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University of Utah Assistant Professor in Salt Lake City, Utah

Position Information

Position/Rank Assistant Professor

Department 00198 - Parks Recreation and Tourism

City Salt Lake City, UT

Track Tenure Track

New Position to Begin 08/2024 or TBD


University of Utah, College of Health,

Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism

Tenure Track Faculty Announcement

Nine-Month Assistant Professor Tenure Track Position

TheDepartment of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism ( ( PRT ) in theCollege of Health ( at theUniversity of Utah ( is pleased to announce a nine-month assistant professor tenure track appointment to begin fall semester 2024. The Department is looking for a research-active faculty member in the area of sustainable tourism and hospitality management who will complement current faculty and build from the inherent strengths of the College of Health, University, and the State of Utah.

The successful candidate will have a strong research agenda that aligns with current research efforts in the Department and College, and possess the drive and capacity to develop and sustain independent research to support graduate students and research activities. Ideal candidates will have a research focus and industry experience in sustainable tourism and/or hospitality management, and a connection to equity, diversity and inclusion ( EDI ) in the hospitality, sustainable tourism and PRT fields. The successful candidate will seek external funding to support their research agenda, recruit and supervise graduate students, teach in the graduate and/or undergraduate curriculum, and work collaboratively with industry, community, and University partners to build the profile of the Department and University as a leader in sustainable tourism and hospitality education and research. Teaching loads in the Department are on average two courses per semester, but this can vary with research activity.

Potential applicants should visit ourwebsite ( to review our faculty expertise and existing courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels. In their letter of application, candidates should comment on how they see themselves contributing to our current productivity and structure. We are especially interested in hiring a colleague who complements our existing faculty and creates unrealized synergies in ourDepartment ( and within theCollege of Health ( .

If you are excited about this role but your experience is not in perfect alignment with every qualification listed above, we encourage you to apply anyway. Studies show that individuals from underrepresented communities, such as women, LGBTQ+ and people of color, are less likely to apply to jobs unless they meet every single qualification. The Department and University believe that a diverse faculty and inclusive culture benefit and enrich the educational experiences of the entire campus and greater community. Our faculty and staff are committed to removing barriers that have been traditionally encountered by individuals from underrepresented and disfranchised groups. The College and Department strive to recruit faculty who will further enhance our diversity and collegiality and make every attempt to support their academic, professional, and personal success.

Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism at the University of Utah

As aDepartment ( , we envision a global community that values and celebrates parks, recreation, and tourism. To that end, we contribute to individual, community, and environmental health through education, research, and action informed by the preventive, developmental, and restorative properties of parks, recreation, and tourism. We create, share, and apply knowledge about parks, recreation, and tourism to inspire students, inform policy, serve social needs, promote sustainability, and advocate for the health of people, communities, and the environment. Our faculty and staff serve approximately 200 undergraduates and 20 graduates (MS & Ph.D.). We are a collegial community of creative, committed scholars and educators who all work collaboratively in teaching, scholarship, and service. As a Department within the College of Health, we ascribe to the belief that what we do contributes to quality of life, health, and well-being.

College of Health

The College of Health ( is among the largest of the colleges and schools at the University with 2,500 undergraduates and 600 graduate students.Degree options ( include 18 BA/BS degree emphases, 16 master’s degree programs, three clinical doctorates, and five Ph.D. programs. This combination of graduate degrees, professional programs, and undergraduate majors uniquely positions the College to contribute to theclinical ( andresearch ( missions of University of Utah Health and high impact educational practices on the main campus.

The University of Utah

The University of Utah ( is an R1 (Doctoral – very high research activity) institution as ranked by theCarnegie Classification ( and an AAU ( member institution. Advancement requires combined excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service.

As the state’s flagship research institution, the University emphasizes exceptional scholarship, quality teaching, and professional service. It serves over 32,000 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. The University of Utah is a vibrant, diverse, and secular university located in a beautiful setting on the shoulder of the Wasatch Front.

Utah and Salt Lake City

Utah ( is the West at its best – four distinct seasons, ready access to all outdoor activities including superb skiing at seven world-famous resorts just minutes from campus. Utah is home to five national parks and countless national, regional, state, and local recreation areas. The State is nationally recognized for excellence in entrepreneurship, economic growth, and outdoor recreational activities (skiing, hiking, climbing, etc.).

Salt Lake City ( is a vibrant, major metropolitan area with a diverse, multicultural population and numerous cultural and outdoor activities. It has been recognized as the best city to start a career and offers an abundance of activities/attractions that contribute to excellent quality of life in an affordable metropolitan area. The City features arts, culture, shopping, professional sports, major collegiate sports, and more. Spectacular outdoor settings and unmatched outdoor recreation opportunities are a short drive, bike ride, or walk away from campus.

Special Instructions for Candidates

To apply:

Upload your application materials as one combined PDF document which includes the following:

1. A letter of application in which you describe your fit to the position relative to the qualifications listed in this advertisement, including scholarly program and publications.

2. A curriculum vitae that includes a list of publications, description of teaching experience and interests, and a synopsis of a proposed program of research

3. A statement addressing how your past and/or potential contributions promote theUniversity of Utah’s commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion ( (max 2 single-spaced pages)

4. The names and contact information of three professional references (name, title, affiliation, phone number, email address)

5. Candidates for tenured positions must have achieved or have potential to achieve national and international recognition for their scholarship

6. Consideration of applications will begin October 15, 2023 and continue until the position is filled.

Appointment : Nine-month assistant professor tenure track appointment

Minimum Qualifications : PhD and academic preparation in parks, recreation, tourism, or a closely related discipline required.

Salary : Commensurate with education and experience

Preferred Starting Date : August 16, 2024

Please contact Dr. Jeff Rose ( ) Search Committee Chair, with questions.

The University of Utah Health (U of U Health) is a patient focused center distinguished by collaboration, excellence, leadership, and respect. The U of U Health values candidates who are committed to fostering and furthering the culture of compassion, collaboration, innovation, accountability, diversity, integrity, quality, and trust that is integral to our mission.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen and immunizations.

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 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 09/27/2023

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Requisition Number PRN03385F

Type Faculty