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Become An Assistant Professor In El Paso, TX

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Working As An Assistant Professor In El Paso, TX

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  • $146,664

    Average Salary

What Does An Assistant Professor Do

An Assistant Professor is focused on performing a variety of research within their specific field of study. They guide, lead, and mentor students in research projects.

How To Become An Assistant Professor

Educational requirements vary with the subject taught and the type of educational institution. Most commonly, postsecondary teachers must have a Ph.D. However, a master's degree may be enough for some postsecondary teachers at community colleges. In career and technical schools, work experience may be important for getting a postsecondary teaching job.

Education

Postsecondary teachers who work for 4-year colleges and universities typically need a doctoral degree in their field. Some schools may hire those with a master’s degree or those who are doctoral degree candidates for some specialties, such as fine arts, or for some part-time positions.

Doctoral programs generally take multiple years after the completion of a bachelor’s degree program. They spend time completing a master’s degree and then writing a doctoral dissertation, which is a paper presenting original research in the student’s field of study. Candidates usually specialize in a subfield, such as organic chemistry or European history.

Community colleges or career and technical schools also may hire those with a master’s degree. However, in some fields, there are more applicants than available positions. In these situations, institutions can be more selective, and they frequently choose applicants who have a Ph.D. over those with a master’s degree.

Postsecondary teachers who teach career and technical education courses, such as culinary arts or cosmetology, may not be required to have graduate-level education. At a minimum they must hold the degree of the program in which they are teaching. For example, the teacher must hold an associate’s degree if they teach a program that is at the associate’s degree level. In addition, work experience or certification may be just as important as education for getting a postsecondary teaching job at a career or technical school.

Other Experience

Some institutions may prefer to hire those with teaching or other work experience, but this is not a requirement for all fields or for all employers.

In health specialties, art, or education fields, hands-on work experience in the industry can be important. Postsecondary teachers in these fields often gain experience by working in an occupation related to their field of expertise.

In fields such as biological science, physics, and chemistry, some postsecondary teachers have postdoctoral research experience. These short-term jobs, sometimes called “post-docs,” usually involve working for 2 to 3 years as a research associate or in a similar position, often at a college or university.

Some postsecondary teachers gain teaching experience by working as graduate teaching assistants—students who are enrolled in a graduate program and teach classes in the institution in which they are enrolled.

Some postsecondary teachers, especially adjunct professors, have another job in addition to teaching.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Postsecondary teachers who prepare students for an occupation that requires a license, certification, or registration, may need to have—or they may benefit from having—the same credential. For example, a postsecondary nursing teacher might need a nursing license or a postsecondary education teacher might need a teaching license.

Advancement

A major goal for postsecondary teachers with a doctoral degree is attaining a tenure—a guarantee that a professor cannot be fired without just cause. It can take up to 7 years of moving up the ranks in tenure-track positions. The ranks are assistant professor, associate professor, and professor. Tenure is granted through a review of the candidate’s research, contribution to the institution, and teaching.

Tenure and tenure track positions are declining as institutions are relying more heavily on part-time faculty.

Some tenured professors advance to administrative positions, such as dean or president. For information on deans and other administrative positions, see the profile on postsecondary education administrators. For more information about college and university presidents, see the profile on top executives.

Important Qualities

Critical-thinking skills. To challenge established theories and beliefs, conduct original research, and design experiments, postsecondary teachers need good critical-thinking skills.

Interpersonal skills. Most postsecondary teachers need to be able to work well with others and must have good communication skills to serve on committees and give lectures.

Resourcefulness. Postsecondary teachers need to be able to present information in a way that students will understand. They need to adapt to the different learning styles of their students and teach students who have little or no experience with the subject.

Speaking skills. Postsecondary teachers need good communication skills to give lectures.

Writing skills. Most postsecondary teachers need to be skilled writers to publish original research and analysis.

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Gender

  • Male

    49.8%
  • Female

    43.3%
  • Unknown

    7.0%

Ethnicity

  • White

    67.6%
  • Asian

    17.0%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    9.7%
  • Unknown

    4.7%
  • Black or African American

    1.0%
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

    34.3%
  • French

    15.2%
  • Chinese

    7.2%
  • Russian

    6.3%
  • German

    5.7%
  • Arabic

    5.1%
  • Italian

    3.9%
  • Portuguese

    3.6%
  • Mandarin

    3.4%
  • Japanese

    3.1%
  • Korean

    2.8%
  • Hindi

    1.8%
  • Urdu

    1.2%
  • Ukrainian

    1.1%
  • Persian

    1.1%
  • Dari

    1.0%
  • Polish

    0.9%
  • Cantonese

    0.9%
  • Vietnamese

    0.7%
  • Carrier

    0.7%
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Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Assistant Professor (Orthopaedics) Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso El Paso, TX Feb 01, 2017 $410,000
Assistant Professor (Orthopaedics) Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso El Paso, TX Aug 03, 2017 $410,000
Assistant Professor-Cardiology Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso El Paso, TX Aug 09, 2017 $400,000
Assistant Professor, Cardiology Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso El Paso, TX Oct 01, 2017 $380,000
Assistant Professor (Surgical Neuroradiologist) Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso, TX May 01, 2014 $355,419
Assistant Professor (Radiology) Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso, TX Jul 08, 2013 $350,000
Assistant Professor (Radiology) Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso, TX Jul 08, 2014 $350,000
Assistant Professor (Radiology) Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso, TX Jul 08, 2012 $350,000
Assistant Professor (Surgical Neuroradiologist) Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso, TX Apr 01, 2011 $345,000
Assistant Professor (Surgical Neuroradiologist) Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso, TX May 01, 2011 $345,000
Assistant Professor (Pulmonary Critical Care) Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso El Paso, TX Jan 08, 2017 $310,000
Assistant Professor Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso, TX Jul 01, 2015 $305,000
Assistant Professor (Orthopedics) Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso El Paso, TX Jan 03, 2016 $305,000
Assistant Professor (Radiology) Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso, TX Nov 25, 2015 $300,000
Assistant Professor (Gastroenterology) Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso, TX Aug 01, 2014 $290,000
Assistant Professor (Gastroenterology) Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso, TX Aug 01, 2011 $290,000
Assistant Professor (Gastroenterology) Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso, TX Nov 07, 2014 $290,000
Assistant Professor Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso, TX Dec 01, 2009 $285,000
Assistant Professor (Radiology) Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso, TX Sep 14, 2012 $285,000
Assistant Professor (Radiology) Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso, TX Sep 13, 2011 $285,000
Assistant Professor, Cardiology Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso El Paso, TX Jan 07, 2017 $281,600
Assistant Professor (Radiology) Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center EP El Paso, TX Dec 28, 2017 $280,245
Assistant Professor Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso, TX Mar 04, 2015 $275,000
Assistant Professor (Radiology) Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso, TX Oct 07, 2014 $275,000
Assistant Professor Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso, TX Jul 01, 2014 $275,000
Assistant Professor (Radiology) Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso, TX Nov 05, 2013 $275,000
Assistant Professor (Pathology) Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso, TX Oct 18, 2010 $250,000
Assistant Professor of Pathology Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso, TX Feb 01, 2011 $250,000
Assistant Professor Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso, TX Nov 01, 2009 $250,000
Assistant Professor (Radiology) Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso, TX Nov 01, 2012 $250,000
Assistant Professor of Pathology Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso, TX Nov 01, 2010 $250,000
Assistant Professor (Orthopaedic) Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso El Paso, TX Sep 13, 2017 $245,000
Assistant Professor Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center EP El Paso, TX Jul 15, 2016 $245,000
Assistant Professor (Orthopedics) Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso El Paso, TX Sep 20, 2016 $245,000
Assistant Professor (Orthopaedic Surgery & Rehabil Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso, TX Oct 01, 2014 $245,000
Assistant Professor (Neurology) Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso El Paso, TX Jan 07, 2016 $235,000
Assistant Professor (Neurology) Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center EP El Paso, TX Jan 05, 2018 $235,000
Assistant Professor (Orthopaedic Surgery) Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso, TX Apr 01, 2012 $235,000
Assistant Professor-Endocrinology Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso El Paso, TX Jul 01, 2018 $230,000
Assistant Professor-Pediatric Critical Care Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso El Paso, TX Jul 01, 2018 $225,000
Assistant Professor (Internal Medicine) Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso El Paso, TX Jan 07, 2016 $223,000
Assistant Professor-Emergency Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso El Paso, TX Jul 01, 2018 $221,340
Assistant Professor (Emergency Medicine) Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center EP El Paso, TX Oct 30, 2017 $221,340
Assistant Professor Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center EP El Paso, TX Mar 15, 2017 $220,000
Assistant Professor-Pediatrics Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso El Paso, TX Jul 01, 2018 $216,704
Assistant Professor, Psychiatry Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso El Paso, TX Aug 17, 2017 $213,282
Assistant Professor, Neonatology Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso El Paso, TX Jan 09, 2017 $209,440
Assistant Professor Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso, TX Jan 05, 2015 $205,000
Assistant Professor, Pediatric Neonatology Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso El Paso, TX Jan 07, 2017 $205,000
Assistant Professor (Pediatric Endocrinologist Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso, TX Sep 01, 2012 $205,000
Assistant Professor (Pediatric Endocrinologist) Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso, TX Sep 01, 2012 $205,000
Assistant Professor (Neonatology) Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso, TX Jul 01, 2014 $200,288
Assistant Professor (Neonatology) Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso, TX Sep 01, 2014 $200,288
Assistant Professor (Neonatology) Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso, TX Jul 01, 2013 $200,288
Assistant Professor, Neurology Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso El Paso, TX Jan 07, 2017 $200,000
Assistant Professor (Colorectal Surgeon) Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso, TX Jul 01, 2012 $190,500
Assistant Professor Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso, TX Aug 23, 2015 $187,000
Assistant Professor (Pathology) Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso, TX Jan 02, 2015 $187,000
Assistant Professor (Clinical Medical Educator) Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso, TX Jul 01, 2014 $187,000
Assistant Professor (Endocrinology) Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso El Paso, TX Jul 01, 2018 $183,870
Assistant Professor Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center EP El Paso, TX Aug 26, 2016 $183,600
Assistant Professor, Nephrology Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso El Paso, TX Jan 08, 2017 $183,294
Assistant Professor-Pediatrics Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso El Paso, TX Nov 15, 2016 $182,970
Assistant Professor-Endocrinology Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso El Paso, TX Nov 15, 2016 $182,970
Assistant Professor, Neurology Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso, TX Jul 01, 2014 $180,000
Assistant Professor (Pediatric Gastroenterology) Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso, TX Jul 01, 2012 $180,000
Assistant Professor (Pediatric Nephrologist) Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso, TX Aug 01, 2014 $180,000
Assistant Professor (Pediatric Nephrologist) Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso, TX Apr 01, 2015 $180,000
Assistant Professor (Endocrinology) Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso, TX Sep 01, 2014 $180,000
Assistant Professor (Pediatric Gastroenterology_ Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso, TX Jul 01, 2012 $180,000
Assistant Professor (Pediatric Endocrinology) Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso, TX Jul 01, 2014 $180,000
Assistant Professor (Pediatric Gastroenterology) Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso, TX Jun 11, 2015 $180,000
Assistant Professor (Endocrinology) Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso, TX Oct 20, 2013 $180,000
Assistant Professor, Neurology Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso El Paso, TX Aug 01, 2015 $180,000
Assistant Professor (Pediatric Gastroenterology_ Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso, TX Jun 11, 2015 $180,000
Assistant Professor (Psychiatry) Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso El Paso, TX Jan 04, 2016 $174,000
Assistant Professor Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso, TX Oct 01, 2015 $174,000
Assistant Professor (Hospitalist) Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso, TX Apr 01, 2011 $170,000
Assistant Professor Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso, TX Nov 18, 2014 $170,000
Assistant Professor (Internal Medicine) Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso El Paso, TX Jan 07, 2016 $170,000
Assistant Professor Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso, TX Apr 01, 2014 $170,000
Assistant Professor (Internal Medicine) Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center EP El Paso, TX Jun 28, 2016 $170,000
Assistant Professor (Internal Medicine) Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso, TX Jul 01, 2013 $170,000
Assistant Professor or Management The University of Texas at El Paso El Paso, TX Aug 01, 2015 $166,666
Assistant Professor (Endocrinology) Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso, TX Aug 01, 2011 $165,000
Assistant Professor (Endocrinology) Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso, TX Jul 01, 2014 $165,000
Assistant Professor Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso, TX Jul 02, 2013 $165,000
Assistant Professor (Internal Medicine) Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso, TX Jul 02, 2013 $165,000
Assistant Professor (Endocrinology) Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso, TX Oct 15, 2014 $165,000
Assistant Professor (Pediatrics) Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso El Paso, TX Aug 04, 2017 $160,000
Assistant Professor (Pediatrics/Neonatology) Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso, TX Sep 01, 2011 $153,860
Assistant Professor (Neonatology) Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso, TX Jul 01, 2011 $150,000
Assistant Professor (Internal Medicine) Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso, TX Jul 01, 2013 $150,000
Assistant Professor (Internal Medicine) Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso, TX Jul 01, 2010 $150,000
Assistant Professor The University of Texas at El Paso El Paso, TX Aug 15, 2017 $150,000
Assistant Professor) The University of Texas at El Paso El Paso, TX Aug 01, 2018 $147,900
Assistant Professor (Family & Community Medicine) Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso, TX Oct 01, 2013 $147,680
Assistant Professor-Pediatrics Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso El Paso, TX Jul 01, 2018 $147,393
Assistant Professor The University of Texas at El Paso El Paso, TX Jun 24, 2010 $146,664
Assistant Professor (Pediatrics) Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso El Paso, TX Jan 06, 2016 $145,000
Assistant Professor Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso, TX Jul 01, 2015 $145,000
Assistant Professor (Hospitalist) Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso, TX Mar 01, 2014 $145,000
Assistant Professor (Pediatrics) Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso, TX Jun 01, 2013 $145,000
Assistant Professor (Hospitalist) Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso, TX Jan 01, 2014 $145,000
Assistant Professor (Psychiatry) Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso, TX Jul 01, 2012 $143,000
Assistant Professor (Family and Community Medicine Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso, TX Oct 01, 2010 $142,000
Assistant Professor The University of Texas at El Paso El Paso, TX Dec 01, 2012 $135,000
Assistant Professor The University of Texas at El Paso El Paso, TX Dec 02, 2014 $135,000
Assistant Professor The University of Texas at El Paso El Paso, TX Aug 01, 2018 $127,500
Assistant Professor-Management The University of Texas at El Paso El Paso, TX Aug 01, 2015 $125,000
Assistant Professor (Pediatrics) Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso El Paso, TX Jun 24, 2016 $117,300
Assistant Professor Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso, TX May 01, 2014 $117,300
Assistant Professor Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso, TX Mar 01, 2014 $117,300
Assistant Professor (Pediatrics) Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso, TX Dec 21, 2015 $117,300
Assistant Professor, Pediatric Generalist Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso, TX Mar 15, 2013 $117,300
Assistant Professor, Pediatric Generalist Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso, TX Jan 15, 2013 $117,300
Assistant Professor-Engineering The University of Texas at El Paso El Paso, TX Aug 10, 2013 $110,664
Assistant Professor The University of Texas at El Paso El Paso, TX Jan 11, 2013 $110,100
Assistant Professor Pediatrics Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso, TX Jul 01, 2012 $110,000
Assistant Professor University of Texas at El Paso El Paso, TX Nov 01, 2009 $110,000

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Top Assistant Professor Skills

  1. Undergraduate Courses
  2. Classes
  3. Curriculum Development
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Managed research laboratory, lead field studies, and taught undergraduate courses.
  • Teach beginning and intermediate Spanish classes, and history of Latin America SPA 115 in the classroom and online.
  • Assisted the faculty with administrative tasks and curriculum development.
  • Provide educational sessions for our community outreach program - the Alabama Entrepreneurial Research Network.
  • Graded examinations, homework & laboratory assignments.

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