Job Information

University of Utah Assistant Professor of Geography in Salt Lake City, Utah

Position Information

Proposed Faculty Rank Assistant Professor

Department 00137 - Geography Department

City Salt Lake City, UT

Track Tenure Track

New Position to Begin 7/1/23


The Department of Geography at the University of Utah invites applications for the tenure-track position of Assistant Professor with expertise in Health, Environment, and/or Development applied within Southeast Asia . Example areas of research for this hire include, but are not limited to: illness and disease, population, environmental challenges and inequalities, sustainability, climate change impacts, agriculture and food security, urbanization, development, conflict, migration, and diaspora. All methodological approaches will be considered, and we encourage applicants with quantitative, mixed-methods, or qualitative research approaches to apply.

The Department of Geography values diverse perspectives and seeks to build more inclusive faculty, graduate, and undergraduate student bodies. Applicants from underrepresented backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Competitive candidates will have a record of research as demonstrated by journal publications, conference presentations, and/or external funding. The ability to collaborate with faculty within the Department of Geography and participate in interdisciplinary research across the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and other Colleges at the University of Utah is a priority. Demonstrated skills in student mentoring are desirable. Ability and experience to teach a Southeast Asia regional geography course, topical or methodological courses within the applicant’s area of expertise, and courses within the University of Utah’s Environmental and Sustainability Studies program will be considered.

The Department of Geography at the University of Utah includes 15 tenured and tenure-track faculty covering focus areas of including Earth systems science, human-environmental geography and geographic information science. The department offers BS, MS, and PhD Geography degrees, as well as BS and MS GIS degrees. The department is ranked 5th nationally for scholarly research, and is housed in the new Gardner Commons building with beautiful classrooms, laboratories and meeting spaces. For more information on the Department of Geography, see .

The University of Utah offers unparalleled opportunities for interdisciplinary collaborative research. The Asia Center, a Title VI National Resource Center for Asian and Pacific Studies, serves as a hub for Asia-related activities at the University of Utah involving teaching, research, and outreach to K-12 schools and the broader community. With over one hundred affiliated faculty from 28 departments and 11 colleges, the Asia Center works with a network of units across the university to facilitate development of Asia-related curriculum, conferences, lectures, cultural events, learning abroad and internship opportunities, and community programs. The Asia Center and College of Social and Behavioral Sciences are engaged in collaborative research, training and exchange programs with several Southeast Asian universities; new faculty members would have opportunities to participate in these international collaborations. The University is also home to the Global Change and Sustainability Center ( GCSC ), the Wasatch Front Research Data Center, the Scientific Computing and Imaging Institute ( SCI ), the Center for High Performance Computing ( CHPC ), and a new interdisciplinary research facility ( NEXUS ) housed within our new building.

The University of Utah is Utah’s flagship university, an R-1 university, and 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 1.25 million residents, nestled against the Wasatch Mountains. We have unparalleled access to outdoor activities, ranging from local world-class skiing, hiking, and mountain biking to world-renown national parks and wild spaces within a day’s drive. Salt Lake City is vibrant and cosmopolitan with arts, theater, sports, and nightlife. The region has received international recognition for its light rail system, downtown, and growing diversity. More than a third of Utah’s ethnic/racial minorities are children or youth under the age of 18 years, and the Salt Lake City School District is now a majority minority district, with one in five Salt Lake County residents speaking a language besides English at home.

Applications should consist of a cover letter, CV, statement of research, statement of teaching, teaching evaluations (if available), and the contact information for exactly three references. In your cover letter, please include a description of how your work and experience can contribute to the success of underrepresented students.

The due date for applications is September 1 ; applications received after the deadline may be considered until the position is filled.

Questions about the position can be directed to Dr. Tim Collins (

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)

135 Park Building

Salt Lake City, UT 84112


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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 and immunizations. 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 07/01/2022

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Requisition Number PRN00874CF

Type Faculty