Assistant Professor in Higher Education

  • University of Utah, Educational Leadership and Policy
  • Salt Lake City, UT, USA
  • Aug 30, 2021
Full time Education

Job Description

The Department of Educational Leadership and Policy (ELP) at the University of Utah invites applicants for a tenure-track, Assistant Professor faculty position in Higher Education with expertise in the intersections of higher education and equity, diversity, and justice. We seek an energetic colleague to contribute to the continued development of programs in higher education, including the Masters in Student Affairs and the EdD and Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy. 
Applicants should either 1) have research and experience engaging in critical studies of race and racism in scholarship, teaching, and service or 2) have an established record of improving educational conditions toward greater equity in scholarship, teaching, and service. Foci could include first-generation students, LGBTQIA+ students, students with disabilities, students harmed by incarceration, undocumented students, or other related or marginalized populations. We welcome candidates with qualitative, quantitative, mixed methods, or other relevant methodological expertise. 

This is a nine-month, full-time tenure track position. The appointment is at the rank of Assistant Professor.


  • An established record of scholarly achievement around a clearly articulated research agenda,
  • Expertise in diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education,
  • The ability to assume teaching and advising assignments at the graduate level,
  • An earned doctorate in higher education, educational leadership or policy, or a closely related study area (e.g., sociology, political science, anthropology, public policy/administration),
  • Professional experience in student affairs or higher education administration,
  • Qualitative, quantitative, mixed methods, or other relevant methodological expertise,
  • Evidence of the ability to develop and maintain relationships within the higher education community at the local, state, national, and international level(s), and
  • Epistemological stances that contribute to transforming higher education research, policy, and practice in equity, diversity, and justice


  • Experience advising graduate students and successfully supervising dissertations or capstone projects,
  • Demonstrated excellence in graduate teaching,
  • Strong evidence of and potential for attracting external funding and publishing works related to individual research agenda,
  • Research or content expertise in higher education law, higher education history, admissions or enrollment management, and
  • Knowledge in critical scholarship relevant to higher education. 


The successful candidate will be expected to make the following contributions to the Department of Education Leadership & Policy and other graduate programs within the College of Education.

  • Develop and sustain a program of excellence in research,
  • Teach courses in the Educational Leadership & Policy Department for masters and doctoral students. These courses will focus on student affairs, educational policy, leadership theory,   organizational theory or diversity, equity, and inclusion,
  • Pursue external funding opportunities related to individual research agenda,
  • Provide service and outreach to local, state, and national educational organizations at a level commensurate with rank and research agenda,
  • Advise and mentor graduate students,
  • Collaborate with other faculty and students in the general mission of social justice leadership and developing graduate students and practitioners, and
  • As needed, serve on Department, College, or University committees.

The ELP Department collectively values and actively promotes a commitment to equity and social justice within the study of educational leadership and policy in K-12 and higher education arenas such as the University of Utah Prison Education Project, the McCluskey Center for Violence Prevention, and the Transfer Pathways Program between the University of Utah and Salt Lake Community College. Faculty and students engage in research, outreach, service, and teaching to improve the diversity, equity, and inclusion conditions and opportunities of various underserved student populations. In addition, department faculty are active and often serve in leadership roles in the local educational environment and national professional associations such as ASHE, NASPA, ACPA, NACADA, AERA, UCEA, and ELA. The Department is also linked with the Utah Education Policy Center (UEPC). 

APPOINTMENT: July 1, 2022

SALARY: Salary is commensurate with rank.

SUBMISSION OF MATERIALS FOR CONSIDERATION: Screening of applications will begin immediately, with preference given to applications received by November 8, 2021. The position will remain open until filled.

APPLICATION MATERIALS: Candidates should submit the following application materials electronically through the University of Utah Human Resource Department portal:
1. A cover letter that describes qualifications as they relate to the stated position posting and the Department’s mission and values,
2. A current Curriculum Vitae,
3. Samples of three (3) scholarly publications,
4. One piece of evidence of teaching excellence (teaching evaluation, exemplary course syllabus, or teaching philosophy), and
5. Contact information for three professional references.

Questions may be directed to the search committee co-chairs, Drs. Erin L. Castro, and Paul Rubin,
Additional Information Available:
Department of Educational Leadership & Policy
College of Education 
University of Utah 
Utah Education Policy Center 

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students, staff, faculty and patients from diverse backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education, employment opportunities, and quality healthcare for historically underrepresented groups.

Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, genetic information, or protected veterans status. The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education program or activity that it operates, as required by Title IX and 34 CFR part 106. The requirement not to discriminate in education programs or activities extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, to the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, or both.

To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability or if you or someone you know has experienced discrimination or sexual misconduct including sexual harassment, you may contact the Director/Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action:

Director/ Title IX Coordinator

Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action (OEO/AA)

135 Park Building

Salt Lake City, UT 84112


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To inquire about this posting, email: or call 801-581-2300.

The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS’ post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or University Human Resource Management at (801) 581-7447 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen and immunizations.

SUBMISSION OF MATERIALS FOR CONSIDERATION: Screening of applications will begin immediately, with preference given to applications received by November 8, 2021. The position will remain