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The College of Liberal Arts

The College of Liberal Arts celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2017. With nearly 7,000 students, it is the largest College on the UTEP campus and offers degree programs in the visual and performing arts, humanities, and social and behavioral sciences. The College also provides most of the UTEP core curriculum to students from all majors. Excellence is found throughout the College’s programs, from its online bilingual M.F.A. in Creative Writing—the first of its kind in the country—to its doctoral degrees in Borderlands History, Rhetoric and Composition, and Psychology. Faculty engages in interdisciplinary research in Hispanic health disparities, social justice, border studies, and environmental communication.

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. In several degree programs, students have the opportunity to enroll in internships, which provide valuable experience in their areas of interest. Students also benefit from an increasing number of study abroad opportunities, including courses taught by College faculty in Rome, London, and Seville, Spain. The College’s honors program began in 2012 with a variety of academic enrichment components and an honors minor.

The College includes 23 degree-granting departments and programs, which have 193 tenured or tenure-track faculty members and 586 graduate students enrolled in 27 master's and Ph.D. programs. Four undergraduate, one master’s, and one graduate certificate program are offered online. Pre-professional experiences—including internships, service learning, and undergraduate student research—are key to keeping students engaged. The College awarded 1,228, bachelor's, 247 master's and 18 Ph.D. degrees during the 2015-16 academic year.

UTEP’s next Dean of the College of Liberal Arts will succeed Patricia Witherspoon, Ph.D., Professor in the Department of Communication, who retired as dean of the College in August 2017. Stephen Crites, Ph.D., Professor in the Department of Psychology, serves as interim dean.

Witherspoon served as Dean of the College for seven years. During her tenure, the College increased research funding and implemented forward-thinking programs that fostered student achievement. Among them was the Student Success Initiative, which provides tutoring and programs that support student academic development, and the Liberal Arts Honors Program, which offers academic enrichment opportunities to top undergraduate liberal arts students. Previous deans of the College include Howard Daudistel, Carl Jackson, James Devine, current UTEP President Diana Natalicio, and Ray Small.



To apply, applicants must submit a letter of interest, a CV, and a list of five professional references. No references will be contacted without prior notification to the candidate.

CLA Nomination Form

Application queries should be sent to:
Dr. Beth Brunk-Chavez
Search Committee Chair

To apply, please visit:

Applications will be reviewed beginning November 27th, 2017, and will be accepted until the position is filled. Individuals from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

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.

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