Utah State University

Researcher I

City Logan Campus
Posted Date 1 month ago(7/6/2022 6:28 PM)
Requisition ID
# of Openings
Job Locations
Category (Portal Searching)
Research (non-Faculty)
Position Type
Benefited Full-Time
Job Classification
Percent of Time or Hours per Week
College of Humanities & Social Sci
Social Work
Advertised Salary
Competitive salary with excellent benefits


The Transforming Communities Institute (TCI) in the Department of Social Work in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Utah State University (USU) invites applications for a Researcher I. Drawing on strengths and assets, TCI collaborates and engages with stakeholders to transform communities through research, professional education and training, advocacy, and action to build strong, resilient, and inclusive communities.

In 2021, TCI underwent a re-envisioning process to ensure relevancy and maximum impact in Utah communities and, as a result, developed a new mission, vision, and five-year strategic plan. Thus, the TCI seeks to hire an individual who will play a major role in the expansion of TCI and the implementation of the five-year plan.


Position: This is a full-time, temporary two-year appointment within the Transforming Communities Institute in the Department of Social Work, beginning August 1, 2022 at the Logan campus. Limited remote work is possible.


For additional benefit information, please see https://www.usu.edu/hr/files/benefits/Benefits_Summary.pdf


The candidate will be expected to 1) engage in individual and collaborative, community-engaged research and scholarship; 2) develop, implement, and manage programs and initiatives of the strategic plan; 3) mentor undergraduate and graduate students in research and practice; 4) assist with external funding proposals to support research and programmatic activities; and 5) teach two social work courses per year linked to their areas of expertise and to departmental needs.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • MSW from a CSWE-accredited social work program (degrees from other closely related disciplines will be considered).
  • Knowledge, experience, and interest related to community-engaged scholarship.

Preferred Qualifications: 

The department desires a candidate who has 1) PhD in social work or closely-related field; 2) university-level teaching experience; 3) two years post-MSW or degree experience; 4) knowledge and/or experience in program development, implementation, and management; 5) demonstrated record of scholarly activity; and 6) demonstrated capacity for grant writing.

Required Documents

Along with the online application, please attach:

  1. CV (to be uploaded to the applicant profile)
  2. Names and contact information of at least three references (requested in the online application)
  3. Writing sample (preferably a solo-authored manuscript/article or grant; if the sample includes other authors, please indicate your role - to be uploaded to the applicant profile)
  4. Cover Letter (to be copied and pasted into a fillable form within the online application)

**Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**

Advertised Salary

Competitive salary with excellent benefits


Employees work indoors and are protected from weather and/or contaminants, but not, necessarily, occasional temperature changes.  The employee is regularly required to sit and often uses repetitive hand motions.

College/Department Highlights

Academic Setting: TCI is part of the Department of Social Work, which actively pursues social justice and empowerment for all, and especially historically marginalized groups and individuals, through education, research, and co-collaboration. The Department of Social Work offers CSWE-accredited bachelor’s and master’s degrees in a dynamic interdisciplinary college. Utah State University is a land-grant university founded in 1888. The University is a Carnegie Doctoral Extensive research institution with approximately 29,000 students (26,000 undergraduates and 3,000 graduate students) from all 50 states and 80 foreign countries. The USU campus is located in the Logan, Utah metropolitan area (population approximately 130,000), in a picturesque mountain valley about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. Please visit www.usu.edu for more information about the University, College, and Department. Visit https://chass.usu.edu/social-work/transforming-communities-institute/ to learn more about TCI.

University Highlights

Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is Utah’s land-grant and space-grant university. USU is one of only 146 research institutions in the U.S. classified as R1 “very high research activity” by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU provides a high-quality education at an affordable price. With its main campus in Logan, the university serves approximately 27,500 students, including 24,255 undergraduates and 3,171 graduate students. USU Online has served students from all 50 states and 55 countries for 25 years.


USU’s statewide system features three residential campuses, 30 total campus locations, and 23 Extension education centers. The university employees 903 full-time faculty members, 124 executive administrators, and 1,649 full-time support staff. USU offers 115 undergraduate majors, as well as 91 master’s and 42 doctoral degrees. Learn more about USU.


A core characteristic of USU is engagement with communities and people in economic development, improvements to quality of life, and human capital. Through the practical application of knowledge, the University and its faculty engage and share expertise with the state, nation, and world, preserving the historical land-grant tradition of partnering with communities to address critical societal issues in the interest of the public good.


The USU main campus is located in beautiful Logan, Utah, a city of about 50,000 situated in a picturesque mountain valley about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. Outstanding recreational opportunities abound in the nearby mountains and proximate region.


USU is sensitive to the needs of dual career couples and provides a Dual Career Assistance program to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment.


USU endeavors to provide reasonable accommodations to ensure equal access in all aspects of employment to qualified persons with disabilities. To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability, please contact the university’s ADA Coordinator in the Human Resource office at 435-797-0122 or submit a request at hr@usu.edu.


USU Land Acknowledgment

Please visit our website to learn about Utah State’s land acknowledgment of the eight tribes of Utah.


Notice of Non-discrimination

In its programs and activities, including in admissions and employment, Utah State University does not discriminate or tolerate discrimination, including harassment, based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy, Title IX, or any other federal, state, or local law.

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations and/or USU’s non-discrimination policies:


Executive Director of the Office of Equity Matthew Pinner, discrimination@usu.edu, Distance Education Rm. 401, 435-797-1266

Title IX Coordinator Hilary Renshaw, titleix@usu.edu, Distance Education Rm. 404, 435-797-1266

Mailing address: 5100 Old Main Hill, Logan, UT 84322

For further information regarding non-discrimination, please visit https://equity.usu.edu/, or contact:

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 800-421-3481, OCR@ed.gov

U.S. Department of Education, Denver Regional Office, 303-844-5695, OCR.Denver@ed.gov


*Updated 08/2022


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