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University of Utah Assistant or Associate Professor in Salt Lake City, Utah

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Proposed Faculty Rank Assistant or Associate Professor

Department 00950 - Education, Culture & Society

City Salt Lake City, UT

Track Tenure Track

New Position to Begin July 1, 2020


The College of Education’s Department of Education, Culture and Society ( ECS ) at the University of Utah ( invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant/Associate Professor position with research and teaching expertise in issues of K-12 multilingual, multicultural education. The position begins in Fall 2020. The Department is a diverse, cross-disciplinary group of scholars committed to the study and pursuit of social justice in education using cutting-edge frameworks that address class, race, ethnicity, culture, language, immigration status, gender and sexuality in educational policy and practice. ECS offers Ph.D., M.ED., professional and undergraduate program specialties in curriculum theory, cultural studies in education, multilingual/multicultural education ( ESL / BDL ), community-engaged pedagogy, and the social foundations of education (anthropology, sociology, history, and the philosophy of education). The department also offers undergraduate courses as a part of our commitment to develop culturally and linguistic responsive, socially just educators and community-engaged scholars. The University of Utah, a Research-1 public institution with approximately 25,000 undergraduate and 8,000 graduate students, supports scholarship, community-based research, and teaching. The University funded University-Neighborhood Partnership Center and the Bennion Center for community-engaged teaching and learning anchor ongoing University-wide efforts to connect scholarship to community issues and concerns. Salt Lake City is home to a robust array of diverse communities facilitating numerous opportunities for interaction with a range of civic and political organizations, given the city’s role as the governmental and social nerve center of the state. Utah public schools serve a diverse student body (statewide average: eight percent ELs and twenty-six percent non-white), notably higher in its urban districts. Utah is also home to the first state-legislated and funded K-16 dual language education model in the country.


Typically this position is responsible for teaching two graduate-level and two undergraduate courses per year that focus on: K-12 ESL /bilingual dual language education of linguistically diverse learners across the content areas, the language and/or literacy of K-12 ESL /bilingual learners, and/or general issues impacting multilingual learners, their families and communities. The candidate will be expected to maintain an active research agenda, develop or tailor undergraduate and graduate courses to their area of expertise, assist with the oversight of ESL endorsement programs, mentor and advise doctoral, masters’, and undergraduate students, serve on preliminary exam and dissertation committees, apply for grant funding, and collaborate with faculty within the department, College, and across campus as well as with local districts and the communities they serve.


The applicant must have: (a) By August 2020, an earned doctorate in education or related field with specialties in areas such as ESL , bilingual dual language education, or other area related to the education of K-12 students learning English in U.S. schools; (b) a record of, or demonstrated potential to achieve high quality research, publications, grants and teaching; © a commitment to research and service with ethnically/racially/ linguistically diverse students, families, & communities (e.g. Latinx/Chicana/o, Indigenous, Pacific Islander, African American, or Asian American) focused on issues of equity and social justice; (d) research/teaching interests that include: critical and/or sociocultural approaches to literacy and language learning, content-based instruction for bilinguals learning English, language issues in migrant/ indigenous education, bilingual bicultural dual language education, and/or K-12 education in one or more of the content areas for U.S. K-12 bilinguals learning English; and (e) record of strong potential of success with securing external funding. Preference will be given to candidates who have experience teaching bilinguals learning English in U.S. K-12 settings, have expertise in qualitative or mixed methods research, and are fluent in two or more languages.

Application Instructions

Review of applications will begin November 15, 2019 and continue until position is filled. Applications received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled. Submit 1) letter of application including statement of professional goals and how your work furthers equitable aspects of learning and teaching for diverse K-12 multilingual populations in the U.S., 2) curriculum vitae (CV), 3) transcripts, 4) two samples of scholarly writing, and 5) names and current contact information (mailing address, phone, email) of three professional references. The committee will request letters of recommendation from a small group of finalists.

Applications must be submitted through the University of Utah, Human Resources portal at

Other questions should be addressed to:

Verónica E. Valdez

Chair, Search Committee

University of Utah

Department of Education, Culture & Society or 801-587-7814

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 10/25/2019

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Requisition Number PRN00511CF

Type Faculty