Assistant Professor (Lecturer) and Faculty Director (Ecology and Legacy)

Assistant Professor (Lecturer) and Faculty Director (Ecology and Legacy)

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) to serve as an instructor for courses in Intellectual Traditions and argumentative writing. The successful candidate will also serve as the Faculty Director for the Honors Integrated Minor in Ecology and Legacy (see description of the minor below).

This full-time (9 month) teaching-centered position includes a 2/2 course load, administration of the minor, and the service that all Honors faculty provide in support of the college’s mission. The initial appointment will be for three years. 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.

The position start date is August 1, 2022.


Ecology and Legacy

The Honors Integrated Minor in Ecology and Legacy considers the ongoing relationships between humans and ecological systems as the foundation for culture, health, and economy. Founded on the recognition that today’s problems demand leaders with multidisciplinary training and an integrated understanding of ecosystems, the minor seeks to develop students who think critically about the longstanding connections between ecology and the diversity of human culture. Faculty teaching in the minor come from many disciplinary backgrounds, including (but not limited to) ethnic and indigenous studies, anthropology, literature, history, philosophy, and sociology.


Intellectual Traditions

Designed to help students develop skills in critical reading and asking 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.



Applicants from any environmental humanities-related field will be considered. Successful candidates will bring particular disciplinary expertise that will help students strengthen their understanding of our present ecological moment, as well as the history that has led up to it. Successful candidates 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 include global, non-western, and/or historically marginalized perspectives.

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, administrative experience, and 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 an ecologically 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 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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