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Associate/Full Professor in Arts & Health and Associate Dean for Research
University of Utah

Date Posted Dec. 13, 2022
Title Associate/Full Professor in Arts & Health and Associate Dean for Research
University University of Utah
Salt Lake City, UT, United States
Department College of Fine Arts
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Jul. 1, 2023
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Tenure-Line Faculty Position: Associate/Full Professor in Arts & Health and Associate Dean for Research

Summary: The University of Utah’s College of Fine Arts seeks an Associate or Full Professor with research expertise on the intersection of the arts with health or well-being to serve as the Associate Dean for Research and as a faculty member in one of the five academic units in the College of Fine Arts (i.e., Art & Art History, Dance, Film & Media Arts, Music, or Theatre). Applicants should have a strong understanding of the workings of research universities, grant-writing, the role of the arts in a research university, and the breadth of research in the arts. The Associate Dean for Research is responsible for overseeing, encouraging, and supporting the pursuit of external grant funding in the CFA, advocating for the recognition and support of arts research at the university, and building relationships with units across the institution to facilitate interdisciplinary research collaborations. Faculty responsibilities include continuing research in the domain of arts and health/well-being, teaching undergraduate or graduate courses in arts and health/well-being, and providing service to the institution and profession.

Minimum Requirements

  • A record of research on the impact or relationship of the arts to some aspect(s) of health and well-being using qualitative, quantitative and/or practice-based methods or measures.
  • A record of successful grant-writing
  • Three years, or the equivalent, of college-level teaching experience beyond assistantship
  • Terminal degree in relevant field, or equivalent experience
  • Experience advancing institutional or programmatic goals in higher education

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience conducting research in health or social care settings (e.g., hospitals, nursing facilities)
  • Experience seeking and stewarding grants from foundations or federal agencies
  • History of interdisciplinary research or project collaboration
  • Experience collaborating with or working in an academic medical center
  • Experience teaching arts & health or arts & public health (or related curriculum) in a university or college setting

For priority consideration, materials must be received by January 6, 2023.

Position will remain open until filled.

Start Date: July 2023

Employer Information: The College of Fine Arts is committed to building a diverse intellectual and artistic community, and encourages applicants of all races, ethnicities, genders, backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives to apply. For more information visit The University of Utah is the state’s public flagship institution of higher education with an enrollment of approximately 23,900 undergraduate and 7,800 graduate students, and is classified by the Carnegie Foundation among the 115 research universities with the “highest research activity” in the nation. Forbes recently ranked the University of Utah as one of America’s best employers and U.S. News & World Report ranked it as one of the best national universities: The University has a number of campus-wide diversity initiatives that contribute to a rich campus climate, attract academic and professional talent, improve access to higher education for historically underrepresented groups, and strengthen the U's ability to educate the next generation of leaders: The University is located in the Wasatch Mountain range foothills overlooking Salt Lake City, the Great Salt Lake, and the Great Basin's west desert. In addition to an active arts culture, the area also offers unparalleled outdoor recreational opportunities within easy access from the city. Salt Lake City is currently ranked 7th in the nation for its vibrant LGBTQ+ community.

Special Instructions for Applicants:

For full consideration, please submit the following documents via the University of Utah’s applicant portal:

  • Cover letter (addressed to Search Committee Chair, Dr. Sydney Cheek-O’Donnell) describing your qualifications, interest in the position, and engagement with diversity and inclusion in your work in academic or professional settings
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Two samples of published/disseminated research

Names and contact information for three (3) professional references (letters will be required of applicants who advance to the campus interview)

  • 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 Online reports may be submitted at For more information: To inquire about this posting, email: or call 801-581-2300.

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Contact Information

  • Sydney Cheek-O'Donnell
    Dean's Office, College of Fine Arts
    University of Utah
    375 S 1530 E
    Rm 250
    Salt Lake City, UT 84112


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