Assistant Professor of Health and Exercise Science

Lexington, Kentucky
Nov 13, 2020
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Transylvania University (, a top-tier, independent, residential liberal arts college in Lexington, Kentucky, invites applications for the position of Assistant Professor of Health and Exercise Science, specializing in Public Health. This is a tenure-track position beginning September 1, 2021. Transylvania University recognizes that a diverse and inclusive community is essential to the fulfillment of our mission as a liberal arts institution. To that end, we seek to attract a diverse faculty skilled in the scholarship of teaching, research and mentorship of students from a variety of backgrounds. Candidates are encouraged, in their cover letter, to identify their strengths and experiences in creating an inclusive academic community.

Job Responsibilities:

The successful candidate will specialize in Public Health. Depending on the person’s area of expertise, teaching responsibilities could include Health and Wellness, Epidemiology, Health Behavior, Health Promotion, Biostatistics, Sustainability, Global Health, and Health Disparities. Occasional contributions to First-Year programing and service as an academic adviser is also expected. The teaching load consists of three courses per semester, plus one short-term course (3-3-1) in May that offers additional opportunities for travel courses, team-taught courses and other more experimental classroom endeavors. Other responsibilities include academic scholarship/professional activity, preferably involving undergraduate students, and service to the university through various committee appointments.


A terminal degree (DrPH or PhD preferred) is required by the start date. Preference will be given to candidates with undergraduate teaching experience, particularly within the context of exercise science. The candidate must demonstrate a commitment to continuing their own professional work along with a commitment to teaching, collegiality, interdisciplinary dialogue, and working collaboratively with other faculty and with students both within the Health and Exercise Science Program and across disciplines within a liberal arts environment.

To begin the application process, submit a PDF that contains your curriculum vitae, your unofficial graduate transcripts, a statement of teaching philosophy, and three letters of recommendation. Candidates are encouraged to identify their strengths and experiences in creating an inclusive academic community. This PDF, along with your cover letter, may be submitted by following the job openings link at If you have confidential letters of recommendation, those can be sent to [email protected]. If you are selected to move forward in the application process, you will be asked to provide official graduate transcripts at a later date. Send questions specific to this search to Dr. Kirk Abraham, search committee chair, at [email protected]. Review of applications will begin on December 15 and continue until an appointment is made.

Transylvania University is ranked in the top 15 percent of the nation’s four-year colleges by The Princeton Review, which cites its community-driven, personalized approach to a liberal arts education through 46 majors and 39 minors. Founded in 1780, it is the 16th oldest institution of higher learning in the country, with approximately 1,000 students.

Transylvania University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to enhancing the diversity of the university community. In support of this goal, we seek qualified candidates with a wide range of backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences. We embrace diversity and encourage all who are interested to apply.

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