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SVPAA Faculty Fellowship

The Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs (SVPAA) invites tenured and long-serving career-line faculty members at the University of Utah to apply for an administrative faculty fellowship.

Fellowship Program Goals

This fellowship is intended to foster deeper intellectual partnerships between the SVPAA and the faculty, provide a development opportunity for faculty members that allows them to explore administrative roles and acquire skills and knowledge that will better prepare them to serve in academic administration in the future, and assist the SVPAA with special projects across the academic enterprise.  In addition to working on mutually identified projects, the fellow will participate as a peer in meetings of the SVPAA senior staff, the Council of Academic Deans (CAD), and other governance groups.


The fellow will work closely with the SVPAA and/or other senior leaders in the office on initiatives associated with academic administration, policies and procedures, undergraduate and graduate student success, One Utah cross-campus collaborations, and community engagement. Examples of initiatives and projects could include:

  • Help build the Fair and Equitable Society initiative
  • Serve as an expert for interdisciplinary research, scholarship, and creative activities
  • Represent the office on internal and external committees, agencies, and seminars
  • Assist in the planning of Ideation Summits and Chautauquas (One Utah engagement events)
  • Represent the Office of the SVPAA at campus and community events
  • Expand formal mentoring and faculty cohort peer mentoring and support programs
  • Facilitate a faculty perspective on administrative processes
  • Advance diversity and equity practices across the university
  • Participate in efforts to better educate community members and governmental leaders on the importance of public research universities

Effort:  20-40% effort, with associated academic year and summer salary support as applicable

Term: Each fellow will serve 1 to 2 years in this role.  The fellowship will replace an appropriate portion of the faculty member’s normal teaching or clinical responsibilities.

Required Qualifications

  • A terminal degree in an academic discipline
  • Experience working with senior level collegiate and central administration (preferred)
  • Demonstrated record of service to the University of Utah
  • Clearly demonstrated high degree of judgment, diplomacy, and confidentiality
  • Strong record of scholarship or contributions in their academic discipline

Application Materials

  • A letter describing interests in the fellowship
  • A curriculum vitae
  • Two letters of reference (one from a current or recent supervisor and one from a colleague)


  • Application Materials due June 15, 2021
  • Review of applications will begin immediately and the first round of interviews with SVPAA senior staff will be conducted over the summer. Fellowships will begin in August 2021 or at a mutually agreed-upon date.
  • Please send application materials to Ann Holbrook (