Job Information

University of Utah Assistant or Associate Professor of Educational Theory/Philosophy of Education 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/Associate Professor position with research and teaching expertise in educational theory with an emphasis on issues of gender and sexuality.

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 and undergraduate 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: Queer theory/intersections of Queer theories; gender studies; masculinity; sexuality studies. We especially welcome scholars who bring clarity and new ways of thinking about pressing issues related to discourse and decisions relevant to the education of diverse groups of learners.

Required Qualifications:

  • An earned doctorate in education or Philosophy of Education with emphasis in Gender studies, Sexuality studies or related field by August 2024
  • Evidence of research/teaching focus that includes: Queer theory, Gender studies, Intersections of Queer theories, masculinity, or Sexuality studies in education;
  • A record of, or strong potential in, teaching critical theoretical and/or philosophical foundations of education
  • A record of, or strong potential in, high-quality research, publications, and teaching
  • A commitment to research and service with diverse students, families, and communities with an emphasis on issues of gender & sexuality and its intersections with race, ethnicity, language, immigration status, and socioeconomic status

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Record or strong potential of success with securing external funding opportunities.
  • Experience teaching and working with local communities and community organizations to promote equity and justice with sexual and gender-minoritized students and populations.

Additional Required Qualifications for appointment as Associate Professor:

  • Demonstrated 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 graduate 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

Responsibilities :

  • Maintain active research agenda that critically investigates gender and sexuality in education, with a commitment to intersectional, transnational, masculinity, queer and feminist teaching, and learning. Publish scholarly works in high-quality outlets.
  • Seek and secure external funding to support research and further interdisciplinary research initiatives
  • Develop, tailor, and teach four courses per academic year that focus on educational theory and gender and sexuality in education, with a commitment to intersectional, transnational, masculinity, queer and feminist teaching, and learning and core ECS courses in area of expertise.
  • Mentor and advise undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral 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.

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 the position is filled. Submit: 1) letter of application including a statement of professional goals and how your work furthers our theoretical understanding of Gender and Sexuality in Education., 2) curriculum vitae (CV), 3) teaching and research statements, 4) transcripts, 5) two samples of scholarly writing, 6) names and current contact information (mailing address, phone, email) of three professional references, and 7) statement explaining how you will further the goal of building a culturally diverse and inclusive educational environment. The committee will request letters of recommendation from a small group of finalists.

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

Inquiries regarding the position should be addressed to:

Alexander Hyres, Ph.D.

Co-Chair, Search Committee

University of Utah

Department of Education, Culture & Society

1721 E. Campus Center Drive, #3280

Salt Lake City, UT 84112-9256

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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Special Instructions for Candidates

Open Date 11/15/2023

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Requisition Number PRN01123CF

Type Faculty