Assistant Professor - Kinesiology & IALS
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Job no: 520783
Work type: Faculty Full Time
Location: UMass Amherst
Categories: Faculty, School of Public Health & Health Sciences
Salary: Competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience
Applications Open: September 25, 2023
Applications Close: Open until filled.
About UMass Amherst:
UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus (http://www.umass.edu), is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450 acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.
The University of Massachusetts Amherst, School of Public Health and Health Sciences (SPHHS), and Institute for Applied Life Sciences (IALS) seek talented applicants qualified for a joint faculty position in the Kinesiology Department at the Assistant Professor level in the area of human physiology with a translational research focus. Under exceptional circumstances, highly qualified candidates at higher professor ranks may receive consideration. The successful applicant will contribute to the teaching goals of the Kinesiology Department, as well as to the vibrant research environment of the department and IALS. This is a full-time, tenure track, academic year appointment with excellent benefits and a competitive salary range commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Expected start date is September 1, 2024.
Applicants must hold a PhD or equivalent degree in kinesiology or a related field at the time of appointment. Preference will be given to candidates with an outstanding translational research program in the area of human physiology. The successful candidate will have access to the state-of-the-art imaging and spectroscopy facilities in the Human Magnetic Resonance Center, as well as all other core facilities in IALS. Investigators with a background in human physiology or metabolism who use translational approaches to advance their field, as well as those with interests in the development of innovative therapeutic interventions for promoting health, will be a particularly good fit for this position. Interpersonal and communication skills that encourage strong collaborations in research and program development are essential.
The faculty appointment will be in the Department of Kinesiology in the SPHHS. Position responsibilities include but are not limited to:
Establish and develop an active research program at UMass Amherst with an independent base of support using funds that may originate from diverse sources such as federal and state granting agencies, foundations, and industry collaborations.
Active participant in the Center for Personalized Health Monitoring in IALS (https://www.umass.edu/cphm/).
Contribute to the undergraduate and graduate teaching mission of the Kinesiology Department.
Oversee graduate theses and dissertations, as well as undergraduate independent study and honors projects.
Serve on departmental, IALS, school and university committees, professional panels or boards, as assigned or desired.
About the School of Public Health and Health Sciences (SPHHS):
The world-renowned Department of Kinesiology (https://www.umass.edu/public-health-sciences/academics/kinesiology) is one of six departments in the School of Public Health & Health Sciences (https://www.umass.edu/public-health-sciences/). The department has 13 tenured/tenure-track faculty, 6 full-time lecturers, 1 research professor, 1 full-time undergraduate advisor, approximately 650 undergraduate majors and 50 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Its research and teaching activities are organized into the areas of Biomechanics, Movement Neuroscience, Physical Activity and Health, and Physiology. We aim to promote diversity within all aspects of our program, establishing the University of Massachusetts Amherst Kinesiology Department as a community of choice for students, staff and faculty from all backgrounds. Faculty are established and emerging leaders in their research fields, which range from the molecular basis of movement to community-based physical activity interventions. Current research funding comes from the National Institutes of Health, Department of Defense, American Heart Association, a variety of foundations, and industry collaborators.
About the Institute for Applied Life Sciences (IALS) and the Center for Personalized Health Monitoring (CPHM):
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the University have together invested $150 million in the Institute for Applied Life Sciences (IALS; http://www.umass.edu/ials), which is home to the highly innovative Center for Personalized Health Monitoring (CPHM; http://www.umass.edu/cphm). The new faculty hire will be a member of IALS and CPHM, which engages faculty from departments across campus such as kinesiology, engineering, computer science, polymer science, public health and psychological and brain sciences, and others. The resource-rich CPHM has a suite of more than 30 world class core facilities that focus on human testing, including the Human Magnetic Resonance Center (hMRC; http://www.umass.edu/ials/hmrc) and Center for Human Health and Performance (CH2P; http://www.umass.edu/ials/ch2p). The CH2P houses a wide variety of equipment for measuring exercise interventions and outcomes, kinetic and kinematic aspects of human motion, 24-hour energy expenditure, and home-based daily activity in an apartment-style setting. Research conducted in CPHM targets basic and translational studies of metabolism, human movement, fatigue and sleep; as well as the development and application of wearable sensors for the study of human behavior and health in real-world settings. Kinesiology faculty are leaders in this campus-wide enterprise. Faculty in CPHM have established clinical collaborations with investigators at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester and Baystate Medical Center in Springfield.
Additional core facilities are available in IALS, including High Performance Computing, Light Microscopy, Mass Spectrometry, Histology, and Advanced Digital Design and Fabrication (http://www.umass.edu/ials/core-facilities).
Along with the application, please submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a statement of research expertise and current and future research goals, a statement of teaching philosophy, a statement of past and/or future contributions (to diversity, equity, and inclusion in the areas of research, teaching, and/or outreach), and contact information for three (3) professional references. Review of applications will begin November 1, 2023 and continue until the position is filled.
For questions about the application process, contact Meredith Barscz, Administrative Assistant, Department of Kinesiology (email@example.com). For more information about any other aspect of this announcement, please contact Mark S. Miller, PhD, Search Committee Co-Chair (firstname.lastname@example.org) OR Richard van Emmerik, PhD, Kinesiology Department Chair (email@example.com).
The University is committed to active recruitment of a diverse faculty and student body. The University of Massachusetts Amherst is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities and encourages applications from these and other protected group members. Because broad diversity is essential to an inclusive climate and critical to the University’s goals of achieving excellence in all areas, we will holistically assess the many qualifications of each applicant and favorably consider an individual’s record working with students and colleagues with broadly diverse perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds in educational, research or other work activities. We will also favorably consider experience overcoming or helping others overcome barriers to an academic career and degree.
Posted October 2023.
Department Chair - Physical Therapy & Kinesiology
University of Massachusetts, Lowell
Job no: 520036
Position type: Faculty Full Time
Benefit Status: Benefited-Union
Campus: UMass Lowell
Department: Physical Therapy & Kinesiology
Salary: Salary commensurate with experience
Applications Open: August 1, 2023
Applications Close: Open until filled
General Summary of Position:
The Department of Physical Therapy and Kinesiology (PTK) at the University of Massachusetts Lowell (UML) seeks a visionary leader in education, research, and innovative partnerships for the position of department chair. The PTK department offers an undergraduate degree in Exercise Science with two options: Clinical option and Exercise and Fitness Management option. PTK offers a CAPTE accredited clinical graduate degree in physical therapy (DPT). The department invites candidates with a strong track record in external funding to complement its research programs including, but not limited to, rehabilitation sciences, digital health, movement sciences, human performance, robotics or kinesiology-related fields.
PTK is housed within the Zuckerberg College of Health Sciences (ZCHS), a dynamic college that prepares scientists and professionals in a wide range of health-focused disciplines. A vibrant team of 13 faculty members are actively engaged with students through innovative and cutting-edge health sciences education, including experiential and interprofessional education, and hands-on laboratory training.
The Chair will work closely with our recently appointed Dean and lead the department's future growth in interdisciplinary education and research, faculty and staff hiring, expansion of undergraduate and graduate educational and clinical programs, and advancing the reputation of the department through innovative research. The Chair will work with all department chairs in the College and demonstrate a collaborative team approach to leadership and interdisciplinary program support and building within the university and beyond. Leadership teams in the college and department will support the Chair in carrying out the department's academic mission.
In addition to improvements in academic programs over the past four years, PTK has benefited from two major facilities improvements. In the Fall of 2021, the PTK faculty moved into a modern building that consolidated the faculty and central department administration offices in a contiguous space. At the same time, the teaching and research labs moved into a renovated space specifically designed to enhance teaching and research. These changes have contributed to improved educational, research, and clinical activities to support department growth.
Successful candidates will:
Provide oversight and responsible administration of departmental resources
Demonstrate a collaborative team approach to leadership and interdisciplinary program development within the Department and College
Collaborate with Department faculty to provide oversight of the development and delivery of high-quality academic programs
Foster research development among departmental, university, and external faculty partners and expand extramural funding as the University moves toward an R1 status as a research institution
Broaden the vibrant clinical and community partnerships that enhance students' hands-on professional training and educational experiences
Strengthen mentoring and support systems to promote faculty and staff success
Engage faculty in strategic planning regarding education, research, and strategic partnerships to advance the missions of the Department and ZCHS
Supervise faculty and staff hiring/appointments, reappointment, promotion/tenure, and compensation, according to college-approved procedures
Cultivate a culture of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging
The University of Massachusetts Lowell is situated in the heart of New England on the banks of the Merrimack River, a beautiful a hub of invention and innovation and the birthplace of America’s industrial revolution. Our proximity to Boston, UMass Chan Medical School, the Bedford VA, and the growing biopharmaceutical industry is a benefit in promoting academic and industry partnerships, as well as connecting to the outstanding and abundant medical and health resources in this region. UML is committed to increasing diversity in its faculty, staff, and student populations, as well as curriculum and support programs, while promoting an inclusive environment. We encourage individuals from underrepresented populations to apply.
Minimum Qualifications (Required):
Academic doctoral degree in an exercise, kinesiology, physical therapy, or health-related field closely aligned with departmental programs
Substantial publication record
Strong track record in externally funded research
Demonstrated excellence in mentoring, teaching undergraduate and graduate students, and service
Experience with undergraduate, graduate, and accredited programs, with the ability to develop, implement, and evaluate criteria
The ability to work effectively with diverse groups and interdisciplinary teams
Experience in fostering partnerships within the university and with outside partners, such as industry-based research
Evidence of excellence in leadership roles and interpersonal skills, including several years of formal, progressive experience in a high-level leadership role (i.e., program director, center director, chair, assistant dean) in a four-year research institution
Ability to successfully collaborate with the faculty, the Dean, and upper administration
Experience recruiting faculty with strong research agendas and mentoring them through the tenure process
Special Instructions to Applicants:
Review of applications will begin on October 1, 2023 and continue until the position is filled. Campus interviews will start Nov/Dec 2023. However, the position may close when an adequate number of qualified applications is received.
Please submit the following required documents with your application:
Updated Curriculum Vitae
Cover Letter which includes the following:
Description of your past leadership experiences and mentoring activities with examples of accomplishments
During the campus visit, candidates will share their vision for advancing the department
Teaching Philosophy and list of courses taught
Publications in Peer-Reviewed Journals: Please submit two or three significant, relevant publications in peer-reviewed journals.
Research Statement listing accomplishments and future plans
Names and contact information of three professional references will be required at the time of application process. (One should be a current/former supervisor.) References will not be contacted until after the candidate visits campus and with candidate consent.
The University of Massachusetts Lowell is committed to increasing diversity in its faculty, staff, and student populations, as well as curriculum and support programs, while promoting an inclusive environment. We seek candidates who can contribute to that goal and encourage you to apply and to identify your strengths in this area.
The University of Massachusetts Lowell is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action, Title IX employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, sex, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age over 40, protected veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, marital status, or other protected class.
Posted August 2023.
Tenure-Track Faculty: Open Rank, Exercise Science Program, Department of Physical Therapy & Human Movement Science
Sacred Heart University
Position ID: 162751
Position type: Faculty Full Time
Department: Exercise Science
Applications Open: May 24, 2023
Applications Close: Open until Filled
The Department of Physical Therapy & Human Movement Science and Exercise Science Program at Sacred Heart University is seeking exceptional candidates for a tenure-track faculty position in Exercise Science. Rank will be commensurate with education and experience.
The faculty member will teach undergraduate coursework in the Bachelor of Science Exercise Science Program and within the Master of Science Exercise & Sport Science Program; advise undergraduate students; conduct independent and collaborative research; promote program growth and academic quality; demonstrate research productivity by producing peer-reviewed presentations and publications and contribute to the program's educational and service initiatives. We seek candidates with research interests and teaching experience that complement and strengthen current research programs by the Exercise Science faculty.
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Appointments are scheduled to begin August 23, 2023.
Candidates must hold a PhD in a Sport Science-related field (includes but not limited to Exercise Physiology, Kinesiology, Motor Control & Behavior, Data Analytics).
Commitment to teaching excellence.
Demonstrate a commitment to promoting equity, diversity, and inclusion in an educational environment.
Preference will be given to candidates who demonstrate:
Previous college or university-level teaching experience, particularly in the areas of exercise physiology, kinesiology, motor control & behavior, or data analytics.
A record of research/scholarship.
Professional certification (e.g., ACSM EP-C, NSCA CSCS, CPSS)
Work and/or consulting experience with athletes or athletic teams.
Statement of Personal & Organizational Responsibility for Inclusive Excellence
Inclusive Excellence is the recognition that our institution's success is dependent on how well we value, engage, and include the rich diversity of students, staff, faculty, administrators, alums, and surrounding community. It is a mastery of inclusion that fosters a consistent sense of belonging. Inclusive Excellence is aspirational and is the pillar that guides the mission, vision, and function of this unity.
To achieve Inclusive Excellence, our personal and organizational responsibilities are to:
Actively promote a collegial environment and consciously apply our mission and values to create a culture of inclusion and belonging; a safe space where all may thrive and succeed.
Participate in educational and developmental activities to increase awareness and competencies of issues related to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging; apply that understanding to guide your approach to all aspects of your job and the community as a whole.
Demonstrate that we are "Stronger Together" as described in the Office for Inclusive Excellent statements.
Qualified candidates should submit a letter of interest, current curriculum vitae, teaching evaluations, statement of teaching philosophy, and contact information for three references. Applications will be accepted starting immediately and will continue on a rolling basis. Initial interviews will be via Zoom followed by on-campus interviews.
Sacred Heart University is a space that respects and embraces differences, recognizes the unique contributions that individuals can make, and creates a community that maximizes the potential of all faculty and staff. As an equal opportunity employer, we encourage applications from qualified candidates who reflect the wider world in which we live.
Posted May 2023.