Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, Illinois
Feb 24, 2017
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education at Northern Illinois University has a highly regarded regional and national reputation for the quality of its graduates, and its programs have been highly commended by external accreditation agencies. Faculty are nationally and internationally recognized for their research and professional service. We seek a dedicated and innovative individual to join our well-established and nationally recognized kinesiology program. We invite you to contribute to a caring, committed, and collaborative professional environment that focuses on promoting excellence and engagement in teaching and learning, research and scholarship, and outreach and service. This presents a rewarding professional opportunity for a highly qualified, enthusiastic and motivated individual to join this well established and highly recognized department as it continues to grow and further enhance its regional, national, and international reputation.   

RESPONSIBILITIES: The department is seeking an assistant professor to build on existing strengths in the area of kinesiology. Teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in the areas of motor control, motor learning, and/or measurement/evaluation; secondary teaching in exercise science courses as needed. Further, the successful applicant will contribute in the areas of scholarly productivity; grant procurement; graduate student mentorship; thesis/project direction; university, college, and departmental committee service; and the establishment of partnerships with professional organizations within both the Illinois region and nationally. Participate in student recruitment and retention initiatives, develop innovative department/college curricular and programmatic initiatives, including, but not limited to, industry outreach activities and programs.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: Earned doctorate in kinesiology or relevant related field by time of appointment (ABD considered with established defense date); evidence of capability to engage in and publish research and present at professional meetings; demonstrated knowledge and awareness of professional developments related to area of specialization; past work experience in the kinesiology field; experience in working with students and colleagues from multi-cultural backgrounds.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Evidence of capability to write grants to obtain external funding; experience in directing student research; evidence of teaching effectiveness at the college level; record of scholarly collaboration within the department and across campus.

SALARY: Competitive and dependent upon qualifications and experience.

EFFECTIVE DATE OF EMPLOYMENT: August 16, 2017. Nine-month appointment on a tenure track. Summer school employment is available dependent upon program needs and personnel considerations.

DEPARTMENT, UNIVERSITY, AND COMMUNITY DESCRIPTION: The department offers undergraduate majors in the Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S. Ed. Teacher Certification) and Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degrees in Athletic Training and Kinesiology (with focus tracks in Performance, Wellness, and Sport Management). The department supports the equivalent of 25 full-time graduate assistantships. Masters programs include an M.S. in Sport Management and a Master of Science in Education with specializations in adapted physical education, exercise physiology, pedagogy and curriculum development, and exercise and sport psychology.

Northern Illinois University is a comprehensive research university offering programs from the baccalaureate through the doctorate. Colleges include business, education, engineering and engineering technology, law, liberal arts and sciences, health and human sciences, and visual and performing arts. On-campus enrollment is approximately 20,000 students. The university also offers more than 200 extension courses each semester to students in communities throughout northern Illinois.

The main campus is located in DeKalb, 65 miles west of Chicago's "Loop" and 40 miles southeast of Rockford with three education centers in Hoffman Estates, Rockford, and Naperville. DeKalb/Sycamore, with a population of about 50,000, is a modern paradox, a rural/urban community. It is simultaneously recognized for its manufacturing and rich farmlands. The site of the first manufacture of barbed wire and the development of hybrid seed corn are evidence of its diversified history. The blend of industry and agriculture, coupled with the cultural and recreational facilities of the university and supplemented by easy access to Chicago and Rockford, provide an enjoyable environment in which to live.

APPLICATION INFORMATION: Submit a letter of application which includes a statement of teaching philosophy and research interests tailored to the position; curriculum vita; the names and contact information of four professional references; and transcripts (unofficial copies are acceptable for initial review of application; official copies required to confirm appointment) to: Chair, Kinesiology & Physical Education Search Committee, Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL 60115. Electronic submissions are encouraged and welcome (send to Vicky Vosburgh - For additional information, see or contact Search Co-Chairs, Laurie Zittel (; 815.753.1425) or Peter Chomentowski (; 815.753.9190). Review of complete applications will begin March 30, 2017; however, applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

In compliance with the Illinois Campus Security Act, before an offer of employment is made, the university will conduct a pre-employment background investigation, which includes a criminal background check.

In accordance with applicable statutes and regulations, NIU is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, religion, age, physical and mental disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, political affiliation, or any other factor unrelated to professional qualifications, and will comply with all applicable federal and state statutes, regulations and orders pertaining to nondiscrimination, equal opportunity and affirmative action. NIU recognizes Dual Career issues.

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire