Position Rank and Title: Assistant
Professor of Exercise Technology
School/Department Name: Kinesiology
Compensation: Commensurate with qualifications, experience, and rank as established by the CSU Salary Schedule. See Benefits Summary for details about the CSU’s excellent employment benefits.
Target Start Date: August 2022
Application Deadline: November 19, 2021 (Applications accepted until filled or closed)
The Department of Kinesiology at San José State University seeks qualified candidates for a full-time, Assistant Professor position in Exercise Technology beginning in August of 2022. We especially welcome applicants who specialize in the following areas: use of exercise and sport technology among diverse populations, the use of exercise technology as related to health equity, data analytics and design thinking, and health equity and health infrastructures.
This position is a transformational hire for the Department of Kinesiology, and applicants will be required to develop coursework in the area of exercise technology at the undergraduate and graduate levels that introduce and enable students to apply relevant technologies including, hardware and software development and application, digital content creation, as well as wearables and health technologies in Kinesiology contexts. Adapting and enhancing kinesiology through technology is a natural next step in our department’s evolution within Silicon Valley. Specifically, ideal candidates will be knowledgeable about a wide range of exercise, sport, and health technologies, and the ways that social media applications are related to health and exercise. Applicants are encouraged to explore potential affinities with SJSU’s Department of Biomedical Engineering and complement existing partnerships with Human Factors and Ergonomics, both in the College of Engineering.
Applicants must be able to demonstrate an ability to develop new coursework related to technology in kinesiology, as well as the ability to teach other courses within the undergraduate, graduate, and general education programs such as Quantitative Research Methods, Measurement and Evaluation, Biomechanics, Motor Learning and Motor Development. Applicants must demonstrate the ability to teach at the undergraduate and graduate levels with the potential for teaching excellence both within the classroom and through online modalities. In addition, applicants are expected to show scholarly promise in the form of publications in relevant journals, presentations at scholarly conferences, and the willingness to apply for external funding.
The Department of Kinesiology is committed to preparing our students to be agents of change, who understand cutting edge technologies, and the importance of equity and diversity. The Department houses a dynamic group of faculty and students, and values all facets of kinesiology. We currently have 20 tenure-track/tenured faculty, serving over 1200 undergraduate and graduate students. We train our students in the areas of exercise physiology, biomechanics, sport history, sport philosophy, sport sociology, teacher education, adapted physical activity/education, measurement and evaluation, motor learning, motor development, and sport psychology, among others. The Department strongly values physical activity, and has a robust activity program offering over 40 different activity classes. The Department invites candidates who are interested in being part of a dynamic and collegial faculty, engaging in a broad range of research activities, and who are highly engaged with practices that will lead to student success. The Department of Kinesiology strongly values diversity, equity, and inclusion and is committed to creating and maintaining an atmosphere of social justice. Department of Kinesiology (sjsu.edu)
The Department of Kinesiology and San José State University value diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. Our excellence in research, teaching, and service can only be fully realized by faculty, students, and staff who share our commitment to these values. SJSU enrolls more than 36,000 students, many of whom are historically underserved, and around 45% are first-generation and 38% are Pell-recipients. SJSU is a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander (AANAPISI) Serving Institution. The university’s commitment to social justice extends from its vibrant, inclusive campus to an international network of over 275,000 alumni. As such, San José State is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty so our disciplines, students, and the community can benefit from multiple ethnic and gender perspectives.
Successful candidates will demonstrate evidence of a commitment to equity and inclusion through their research, teaching, and/or service. We ask that all applicants include a Diversity Statement with their application package. A guide to writing this statement can be found at SJSU Diversity Statement Guidelines, along with information about how these statements will be evaluated.
- Doctorate by date of appointment. Must have academic training grounded in Exercise Technology and Kinesiology.
- Demonstrated ability to teach undergraduate and graduate classes in Exercise Technology, as well as core major classes and/or general education classes as needed.
- Ability and desire to serve on thesis committees, supervise theses/projects, and advise in both the graduate and undergraduate programs.
- Record of publications or strong potential for publications.
- Knowledge of disciplinary trends in the field of Exercise Technology regarding issues that center upon race, gender, sexual orientation, immigration, and underserved communities.
- Ability to work collegially at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
- Applicants should demonstrate an awareness of and sensitivity to the educational goals of a socially and economically diverse student population as might have been gained in cross-cultural study, training, teaching, and other comparable experience.
Priority will be given to candidates who possess one or more of the following:
- An active and well-articulated research agenda, coupled with interest and ability to secure external grant funding.
- The ability to collaborate with SJSU colleagues on fundable research projects relevant to exercise technology and health equity.
- The ability and willingness to develop ongoing relationships and internship opportunities with community organizations and companies.
- A comprehensive understanding of kinesiology as an interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary endeavor, and enthusiasm to work in a multidisciplinary department.
- Experience working with racially diverse students in the classroom, and an understanding of how historical patterns of exclusion of groups within higher education, and the profession, shape patterns of participation and outcomes.
- Willingness to examine and re-mediate one’s instructional, relational, and classroom practices to more effectively engage and support historically underserved students.
- Teach exercise technology courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels, supervise theses/projects, serve on thesis committees, and advise students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
- May also be expected to teach major classes, general education, or support other departmental needs.
- Develop and sustain an ongoing record of research, scholarship, and/or creative activities, as well as other professional engagement.
- Design and teach introductory and advanced level core courses in exercise technology that address health equity.
- Conduct research, seek external funding where appropriate, present professional papers, and publish in professional journals.
- The candidate will participate in shared governance, usually in department, college, and university committees and other service assignments.
- The candidate must demonstrate awareness and experience understanding the needs of a student population of great diversity – in age, abilities, cultural background, ethnicity, religion, economic background, primary language, sexual orientation, gender identity, and academic preparation – through inclusive course materials, teaching strategies and advising.
Click Apply Now to complete the SJSU Online Employment Application and attach the following documents:
- letter of interest
- curriculum vitae
- diversity statement (2 page maximum)
- statement of teaching interests/philosophy (2 page maximum)
- research plans (2 page maximum)
- name and contact information for three references
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