Job Information

University of Utah Assistant Dean, The Utah Experience in Salt Lake City, Utah


Open Date 03/22/2022

Requisition Number PRN29836B

Job Title Assistant Dean

Working Title Assistant Dean, The Utah Experience

Job Grade 000

FLSA Code Executive

Patient Sensitive Job Code? No

Standard Hours per Week 40

Full Time or Part Time? Full Time

Shift Day

Work Schedule Summary

M-F, 8-5 possible nights/weekends for specific events

VP Area Academic Affairs

Department 00019 - Undergraduate Studies

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range $110,000/yr. - $115,000/yr.

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Job Summary

The Office of Undergraduate Studies invites applications for the position of Assistant Dean for The Utah Experience in the Office of Undergraduate Studies. From admission to graduation, the units of the Office of Undergraduate Studies at the University of Utah provide every student with an exceptional educational experience that empowers them to lead transformational lives wherever their educational and professional futures take them.

The University of Utah (the U) seeks a visionary leader for the inaugural position of Assistant Dean for The Utah Experience & Special Assistant to the SAVP . The U recognizes that students in the 21st century must be able to tackle real-world problems and use critical thinking and problem-solving skills to solve multifaceted problems that do not have simple solutions. A growing body of research demonstrates that experiential learning enhances student learning, success in the classroom, on-time graduation, and transition to the workforce. Thus, the U is developing The Utah Experience—an undergraduate degree requirement for all undergraduate students to engage in at least one hands-on, experiential learning activity as a graduation requirement. This requirement, again in development, will take the exceptional educational experience that the U provides to an even higher level by giving all students hands-on opportunities to connect their academic foundations to the world beyond the classroom through creative endeavors, study abroad and field schools, internship and leadership opportunities, faculty-mentored research, peer education engagement, community-engaged learning, and more.

Reporting to the Senior Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Undergraduate Studies ( SAVP & Dean), the AD will have oversight of Office of The Utah Experience, including all matters related to personnel and budget. The AD will serve as a champion of experiential learning, articulating a vision to various stakeholders within the U as well as community and industry partners outside the university. The role will include responsibility for identifying and developing innovative ways to advance experiential learning through a variety of activities or experiences. This will include efforts to better integrate experiential learning within the academic curriculum; fostering collaboration between academic units in various schools and colleges with opportunities in areas such as Student Affairs (e.g., Bennion Center), Libraries, University Neighborhood Partners, Office of Global Engagement, Office of Undergraduate Research, etc. as well as local/regional community and industry partners, and others; and scaling up existing experiential learning opportunities as well as developing new opportunities to increase the number of available experiential learning options both co-curricular as well as curricular.


·Health, dental, and wellness coverage (\_wellness.php)

· Automatic and immediately vested14.2% employer contribution (\_401aPlan.php) to personal retirement account (401a)

· Freepublic transportation pass ( (Utah Transit Authority)

·Paid leave time (

·Tuition reduction for employee and family members (

· … and more:


· The AD will need to develop and implement an assessment plan for experiential learning to ensure continuous improvement in this effort, while also meeting all necessary requirements for U accreditation and continual improvement.

· The AD will partner with experiential experts across the U and the faculty governance process, especially the Undergraduate Council to facilitate documentation and certification of the graduation requirements.

· The AD will work closely with other administrative offices, including the Office of the Registrar and University Information Technology, to document and track student participation in experiential learning activities, develop and produce an experiential learning transcript and help foster innovative use of data that will become available through these efforts.

· Wherever appropriate and assigned by the SAVP & Dean, the AD should be able to support the university’s broader academic goals, such as curricular and pedagogical changes necessary to support the development and positive iteration of The Utah Experience and the degree requirement.

· The AD will also pursue external funding—in close collaboration with Undergraduate Advancement—to support experiential learning, strategically promote the University’s efforts through appropriate awards and recognition, and directly support students’ participation in experiential learning opportunities.

· Administrative oversight of The Utah Experience office and staff

· Understand the existing experiential learning ecosystem at the U, including expansion and continuous improvement

· Partner with various stakeholders to help design new/innovative experiential opportunities,

· Promote new collaborations and communication between various stakeholders, and manage the approval and implementation of those opportunities

· Design and implement an assessment plan for The Utah Experience; use data to enable programmatic change as needed

· In collaboration with UIT , identify/develop and implement technical tools and resources to enhance experiential learning, the experiential learning transcript, and related innovations

· Support the Undergraduate Council’s learning and governance processes regarding the design, implementation, and future development and success of The Utah Experience

· Establish and engage The Utah Experience advisory board

· Support broader academic goals of the U and the Office of Undergraduate Studies

· Other duties as assigned by the SAVP & Dean

Problem Solving

Incumbents in this position have the authority to manage assigned units and designated programs and services. They are responsible for ensuring that diverse patient/customer, family and community issues affecting customer/patient service and care are resolved. Directs the planning and administration of the unit’s budget and makes spending decisions within budget guidelines. Oversees program development for assigned units and ensures that policies and procedures are followed.

The University of Utah is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and educator. Minorities, women, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. Veterans preference. Reasonable accommodations provided. For additional information:

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds, and possess a [strong or demonstrated] commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.

Minimum Qualifications

Master’s degree in Business Administration, or related area, or equivalency; eight years of progressively more responsible management experience; and demonstrated leadership, human relations and effective communications skills required.

PhD degree preferred.

Applicants must demonstrate the potential ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined in the position description.


Type Benefited Staff

Special Instructions Summary

Additional Information

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.

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 veteran’s 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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For more information:

To inquire about this posting, ( 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.