Assistant Professor of Kinesiology

Pacific Lutheran University

United States

September 1, 2022


Posting Details Posting Number: 0602283

Recruitment Type: Open to All Applicants Position Title: Assistant Professor of Kinesiology Position Type: Faculty Position Status: Regular Full-time Benefits Status: Benefits Eligible FLSA: Exempt Hiring Range: $58,000 - $60,000 per year + benefits package Department: Kinesiology Posting Date: 11/19/2021 Closing Date Review of applications will begin immediately, but the position will remain open until filled. Work Schedule:

Full-time, tenure-track assistant professor position beginning September 1, 2022. Varied schedule based on teaching load. Must be available to teach M-F, 8am-5:30pm. Additional teaching responsibilities may include evenings/night classes.

General Description:

The Department of Kinesiology at Pacific Lutheran University seeks an individual who can contribute to a strong, cohesive team and a dynamic, respected academic program. The ideal candidate must demonstrate a clear commitment to excellence in teaching at the undergraduate and graduate level, and to student-faculty collaboration, mentorship, and scholarship. The department has a long and strong commitment to thoughtful integration of the biophysical and psychosocial elements of our discipline combined with a deep commitment to application within the field and seeks a candidate who can contribute diverse perspectives and experiences and whose educational training, scholarly pursuits, practitioner and/or personal experiences will enrich our department's commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion. Candidates with scholarly and/or applied expertise specifically related to issues of race and ethnicity within our field are particularly encouraged to apply.

The ideal candidate will be an experienced teacher and accomplished or promising scholar with an interest in, and ability to teach a wide range of courses at the foundational and undergraduate level for undergraduate students across an array of department majors and minors (including teacher preparation, health and fitness promotion, exercise science and pre-physical therapy). Candidates must be able to work effectively across subdisciplines and must bring applied experiences through a record of scholarship and/or direct experiences in professional endeavors. A demonstrated breadth of knowledge and an integrated, holistic perspective of our field is expected. We seek a candidate whose educational background includes a combination of degrees that demonstrates this breadth.

The Kinesiology department is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic community. We encourage applications from individuals whose backgrounds or interests align with this commitment, who foresee it impacting their research, teaching, and service. We are particularly interested in candidates who might develop new courses particularly in the areas of race and ethnicity studies in our field. Candidates must also be authentically committed to the integration of content related to diversity, equity and inclusion in all assigned courses and subject areas.

Courses will be assigned based on department need, course availability and faculty expertise. There is a six course, or 24 credit, teaching responsibility for the academic year. Students in the department are engaged learners who have high expectations for faculty related to curricular design and instructional abilities, as well as the ability to connect concepts and theory to applied examples and reference experiences in all courses in ways that make learning relevant to their interests and needs.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

Teach a full 24 credit teaching load. Teaching will occur principally in a face-to-face environment at the undergraduate level and will include a combination of foundational survey courses and upper division offerings. The ability and willingness to teach at the graduate level is expected but not guaranteed. Many graduate teaching opportunities occur in the summer months (at night) and are paid separately from the academic year contract. Undergraduate teaching assignments will include some combination of the following courses or general content areas: Foundations in Kinesiology; Senior Capstone; Evidence Based Practice in Kinesiology; Diversity and Inclusion in Kinesiology; Fitness Leadership; Exercise Testing & Prescription; Nutrition, Health and Fitness Promotion; Clinical Management of Special Populations; Exercise Physiology, Applied Biomechanics and Kinesiology; Applied Training and Conditioning; Comprehensive Health Education, Sport Pedagogy, Coaching Effectiveness and Internship. Graduate courses are primarily hybrid in design and are available based on areas of expertise and need and might include courses such as Applied Research Methods; Inclusive Leadership; Applied Exercise Science; or Applied Exercise and Sport Psychology. Undergraduate academic and career advising, and graduate project mentoring are expected. Opportunities for undergraduate research mentoring are also available and welcomed. In addition, all department faculty are expected to contribute to the General Education Physical Activity curriculum, First Year Experience Program or January term as needed.

Additionally, will:

  • Contribute to the assessment of the undergraduate and graduate program as requested.
  • Actively pursue a dedicated scholarly agenda.
  • Actively engage in department and university service including the academic advising and mentoring of undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Demonstrated understanding of effective and inclusive teaching practices.
  • Demonstrated commitment to creating and supporting equitable learning experiences for all students.
  • Experience in application either as an applied scholar or practitioner in areas related to Kinesiology.
  • Self-motivated with a strong work ethic.
  • A friendly and approachable demeanor and a desire to work in a collaborative, supportive environment.
  • An ability and willingness to teach a range of undergraduate courses that may span across more than one sub disciplinary field.
  • Required Qualifications:

  • Doctorate in Kinesiology or a closely related field. ABD will be considered, but Ph.D. must be in hand by September 1, 2022.
  • Teaching experience (including graduate teaching assistant experiences) at the university level.
  • Preferred Qualifications:

  • Two or more degrees in differing areas of Kinesiology that demonstrate breadth of knowledge in the field (e.g. Exercise Science, Pedagogy, Health and Wellness, Sport and Exercise Psychology).
  • Experience teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate level.
  • An understanding of private universities, specifically liberal arts-based institutions.
  • Experiences in advising and mentoring undergraduate and/or graduate students.
  • Grant writing experience.
  • Experience working in collaborative, cross disciplinary settings.
  • Work Conditions:

  • Work occurs in a traditional office and classroom space housed in a busy and active environment.
  • Some teaching spaces are located on the second floor of the building without elevator access.
  • Physical Requirements:

    Ability to teach on campus and in person including courses that may require physical activity and active demonstration.

    Special Instructions to Applicants:

    Applicants should submit:

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae
  • List of 3 references
  • List of courses taught
  • Statement of teaching philosophy in which you describe your goals for student learning, the methods you use to help students achieve them, and how you assess student learning. This statement should also explicitly address how you create an inclusive learning environment that is attuned to diversity and equity.
  • For questions or more information, please contact Nicky Martin at

    Other Information:

    Pacific Lutheran University purposefully integrates the liberal arts, professional studies and civic engagement in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. PLU continues the transformational tradition of Lutheran higher education through its commitment to the advancement of knowledge, freedom of expression, and critical questioning. Offering distinctive opportunities for global engagement, collaborative student-faculty research and purposeful learning, PLU guides 2,900 students from all faiths and backgrounds discern their vocation through coursework, mentorship and internships at world-class Puget Sound-area businesses and institutions.

    PLU is located on a 156-acre woodland campus in the Parkland neighborhood of Tacoma, Washington and about 40 minutes south of downtown Seattle. The campus reflects consciously green practices and is in proximity to the natural beauty of Mount Rainier, the Cascade and Olympic mountain ranges, and the Puget Sound.

    PLU administration supports and respects the strong culture of faculty-shared governance by working closely and collaboratively with faculty leadership to sustain and strengthen existing structures and procedures while working together on key institutional, academic and curricular decisions.

    The university is committed to active recruitment of a diverse faculty, staff and student body from all religions, races, socioeconomic groups, sexual orientations, and gender expressions and from all over the world. For the 2020-21 academic year, 35 percent of undergraduate students are the first generation in their families to attend college; 41 percent self-identify as students of color; and 31 percent are Pell Grant-eligible. PLU is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from members of historically underrepresented and minoritized groups, women, veterans, persons with disabilities, and others who would bring broadly diverse perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds in educational, research or other work activities. For general application questions or if you need accommodations at any point in the application and/or interview process, please contact the Human Resources Office at 253-535-7185 or

    Supplemental Questions

    Required fields are indicated with an asterisk ().

  • Will you have a doctorate degree in hand by September 1, 2022?
  • Yes
  • No
  • Are you legally eligible to work in the United States on your hire date AND legally authorized to work in the United States for Pacific Lutheran University without sponsorship now or indefinitely into the future?
  • Yes
  • No
  • Applicant Documents

    Required Documents

  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Teaching Philosophy
  • List of Three References
  • List of Courses Taught
  • Optional Documents

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