About Western Kentucky University:
Western Kentucky University (WKU) is a student-centered, applied-research institution committed to providing its students with a transformative academic and social experience and to elevating its surrounding communities. Founded in 1906, WKU is the second largest undergraduate institution in the Commonwealth of Kentucky with approximately 17,500 students (32% first generation, 18% underrepresented minority) and nearly 2,900 faculty and staff employees.
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Located 65 miles north of Nashville, TN, and just over 100 miles south of Louisville, KY, WKU’s main campus is in Bowling Green, KY – a city with approximately 70,000 residents. With an ethnically and diverse population, more than 85 languages are spoken in and around Bowling Green, and people from 35 nationalities call our community home.
WKU seeks to attract talented faculty and staff who are inspired individually to contribute to WKU’s strategic plans and ongoing success. We offer comprehensive wellness and health benefits to employees and their families, including domestic partners and other qualified dependents and take pride in providing a workplace culture that supports balancing the responsibilities of work and family life. Paid-time off for holidays, vacation and sick leave, and a tuition discount program for employees and dependent are also provided. Learn more about WKU and Bowling Green at wku.edu/about.
The School of Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport (KRS) invites applications for a nine-month, tenure-track, Assistant Professor appointment beginning Fall semester 2021 in the undergraduate Sport Management program. The School of KRS is housed within the College of Health and Human Services and offers undergraduate programs in Physical Education, Exercise Science, Recreation Administration, and Sport Management, as well as a number of undergraduate minors. The School of KRS also offers graduate programs in Kinesiology and Recreation and Sport Administration.
We are seeking candidates interested in working with us to educate our students to meet the needs of an increasingly diverse, multicultural, and technology-driven society. The primary focus of the successful candidate will be in introduction to sport management, event management, seminar in sport management, and governance. The candidate must demonstrate strong interpersonal skills, evidence of effective teaching, ability to teach a variety of courses at the undergraduate level and possess a commitment to service and scholarship. The successful candidate will be student-centered with a strong commitment to serving the needs a diverse student population. The successful candidate will be detail-oriented and self-motivated. This position will be filled with a professional desiring to engage collaboratively with other professionals at the local, national, and international levels.
The following duties are customary for this position but are not to be construed as all-inclusive. Duties may be added, deleted, and assigned based on management discretion and institutional needs.
Teaching: Primary teaching responsibilities for this position include undergraduate courses in introduction to sport management, seminar in sport management, event management, and governance. The courses may be delivered on campus, off campus, or potentially online.
Advising: Undergraduate student advising is expected of the successful candidate.
Scholarship: Maintain an active role in research and scholarly production including publishing in peer-reviewed journals and potentially securing research funding. Maintain awareness of current research trends and topics associated with Sport Management.
Service: Actively participate in university service (departmental, college, and university committees) and professional service. Actively participate in recruitment and retention efforts of students.
Candidates should meet the following criteria:
· Doctorate in Sport Management, Sport Administration, or closely related field.
· Articulate a well-defined research agenda in Sport Management, Sport Administration with the potential for extramural funding.
· Experience teaching in higher education in both traditional and online formats.
Kentucky state law requires all public institutions of postsecondary education to conduct pre-employment criminal background checks to determine suitability for employment.
Western Kentucky University (WKU) is committed to a policy and practice of providing equal employment and educational opportunities to all individuals. In accordance with Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Revised 1992, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, no form of discrimination or harassment will be tolerated at WKU on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, national origin, creed, religion, political belief, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, marital status, age, uniformed services, veteran status, genetic information, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, or physical or mental disability in admission to career and technical education programs and/or activities, or employment practices.
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The following items must be submitted through this electronic talent management system by January 31, 2021, although expressions of interest may be considered until the position is filled. Review of applications will begin February 1, 2021:
· Letter of Intent that clearly addresses position requirements and minimum qualifications
· Curriculum Vita
· Unofficial Transcripts
· Teaching evaluations (detailed report + comments)
· Names and contact information of three reference providers will be collected during the application process. Reference letters will be requested by the Search Committee through an online process at a later date.
The initial interview process will be conducted via Zoom.
You will receive email confirmation once you have successfully completed the application process.