Job Information

University of Utah Assistant Professor (Lecturer) in The Department of Sociology in Salt Lake City, Utah

Position Information

Proposed Faculty Rank Assistant Professor (Lecturer)

Department 00144 - Sociology Department

City Salt Lake City, UT

Track Non Tenure Track

New Position to Begin 7/1/2024


The Department of Sociology at the University of Utah invites applications for a career-line faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor (Lecturer) to begin July 1, 2024. We seek a candidate who will contribute to the department’s growing Criminology major as well as to other required core courses in the undergraduate curriculum for Sociology and Criminology (e.g., Research Methods, Social Statistics, Doing Sociology and Criminology). The person appointed to this position will be able to teach core courses in Criminology including Introduction to Criminal Justice and Criminology , and other elective courses in Criminology. Ideal candidates will also be able to teach courses in one or more of the department’s Sociology major specialty areas: Diversity; Globalization, Politics, and Society; Deviance, Crime, and the Law; and Population and Society. Candidates should hold a PhD in Sociology, Criminology, or Criminal Justice by the beginning of the appointment. The typical teaching load for this position is 3/3/1 – with three courses to be taught in the fall and spring semesters, and one to be taught during the summer term.

The University of Utah, a Research-1 institution and member of the Association of American Universities, is the flagship of the Utah System of Higher Education. It enrolls approximately 25,000 undergraduate and 8,000 graduate students. The Department of Sociology awards BA/BS in Sociology, BA/BS in Criminology, Master of Statistics, and PhD degrees. At the undergraduate level, it serves approximately 800 undergraduate students across the Criminology and Sociology majors; these majors are some of the most diverse at the University of Utah. The department also has a well-regarded doctoral program. The University of Utah is located in Salt Lake City, a metropolitan area of 1.3 million people that offers unparalleled opportunities for outdoor recreation, with world-class hiking and multiple ski resorts within minutes from campus and eight national parks within hours of the city. Salt Lake City is home to a major international airport with direct flights to major U.S. cities and international locations such as Amsterdam, London, Mexico City, and Paris. In 2022, the Human Rights Campaign scored Salt Lake City a perfect 100 on its Municipal Equality Index (

EEO/Non-Discrimination Information

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students, staff, faculty and patients from diverse backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education, employment opportunities, and quality healthcare for historically underrepresented groups.

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)

383 University Street, Level 1 OEO Suite

Salt Lake City, UT 84112


Online reports may be submitted at

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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. 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

Review of applications will begin March 16, 2024, and continue until the position is filled. Please submit a cover letter describing your academic background and professional experience, a curriculum vitae, at least two syllabi from different courses you have taught, evidence of teaching effectiveness (student or peer evaluations of teaching), and two letters of recommendation. As part of your cover letter, please include a discussion of how your work and other experiences can contribute to the success of students at the University of Utah. The position is contingent upon final budgetary approval.

Please address any inquiries regarding the position to Dr. Guangzhen Wu ( ). For technical assistance or questions about the application process, contact Angela Midgley ( ).

Open Date 01/16/2024

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Requisition Number PRN01167CF

Type Faculty