Faculty and Staff Highlight: Desirae Favela

Faculty and Staff Highlight: Desirae Favela

The Office of Institutional Advancement regularly features a Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso faculty or staff member who exemplifies the vision and mission of our institution. Their journeys to becoming TTUHSC El Paso employees are unique and work experiences vary, but all have a passion to improve the lives of the people in our community. They are dedicated to excellence and committed to care.

This month’s employee is Desirae Favela, associate director of faculty recruitment with the Office of Faculty Affairs.

As an extrovert, Desirae Favela, associate director of faculty recruitment with the Office of Faculty Affairs, gains energy from being around people.

“I love my job and meeting new people. I also work in an amazing office full of very talented individuals,” Favela said.

Favela has been with Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso for 10 years and was initially hired as a recruiter. Now, she manages the recruitment unit in the Office of Faculty Affairs. As part of her position, Favela coordinates executive recruitment faculty searches for the institution. Her responsibilities include scheduling candidate visits and interviews, hosting candidates in El Paso and aiding the search committee chair and search committee with the recruitment process.

Favela graduated from the University of Texas at El Paso in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science in health promotions and a minor in psychology. In 2018, she graduated from Texas Tech University with a Master of Arts in strategic communications and innovation.

Virtual communications became an essential component of Favela’s work due to travel bans in the United States during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“Our office had to transition the search process and the candidate interview process to virtual formats, and with the travel restrictions, we were unable to bring in candidates for a period of time,” Favela said. “We were able to adapt quickly to change. While it’s usually difficult to hire anyone without bringing them to El Paso, we’ve had success with virtual interviews. Most of our faculty searches proceeded with virtual visits until candidates were able to come for on-site visits.”

Recruitment can be challenging, but Favela is still passionate about her job. This is because she understands that bringing talented educators and leaders to TTUHSC El Paso has a positive impact on health care across the Borderland. TTUHSC El Paso has 352 part- and full-time faculty, many of whom also care for patients in the university’s clinical practice of Texas Tech Physicians of El Paso. TTP El Paso offers services from a variety of subspecialty providers, helping local families avoid the expense of traveling outside the city for specialized health care services. TTP El Paso provides more than $31 million of uncompensated care annually and its doctors conduct more than 200,000 clinic visits each year.

Recruitment searches for faculty at the executive level can take from nine months to two years to fill and since the beginning of 2021, the Office of Faculty Affairs has helped place three executive leaders.

“I’ve had many memorable candidate visits and have met many memorable people. I adore meeting people from all over the world and helping them experience El Paso and TTUHSC El Paso,” she said.

TTUHSC El Paso employees are the institution’s most valuable resource. Click here to suggest candidates for future Faculty and Staff Highlights.