Job Information

University of Utah Rank and Track DOQ in Salt Lake City, Utah

Position/Rank Rank and Track DOQ

Department 00988 - CON DACC DIVISION

City Salt Lake City, UT

Track Track Dependent on Qualifications

New Position to Begin When filled


Claire Dumke Ryberg, R.N. Presidential Endowed Chair in End-of-Life/Palliative Care


The University of Utah College of Nursing seeks an established, visionary nurse scholar to become the inaugural holder of the Claire Dumke Ryberg, R.N. Presidential Endowed Chair in End-of-Life/Palliative Care. This Endowed Chair will help build the pipeline of palliative care clinicians, scholars and/or researchers, as well as advance the discovery, organization, transmission, and application of knowledge and health policies to meet the unique health care needs of patients living with serious illness and/or near end of life. The Endowed Chair is a 5- year tenure-line or career-line appointment, renewable upon successful review. Academic rank and salary for this full-time, 12-month appointment will be commensurate with qualifications.


We seek a candidate who is a nationally recognized leader in end-of-life, palliative, and hospice care and whose accomplishments reflect excellence in research, teaching, clinical practice, and/or conducting creative scholarship activities. Candidates must have an earned doctorate in nursing, and hold a current Registered Nurse (RN) or Advanced Practice Registered Nurse ( APRN ) license. The ideal candidate will have evidence of high impact publications or presentations and a sustained record of scholarly activities and/or research that influences care and health policies related to palliative care and end-of-life ( PCEOL ).


The Endowed Chair will execute a programmatic vision to strengthen the College and University of Utah Health Sciences’ PCEOL national and international presence in research, education, practice, scholarship, and/or policy. Key responsibilities will include leading innovative PCEOL scholarly activities and/or research; mentoring students, fellows and junior faculty; teaching and, developing PCEOL curriculum; engaging in professional service; and providing and/or consulting about clinical care. Collaborating with other leaders, the Endowed Chair will advocate for services and public policy to improve end-of-life, palliative, and hospice care; and increase visibility within the university, community, and nation for these specialty areas. There are opportunities to collaborate with interdisciplinary faculty across UHealth and the academic campus, including the Consortium for Families and Health Research, Palliative Care Services, and the Center on Aging.


With a grant funding portfolio exceeding $34 million, the College of Nursing is a focal point for clinicians and researchers to collaboratively improve individual, family, and community health and quality of life. The University of Utah College of Nursing prepares nurses at all education levels with a current enrollment of more than 750 students. The College of Nursing has seven additional Chairs, and is home to the Gerontology Interdisciplinary Program and an NINR -funded T32 Interdisciplinary Training Program in Cancer, Caregiving and End-of-Life Care.

Areas of strength include: aging; cancer, symptom management, and palliative care; hospice communication and bereavement outcomes; caregiving; long term care services and supports; primary and dementia care for older adults; nursing informatics and technology-based health interventions; women’s health; and health disparities. The Emma Eccles Jones Nursing Research Center provides unprecedented infrastructure and support for the College of Nursing research mission, and includes highly educated and trained pre- and post-award staff support, and a biostatistics core.

In 2017, the College of Nursing was the first recipient of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing ( AACN ) New Era for Academic Nursing award. The College also received the AACN Exemplary Academic- Practice Partnership Award in 2018. In collaboration with University of Utah Health, the college works to improve individual, family, and community health and quality of life.


The University of Utah is a PAC -12 institution located in Salt Lake City, nestled in the foothills of the Wasatch Mountains. Numerous interdisciplinary entities support and advance education, practice, scholarship, and team science research with Schools of Medicine and Dentistry; Colleges of Nursing, Pharmacy and Health; Huntsman Cancer Institute; the NIH Center for Clinical and Translational Science; and ARUP Laboratories, one of the largest reference laboratories in the United States, to name just a few.

The Utah Population Database, with over 7 million linked genealogical and clinical records, is a unique resource for population- based research, particularly in palliative care and end of life research. The University’s Technology & Venture Commercialization program supports faculty in the transformation of ideas into practical, commercially viable products and services. The University of Utah Health (or UHealth) is the only academic medical center in the Mountain West region. With four hospitals, 12 community health centers, and a growing network of regional affiliates, UHealth’s catchment area covers roughly 10% of the United States.


Applications will be accepted continuously, with evaluations beginning immediately, until the position is filled or closed. Interested candidates should apply online at:

The application requires: 1) curriculum vitae, 2) cover letter, 3) teaching statement, 4) research or scholarship statement, and 5) three letters of recommendation from individuals external to the University of Utah and U of U Health. Please note that letters must be signed, dated, and on letterhead.

Please direct any questions about the position or the application process to the search committee chairs, Dr. Gail Towsley ( and Dr. Caroline Stephens (

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.

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


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.

Special Instructions for Candidates

The application requires: 1) curriculum vitae, 2) cover letter, 3) teaching statement, 4) research or scholarship statement, and 5) three letters of recommendation from individuals external to the University of Utah and U of U Health. Please note that letters must be signed, dated, and on letterhead.

Open Date 12/01/2020

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Requisition Number PRN02541F

Type Faculty