Assistant Vice President for Faculty Equity and Diversity

Salt Lake City, UT

University of Utah

Proposed Faculty Rank
Tenured Associate Professor or Professor
00002 - SR VP Academic Affairs Oper
Salt Lake City, UT
Tenure Track
New Position to Begin

The University of Utah invites applications for two positions in Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion. While these positions will be in different offices, they will work together closely. The Deputy Chief Diversity Officer will report directly to the Vice President for Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion, and will focus on building and fostering cultural practices that improve faculty hiring and retention. The Assistant Vice President for Faculty Equity & Diversity will report directly to the Associate Vice President for Faculty, and will focus on practices and policies related to faculty. For both positions, the salary is commensurate with experience, and the start date is July 1, 2020. Both external and internal candidates will be considered. Professors preferred, but advanced Associate Professors will be considered.

Assistant Vice President for Faculty Equity and Diversity

The Assistant Vice President for Faculty Equity & Diversity will participate in campus-wide efforts to increase the diversity of the faculty, as well as to strengthen equity and inclusion for all faculty members. Drawing on evidence- and research-based approaches, they will work with departments and colleges to ensure attention to equity, diversity, and inclusion in all aspects of the hiring process, starting with hiring plans and recruitment and continuing through campus visits and onboarding. They will also engage equity, diversity, and inclusion in relation to university regulations, policies, and guidelines related to faculty. In addition, the AVP for Faculty Equity & Diversity will mentor and support faculty from underrepresented populations and/or who work in the areas of diversity, equity, and inclusion-including in the context of retention, promotion, and tenure ( RPT ) and faculty reviews, as well as in other aspects of professional life. In collaboration with the Deputy Chief Diversity Officer ( DCDO ), the AVP for Faculty Equity & Diversity will develop and organize a leadership development program.

The AVP for Faculty Equity & Diversity will be a key member of the Office for Faculty team, and will participate in many of the projects and activities overseen by that Office. Projects may include, but are not limited to: the Office for Faculty Program for Faculty & Administrator Support & Training; the Career-line hiring, appointment, and review process for main campus; consults with faculty regarding Personal Statements, CVs, Letters of Expectation, MOUs, and Letters of Reprimand; and Office for Faculty representation on various University and Senate Committees. This position will have opportunities to work with relevant administrators not only in the Office for Faculty and Academic Affairs, but also across the University on OneU projects related to the University's core value of promoting diversity and equal opportunity. In particular, in addition to collaborating with the DCDO , the AVP for Faculty Equity & Diversity will work often with the Office for Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion team; the Associate Vice President for Health Equity & Inclusion; and the Dean of the Graduate School.

Key characteristics of the AVP for Faculty Equity & Diversity include:
• Experience working on equity, diversity, and inclusion issues
• Experience working with faculty, with an understanding of faculty ranks and categories
• Experience designing and providing support and education programs, preferably for faculty
• Comfort working with University policy, and attention to detail
• Ability to work collaboratively and to build consensus with a wide variety of constituents
• Strength in creative problem solving when faced with complex and nuanced situations
• Understanding of faculty work styles, department dynamics, and academic values
• Ability to keep sensitive information confidential
• Research portfolio, which (preferably but not necessarily) will include work on equity, diversity, and inclusion

Minimum Qualifications: Tenured Associate Professor or Professor. Professor preferred. External candidates will be considered for tenure in an appropriate department.

Nominations should include a statement of qualifications and description of nominees' experience, and should be sent to the Office for Faculty at

Applications should include a CV, statement of interest relating relevant experience, and names of three references who could be contacted by the Search Committee. Candidates will be notified before references are contacted. Associate professors should also include a brief research statement, including an approximate timeline and plan for promotion to Professor. For inquiries, please contact: Renae Curtz at 801.581.3505 or Applications can be submitted at The Search Committee will begin reviewing applications on March 23, 2020, but the position is open until filled.

If interested in applying for the Deputy Chief Diversity Officer, please see the description at

EEO/Diversity Information

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, national origin, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, status as a person with a disability, genetic information, or Protected Veteran status. 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. To inquire about the University's nondiscrimination or affirmative action policies or to request disability accommodation, please contact: Director, Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Circle, Rm 135, (801) 581-8365.

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds, and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.


The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems ("URS"). To be eligible for retirement contributions, you must be hired into a benefit-eligible position. Employees with prior URS service may elect to enroll in the URS within 30 days of hire. Regardless of whether they are hired into a benefit-eligible position or not, individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS must notify the Benefits Department upon hire. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801)366-7770 or (800)695-4877 or the University's Benefits Department at (801)581-7447 for information. This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.

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Applicant Documents
Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. List of References
Optional Documents
  1. Appropriate discharge document (such as a DD-214 - Member Copy 4) - Veteran Only - Call 801.581.2169
  2. Addendum to the University of Utah - Veteran Only - Call 801.581.2169 after submission
  3. Research Statement

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