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University of Utah Assistant Professor, Family Diversity in Salt Lake City, Utah

Proposed Faculty Rank Assistant Professor, Family Diversity

Department 00136 - Family and Consumer Studies

City Salt Lake City, UT

Track Tenure Track

New Position to Begin 07/01/2021


Assistant Professor in Family Diversity

QUALIFICATIONS : The Department of Family & Consumer Studies ( FCS ) at the University of Utah invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position to begin July 2021. FCS seeks a candidate who will strengthen our curricular and research capacity in the area of family diversity and contribute to the inclusive excellence of the University of Utah’s academic community. We are especially interested in scholars whose research addresses issues related to family formation, family structure, family processes, family belief systems, and family inequalities among historically disadvantaged and underrepresented groups (e.g., sexual minorities, immigrants, racial and ethnic minorities). Ability to teach courses on quantitative and/or qualitative research methods is desired. Candidates should have an excellent publication and teaching record, commensurate with experience, and show potential for extramural funding. Applicants must have a Ph.D. at time of appointment. Successful candidates will be committed to working in a collaborative, interdisciplinary environment and enhancing undergraduate and graduate education.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE : Submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, research and teaching statements, two writing samples or publications, a list of three references, and a statement on the candidate’s commitment to diversity and inclusion to Review of applications will begin February 1st and will continue until the position is filled. Information about the Department of Family & Consumer Studies can be found at Information on how the University of Utah College of Social and Behavioral Science promotes equity, diversity, and inclusion can be found at Inquiries regarding the position may be directed to the Faculty Search Committee Chair, Dr. Daniel Carlson (

RELATED INFORMATION : Family & Consumer Studies is an interdisciplinary department dedicated to understanding and enhancing the well-being of individuals and the families and communities in which they live. We examine how the social, economic, political, and physical environments affect families, individuals, and consumers. The faculty includes scholars from sociology, demography, economics, psychology, family studies, ethnic studies, human development, and early childhood education. FCS faculty are involved with the Consortium in Families and Health Research (, which brings together faculty from 11 departments across 5 colleges, the School of Medicine, the Huntsman Cancer Institute, the University Neighborhood Partners, and the Utah Population Database.

The University of Utah is a Carnegie RU/VH Research University and Utah’s flagship university. The University is a member of the Association of American Universities and the PAC -12. The University is located in beautiful Salt Lake City, which offers an outstanding quality of life in a major metropolitan area of 1.5 million residents, nestled in the foothills of the Wasatch Mountains. Utah’s great outdoors are close by, offering activities from world class skiing, hiking, and mountain biking in the spectacular canyons surrounding the city. The city is cosmopolitan with theater, the arts, sports, entertainment, and nightlife. The area has received international recognition for its light rail system, downtown, library system, and increasing diversity. Salt Lake City is home to sizable Hispanic and immigrant populations (21.5% and 11.5% of residents, respectively). The International Rescue Committee, headquartered in Salt Lake, is one of eight national resettlement committees committed to helping refugees thrive in the United States. Per capita, Salt Lake City has the 11th largest LGBTQ population in the US and among large US cities has the highest percentage of same-sex couples (26 percent) raising children.

EEO/Non-Discrimination Information

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, national origin, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, status as a person with a disability, genetic information, or Protected Veteran status. 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. To inquire about the University’s nondiscrimination or affirmative action policies or to request disability accommodation, please contact: Director, Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Circle, Rm 135, (801) 581-8365.

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.


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.

Special Instructions for Candidates

Open Date 12/21/2020

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Requisition Number PRN00641CF

Type Faculty