 million. Meanwhile, the University also has earned national recognition as a leader in how best to serve first-generation, Hispanic students and improve their social mobility.

UTEP offers a broad array of degree programs, including 22 doctoral programs, maintains an operating budget of $450 million, and employs approximately 4,000 people. It has one of the lowest out-of-pocket costs of any research university in the U.S., underscoring its commitment to make education accessible to all.

El Paso is a highly livable, bilingual and bicultural community of almost 700,000 people that offers affordable homes and it has consistently been named among the safest large U.S. cities. El Paso experiences almost 300 days of sunshine annually. The City of El Paso is adjacent to the state of New Mexico and the country of Mexico.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS: Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, statement of research interests and qualifications, brief description of teaching philosophy and experience, three relevant reprints or pre-prints and contact information for three people who could provide letters of reference. Review of applications will begin on December 1st and continue until the position is filled. If you have any questions about the position, you may contact Ana I. Schwartz at [email protected].

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Hiring decisions are based upon 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 in the provision of services.