Director, School of Kinesiology and Recreation

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Illinois State University

Director – School of Kinesiology and Recreation

Illinois State University invites applications for the position of Director of the School of Kinesiology and Recreation. The Director is responsible for the shared administration of the School’s graduate and undergraduate programs including: curriculum review and development, long-range planning, fiscal management, accreditation oversight, and personnel recruitment, development, and evaluation. The Director shall encourage high quality research, teaching, and service and advocate for the resources needed to sustain the School’s mission. The director shall develop partnerships within and outside the University as well as promote the School’s programs to alumni, business, government agencies, and other educational institutions. 

To be considered, applicants must hold a doctoral degree in kinesiology or recreation or a related field with academic achievement which merits appointment with tenure at the rank of associate or full professor. The successful applicant will have demonstrated ability in working and communicating effectively with faculty, staff and students in kinesiology and recreation as well as success in academic administration. The Director must demonstrate the ability and willingness to provide vision and leadership for a diverse school. 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, LGBTQ+, and people of color are encouraged to apply.

Salary, Rank, and Tenure: The position is a twelve-month tenure track appointment. The salary and rank are commensurate with qualifications and experience. A comprehensive benefits package is included.

University, College, and School 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 College of Applied Science and Technology includes the Department of Agriculture, Department of Criminal Justice Sciences, Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, Department of Health Sciences, Department of Military Science, Department of Technology, School of Information Technology, and the School of Kinesiology and Recreation. The School of Kinesiology and Recreation (KNR) has 900 total undergraduate majors and 35 full-time faculty members in the school and includes undergraduate programs to prepare majors in exercise science, physical education teacher education, recreation management, and therapeutic recreation. Over 100 Master’s degree students represent the third largest graduate program on campus, with sequences in applied community and economic development, athletic training, biomechanics, exercise physiology, physical education pedagogy, psychology of sport and physical activity, recreation management, and sport management. The KNR faculty is committed to excellence in research, scholarship, and teaching and is nationally recognized. Staffing also includes two full-time academic advisors and five civil service support staff. The School of Kinesiology and Recreation is located in state-of-the-art facility that was opened in January, 2011. 

Bloomington-Normal Community: Illinois State University is located in the growing twin cities of Bloomington and Normal, with a population of approximately 167,000 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. Forbes magazine, in a review of the best places for business, ranked Bloomington-Normal the 15th best place for business out of 168 small metros listed. Bloomington was also recently placed on CNNMoney's list of the 100 Best Places to Live and recently was ranked #2 on Kiplinger’s list of Top 10 cities in the US. For more information on our community, please visit (

Application Procedure: Initial review of applicants will begin on October 11, 2019 and continue until the position is filled. To assure full consideration, please complete an online application for posting number 0712502 at and attach a cover letter, vita, statement of administrative philosophy, and names of three references (with phone numbers and email addresses) by October 10, 2019. Preferred start date is July 1, 2020.

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

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Posted: 9/13/2019
Application Due: 11/12/2019
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Salary: Salary based upon qualifications and experience.