Leavell Endowed Faculty Fellows
The mission of the UTEP College of Health Sciences is to provide high-impact, interprofessional and transformative education, research and community engagement opportunities. With this mission in mind, the Dean’s Office Leadership Team developed the Charles H. and Shirley T. Leavell Endowed Chair Faculty Fellowships, which will serve to advance the mission of CHS in the context of high-impact educational practices. The annual fellowships will be funded directly through the endowed chair position, currently held by Dr. Shafik Dharamsi, dean of CHS.
Each fellow will receive grant funding, a graduate student assistant, and travel support to present their original work. Beginning in spring 2019, each fellow will initiate Requests for Proposals (RFPs) that will provide seed funding for CHS faculty’s scholarly work in the areas of the fellowships.
Ms. Elizabeth Camacho
Leavell Fellow in Community Engagement
Dr. Patricia Lara
Leavell Fellow in Interprofessional Education
Dr. Dahlia Castillo
Leavell Fellow in Community Engagement
Dr. Maria Duarte
Leavell Fellow in Global Engagement
Dr. Alvaro Gurovich
Leavell Fellow in Applied and Translational Research
Dr. Celia Pechak
Leavell Fellow in Interprofessional Education
The mission of the UTEP College of Health Sciences (CHS) is to provide high-impact, culturally-responsive, innovative, interprofessional, and transformative approaches to education, research, and community and global engagement opportunities.
The CHS Faculty Fellowships, funded by the Charles H. & Shirley T. Leavell Endowed Chair in Health Sciences, were developed to support the CHS Strategic Plan and enhance its strategic goals. There are 5 strategic areas associated with the Fellowship:
- Community Engagement (CoEn): Community engagement is part of the College’s mission to enhance engaged scholarship, community partnerships, global engagement, equity, diversity, and social accountability.
- Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL): Transformative education is a strategic goal of the College to enable student success through transformative learning activities.
- Global Engagement (GlEn): Global fluency is a strategic goal of the College to enable faculty, students, and staff to develop the knowledge, attitudes, and skills to succeed in an interconnected and culturally diverse world.
- Interprofessional Education (IPE): Interprofessionalism and interdisciplinarity is a strategic goal of the College to enable faculty and students to work and study collaboratively.
- Applied and Translational Research (ATR): Applied and translational research is a strategic goal of the College to enable faculty and students to address significant societal problems.
One Faculty Fellow will be appointed for each strategic area. Each CHS Fellowship is a 12-month appointment (June 1 to May 31) designed to elevate faculty capacity and expertise in each strategic area, following Boyer’s Model of Scholarship (1990). Each Fellow will work to foster the development and implementation of high-impact practices in their areas and related scholarly activities within the CHS.
As delineated below, specific objectives have been established for each Fellowship by the CHS Dean’s Office. Each incoming Fellow should collaborate with the outgoing Fellow to ensure that progress continues towards achieving the relevant objectives in order to support the CHS Strategic Plan.
- Community Engagement (CoEn):
- Oversee the Community Engagement Council for the College of Health Sciences, Community and Academic Partnerships for Health Sciences Research and Education (CAPHSR) and represent the College on UTEP’s Community Engagement Council.
- Plan and support capacity-building, mentoring, and collaboration efforts for faculty and community partners
- Help further articulate the mechanisms by which the College can institutionally support this work through mentoring, annual performance evaluations, and policies and procedures for granting tenure and promotion
- Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL):
- Broaden high-impact learning opportunities and improve their integration into the curriculum
- Expand student participation in research, community and global engagement, and creative activities
- Facilitate greater faculty development related to innovative approaches to teaching
- Global Engagement (GlEn):
- Develop faculty, student, and staff capacity to be globally aware and respond to pressing global problems
- Enhance global partnerships with universities and community-based organizations
- Facilitate global exchange between faculty, staff, and students through opportunities for them to work, study, and interact with communities around the world
- Interprofessional Education (IPE):
- Enhance interdisciplinary and interprofessional teaching and learning opportunities
- Increase faculty participation in interprofessional communities of practice
- Expand the scope of interdisciplinary research and increase opportunities for student participation
- Applied and Translational Research (ATR):
- Strengthen collaborations with local, regional, national, and global community partners to enhance application and translation of research
- Build faculty research capacity through mentorship and collaboration
- Promote the Scholarship of Application
Expectations and Available Resources
Time devoted to each Fellowship will count toward the Fellow’s academic workload in the areas of service and scholarship productivity. Resources will be provided to help accomplish each Fellow’s Fellowship-related goals; these resources are:
- $5,000 for any initiatives / activities / supplies relevant to their Fellowship
- The Fellow will manage these funds in coordination with the CHS Dean’s Office
- Graduate student support at 10 hours/week for the duration of the 12-month Fellowship
- Travel support for one conference to present the Fellow’s original Fellowship-related work (which may occur during the Fellowship or within 12 months after the end of the Fellowship)
The Faculty Fellow will work closely with CHS Chairs, Program Directors, faculty, and other possible collaborators beyond the CHS (eg, UTEP EDGE Fellows, related Communities of Practice at UTEP, and the Center for Faculty Leadership and Development) on initiatives related to their specific Fellowship.
Additionally, the Faculty Fellows will work together to manage the CHS Grants for Strategic Transformation . Activities will include: creating a call for grant proposals in the Fall; scoring proposals; and providing funding recommendations to the Dean.
The applicant should suggest at least 3 key deliverables for their Fellowship in their application. These deliverables should be congruent with the Fellowship-specific objectives listed earlier. Deliverables related to the Fellowship and scholarly productivity are strongly encouraged. For example, the Fellow will:
- Develop and implement a 3-session series of faculty development workshops related to Applied and Translational Research (or whatever specific Fellowship area) in order to build faculty capacity
- Host a state-level conference related to interprofessional education in order to advance interprofessional collaborative practice regionally and beyond (or whatever specific Fellowship area)
- Develop a new Study Abroad opportunity for Public Health students in order to advance global engagement in CHS
- Submit at least one external grant application to advance community engagement (or whatever specific Fellowship area) within the CHS
- Submit at least one article for publication in a high-impact journal related to the Fellow’s original work related to global engagement (or whatever specific Fellowship area)
Final key deliverables will be determined in collaboration with the CHS Dean’s Office after the Fellow is selected. Deliverables should enhance student success through evidence-based practices, and strengthen faculty capacity to be responsive to needs in the formation of future health and human service professionals.
Application Process and Deadline
Interested applicants should have a strong commitment to and/or record of working to advance high-impact practices within the CHS. Applications are open to all full-time faculty in the CHS – including tenured / tenure-track faculty, clinical faculty, and full-time lecturers. Interested individuals should submit all of the following in a single .pdf file :
1. A two-page statement that includes all of the following:
- Interests / relevant experience related to high-impact educational practices associated with the specific Fellowship area
- Description of your abilities to contribute to the College as the Faculty Fellow for the specific Fellowship area
- Description of your current research program and research plan relevant to the specific Fellowship area
- Relevance of the specific Fellowship to your leadership, teaching, research, and service goals
- Key deliverables related to the specific Fellowship
2. Updated curriculum vita
3. Letter of support from your Department Chair/Program Director
The single.pdf file must be uploaded in the link below (Submission) by 5:00 p.m. on May 1 st, 2020. Applications will be reviewed by a Selection Committee. If further information is needed to make a final selection, the Committee may schedule interviews with the applicants.
The official announcement naming the Faculty Fellows will be made by the end of the Spring 2020 Semester.
Fellowship Application Submission
- Submit your single document here by May 1 st at 5 pm MST. Add your last name and grant category in your Word document file name (e.g., Doe_CEF)