Assistant Professor – Exercise Science

Syracuse University
Syracuse, New York
Oct 03, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Assistant Professor – Exercise Science

The Department of Exercise Science in the School of Education at Syracuse University seeks a full-time, tenure-track faculty member at the assistant professor level. We encourage creative, dynamic and passionate candidates with an earned doctorate in exercise science, kinesiology or a related area to apply. Preference will be given to candidates with post-doctoral training and a strong research agenda as supported by peer-reviewed publications and evidence of grant funding. All areas of expertise within the general field of exercise science will be considered. A collaborative multi-disciplinary approach to research that transects faculty interests in exercise/physical activity, applied physiology, chronic disease and/or disability is desirable. The ideal candidate must also demonstrate a strong commitment to teaching, student mentoring/advising, and professional service. Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The Department of Exercise Science comprises an interdisciplinary faculty with expertise in the broad areas of adapted physical activity, urban inclusive physical education, dance, physical activity measurement, exercise endocrinology, muscle biology, cardiovascular exercise physiology, genetics, respiratory physiology, and environmental physiology. Our faculty are also active members of campus-wide research groups such as the Neuroscience Program, Aging Studies Institute, Burton Blatt Institute on Disability, and Institute for Veterans and Military Families. Current research funding comes from the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, American College of Sports Medicine, American Heart Association, The Robert E. Leet and Clara Guthrie Patterson Trust and a variety of other foundation and industry collaborators.

The Department of Exercise Science currently has one teaching lab and 5 research labs (The Muscle Biochemistry Lab, the High Altitude Simulation Lab, the Human Performance Lab, Human Behavior Measurement Lab, and the Exercise Prescription Lab) and maintains strong clinical and basic research collaborations with investigators around campus in chemistry, biology, psychology, nutrition, public health and at neighboring hospitals (SUNY Upstate Medical University, Joslin Diabetes Center).

The department currently has 6 tenured/tenure-track faculty, 2 full-time non-tenure track faculty, and 2 full-time administrative assistants. The department houses one of the largest undergraduate programs in the School of Education with approximately 275 Health & Exercise Science and Health & Physical Education students. Our I-MOVE program offers a variety of physical activity and exercise courses to over 3500 students, faculty and staff each semester, serving as the applied arm of Exercise Science and helping our university meet its health and wellness needs. Our doctoral program was ranked among the top 20 programs in the nation by the National Academy of Kinesiology and our doctoral students are regionally and nationally recognized for their scholarship, receiving multiple grants and awards from the National Institutes of Health, the American College of Sports Medicine, NASA, the American Heart Association, the North American Artery Society and the American Physiological Society.

Responsibilities and Required Expectations:
1. Establish an active and extramurally funded research program at Syracuse University that will enhance the departments research portfolio and augment department strengths
2. Seek and obtain external research funding from federal and state agencies, foundations, and industry partnerships
3. Teach undergraduate and graduate courses in Exercise Science 
4. Recruit, advise and mentor graduate students at the masters and doctoral levels
5. Oversee MS theses and PhD dissertations, undergraduate independent studies, honors/capstone projects 
6. Academically advise undergraduate students
7. Serve on departmental, college and university committees as assigned or based on interest


For a detailed position description and online instructions, go to (#073491). All applicants must attach a current CV, cover letter explaining your interest in the position, teaching and research interests, and contact information for three (3) letters of recommendation. Syracuse University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.


Questions about the position should be sent by email to the Search Chair:
Kevin S. Heffernan, Ph.D.
Dean’s Associate Professor of Exercise Science