Assistant or Associate Professor in Recreation and Park Administration (RPA): Recreation Management

Illinois State University, Normal
Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Aug 29, 2017
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Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The School of Kinesiology and Recreation invites applications for the position of a tenure-track, Assistant or Associate Professor in Recreation and Park Administration (RPA):  Recreation Management, beginning August 16, 2018.

QUALIFICATIONS: A terminal academic degree (PhD, ReD, or EdD) in Recreation and Park Administration/Leisure Studies or a related field is required. Applicants with expected completion of doctoral degree before March 2019 will be considered. Practical experience in the field of recreation, parks, and/or tourism is preferred. Experience in college teaching, research, and professional service is desired. Candidates must have focused scholarship in the area of recreation/leisure studies. For consideration at the associate professor level, applicants should have an appropriate record of teaching excellence and scholarly productivity. State law mandates demonstrable oral proficiency in the English language as a requirement for this position.



1) TEACHING: Provide quality instruction in undergraduate RPA professional core courses, undergraduate recreation management sequence classes, and graduate courses in recreation administration. Direct independent studies, graduate research projects and theses.

2) SCHOLARSHIP: Develop a focused area of scholarship that culminates in nationally refereed publications and professional presentations, be involved in scholarly projects with faculty and students at the undergraduate and graduate level, and submit grant proposals.

3) SERVICE: Participate in faculty meetings and School activities. Serve on School, College, and/or University Committees and contribute to professional organizations. Advise majors regarding general career options and professional matters.

APPOINTMENT: Tenure-track, nine-month position. Salary is competitive and is commensurate with qualifications and experience with a comprehensive benefits package.

RELATED INFORMATION: Illinois State University, founded in 1857, is the oldest public university in Illinois. There are approximately 21,000 students in the six colleges of Illinois State University. Illinois State University ( is a fiscally sound university that is committed to fostering a small-college atmosphere with large-university opportunities. The campus is located in the twin cities of Bloomington-Normal, a thriving community of approximately 125,000 people and conveniently located approximately two hours from Chicago, Indianapolis, and St. Louis. The Recreation and Park Administration Program is a part of the School of Kinesiology and Recreation (, located in the College of Applied Science and Technology ( The School of Kinesiology and Recreation is housed within the state of the art Student Fitness Center and McCormick Hall building, which opened in January 2011. With over 900 total undergraduate majors and 35 full-time faculty members in the School of Kinesiology and Recreation, undergraduate programs also prepare majors in athletic training, exercise science, and physical education teacher education.  The RPA undergraduate program includes sequences in recreation management and therapeutic recreation. The 11 full-time Recreation and Park Administration faculty teach approximately 300 undergraduate RPA majors. The RPA program has been accredited for more than 30 years by the Council on Accreditation for Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions. The Master’s degree program in the School of Kinesiology and Recreation includes eight specialized sequences including Recreation Administration.  There are over 100 Master’s degree students in the School’s graduate program, and it is the third largest on campus.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: For full consideration, please complete an online faculty employment application by visiting posting number 0709799 at In the application, please include a letter of application, curriculum vita, and three current letters of reference by October 8, 2017. If you have any questions, or are unable to submit your letters of reference directly to the posting, please have them sent directly to the search committee chair:

Dr. Brent Beggs (Search Committee Chair)

Professor and Program Director - Recreation and Park Administration Program

(309) 438-5753

Illinois State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Minority/Female/Disability/Veteran.

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