Assistant Professor: Motor Control/Development

Job description

The School of Exercise and Nutritional Sciences (ENS) at San Diego State University is searching for a full-time (10-month) tenure-track faculty member in the area of motor control, motor learning, or movement neuroscience. This position will be at the Assistant Professor rank and will begin August 2020. An earned academic doctorate (Ph.D. preferred) in motor control, motor learning, movement neuroscience, rehabilitation science, or related field is required. Research expertise on central and peripheral nervous system control of movements across the lifespan and among individuals with physical disabilities is desirable. Research interests complementary to existing faculty in the School of ENS and in the College of Health and Human Services will support our goal of interdisciplinary scholarship. The ideal candidate will have the potential for building relationships with and collaborations among outside centers and departments, such as: engineering, rehabilitation, neuroscience, and/or neuroimaging (fMRI, MRI, EEG). Teaching responsibilities may include undergraduate and graduate courses in the areas of motor learning and control, kinetics, and kinematics. Previous teaching experience is desirable.

OTHER RESPONSIBILITIES: Engage in research leading to peer-reviewed publications and seek external funding to support and promote research. Mentor and supervise master’s students’ research projects. Engage in School, University, community, and professional services.

SALARY:  Commensurate with experience.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:  The School of ENS is in the College of Health and Human Services, one of seven colleges at San Diego State University. The School offers B.S. degrees in Kinesiology (with emphasis areas in Pre-Physical Therapy, Fitness Specialist, and Exercise Science Generalist), Athletic Training, and Foods and Nutrition; M.S. degrees in Kinesiology with a specialization in Applied Movement Science, Exercise Physiology, Nutritional Sciences, and a dual M.S degree in Exercise Physiology-Nutritional Sciences; and a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. The School of ENS was the recipient of the 2019 Inclusive Excellence Award from the American Kinesiology Association and seeks to increase the representativeness of its faculty to support the diverse student population. SDSU has an enrollment of over 33,000 students and is currently designated as a Doctoral / Research-Intensive University by the Carnegie Foundation. For additional information visit the School ( and University ( websites. SDSU is a large, diverse, urban, and Hispanic-Serving Institution with a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence. We strive to build and sustain a welcoming environment for all. SDSU is seeking applicants with demonstrated experience in and/or commitment to teaching and working effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and members of underrepresented groups.

APPLICATIONS:  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Review of materials will begin on October 15, 2019. Applicants should provide a CV, three letters of recommendation, and a cover letter (maximum of three pages) that includes: (a) statement of teaching philosophy, (b) statement of research accomplishments and plans for future research, and (c) a diversity statement that describes how they meet two or more of the following criteria:

  1. Engagement in service with underrepresented populations in higher education.
  2. Knowledge of barriers for underrepresented students and faculty in higher education.
  3. Experience or demonstrated commitment to teaching and mentoring underrepresented students.
  4. Integration of underrepresented populations and communities into research.
  5. Knowledge of how to achieve artistic or scholarly success as a member of an underrepresented group.
  6. Commitment to research that engages underrepresented communities.
  7. Expertise in cross-cultural communication and collaboration.
  8. Research interests that contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education.

Candidates should apply via Interfolio at

The person holding this position is considered a "mandated reporter" under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

SDSU is a Title IX, equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, age, disability, pregnancy, medical condition, or covered veteran status.




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Posted: 8/28/2019
Application Due: 10/27/2019
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