The Academic Council for Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso serves in an advisory capacity to the provost regarding academic policies, procedures, and priorities. The Academic Council considers requests from our schools and leadership needed for degree and certificate programs; recommended course additions, changes and deletions; institutional academic catalog content and revisions; academic calendar concerns; and academic policies, publications and matters with institutional impact. For more information regarding the Academic Council, please refer to HSCEP OP 10.06.
The Academic Council is chaired by the Vice President for Academic Affairs.
Vice President for Academic Affairs
In his role as vice provost for academic programs at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso (TTUHSC El Paso), Dr. Brower is responsible for curriculum alignment, student mistreatment intervention and investigation, support and enhancement of interprofessional education, and joint degree programs. Additionally, he serves as the liaison for academic IT support for the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine (PLFSOM) and the Woody L. Hunt School of Dental Medicine, as well as providing curriculum oversight for PLFSOM. Dr. Brower is also a practicing physician and medical educator, certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in neurology and epilepsy, and by the American Board of Clinical Neurophysiology. He holds concurrent appointments as clinical associate professor in the PLFSOM Department of Neurology and as an associate professor with tenure in the PLFSOM Department of Medical Education.
Dr. Brower has been a member of the TTUHSC El Paso family since 1996 and became chair of the PLFSOM Department of Medical Education in 2010. In 2014, he was appointed as associate dean for the PLFSOM Office of Medical Education and designated as the faculty lead for the school's second full accreditation survey by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education, which was successfully concluded in November 2017.
Dr. Brower received his B.S. in Zoology at the University of Texas at Austin and his M.D. from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. He completed an internal medicine internship at the University of Utah Medical Center, a neurology residency at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, and a fellowship in epilepsy and clinical neurophysiology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas.
Voting members include one dean, associate dean for academic affairs, or equivalent from each school; one faculty-at-large representative from each school; and one SGA representative.
Non-voting members include representatives from institutional academic support and compliance offices.