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Assistant/Associate Professor
University of Utah

  • Oct. 2, 2017
  • Assistant/Associate Professor
  • College of Architecture and Planning/Interdisciplinary
  • University of Utah
    Salt Lake City, UT
    United States
  • Nov. 2, 2017
  • Jul. 1, 2018
  • Associate Professor
  • Urban Studies and Planning
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Assistant/Associate Professor – University of Utah

The College of Architecture + Planning is pleased to lead a new cluster hire initiative at the University of Utah focused on the theme of Resilient Places for an Aging Society. Together with the School of Medicine, the College of Health, the College of Nursing and the College of Social Work, this strategic effort aims to build upon existing strengths at the university and hire four new interdisciplinary faculty to catalyze an interdisciplinary translational research cluster addressing this theme. This cluster will engage in the implementation and evaluation of place-based interventions designed to enable the adaptive capacity of older adults to live healthier lives.

This search seeks an ambitious, collaborative-minded tenure-track Assistant or Associate (potentially with tenure) Professor who will have an appointment in the School of Architecture, the Department of City and Metropolitan Planning, or the Multidisciplinary Design Program (as appropriate). The ideal candidate’s scholarship will: 1) focus on translational research with a health promotion focus; 2) relate to comorbid chronic conditions associated with aging; and 3) be able to be discussed in relationship to explanatory theories such as allostatic load. Previous demonstrable collaboration with others beyond their own discipline is essential. Potential research areas include but are certainly not limited to:

  • Socio-environmental determinants of Healthy Aging (mental & physical);
  • Urban Planning for Active Living and Healthy Eating;
  • Urban Design for Mental and Physical Health;
  • Aging-in-Place and Placed-based Initiatives to Encourage It;
  • Inclusive Design for Aging and Disability; and
  • Smart Homes and linkages to Gerotechnology.

The successful candidate will be expected to teach a full load as determined by their assigned unit, but inclusive in this load will be two courses related to the theme of Resilient Places for an Aging Society (those courses may also need to meet certain accreditation learning objectives). The candidate will be expected to join the Center on Aging at the University of Utah and to engage in collaborative grantsmanship and dissemination connected to this cluster hire initiative.

Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in Architecture, Planning, Design, or a related field prior to the beginning of the 2018 fall semester. Preferred qualifications include a record of both publication and grantsmanship; prior teaching experience; a professional degree in one of these three professions; and publication in a health-related area.

The College of Architecture + Planning place-based vision for the future of architecture, design, and planning education is at the leading edge. The successful candidate will join a dynamic group of faculty members who have shaped a culture highly supportive of innovation and collaboration exemplified by our research centers: the Metropolitan Research Center, Center for Ecological Planning and Design, and Consortium for Dark Sky Studies. The School of Architecture has strengths in urban design, sustainability (including historic preservation), and community engagement (exemplified by its award-winning Design Build BLUFF program). Our fledgling Multidisciplinary Design program is known for its engagement with disciplines ranging from Business and Engineering to Medicine and the Humanities and hosts the interdisciplinary Spark Initiative. The Department of City and Metropolitan Planning engages in innovative inquiry in regard to urban sprawl, transportation, and resilience planning and hosts an innovative undergraduate degree in Urban Ecology both on the Salt Lake City and Songdo (South Korea) campuses. It is also a well-known leader in innovative community-engagement processes.

The College of Architecture + Planning ( is part of the University of Utah, the flagship research university for the state. This university is renowned for its entrepreneurial spirit and its "innovation ecosystem," which has led to its recognition as best in nation for technology commercialization. Located in Salt Lake City and at the foot of the "silicon slopes," we find ourselves in one of the most livable cities and best college towns in the country. The city’s quality of life is enhanced by its extensive public transportation system (free for university employees), great neighborhoods near campus, a growing and vibrant downtown, moderate cost of living, beautiful scenery, and easy access to amazing mountain-based activities such as skiing and hiking ("Greatest Snow on Earth"). Salt Lake City hosts a diverse and cosmopolitan population, exemplified by having the 7th largest LGBT population in the country and its recognition at 8th place as Best Foodie City.

Qualified applicants must submit:

  • A curriculum vitae;
  • Letter of application that includes a statement of both research and pedagogical objectives linked to the theme of "Resilient Places for an Aging Society" and a gerontology theory;
  • Samples of teaching and scholarly work; and
  • A list of four references (with email addresses and phone numbers).

Review of applications will begin on November 6, 2017 with an expectation that the appointment will begin on July 1, 2018. Please submit materials to

Please address all questions for this position to the Chair of the Search Committee, Associate Professor Jim Agutter, University of Utah College of Architecture + Planning, 375 South 1530 E, Salt Lake City, UT 84112-0370 (email:

  • 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.

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  • James Agutter
    College of Architecture and Planning/Interdisciplinary
    University of Utah
    Salt Lake City, UT


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