The Health and Human Kinetics (HHK) department at Ohio Wesleyan University is seeking applicants for a tenure-track faculty position in Exercise Science at the Assistant Professor rank. We are especially interested in candidates committed to excellent undergraduate teaching and to developing a vibrant research program that involves undergraduates of all experience levels and from diverse backgrounds, including those who are traditionally underrepresented in the sciences.
The HHK department serves students across concentrations in exercise science, sports management, and nutrition. Our mission focuses on evidence-based teaching and a student-centered curriculum where students are engaged in exploring current and emerging theoretical content, and applying that content in closely-mentored contexts in the areas of human movement, sport, nutrition, and personal and public health. Our students and faculty value working with diverse populations in a variety of contexts to enhance the quality of life for residents of the local community through outreach efforts.
This job is part of a cluster of positions with which Ohio Wesleyan seeks to further diversify its curriculum and faculty. This faculty cohort will join an educational community that values equity and interdisciplinarity and fosters close working relationships with students through our signature program in experiential learning, The OWU Connection. Incoming faculty will be provided with mentoring, professional development funds, and opportunities to connect with faculty across the Ohio 5 and GLCA consortia. For more information about the cluster, please visit www.owu.edu/joinOWUfaculty. For more information about Academic Affairs and its commitment to DEI, please visit https://owu.edu/dei
- Teaching a range of undergraduate courses such as: exercise physiology, kinesiology, motor learning, advanced cardiovascular assessment and evaluation, biomechanics, and personal health
- Advising students in their academic journey
- Engaging in a consistent and focused line of research
- Providing service to the department, university, and profession
- Assisting in curriculum development, revision, and evaluation
- Doctoral degree in exercise science, health science, kinesiology, or a related field Interdisciplinary degrees are welcome
- ABD will be considered, but terminal degree must be conferred by August 18, 2024
- Evidence of an active research agenda
- Proven evidence of successful teaching at the college level
- Expertise in exercise physiology and/or health fitness
- Professional experience/certifications in an exercise science-related field
- Previous experience with academic advising or mentoring
OWU offers extensive support for junior faculty, including competitive professional development funding, pre-tenure research leave after a successful third-year review, opportunities for student-faculty research collaboration, and a range of workshops and mentoring programs to develop our strengths as teacher-scholars. OWU offers a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefits package, including tuition benefits at OWU and affiliated colleges throughout the Midwest and a generous retirement contribution.
Applicants should submit a cover letter, CV, and the following (no more than 2 pages for each):
- Teaching statement: a statement articulating your teaching philosophy. Please address your ability to teach a wide range of courses and employ a variety of pedagogical techniques to reach students from different backgrounds.
- DEI Statement: a 1-page statement that describes your experience and/or approach to supporting students from underrepresented groups, including examples of ways you have intentionally addressed diversity, equity, and inclusion in your classroom and/or community.
- Research statement: a statement that describes your experience and/or approach to research and/or scholarship activities, and your future interests.
- Three professional references, two of which should be able to comment on your teaching effectiveness. Please note: receipt of reference letters is not required to begin the application review process.
Please submit all materials via www.owu.edu/joinOWUfaculty, where you will find additional information about working at OWU. Transcripts, three professional reference letters, and additional materials may be requested at a later time and can be sent directly to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please make sure to include “HHK” in the subject line.
Review of applications will begin on October 9, 2023 and continue until the position is filled. Questions about the position should be directed to Dr. Andrew Busch, Search Committee Chair (email@example.com).
About Ohio Wesleyan. Located in the Columbus, Ohio metropolitan area, Ohio Wesleyan is a selective residential liberal arts college enrolling approximately 1,500 students from across the nation and around the world. The college’s signature program, the OWU Connection, is designed to integrate student knowledge across disciplines, consider diverse and global perspectives, and teach students to apply their knowledge in real-world settings. Ohio Wesleyan is featured in the book Colleges That Change Lives and was recently listed as the No. 1 liberal arts college in Ohio for social mobility by U.S. News and World Report. OWU is located in Delaware, OH, a lively college town just 30 minutes from Columbus, the 14th most populous city in the United States and part of the fastest growing, most economically vibrant areas of the Midwest. Columbus was named by LinkedIn as one of the top 10 U.S. cities in which to launch your career.
To achieve our mission, we continually strive to foster a diverse, inclusive, and anti-racist campus community, which celebrates the value of all persons regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, color, gender identity and or expression, sexual orientation, family configuration, disability, socioeconomic status, religion, national origin, age or military status. OWU is an equal opportunity institution and seeks applications from individuals who will help us honor and strengthen our commitments to diversity, inclusion, and anti-racism.