Dean, College of Humanities




            The University of Utah invites nominations and applications for the position of Dean of the College of Humanities. The Dean will serve for a five-year renewable term, commencing July 1, 2018. The College comprises seven academic departments—Communication, English, History, World Languages and Cultures, Linguistics, Philosophy, and Writing and Rhetoric Studies—along with nine interdisciplinary centers and eight interdisciplinary programs. It also collaborates in research and instruction with departments and colleges throughout the University.  With a total budget of over $43m, it is home to more than 170 tenure and career track faculty, 85 full- and part-time staff, 2500 undergraduate majors, and 400 graduate students. The Dean will lead a diverse faculty that includes internationally prominent scholars and educators, and will oversee a dedicated, professional staff.

            The successful candidate must have a distinguished record as a scholar and educator and demonstrated leadership and administrative skills.  They should have innovative ideas for encouraging enhanced student engagement, creativity, and discovery, and for translating student success into new educational and career opportunities. They will be expected to promote the vitality of the College through careful stewardship of the College’s resources, fundraising, and support for extramurally funded research. They should articulate a vision of the centrality of the Humanities to the life of the research university, the region, and the culture, and develop concrete steps towards advocating for it. A commitment to the role of faculty and staff in college governance, dedication to community-engaged learning, and the ability to build loyalty and support among alumni and in the local community are also required.

            The University of Utah is the state’s flagship institution of higher education, with an enrollment of approximately 24,000 undergraduate and 8,000 graduate students; and it is classified by the Carnegie Foundation among research universities with “very high research activity.” Salt Lake City is a progressive state capital at the center of a growing and diverse metropolitan area of over one million people. Salt Lake has recently ranked in the top 10 large metropolitan centers in the United States in economic growth.  The city is home to a wide variety of cultural activities and unparalleled recreational opportunities, with ten world-class ski resorts and five national parks nearby.  More information about the city and the region can be found at

            Applications, including a CV and a letter describing the candidate’s interest and qualifications, and a list of references should be submitted to Confidential inquiries can be directed to the search committee co-chairs, Robin Jensen at and Alberta Comer at The search committee will review applications on a rolling basis beginning November 6, 2017, until the position is filled.

            The University of Utah is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and educator.  Minorities, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.  Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified veterans.  Reasonable disability accommodations will be provided with reasonable notice.  For additional information:

            Inquiries about University nondiscrimination and disability accommodation policies may be made to the University’s Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator: Director, Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Circle, Rm. 135, Salt Lake City, UT 84112. (801) 581-8365 (V/TDD). 

            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 underserved students. The College of Humanities is committed to removing barriers that have been traditionally encountered by individuals from underrepresented groups; strives to recruit faculty who will further enhance our diversity; and makes every attempt to support their academic, professional, and personal success while they are here. The College and University recognize that a diverse faculty benefits and enriches the educational experiences of the entire campus and greater community.

            More information about the University of Utah and the College of Humanities can be found at and