Associate Professor of Sociology of Education in the Department of Education, Culture & Society, University of Utah

hypothetically The Department of Education, Culture & Society (ECS) in the College of Education at the University of Utah invites applications for a full-time Associate Professor position (tenure track) in Sociology of Education with emphasis in Critical Racial Analysis of Education in Postsecondary Institutions.

ECS is a diverse, multi-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/DLBE), community-engaged pedagogy, and the social foundations of education (anthropology, sociology, history, and philosophy of education). The department also offers undergraduate courses as a part of our commitment to develop culturally and linguistically responsive, socially just educators and community-engaged scholars. ECS is deeply committed to fostering collaboration across campus and across the state’s school districts, community-based organizations, and policy networks, to prepare educational professionals who are successful in diverse educational contexts; and to support distinction in teaching, service, and scholarship. Candidates should have a theory-driven program of research that addresses key questions in race, inequality, structural frameworks, and underrepresented groups while also advancing high-quality qualitative, quantitative, or mixed-methodologies. Prior experience working within interdisciplinary research teams and experience with community-based research methods are desired.

Melrose Park Required qualifications:

  • An earned doctorate in Education, Sociology of Education, African American Studies, or related field
  • Demonstrated record of scholarly contributions that examine the sociological factors affecting higher education, especially those related to race, ethnicity, and microaggressions commensurate with the rank of Associate Professor at the University of Utah
  • Strong commitment to educational equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI)

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Proven ability to secure research funding
  • Experience in graduate and undergraduate teaching & advising, including those from historically marginalized backgrounds
  • Record of mentorship of junior scholars
  • Record of community-engaged teaching, research, or service.
  • Demonstrated leadership abilities



  • Conduct research that critically investigates the sociological aspects of higher education, with a particular focus on race-related challenges, microaggressions, and/or institutional barriers and publish scholarly works in high-quality outlets
  • Seek external funding related to work
  • Teach four undergraduate and graduate courses a year in areas relevant to the sociology of higher education, racial disparities, microaggressions, and core ECS courses in their area of expertise.
  • Serve on graduate exam and dissertation committees,
  • Collaborate across departments to further interdisciplinary research initiatives.
  • Foster community partnerships and community-engagement efforts
  • Mentor and advise undergraduate and graduate students and junior scholars
  • Engage in service to the department, college, and professional communities

The College of Education strongly encourages and welcomes all applicants. The College affirms the dignity and value of every member of our community. The College of Education is committed to empowering faculty, staff, and students via an accessible and inclusive work and learning environment that serves all individuals. Learn more about the College of Education Commitment to Inclusive Excellence:

Located in metropolitan Salt Lake City in the foothills of the Wasatch Mountains, the University of Utah (The “U”) is the state’s flagship Research-1 public institution. It emphasizes exceptional scholarship, quality teaching, and professional service and serves over 35,000 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 and medicine. Known for its proximity to seven world-class ski resorts within 40 minutes of campus, The U encourages an active, holistic lifestyle, innovation, and collaborative thinking to engage students, faculty, and business leaders. Salt Lake City is a vibrant, major metropolitan area with a diverse, multicultural population and numerous cultural and outdoor activities. 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 and numerous cultural and outdoor activities facilitating numerous opportunities for interaction with a range of civic and political organizations, given the city’s role as the governmental and social center of the state. Utah public schools and community organizations serve a diverse student body (statewide average: eight percent multilingual learners designated as ELs and twenty-six percent non-white), notably higher
in its urban districts.

Application Instructions

Review of applications will begin November 15, 2023, and continue until the position is filled. Submit 1) a cover letter including a statement of professional goals and how your work furthers equitable aspects of learning and teaching for diverse postsecondary populations in the U.S., 2) curriculum vitae (CV), 3) transcripts, 4) two samples of scholarly writing, 5) Teaching Statement, 6) Research Statement, 7) names and current contact information (mailing address, phone, email) of three professional references, and 8) a commitment statement explaining how you will further the goal of building a culturally diverse and inclusive educational environment. 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

Inquiries regarding the position should be addressed to:

Dr. William Smith ( (Search Co-Chair)
Dr. Cynthia Benally ( (Search Co-Chair)
University of Utah, Department of Education, Culture & Society
1721 E. Campus Center Drive, #3280

Salt Lake City, UT 84112-9256

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


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