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Assistant Professor of Recreational Therapy

Virginia Wesleyan University
Virginia Beach, VA
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VIRGINIA WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY ( invites applications for a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor in the Department of Sport and Recreation Professions, beginning in fall, 2022. A doctorate in Recreation, Leisure Studies or a related field is preferred. However, A.B.D. candidates will be considered. The department’s two majors (Recreational Therapy, and Sport and Recreation Management) are accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions (COAPRT).

The successful candidate will contribute to the department’s core curriculum as well as to the Recreational Therapy major.  The teaching load is three four-credit courses per semester.  We seek a candidate with a strong commitment to undergraduate teaching and student advising, as well as a passion for service and research consistent with our student-focused Department and University.  The successful candidate will also have a demonstrated commitment to working in a diverse multicultural community.  This position’s area of academic and professional focus is in Recreational Therapy with a demonstrated interest in community partnership, leadership, and program provision.  Faculty members are encouraged to pursue excellence in teaching through dynamic classroom experiences as well as practical applications in the community.  Educational offerings within the Recreational Therapy major are augmented by a history of strong collaborations with a number of local agencies for internships and experiential learning.  The salary is competitive and an attractive benefits package is offered.

Applicants should submit, electronically (as a single PDF), a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy and research interests, a statement on experience teaching students from diverse backgrounds, transcripts (unofficial are acceptable at this point), and three letters of reference to the Director of Human Resources, at [email protected]. Review of applications will begin November 10, 2021 and continue until the position is filled. Questions prior to application may be directed to Dr. Jill Sturts, Department Chair, via (757) 455-3306 or [email protected].

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About Virginia Wesleyan University
Virginia Wesleyan University is Coastal Virginia's premier university of the liberal arts and sciences. Situated on a 300-acre park-like campus in Virginia Beach, the University annually enrolls approximately 1,600 students in undergraduate, graduate, and online programs. Undergraduate degrees include a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Musical Arts, and Bachelor of Social Work with 39 majors, 31 minors, and 19 pre-professional tracks. Graduate degrees include a Master of Business Administration, a Master of Education, and a Master of Arts in Education. Students thrive in average class sizes of 15 and through the University's experiential learning, high-impact leadership, and career-development programs. An inclusive community dedicated to scholarship and service grounded in the liberal arts and sciences, Virginia Wesleyan University inspires students to build meaningful lives through engagement in Coastal Virginia's dynamic metropolitan region, the nation, and the world.
Virginia Wesleyan is a university with a coastal edge. Located in Virginia Beach, where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Chesapeake Bay, our region is proud of its vibrant city life, sandy beaches, and rich history. Learn more at

Statement of Non-Discrimination
Virginia Wesleyan University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applicants are considered on the basis of skills, experience, and qualifications without regard to race, religion, color, creed, gender, national and ethnic origin, age, marital status, covered veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or the presence of non-job-related medical disability or any other legally protected status.

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