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University of Utah Tenure in Salt Lake City, Utah

Proposed Faculty Rank Tenure

Department 00019 - Undergraduate Studies

City Salt Lake City, UT


New Position to Begin January 16, 2020


Undergraduate Studies Mission Statement: We actively engage students and lifelong learners in exceptional educational experiences. We cultivate critical skills, build anchoring communities, support inspiring teaching, and practice our commitment to equity, inclusion and diversity. We work to graduate students who are empowered and confident to engage in the world in ways that are important to them.

Our core value: We collaborate and partner with faculty, college staff and leadership, students and community members to build exceptional educational experiences for all students.

Undergraduate Studies provides the scaffolding for student success with programs that impact the academic career of all undergraduates. These include the following programs: Orientation and Transition, Academic Advising Center, the LEAP and BlockU Programs, Undergraduate Research and Capstones, Teaching and Learning Technologies, Uonline, the Office of Inclusive Excellence, General Education and Learning Outcomes, Office of Engagement, the Student Success and Empowerment Program, Continuing Education and Community Engagement, the MUSE Project, the Bennion Center, the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence, the Leadership Minor and the supporting teams of Undergraduate Advancement and Curriculum Administration. UGS has a strong connection to the Honors College as well.

The UGS Strategic plan includes a range of goals that reflect the key values at the heart of this mission, including our commitment to equity, inclusion and diversity. Our primary strategy for activating our goals is through the development of First Generation Programs that help students access and engage the U from high school to Bachelors degree. Leading the growth and stability of these programs, is the Associate Dean of First Generation Programs in Undergraduate Studies.

Position summary:

The Associate Dean of First Generation Programs will begin at .5FTE as a member of the UGS leadership team and a key partner of the Office of Equity and Diversity and its programs that impact students and faculty. This position will work in close collaboration with the Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of Undergraduate Studies and with the Assistant Vice President of Undergraduate Studies—General Education and Learning Outcomes Assessment and other members of the UGS leadership team to provide leadership, strategic planning, expertise, and design of new supports, training, and programs around diversity, equity, and inclusion for undergraduates.

The new position will provide direct leadership for the First Gen Scholars Program, the Dream Center, and the First Star Academy and the goals described in the UGS Diversity Portfolio plan which was developed by a key group of UGS team members. This individual will serve as the co-chair of the Diversity Portfolio team of UGS . The Associate Dean for First Generation Programs will be engaged in the development and implementation of experiences that foster a strong and supportive relationship between the institution and students from populations who, historically, have not elected to attend the U. This individual will promote inclusive culture, equity practices, and relationships to support the growing diversity of our student body and to maximize the opportunity this brings and importantly, to work to close the equity gap.

The successful candidate will need to demonstrate cultural awareness and maturity, exercise emotional intelligence, build trust and credibility, collaborate with a wide variety of stakeholders, and provide leadership to advance diversity, equity and inclusion.

Preferred Qualifications:

•Doctorate level or terminal degree

•Faculty position at the University of Utah

•Established ability to function effectively and comfortably in a complex environment with multiple responsibilities.

•Genuine commitment to the needs of diverse populations of faculty, staff and students.

Applications should include:

•Curriculum Vitae

•Detailed cover letter, noting academic credentials and professional experience relating to the responsibilities and qualifications for this position.

•Please also provide the names of and contact information for at least three references when prompted in the application process.

The review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled, ideally by January 2021.

EEO/Diversity Information

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, national origin, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, status as a person with a disability, genetic information, or Protected Veteran status. 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. To inquire about the University’s nondiscrimination or affirmative action policies or to request disability accommodation, please contact: Director, Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Circle, Rm 135, (801) 581-8365.

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


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

Open Date 10/19/2020

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Requisition Number PRN00606CF

Type Faculty

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