Assistant Professor (Lecturer)

Assistant Professor (Lecturer)

University of Utah

The Honors College at the University of Utah invites applicants for a core faculty position. Honors faculty positions are renewable and on-going, with highly competitive salaries and outstanding benefits.

We are seeking an Assistant Professor (Lecturer) for a three-year initial appointment to teach Intellectual Traditions and argumentative writing. Designed to help students develop skills in critical reading and ask fundamental questions about the human experience, Intellectual Traditions courses stimulate intellectual curiosity though a shared pedagogical experience centered around diverse primary texts. By exploring the continuum of ideas that have shaped human thought and experience across eras and cultures, students are able to reconsider their present understanding and perspectives in a new and richer context.

Both our Intellectual Traditions and argumentative writing courses are meant to give students practice asking important questions, to encourage them to engage deeply with one another and with evidence, and to broaden their exposure to perspectives other than their own.

This full-time (9 month) teaching-centered position includes a 3/3 course load and the service that all Honors faculty provide in support of the college’s mission. While all Honors faculty are encouraged to maintain scholarly profiles, renewal and promotion are contingent on teaching performance and overall contribution to the Honors community.

Position start date is August 1, 2022.


Applicants from any discipline in the humanities (or a related field) will be considered. Successful candidates will bring particular disciplinary expertise, but will also be comfortable with and excited about the opportunity to teach broadly scoped courses in context of our diverse liberal arts curriculum. We are especially interested in applications from candidates whose interests are global, non-western, and/or speak to the experiences of historically marginalized people.

Candidates must have completed the Ph.D. before the position start date. Applicants who are ABD will be asked to supply a letter from their dissertation director attesting that the degree will be awarded before July 1, 2021.

Candidates should be highly successful teachers (experience teaching independently is strongly preferred), committed to the work of developing a diverse curriculum and student body, creative in their pedagogy, and able to communicate their disciplinary interests within a broad humanistic curriculum. 



Complete applications will contain:

  1. a cover letter addressing the candidate’s teaching and research interests, as well as their potential contribution to the Honors College, both as a teacher and community member;
  2. a curriculum vitae;
  3. the names and contact information of three referees;
  4. a statement of teaching philosophy (400-600 words);
  5. a statement describing the candidate’s past, present, and future commitments to diversity (400-600 words). Candidates should be sure to describe what they see as their potential contribution to equality, equity, and inclusion, particularly within the context of the Honors College’s own commitment to anti-racist action;
  6. a syllabus for a themed course in Intellectual Traditions that conforms to the principles described above (sample syllabi from past courses and more information about the Intellectual Traditions framework can be found here);
  7. a syllabus for a lower-division course in critical thinking and argumentative writing for students of diverse majors;
  8. a 20 – 30 page writing sample (double-spaced) evidencing innovative scholarship (published work encouraged).

To ensure full consideration, complete applications should be submitted by December 3, 2021.


The Honors College

The University of Utah’s Honors College is one of the oldest Honors programs in the country. Known for our commitment to the liberal arts and our innovative pedagogy, we strive to help students on their path to becoming ethical citizens prepared for the challenges of the twenty-first century by emphasizing research skills, global education, and the importance of investing in one’s community. Our students come from across the country and tend to be highly motivated and socially conscious. The faculty and staff of the Honors College are a close-knit community of collaborative and creative individuals.


The University of Utah

Offering an exceptional research and teaching environment, the University of Utah is located on the traditional homelands of the Shoshone, Paiute, Goshute and Ute peoples. It is the state’s oldest and largest institution of higher education. Salt Lake City, which has been named one of the top 10 mid-sized American cities, is home to the Sundance Film Festival and a vibrant theater and music scene. It has also become known internationally for its craft breweries and the diversity and quality of its restaurants. A thriving hub for innovation and the arts, Salt Lake is surrounded by the Wasatch Mountains, which offer plentiful opportunity for outdoor adventure, including nine ski resorts within an hour of campus. A refugee resettlement city, Salt Lake is diverse: 22% of its residents are Latinx, and it has the seventh highest proportion of LGBTQ residents among U.S. cities.

University of Utah is committed to supporting our faculty, staff and students to lead balanced lives while achieving success in their professions. We aim to create a space welcoming for all, where all employees are meaningfully engaged and have equal opportunity to succeed.

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