Assistant Professor, Tenure Track - Parks, Recreation and Tourism (PRN02804F)

University of Utah
Utah, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted date
Oct 18, 2021

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Position Type
Jobs Outside Academe
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

University of Utah, College of Health, 

Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism


Tenure Track Faculty Announcement 

Nine-Month Assistant Professor Tenure Track Position

The Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism in the College of Health at the University of Utah is pleased to announce a nine-month (equivalent to 0.75 FTE annual) Assistant Professor Tenure Track appointment to begin fall semester 2022. The Department is looking for a research-active faculty member who will complement our current faculty and build from the inherent strengths of the College of Health, University, and the State of Utah. 

The successful candidate will have a strong research agenda that either aligns with current research efforts in the Department and College or holds sufficient critical mass to sustain an independent research lab, which supports graduate students and research activities. Further, the successful candidate will teach core courses in our graduate and undergraduate programs, seek external funding to support their agenda, and recruit and supervise graduate students.

Potential applicants should visit our website to review our faculty expertise and existing courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels. In their letter of application, candidates should comment on how they see themselves contributing to our current productivity and structure. We are especially interested in hiring a colleague who complements our existing faculty and creates unrealized synergies in our Department and within the College of Health.

The Department and University believe that a diverse faculty benefits and enriches the educational experiences of the entire campus and greater community. Our faculty and staff are committed to removing barriers that have been traditionally encountered by individuals from underrepresented groups; strive to recruit faculty who will further enhance our diversity; and make every attempt to support their academic, professional, and personal success. 

Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism at the University of Utah

As a Department, we envision a global community that values and celebrates parks, recreation, and tourism. To that end, we contribute to individual, community, and environmental health through education, research, and action informed by the preventive, developmental, and restorative properties of parks, recreation, and tourism. We create, share, and apply knowledge about parks, recreation, and tourism to inspire students, inform policy, serve social needs, promote sustainability, and advocate for the health of people, communities, and the environment.  Our faculty and staff serve approximately 200 undergraduates, 15 MS, and 15 PhD students. We are a collegial community of creative and committed scholars and educators who all work collaboratively in teaching, scholarship and service. As a Department within the College of Health, we ascribe to the belief that what we do contributes to quality of life, health, and well-being.  

College of Health

The College of Health is among the largest of the colleges and schools at the University with 2,500 undergraduates and 600 graduate students. Degree options include 18 BA/BS degree emphases, 16 master’s degree programs, three clinical doctorates, and five PhD programs. This combination of graduate degrees, professional programs, and undergraduate majors uniquely positions the College to contribute to the clinical and research missions of University of Utah Health and high impact educational practices on the main campus. 

The University of Utah

The University of Utah is an R1 (Doctoral – very high research activity) institution as ranked by the Carnegie Classification and an AAU member institution. Advancement requires combined excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service. 

As the state’s flagship research institution, the University emphasizes exceptional scholarship, quality teaching, and professional service. It serves over 32,000 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. The University of Utah is a vibrant, diverse, and secular university located in a beautiful setting on the shoulder of the Wasatch Front.  

Utah and Salt Lake City

Utah is the West at its best – four distinct seasons, ready access to all outdoor activities including superb skiing at seven world-famous resorts just minutes from campus. Utah is home to five national parks and countless national, regional, state, and local recreation areas. The State is nationally recognized for excellence in entrepreneurship, economic growth, and outdoor recreational activities (skiing, hiking, climbing, etc.). 

Salt Lake City is a vibrant, major metropolitan area with a diverse, multicultural population and numerous cultural and outdoor activities. It has been recognized as the best city to start a career and offers an abundance of activities/attractions that contribute to excellent quality of life in an affordable metropolitan area. The City features arts, culture, shopping, professional sports, major collegiate sports, and more. Spectacular outdoor settings and unmatched outdoor recreation opportunities are a short drive, bike ride, or walk away from campus.

Special Instructions for Candidates

To apply, visit and upload your application materials as one combined PDF document which includes the following:

  1.   A letter of application in which you describe your fit to the position relative to the qualifications listed in this advertisement, including scholarly program and publications
  2.   A curriculum vitae that includes a list of publications, description of teaching experience and interests, and a synopsis of a proposed program of research 
  3.   A statement addressing how your past and/or potential contributions to the University of Utah’s commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion(max 2 single-spaced pages, under Applicant Document)
  4.   The names and contact information of three professional references (name, title, affiliation, phone number, email address)

Candidates for tenured positions must have achieved or have potential to achieve national and international recognition for their scholarship

Consideration of applications will begin November 15 and continue until the position is filled. 

*Other materials may be requested of those selected for interviews

Appointment: Nine-month (equivalent to 0.75 FTE annual) Assistant Professor Tenure Track appointment 

Minimum Qualifications: PhD and academic preparation in parks, recreation, tourism or a closely related discipline required.  

Salary: Commensurate with education and experience
Preferred Starting Date: August 15, 2022 

Please contact Search Committee Chair, Dr. Jim Sibthorp –

 The University of Utah Health is a patient focused center distinguished by collaboration, excellence, leadership, and respect. The University of Utah Health values candidates who are committed to fostering and furthering the culture of compassion, collaboration, innovation, accountability, diversity, integrity, quality, and trust that is integral to the mission of the University of Utah Health.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen and immunizations.



The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities. Please contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Cr., Rm 135, (801) 581-8365 (V/TDD), for further information or to request an accommodation. The University of Utah is committed to diversity in its workforce. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

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