Job Information

University of Utah Assistant or Associate Professor of Critical Educational Research Methodologies in the Department of Education, Culture & Society in Salt Lake City, Utah

Position Information

Proposed Faculty Rank Assistant or Associate Professor

Department 00950 - Education, Culture & Society

City Salt Lake City, UT

Track Tenure Track

New Position to Begin July 1, 2024


The Department of Education, Culture & Society ( ECS ) in the College of Education at the University of Utah invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor in Critical Educational Research Methodologies, with an emphasis on critical quantitative or mixed-methods research.

ECS is a diverse, multi-disciplinary group of scholars committed to the study and pursuit of social justice in education using cutting-edge frameworks that address class, race, ethnicity, culture, language, immigration status, gender, and sexuality in educational policy and practice. ECS offers Ph.D., M.Ed., professional program specialties in curriculum theory, cultural studies in education, multilingual/multicultural education ( ESL / DLBE ), community-engaged pedagogy, and the social foundations of education (anthropology, sociology, history, and philosophy of education). The department also offers undergraduate courses as a part of our commitment to develop culturally and linguistically responsive, socially just educators and community-engaged scholars. ECS is deeply committed to fostering collaboration across campus and across the state’s school districts, community-based organizations, and policy networks, to prepare educational professionals who are successful in diverse educational contexts; and to support distinction in teaching, service, and scholarship. We seek candidates whose interests include but are not limited to: critical social theories (e.g., CRT , raciolinguistics, gender studies, and intersectionality), community-engaged and participatory research; history and politics of education. We especially welcome scholars who bring clarity and new ways of thinking about pressing issues related to equity in educational settings in and out of schools.

Required qualifications:

  • An earned doctorate in education, educational methods, or a related field by August 2024.
  • A record of scholarly achievement or strong potential as a scholar in mixed methods and/or critical quantitative methods.
  • Research agenda focusing on social justice and educational equity.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Record or strong potential for research productivity via peer-reviewed scholarship.
  • Record or strong potential for high-quality teaching.
  • Ability to pursue and sustain externally funded research programs.
  • Experience mentoring or working with diverse historically minoritized and/or first-generation college students.

Additional Required Qualifications for Appointment as Associate Professor

  • A strong record of scholarly achievement and extramurally funded research commensurate with the rank of Associate Professor at the University of Utah
  • Evidence of a strong record of teaching up to the doctoral level commensurate with the rank of Associate Professor at the University of Utah
  • Demonstrated leadership abilities commensurate with the rank of Associate Professor at the University of Utah


  • Maintain an active research agenda in area of expertise. Publish scholarly works in high quality outlets.
  • Seek and secure external grant funding to support research and further interdisciplinary initiatives
  • Develop, tailor, and teach four courses per academic year, including undergraduate and graduate courses and seminars on research methodologies and core ECS courses in areas of expertise.
  • Mentor and advise doctoral, master’s, and undergraduate students
  • Serve on graduate exam and dissertation committees
  • Collaborate and engage in service to the department, college, state, and national professional organizations, school districts, and local communities.

The College of Education strongly encourages and welcomes all applicants. The College affirms the dignity and value of every member of our community. The College of Education is committed to empowering faculty, staff, and students via an accessible and inclusive work and learning environment that serves all individuals. Learn more about the College of Education Commitment to Inclusive Excellence:

Located in metropolitan Salt Lake City in the foothills of the Wasatch Mountains, the University of Utah (The “U”) is the state’s flagship Research-1 public institution. It emphasizes exceptional scholarship, quality teaching, and professional service and serves over 35,000 students from across the U.S. and the world, with over 72 major subjects at the undergraduate level and more than 90 major fields of study at the graduate level, including law and medicine. Known for its proximity to seven world-class ski resorts within 40 minutes of campus, The U encourages an active, holistic lifestyle, innovation, and collaborative thinking to engage students, faculty, and business leaders. Salt Lake City is a vibrant, major metropolitan area with a diverse, multicultural population and numerous cultural and outdoor activities. The University-funded University-Neighborhood Partnership Center and the Bennion Center for community-engaged teaching and learning anchor ongoing University-wide efforts to connect scholarship to community issues and concerns. Salt Lake City is home to a robust array of diverse communities and numerous cultural and outdoor activities facilitating numerous opportunities for interaction with a range of civic and political organizations, given the city’s role as the governmental and social center of the state. Utah public schools and community organizations serve a diverse student body (statewide average: eight percent multilingual learners designated as ELs and twenty-six percent non-white), notably higher in its urban districts.

Application Instructions

Review of applications will begin November 15, 2023 and continue until position is filled. Submit 1) a cover letter including a statement of professional goals and how your work critically examines equity issues in educational settings in and out of schools, 2) curriculum vitae (CV), 3) research statement, 4) teaching statement, 5) EDI commitment statement (explain how you will further the goal of building a culturally diverse and inclusive educational environment), 6) official transcripts, 7) two samples of scholarly writing, and 8) names and current contact information (mailing address, phone, email) of three professional references. The committee will request letters of recommendation from a group of finalists.

Applications must be submitted through the University of Utah, Human Resources portal at

Inquiries regarding the position should be addressed to:

Dr. José Gutiérrez (Search Committee Co-Chair)

Dr. Wenyang Sun (Search Committee Co-Chair)

University of Utah

Department of Education, Culture & Society

1721 Campus Center Drive, #3280

Salt Lake City, UT 84112-9256 or

EEO/Non-Discrimination Information

All qualified individuals are strongly 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 ( OEO /AA). More information, including the Director/Title IX Coordinator’s office address, electronic mail address, and telephone number can be located at:

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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. This report includes statistics about criminal offenses, hate crimes, arrests and referrals for disciplinary action, and Violence Against Women Act offenses. They also provide information about safety and security-related services offered by the University of Utah. A paper copy can be obtained by request at the Department of Public Safety located at 1658 East 500 South.

Special Instructions for Candidates

Open Date 11/15/2023

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Requisition Number PRN01121CF

Type Faculty