Assistant Professor - Kinesiology - 17782

University of Wisconsin Whitewater

United States

January 10, 2022


Assistant Professor - Kinesiology - 17782


The Department of Kinesiology in the College of Education and Professional Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater seeks a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the area of Health Promotion beginning August 2022. This is a 9-month position with responsibilities for teaching undergraduate and graduate courses, as well as research, and service to the university, profession and community. Research expertise should complement existing faculty expertise.


The successful candidate will be able to teach a range of undergraduate and graduate courses related to health programming, theory, management, and research, as part of the Human Performance major and Health Promotion minor programs. The candidate will also be expected to pursue an active research agenda that results in publications and presentations, and that contributes to advancing the department, university, the profession, and society. The candidate will be expected to participate in service activities and embrace the principles of diversity and inclusion as a member of the university community.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • An earned doctorate in health promotion, community health, kinesiology, or a closely related field. ABD candidates may apply but must have their degree completed by the contract start date in August 2022; if not, they will be hired on a one-year contract with the understanding that their degree will be completed before January 2023 in advance of their first scheduled performance review.
  • Demonstrated commitment to teaching, with an emphasis on promoting student success, clear evidence of scholarly potential, and commitment to serving as an active member of the department, university, and broader community.
  • Desired Characteristics:

  • Experience with online teaching or willingness to learn current and emerging practices in online teaching and learning
  • Potential to foster service-based learning by taking students beyond the classroom to apply learned skills
  • Experience with curriculum development and assessment
  • Experience collaborating in an interdisciplinary team to advance program, department and university growth goals
  • Demonstrated potential to positively impact the health of local communities
  • Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

  • Willingness and ability to be an active participant in following applicable safety rules and regulations including necessary training and drills
  • Ability to interact respectfully with people from diverse socioeconomic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds

    Full-time teaching responsibilities include teaching courses in the department's graduate program, Human Performance major, and Health Promotion minor. Specific courses may include: Health Behavior Development and Society, Introduction to Quality of Life and Health Promotion, Current Topics in Health and Wellness, Stress Management, Health Behavior Theory, or others, depending upon qualifications. Research expectations include publication and presentation of peer-reviewed research in one's area of expertise. In addition, faculty members must serve as advisors/mentors to students and are encouraged to engage students in research or other scholarly and creative activities. Service responsibilities include committee service at the departmental, college, and university levels, as well as participation in community organizations and the discipline as relevant to the candidate's expertise and interest. Faculty at UW-W may be required to teach in a variety of formats, including in-person, online and/or in a hybrid format.


    The College of Education and Professional Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is committed to the development of professionals who are lifelong learners, creators of knowledge, and leaders of character and integrity. Responding to the changing needs within our global society, our programs prepare professionals to actively engage in an open democratic society inclusive of diverse populations. As a premier center for global learning, the College's focus on depth of learning and academic excellence provides our students with the requisites to be leaders dedicated to change in their communities.

    The Department of Kinesiology (formerly HPERC) prepares teachers and professionals in physical education and the exercise sciences. The department houses two undergraduate major programs and one master's program, including a BSE in Physical Education Teacher Education, BS in Human Performance; and MSE in Professional Studies: Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Coaching.

    The Department of Kinesiology is a member of the American Kinesiology Association which promotes and enhances kinesiology as a unified academic discipline involving the study of physical activity and its impact on health, society and quality of life. As part of the College of Education and Professional Studies the teacher preparation program is one of few programs in the state of Wisconsin which has received accreditation from The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

    The faculty and academic staff in the Kinesiology Department are dedicated to providing high quality education for students committed to professional careers in the exercise sciences, health and physical education, health promotion, sport and recreation management, strength and conditioning, and coaching, among other health and human performance careers.


    Founded in 1868, UW–Whitewater is one of eleven comprehensive universities in Wisconsin's public higher education system that also includes two doctoral institutions and a statewide Extension. UW-Whitewater's main campus is located in Whitewater, with a branch campus in Rock County, in the city of Janesville. Together, these campuses form a preeminent academic institution driven by the pursuit of knowledge, powered by a spirit of innovation, and focused on transforming lives. UW-Whitewater's campuses are located conveniently near Milwaukee, Madison, and Chicago, and thus offer the advantage of beautiful small-town environments with easy access to the cultural and commercial opportunities of major metropolitan areas.

    The Warhawk family — led by caring faculty and staff — is devoted to student success within a broad range of academic programs offered at the associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral levels. These include both on-campus and online programs, and span the disciplines, from the theoretical to the applied, and encompass study in the arts, business, education, humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, technology, and professional and interdisciplinary programs.

    UW-Whitewater has a special mission within the UW System to serve students with disabilities and, as such, embraces the principles of universal design and is one of the most accessible campuses in the nation. The campuses have more than 200 student organizations and UW-Whitewater's intercollegiate athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division-III level. UW-Whitewater is committed to seeking and sustaining a culturally and ethnically diverse campus environment, building a diverse faculty and staff with expertise and interest in serving students with diverse needs, backgrounds, ethnicities, abilities and other distinct characteristics in respectful, sensitive and understanding ways. The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer, and actively seeks and encourages applications from women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and veterans.


    The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is part of the 13-campus University of Wisconsin System (https: // www.

    Wisconsin Statute 19.36(7)(b) provides that applicants may indicate in writing that their identity should be kept confidential. In response to a public records request, the University will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful final candidate will be released. See Wisconsin Statute 19.36(7)(a).

    Per Regent Policy Document 20-19, University of Wisconsin System Criminal Background Check Policy and UW System Administrative Policy 1275 Recruitment Policies, UW-Whitewater requires criminal background checks as a contingency to employment. A criminal background check will be conducted prior to an offer of employment. All final candidates must be asked, prior to hire, whether they have been found to have engaged in, are currently under investigation for, or left employment during an active investigation in which they were accused of sexual violence or sexual harassment. When obtaining employment reference checks, these same sexual violence or sexual harassment questions must also be asked.

    The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater requires that all employees be active participants in following applicable safety rules and regulations including necessary training and drills.

    For UW-Whitewater Campus safety information and crime statistics/annual Security Report, see https:// www. If you would like a paper copy of the report please contact the UW-Whitewater Police at 262-472-4660.


    UW System employees receive an excellent benefit package. To learn more about the UW System's comprehensive benefit package, review the UW System Employee Benefits Brochure.


    UW-Whitewater embraces AAC&U's LEAP principles (https:// www. and emphasizes student, staff and faculty participation in High-Impact Practices (https: // www. The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (https:// www. provides support for faculty scholarly and creative activities as well as other opportunities to apply for reassigned time and/or other resources to support research activities. UW-Whitewater faculty and staff also have access to technology transfer and research resources provided by WiSys (https: // www.


    Applications received by January 10, 2022 are ensured full consideration. Applications received after that date may be given consideration at the discretion of the search committee. The most qualified applicants will be invited to participate in the next step of the selection process.

    If you have questions regarding this recruitment or if you are unable to complete the application online due to a disability or system problem, please contact us at (262) 472-1072 or

    For questions regarding this position, please contact:

    Jason Shurley, Ph.D. Associate Professor (262) 472-1140 or Brandi Niemeier, Ph.D. Professor and Department Chair of Kinesiology (262) 472-1140


    Only complete application packages will be considered. This includes online submission of the following documents:

  • Cover Letter/letter of interest
  • Curriculum vita
  • Name and contact information for three professional references (letters of recommendation optional)
  • Copies of unofficial graduate transcripts (Official transcripts will be required if offered the position)
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