Assistant Professor - Kinesiology - Sports Management

Job description

Job no: 498086
Work type: Instructional Faculty – Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: San José
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Faculty - Health Sciences, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time


The Department of Kinesiology at San José State University seeks qualified candidates for a full-time, Assistant Professor position in Sport Management beginning in the Fall of 2021. Applicants must demonstrate the ability to teach at the undergraduate and graduate levels with the potential for teaching excellence both within the classroom and through online modalities. In addition, applicants are expected to show scholarly promise in the form of publications in relevant journals, presentations at scholarly conferences, and the willingness to apply for external funding. The Department of Kinesiology strongly values diversity, equity, and inclusion and is committed to creating and maintaining an atmosphere of social justice. Candidates from diverse backgrounds and with research in the area of gender, race, diversity, inclusion, and equity in sport business and management are strongly encouraged to apply. Our goal is to prepare our students in the field of sport management to understand structural inequities, including structural racism and sexism, and effect positive change throughout all levels of sport and physical activity.

The SJSU Strategic Plan, Transformation 2030, calls upon the campus to: “Gain a national and global reputation for academic excellence characterized by scholarly and professional contributions from faculty members who are genuine teacher-scholars. The Department of Kinesiology is located in the College of Health and Human Sciences. We have a renewed, ongoing commitment to excellence in teaching and research/scholarship and engagement. The campus is poised to bloom and innovate, strengthening our connection to the surrounding San José and Silicon Valley communities and further fulfilling our social justice mission of access, equity, opportunity, and success. The research endeavor at both the graduate and undergraduate levels plays a critical role in preparing students for future career opportunities, developing highly adaptable skill sets, and creating mentoring opportunities with faculty members. The university’s students bring an inherent creativity that can be harnessed to address and solve pressing problems facing society today.

The applicant must be committed to teaching and research activities of the highest academic and professional caliber, and maintain a student-centric approach, thus contributing to the development of students as productive, responsible, and caring citizens of the world. In particular, applicants must have a strong commitment to: (a) teaching and working with a diverse population of students at the undergraduate and graduate levels, (b) curricular innovation to complement and further advance the program, and (c) scholarship/research relevant to their field of practice. (d) The applicant should also demonstrate awareness of and sensitivity to the educational goals of a multicultural population. The ideal candidate will be a highly motivated self-starter, have excellent written and oral communications skills, be a team player, and have an interest in developing university-community collaborations. The candidate must demonstrate potential for teaching and scholarly excellence.

Required Qualifications:

  • Doctorate by date of appointment.
  • Demonstrated ability to teach undergraduate and graduate classes in Sport Management, as well as core major classes and/or general education classes as needed.
  • Record of publications or strong potential for publications.
  • Knowledge of disciplinary trends in the field of Sport Management regarding issues that center upon race, gender, sexual orientation, immigration, and underserved communities.
  • Must have academic training grounded in Sport Management, with theoretical background and research foci that includes one or more of the following sport management sub-specialties: analytics, economics, E-sports, ethics, facilities and events, finance, globalization, governance, law, marketing, socio-cultural perspectives, or sustainability.
  • Ability and desire to serve on thesis committees, supervise theses/projects, and advise in both the graduate and undergraduate programs.
  • Ability and willingness to develop ongoing relationships and internship opportunities with sport organizations, facilities, and community groups at a variety of levels.
  • Ability to work collegially at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
  • Awareness of and sensitivity to the educational goals of a multicultural population as might have been gained in cross-cultural study, training, teaching or other comparable experience.

  • Preferred Qualifications:

  • An active and well-articulated research agenda, coupled with interest and ability to secure external grant funding.
  • Experience working with racially diverse students in the classroom, and an understanding of how historical patterns of exclusion of groups within higher education, and the profession, shape patterns of participation and outcomes.
  • Willingness to examine and re-mediate one’s instructional, relational, and classroom practices to more effectively engage and support historically underserved students.
  • We encourage applicants whose research or scholarly interests intersect with any of the following: Data Analytics, Design Thinking, Ethnic Studies Education, Health Equity, Health Infrastructures, and/or Sustainable Futures.

  • Responsibilities:

  • Teach sport management courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels, supervise theses/projects, serve on thesis committees, and advise students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. May also be expected to teach core major classes, general education, or support other departmental needs.
  • Develop and sustain an ongoing record of research, scholarship, and/or creative activities, as well as other professional engagement.
  • Design and teach introductory and advanced level core courses in Sport Management and Culture, as well as special topics on race, ethnicity, gender, immigration and other inclusive topics.
  • Help to facilitate the growth of the undergraduate program in sport management and culture, and propose courses/curricula as needed.
  • Help to facilitate growth of an innovative graduate sport management program, propose courses/curricula as needed, and establish internship opportunities with Bay Area sport organizations.
  • Actively engage in community outreach to increase the visibility of the sport management programs.
  • Membership and participation in appropriate professional associations. Contribute when appropriate to SJSU’s Institute for the Study of Sport, Society, and Social Change.
  • Conduct research, seek external funding where appropriate, present professional papers, and publish in professional journals.
  • Participate in shared governance usually in department, college, and university committee and other service assignments.
  • Demonstrated awareness of and experience responding to the strengths and needs of a student population of great diversity—in age, cultural background, ethnicity, primary language and academic preparation—through inclusive course materials, teaching strategies, and advisement.

  • Compensation: Commensurate with qualifications and experience. See Benefits Summary for details.

    Starting Date: August 2021

    Eligibility: Employment is contingent upon proof of eligibility to work in the United States.

    Application Procedure:

    Click Apply Now to complete the SJSU Online Employment Application and attach the following documents:

  • Letter of interest
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement of teaching interests/philosophy (1 page) that describes what role faculty play in student success.
  • Statement of research plans (1 page).
  • Diversity Statement (1 page) that discusses best strategies for supporting students historically marginalized in the profession.
  • Three references with contact information.
  • Inquiries may be directed to the Department Chair:

    Dr. Tamar Z. Semerjian
    E-mail: [email protected]
    Phone: 408-924-3069

    About SJSU/Department of Kinesiology:

    The Department of Kinesiology began as the first public system of physical activity in higher education in the West and one of the earliest in the entire US. In common with most programs, it began as a physical education teacher education program, but in the last 50 years has diversified into preparing students for many careers including personal training, sport management, athletic training, adapted physical activity, cardiac rehabilitation, physical therapy, exercise physiology, coaching, and sport psychology.

    Our students hail from a variety of backgrounds, which helps to create a diverse and active academic environment. The students (approximately 1200 undergraduate and 80 graduate) in our department are passionate about human movement and research. They explore a variety of topics in our inter-connected programs that include inclusive physical activity in communities, exercise physiology, rehabilitation sciences, sport management and culture, and preparation for teacher education. We also offer a variety of courses in physical activity, physical fitness, exercise, sports, and wellness to the wider campus community.

    This position is an excellent opportunity for scholars interested in launching a career at a comprehensive University that is a national leader in graduating historically underserved students. SJSU has achieved both HSI (Hispanic Serving Institution) and AANAPISI (Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution) status. Moreover, 40% of our student population are first-generation and 38% are Pell-qualified. As a result, we rank third nationally in increasing student upward mobility. In fact, SJSU has recently been recognized as the #1 Most Transformative College in the country by Money Magazine.

    We seek candidates whose research/scholarship, teaching and/or service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to engagement and inclusion of culturally diverse audiences in higher education, and particularly in the area of Sport Management.

    The University

    San José State University enrolls over 35,700 students, a significant percentage of whom are members of minority groups. As such, this position is for scholars interested in a career at a national leader in graduating URM students. The University is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty so our disciplines, students, and the community can benefit from multiple ethnic and gender perspectives.

    San José State University is California’s oldest institution of public higher learning. Located in downtown San José (Pop. 1,000,000) in the heart of Silicon Valley, SJSU is part of one of the most innovative regions in the world. As Silicon Valley’s public university, SJSU combines dynamic teaching, research, and university-industry experiences to prepare students to address the biggest problems facing society. SJSU is a member of the 23-campus California State University (CSU) system.

    Equal Employment Statement:

    San José State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or disability. This policy applies to all San José State University students, faculty, and staff as well as University programs and activities. Reasonable accommodations are made for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose. Note that all San José State University employees are considered mandated reporters under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and are required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

    Additional Information:

    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.

    Advertised: October 31, 2020 (9:00 AM) Pacific Daylight Time
    Applications close: Open until filled




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    Posted: 11/1/2020
    Application Due: 5/14/2021
    Work Type: Full Time