Research Assistant Professor
University of Utah
 Salt Lake City, UT

Position Information

Proposed Faculty Rank Research Assistant Professor

Department 00166 - College of Social Work

City Salt Lake City, UT

Track Non Tenure Track

New Position to Begin 07/01/2020


The University of Utah College of Social Work ( CSW ) invites applications for a one year, career-line faculty position at the rank of Research Assistant Professor working with the Utah Criminal Justice Center within the CSW . This position is eligible for reappointment contingent upon performance and continued external funding. The position includes generous benefits, a competitive salary, and a collegial environment.

Required Qualifications: Applicants must have a doctorate in social work or a related field. A successful applicant must have extensive content knowledge in criminal and juvenile justice as well as the intersection of crime and homelessness. Greater than five years of demonstrated research experience in these areas is required. Preference will be given to candidates certified in the Correctional Program Checklist ( CPC ) and with extensive knowledge of the Risk, Need, Responsivity framework.

A successful candidate must have strong qualitative research skills and be knowledgeable on a range of qualitative analyses, including grounded theory, discourse analysis, and narrative criminology. The candidate should have demonstrated experience communicating both quantitative and qualitative research findings to community partners. Though quantitative analytic capabilities are not required, applicants should have extensive experience working with criminal justice and homelessness databases, including cleaning and preparing data for analysis.

The successful applicant will have an MSW . The applicant should have experience providing technical assistance to programs in the aforementioned subject areas. The successful candidate must show evidence of highly developed interpersonal skills that will allow independent work in the community with stakeholders, including state-level administrators.

Preferred Qualifications: Members of groups traditionally under-represented in higher education are encouraged to apply.

Responsibilities: This position will be responsible for managing several projects in both criminal and juvenile justice and homelessness research, which will involve supervising junior research staff, completing and overseeing qualitative analysis, report writing, and communicating results to stakeholders. This applicant may be asked to teach classes related to forensic social work.

College, University, and Environment: As a major research and teaching university—and the flagship institution of the Utah System of Higher Education—the University of Utah strives to create an academic environment in which the highest standards of scholarship, professional practice, and teaching are observed. The University is located in Salt Lake City, at the base of the Wasatch Mountains, providing ready access to world class outdoor recreational opportunities. Several national press outlets have recently recognized Salt Lake City for its growing diversity. The College of Social Work was established in 1937 and is the only public institution in the Intermountain West that offers BSW , MSW , and Ph.D. degrees in social work. The College of Social Work is dedicated to educational and research excellence as well as inter-disciplinary research. Within the College are programs and centers that support teaching and collaborative research, including the Center on Mindfulness and Integrative Health Intervention Development, the Social Research Institute, the Utah Criminal Justice Center, and the Goodwill Initiatives on Aging.

Utah Criminal Justice Center: The UCJC is a collaborative partnership between government and academe, consisting of state government administrators, the University of Utah College of Social Work, College of Law, and College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. UCJC supports interdisciplinary research, teaching, and training in the areas of criminal and juvenile justice. The center works toward reducing crime and victimization, inspiring sound public policy and fair treatment in the criminal and juvenile justice systems, and providing a model of higher education that promotes good governance through independent, non-partisan research and innovative programs. UCJC research has been funded by the National Institute of Justice, the National Science Foundation, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, as well as many state and local partners. Ongoing research includes research in the areas of community and prison-based programming, intensive supervision, criminally-involved homeless persons, and juvenile justice.

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 “). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS' post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or University Human Resource Management at (801) 581-7447 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.

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

Special Instructions for Candidates

Application Process: Review of applications will begin immediately. Applicants must provide a cover letter, curriculum vitae, writing sample, and the names of three professional references. Inquiries regarding the position may be directed to the Faculty Search Committee Chair, Dr. Kort Prince,

Open Date 11/18/2019

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Requisition Number PRN00527CF

Type Faculty