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

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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, to begin August 16, 2020.

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 their doctoral degree by May 2021 will be considered. Candidates must have focused scholarship in the area of recreation/leisure studies and provide a description of their college teaching and experience in the field of recreation, parks, and/or tourism. 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.

ISU recognizes that a diverse faculty, staff, and student body enriches the educational experiences of the entire campus and greater community. Candidates who have experience working with a diverse range of faculty, staff, and students, and who can contribute to the climate of inclusivity are especially welcomed. Women, veterans, persons with disabilities, and people of color are encouraged to apply.



1) TEACHING: Provide quality instruction in undergraduate RPA 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 levels, 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.

RECREATION AND PARK ADMINISTRATION (RPA) PROGRAM: 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 exercise science and physical education teacher education. The RPA undergraduate program includes sequences in recreation management and therapeutic recreation. The 10 full-time Recreation and Park Administration faculty teach approximately 250 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, making it the third largest on campus.

RELATED INFORMATION: A small-college experience with large-university opportunities. Illinois State University ( distinguishes itself from other institutions in the state and the region by providing a unique educational climate that adds a beneficial dimension to the state’s system of higher education. The first public university in Illinois, Illinois State University was founded in 1857. Today, we are a dynamic, fiscally sound university of close to 21,000 students offering more than 160 major/minor options in six colleges. In our most recent strategic plan Educate ∙ Connect ∙ Elevate, we have committed our resources to realizing seven core values: Learning and Scholarship, Diversity and Inclusion, Respect, Collaboration, Individualized Attention, Civic Engagement, and Integrity. By acting on these values, we believe we create a learning environment that results in our University being the first-choice public university in Illinois for high-achieving, motivated students who seek an individualized educational experience combined with the resources of a large university. For the fourth year in a row, Illinois State University was named one of the “Great Colleges to Work For” according to a survey released by The Chronicle of Higher Education. ISU, the only four-year public university in Illinois to be included on this list, earned the honor in the following categories: collaborative governance; compensation and benefits; confidence in senior leadership; facilities, workspace and security; job satisfaction; professional/career development programs; respect and appreciation; supervisor/department chair relationship; teaching environment, tenure clarity and process; and work/life balance. Illinois State University is located in the growing twin cities of Bloomington and Normal, with a population of approximately 167,000 in the greater metro area and conveniently located about three hours from Indianapolis, two hours from both Chicago and St. Louis and an hour from Peoria, Champaign-Urbana, Decatur, and Springfield, many of which are accessible by Amtrak Train. The community is home to Illinois Wesleyan University, Lincoln College, Heartland Community College, St. Joseph Medical Center, Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, Country Financial, and State Farm Insurance International Headquarters. The community has distinguished itself for its outstanding school systems and educational attainment, parks and recreation, health care, job growth, economic opportunity, and low crime. Business Insider ranked Normal tenth in Top College Towns in 2017. USA Today named it #3 of the Top 25 Small College Towns in America in 2016. For more information on our community, please visit (

Illinois State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer encouraging diversity.

If you are an individual with a disability and need a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or other state or federal law, you may request an accommodation by contacting the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access at 309-438-3383 or visit

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: For full consideration, please complete an online faculty employment application by visiting posting number 0712392 at In the application, please include a letter of application, curriculum vita, and the names and contact information for three references (name, address, telephone, and email) by October 4, 2019. If you have any questions, please contact:

Dr. Michael Mulvaney (Search Committee Chair)

[email protected]

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




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Posted: 8/16/2019
Application Due: 10/15/2019
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Salary: Salary is competitive and is commensurate with qualifications and experience