The University of Utah, an AA/EO employer, encourages applications from women and minorities, and provides reasonable accommodation to the known disabilities of applicants and employees.The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds, and possess a strong or demonstrated commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.


Position/RankEducation Scientist / DOQ
Department00256 - Surgery Administration
CitySalt Lake City, UT
TrackTrack Dependent on Qualifications
New Position to Begin07/01/2022
Education Scientist
The Department of Surgery at the University of Utah seeks a Director of Surgical Education Research & Development to play an integral role in the educational mission of the Department. The successful applicant will have expertise in medical education, curriculum development, assessment of learning, evaluation of educational programs, research methods, and grant writing.  The Director of Surgical Education Research & Development will serve as a faculty member in the Department of Surgery, with specific responsibility for growth and productivity in educational research, as well as the development of excellent and innovative educational programs offered by and within the Department.

The Director of Surgical Education Research & Development will play an integral role in scholarship, assessment, and innovation in curriculum and instruction, implement educational programs designed to equip faculty, residents, and students with the knowledge and skills necessary to be effective teachers and learners, as well as foster and facilitate educational research within the department.

The duties of this position include leadership and support of rigorous educational research and grant writing, curriculum development and implementation, program evaluation, and faculty development, to support the design, implementation and evaluation of innovative curricula, methods of instruction, and assessment of learning. 

Ph.D. or EdD degree required, preferably specializing in education or related field involving training and assessment expertise (i.e. cognitive psychology, sociology, etc.).  Candidates with experience and expertise in study design, data management, and quantitative methods preferred.  Experience or interest in surgical education, especially across the continuum of student and physician learning is desirable. Also, the candidate should have experience and interest in grant writing as well as experience and interest in publishing and presenting scholarly works in medical education.

The desired candidate should have a demonstrated ability in curriculum development, instructional design, implementation, assessment, and evaluation. The candidate should have well-developed relationship-building skills, analytical and critical thinking skills, and strong written and oral communication skills. The appointment will be at the Instructor, Assistant, Associate or Full Professor level, depending on the previous experience of the appointee.

Interested applicants must apply online:
For further information contact:
Brigitte Smith, MD 

The University of Utah Health (U of U Health) is a patient-focused center distinguished by collaboration, excellence, leadership, and respect. The U of U 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 our mission.

EEO/Non-Discrimination Information

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

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.

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To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability or if you or someone you know has experienced discrimination or sexual misconduct including sexual harassment, you may contact the Director/Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action:

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