Job Information

University of Utah Assistant Professor in Severe Disabilities in the Department of Special Education in Salt Lake City, Utah

Position Information

Proposed Faculty Rank Assistant Professor

Department 00165 - Special Education

City Salt Lake City, UT

Track Tenure Track

New Position to Begin 07/01/2024


The Department of Special Education in the College of Education at the University of Utah invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position to begin July 2024. We seek an individual with demonstrated ability or strong potential for success in research and teaching in the area of students with extensive support needs (severe disabilities).


• Conduct and publish research in areas of specialization.

• Teach undergraduate, master, and doctoral level courses in the areas of general special education and severe disabilities.

• Engage in service to the profession and university.

• Engage in outreach to local and state agencies and the community.

• Seek extramural funding in the form of research or training grants.

Required Qualifications

• An earned doctorate in special education or closely related field focused on supporting students with extensive support needs (severe disabilities) by August 15, 2024.

• A record of scholarly achievement or strong evidence of potential as a scholar in the area of severe disabilities.

• A demonstrated record or strong potential for effective teaching in higher education.

• Ability to develop and maintain strong collegial and collaborative relationships with faculty, staff, students, and members of the community.

• Demonstrated ability or strong potential for obtaining externally funded research or training grants.

• Minimum of three years of successful teaching or comparable experience in supporting students with extensive support needs.

Preferred Qualifications

Preference may be given to candidates who offer one or more of the following preferred qualifications:

· BCBA credential and approval to provide supervision for BCBA candidates

· Collaborative or cross-disciplinary research and teaching activities

· Expertise in multiple research methodologies

· Experience in teaching distance and on-line courses

Salary and benefit package are competitive with other research-intensive universities.

File review will begin October 27, 2023 and will continue until the position is filled. Questions regarding the position may be directed to the Search Committee Chair, Susan Johnston, via telephone at (801) 581-5187 or e-mail at .

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:

The University of Utah is the state’s flagship research institution and emphasizes exceptional scholarship, quality teaching, and professional service. The university serves over 34,000 students from across the U.S. and the world. Known for its proximity to seven world-class ski resorts within 40 minutes of campus, the University of Utah encourages an active holistic lifestyle, innovation, and collaborative thinking to engage students, faculty, and communities.

As the state capitol, Salt Lake City is home to a robust array of diverse communities facilitating numerous opportunities for interaction with a range of civic and political organizations. Salt Lake City is a vibrant, major metropolitan area with a diverse, multicultural population, numerous cultural and outdoor activities, and an international airport. The area has received international recognition for its light rail system, downtown renewal, library system, and increasing diversity.

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:

Online reports may be submitted at


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

All applications must be submitted on-line via the University of Utah web site. Do not send application materials directly to the department. As part of the application process, you are required to upload:

• A cover letter of application addressing experience, interests, qualifications, and areas of specialization as they relate to the position announcement.

• A curriculum vita.

• A recent academic transcript if applicant is currently completing doctoral degree or completed it within the last year.

• Three samples of scholarly writing that represents the applicant’s own scholarship.

• A 1–2 page statement addressing how the applicant can support one or more of the priority areas identified in the University of Utah’ strategic plan for diversity, equity, and inclusion

• Names, titles, addresses, and telephone numbers of three individuals who can speak to the applicant’s research, teaching, and service productivity and potential.

Open Date 09/15/2023

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Requisition Number PRN01099CF

Type Faculty