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

Position Information

Proposed Faculty Rank Assistant Professor/Associate Professor of Philosophy

Department 00092 - Philosophy

City Salt Lake City, UT

Track Tenure Track

New Position to Begin 7/1/2020


UNIVERSITY OF UTAH , SALT LAKE CITY , UT — ASSISTANT PROFESSOR / ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR : The University of Utah Department of Philosophy, in collaboration with the Office of Research Integrity and the Center for Clinical and Translational Science, seeks to hire a tenure-line professor at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor to begin in Fall 2020. AoS is open, with a particular interest in applicants who engage with ethical issues that arise in the practice of research. Backgrounds might include expertise in philosophy of medicine, ethics, philosophy of law, medical ethics, philosophy of science, applied ethics, and research ethics, to name a few. We welcome applications from scholars ranging from graduate students expecting to defend their PhD by Summer 2020, to more established tenured faculty. Qualified candidates will be considered for appointments with tenure or advanced tenure clocks.

There is now widespread academic interest in the range of ethical issues that arise during the conception, design, conduct, and reporting of research—for example: questions about data management, concerns about authorship standards, difficulties associated with multi-institutional collaborations, strategies for minimizing cases of research misconduct, and commitments to the protection of human research participants. The Department of Philosophy, the Office of Research Integrity, and the Center for Clinical and Translational Science are collaborating on building a Research Ethics Consultation ( REC ) program at the University of Utah, which will work with faculty, students, and staff on identifying and responding to research ethics issues that they encounter. We are seeking candidates to join this effort. The successful applicant will work with existing Office of Research Integrity leadership to develop an REC infrastructure and culture on campus. This will include consulting and training with national REC groups, while working closely with local units on campus. Longer term, we envision the successful applicant leading the REC on campus, and developing a research and graduate program that trains the next generation of REC professionals and scholars in a collaborative manner between the Office of Research Integrity, the Center for Clinical and Translational Science and the Department of Philosophy. We recognize that this transition will take time, mentorship, and integration into the University community.

The successful applicant’s tenure home will be in the Department of Philosophy. This will include a 2/2 teaching load, where one of those courses each semester will be the University’s ‘Responsible Conduct of Research’ training for graduate students (currently designated as a 1-credit course). Other duties will include graduate advising, departmental service, conducting guest lectures through Research Education, collaborating on research initiatives, and assisting with research ethics consultations.

The Department of Philosophy values its top-ranking in terms of percent of women appointed in tenure-line positions (see:, and is committed to pursuing the benefits that such inclusiveness can bring to philosophical inquiry and the classroom. We enthusiastically welcome applications from candidates who share these values, and who possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students and can help the Department recruit these students as Philosophy Majors. Information pertaining to these issues should be included in your cover letter.

Applicants should provide a CV; cover letter; research statement; teaching statement; writing sample; and at least three letters of recommendation. Deadline: Nov. 1; review of files will begin on Oct. 15.

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 08/27/2019

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Requisition Number PRN00471CF

Type Faculty