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Assistant/Associate Professor of Health & Human Performance – Health and Exercise Science - Northwestern State University

State: Natchitoches, LA
Position: Assistant/Associate Professor of Health & Human Performance – Health and Exercise Science
Deadline: March 31, 2023

Job Description / Duties

The Department of Health & Human Performance at Northwestern State University is seeking applicants for an Assistant/Associate Professor 9-month tenure-track position. Primary responsibilities of this position include teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in the areas of exercise physiology, exercise prescription, research methodologies, exercise testing and prescription, and other courses based on departmental needs. The successful candidate will conduct research in the areas of applied exercise science; actively seek funding; and provide service to the university and community. Candidates must hold an earned doctorate in Kinesiology, Exercise Physiology, or related field (ABD will be considered). Evidence of undergraduate and/or graduate teaching experience in the areas of exercise physiology, exercise testing and prescription, and/or research methodologies is required. The successful candidate must demonstrate strong abilities in teaching, scholarly activity, and professional service as well as have excellent communication and computer skills. Applicants are expected to develop a research agenda related to health and exercise science. The successful candidate will serve on departmental, college, and university committees and seek funding within and outside of the university. Teaching load will begin with a 12-credit load per semester.

Qualifications / Required Skills

Preferred qualifications: Experience in teaching in an online environment; experience teaching across sub-disciplines (e.g., health, kinesiology, sport); experience working with student outcomes; experience in a rural setting; established research agenda; and service within the profession.
• Teach 12 hours of undergraduate and/or graduate coursework (both face-to-face and online) during the fall and spring semesters. Summer teaching may be available for an additional contract. Courses may include exercise physiology, exercise testing and prescription, research methodologies, tests and measures, and/or first aid and CPR.
• Serve as director of the Human Performance Laboratory.
• Participate in scholarly activities appropriate to the discipline and position. Conduct applied research in the areas of health and exercise science.
• Actively seek grant funding.
• Maintain quality programming in terms of expectations for activity, quality instruction, and record keeping.
• Maintain cooperative relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
• Advise undergraduate students. Participate in and maintain a positive, student-oriented, and caring academic atmosphere.
• Maintain required office hours for student access.
• Engage in service within the health and human performance community and serve on college and university committees.
• Support the faculty, Department Head, Dean, Vice-president for Academic Affairs and President in the goals of the College and University.
• Participate in official Northwestern State University functions labeled as such by the President or Vice-President
• Represent the department and Gallaspy College of Education and Human Development in a professional manner in all activities.
• Perform other duties as needed, related to the overall mission of the department.
• Northwestern State University is committed to the promotion of diversity and thus the candidate should facilitate a work environment that encourages knowledge of, respect for, and ability to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds. The candidate should have an understanding and knowledge of multicultural and diversity issues, and their potential applications to pedagogy, programming, and service activity.
• Maintain confidentiality in accordance with federal laws and program policy.
• Acknowledge and comply with the mandates of the Constitution and laws of the State of Louisiana, which regulates the activity and employment of state employees including but not limited to the “Code of Governmental Ethics”, “LA R.S. 42.1101 et seq”, and “Dual Office Holding and Dual Employment LA R.S. 42.61 et seq”.

Additional Information

To Apply: Qualified applicants should submit electronically a letter of application, curriculum vitae, copies of transcripts, and complete contact information (names, addresses, telephone numbers, email addresses) for at least three (3) professional references to:
Dr. Haley Blount Taitano, or by mail:

Chair, Health & Human Performance Search Committee, Department of Health and Human Performance

Northwestern State University

170 Tarlton Drive

Natchitoches, LA 71497

Salary: $55,000-$60,000

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Northwestern State University is a responsive, student-oriented institution committed to acquiring, creating, and disseminating knowledge through innovative teaching, research, and service. With its certificate, undergraduate, and graduate programs, Northwestern State University prepares its increasingly diverse student population to contribute to an inclusive global community with a steadfast dedication to improving our region, state, and nation.

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