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University of Utah Assistant/Associate Professor of Social Work in Salt Lake City, Utah

Position Information

Proposed Faculty Rank Assistant/Associate Professor

Department 00166 - College of Social Work

City Salt Lake City, UT

Track Tenure Track

New Position to Begin 07/01/2024


The University of Utah College of Social Work invites applications for multiple 9-month tenure-track faculty positions at the rank of Assistant/Associate Professor. The position includes generous benefits, competitive salary, development funding, and a collegial environment. We are especially interested in candidates whose research and/or teaching focuses on mental or behavioral health, substance use and addiction, or health/gerontology/disabilities; however, those with other expertise are encouraged to apply. Experience working with Latinx and/or Indigenous communities is highly desirable, as is being bilingual in Spanish/English. The successful candidate will have a strong scholarly record, a fundable research agenda, and documented excellence in teaching.

College of Social Work Mission Statement: Through education, research, and community engagement, the College of Social Work advances the transformation of policies, practice, and interventions to alleviate human suffering, enhance well-being, and promote social justice.

Required Qualifications

Applicants must have a doctorate in social work or a related field; an MSW degree is highly preferred. Candidates who are ABD may also apply if successful defense of the dissertation occurs prior to appointment. Successful applicants will have at least two years full-time post-Masters professional social work experience, enabling them to teach practice courses. Experience with and/or interest in online education is desirable. Members of groups traditionally under-represented in higher education are particularly encouraged to apply.

College, University, and Environment:

The University of Utah has been classified by the Carnegie Foundation among the 115 research universities with the “highest research activity” in the nation and is the flagship of the Utah System of Higher Education. The University is located in Salt Lake City at the foot of the Wasatch Mountains. This location offers unparalleled opportunities for outdoor recreation, with ten world-class ski resorts and five national parks within hours of the city. Salt Lake City is the center of a metropolitan area with a population of approximately one million residents, has extensive arts and cultural activities, and has a major international airport with a Delta Airlines hub and direct flights to most U.S. cities and direct international flights to Paris, London, Amsterdam, and Mexico City. The area has received international recognition for its new light rail system, foodie culture, downtown renewal, and increasing diversity. In 2017, U.S News and World Report ranked Salt Lake City as the 10th best place to live in the nation. Utah is home to 8 federally recognized Native American Tribes, and the University has recently published it’s Indigenous Land Acknowledgement ( ).

The College of Social Work ( CSW ), established in 1937, is the only institution in the Intermountain West that offers all three degrees in social work: BSW , MSW , and PhD. In 2022, U.S. News and World Report ranked the College of Social Work #28 in the nation, and Academic Analytics ranked the CSW #19 in the nation for NIH grant funding. The CSW houses a number of research entities providing faculty and students research opportunities and support for the development and implementation of funded research projects including: the Social Research Institute; the Center on Mindfulness and Integrative Health Intervention Development; and the Utah Criminal Justice Center. Currently, CSW faculty are conducting a number of federally funded, state-funded, and foundation-funded translational research projects to advance social work research and innovate evidence-based practices for vulnerable populations. The College’s Goodwill Humanitarian Building features state-of-the-art clinical training suites equipped with one-way mirrors and audio-visual technology for real-time clinical supervision and feedback, as well as a sophisticated psychophysiology lab for cutting-edge social work neuroscience.

The College is committed to removing barriers that have been traditionally encountered by individuals from underrepresented groups; we strive to recruit faculty who will further enhance our diversity, and make every effort to support their academic, professional, and personal success while they are here. The University of Utah recognizes that a diverse faculty benefits and enriches the educational experiences of the entire campus and greater community. This institution offers benefits to same-sex and to different sex domestic partners. This institution offers benefits to spouses.

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

For more information:

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

Applications Process:

Candidates should submit the following:

  • A letter of application detailing your qualifications in teaching and scholarship; please address your ability to prepare, facilitate, and lead diversity-related content within an inclusive classroom; list of the social work courses you are qualified to teach;
  • A complete and current curriculum vitae;
  • A list of three professional references with contact information (all external to the University of Utah); and
  • Copies of teaching evaluations for the last three years for in-person and online courses.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until positions are filled. Inquiries regarding the position may be directed to the Faculty Search Committee Chair , Dr. Joanna Bettmann Schaefer, at (801)587-7600 . Please visit our faculty recruitment page for more information about the College of Social Work and our current and upcoming initiatives.

Open Date 08/08/2023

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Requisition Number PRN01065CF

Type Faculty