TSUS contact tracing project offers new job opportunities

Jayme Blaschke, Media Relations | September 21, 2020

Texas State University is collaborating with other Texas State University System institutions and communities to recruit approximately 200 contact tracers for the Texas Department of State Health Services’ Texas Health Trace initiative.

Capitalizing on existing relationships among local communities and TSUS component institutions (Lamar University, Sam Houston State University, Sul Ross State University and Texas State), this program will help meet staffing demands for the statewide contact tracing effort.

"Texas State University already implemented a successful contact tracing program as part of our Roadmap for Fall 2020. The DSHS program provides expanded capability and employment opportunities for students and community members to help reduce the spread of COVID-19,” said Melinda Villagran, director of Texas State’s Translational Health Research Center.

The Translational Health Research Center is will lead program recruiting efforts at Texas State, and Villagran was selected to serve on the advisory board along with representatives of each of the participating institutions.

Hiring, training, and daily oversight for the program will be provided by the the program’s director at Sam Houston State’s Center for Community Engagement. Most positions require those hired to work remotely on a part-time basis, with work options on weekends and evenings.

"This could be an ideal way for students to get additional job skills and income while pursuing a degree," Villagran said.

Those interested are encouraged to apply immediately. More information on available program positions can be found online:


For additional information about program recruiting activities at Texas State University, please contact Villagran at mv12@txstate.edu or (512) 245-1356. 

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For more information, contact University Communications:

Jayme Blaschke, 512-245-2555

Sandy Pantlik, 512-245-2922