University of Utah, Physics and Astronomy

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Position ID:Utah-Physics and Astronomy-PRN00741CF [#20134]
Position Title: Professor of Educational Practice
Position Type:Non tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Salt Lake City, Utah 84112, United States [map]
Subject Area: Physics
Appl Deadline:2021/12/31 11:59PMhelp popup (posted 2021/10/19, listed until 2021/12/31)
Position Description:    

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The Department of Physics & Astronomy at the University of Utah invites applications for two career-line (non tenure-track) faculty members at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor (Lecturer). We seek long-term colleagues who will join our talented group of instructional faculty and be fully integrated into our department. The position requires a graduate degree in physics or a related area.

Excellent communication, organization, and leadership skills are expected. The two positions are each envisioned as 12-month appointments with standard teaching responsibilities for six departmental courses per year. Some departmental teaching responsibilities could be replaced by activities such as teaching physics at a public charter high school, and/or collaborating with other faculty and staff on projects such as curriculum reform, developing and managing new online courses and helping to support and train peer mentors and teaching assistants.

This is an exciting time in the Department of Physics & Astronomy. The University is experiencing enrollment increases, resulting in a more diverse student body. Funding for a new building has been allocated and architectural planning is underway. The Center for Science and Math Education ( leads several student success efforts, including college-wide learning assistant and internship programs and a comprehensive partnership with Salt Lake Community College, the University’s main transfer partner. Recent admission into the Association of American Universities (AAU) solidifies the University’s status as a top-tier research-intensive institution with a strong focus on equitable education for all students.

Details: These salaried (exempt) appointments within the career-line track do not include the possibility of tenure, but are otherwise similar to tenure track appointments with various ranks (assistant, associate, and full professor), the eligibility to apply for external funding, service on committees (including in leadership roles) and the participation in departmental governance. The initial appointment is expected to start on July 1, 2022, will be for two years, and is renewable thereafter. Career-line faculty are reviewed informally on an annual basis, like their tenure-track colleagues. Career-line faculty can be promoted to higher ranks within the career-line track.

Application process and timeline: Using this link ( please upload (i) a cover letter describing your interest in this particular opportunity; (ii) your complete academic curriculum vitae; and (iii) a statement describing your educational philosophy and experience; (iv) a statement describing your activities and contributions to equity and inclusion; Please also arrange for three (3) letters of reference to be submitted by the deadline.

The review of applications will commence on December 1, 2021 and the posting will close on December 31, 2021. If you have questions about this search, please direct them to the chair of the search committee, Prof. Jordan Gerton (

Located in metropolitan Salt Lake City, a vibrant metropolitan area in the foothills of the Wasatch Mountains with a diverse, multicultural population, and numerous cultural and family-oriented activities, the University of Utah is the state’s flagship research institution and emphasizes exceptional scholarship, quality teaching, and professional service. The university serves over 32,000 students from across the U.S. and the world with over 72 major subjects at the undergraduate level and more than 90 major fields of study at the graduate level, including law, dentistry, and medicine. Known for its proximity to exceptional outdoor recreation opportunities, such as world-class skiing, hiking, biking, camping, climbing, and breathtaking national and state parks, and for a diverse and growing economy, the University of Utah encourages an active, holistic lifestyle, innovation and collaborative thinking to engage students, faculty, and business leaders.

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 801-581-8365

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