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Assistant Professor- Kinesiology -Exercise Psychology

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Job no: 506419
Work type: Instructional Faculty – Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: San José
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time, Faculty - Health Sciences

Position Rank and Title: Assistant Professor of Exercise Psychology

School/Department Name: Kinesiology

Compensation: Commensurate with qualifications, experience, and rank as established by the CSU Salary Schedule. See Benefits Summary for details about the CSU’s excellent employment benefits.

Target Start Date: August 2022

Application Deadline: November 15, 2021 (Applications accepted until filled or closed)

Position Description

The Department of Kinesiology at San José State University seeks qualified candidates for a full-time, Assistant Professor position in Exercise Psychology beginning in August of 2022. We highly encourage candidates with specializations in any of the following areas including, but not limited to the following to apply: health equity, exercise psychology among diverse populations, the use of exercise technology as related to psychological aspects of exercise among diverse populations, and aging. This position will be required to teach Exercise Psychology at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and should also have the ability to teach other courses within the undergraduate, graduate, general education programs such as Sport Psychology, Psychology of Coaching, Stress Management, and Diversity, Stress and Health. 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 is committed to preparing our students to be agents of change, who understand cutting edge technologies, and the importance of equity and diversity. The Department houses a dynamic group of faculty and students, and values all facets of kinesiology. We currently have 20 tenure-track/tenured faculty, serving over 1200 undergraduate and graduate students. We train our students in the areas of exercise physiology, biomechanics, sport history, sport philosophy, sport sociology, teacher education, adapted physical activity/education, measurement and evaluation, motor learning, motor development, and sport psychology, among others. The Department strongly values physical activity, and has a robust activity program offering over 40 different activity classes. The Department invites candidates who are interested in being part of a dynamic and collegial faculty, engaging in a broad range of research activities, and who are highly engaged with practices that will lead to student success. The Department of Kinesiology strongly values diversity, equity, and inclusion and is committed to creating and maintaining an atmosphere of social justice. Department of Kinesiology (

The Department of Kinesiology and San José State University value diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. Our excellence in research, teaching, and service can only be fully realized by faculty, students, and staff who share our commitment to these values. SJSU enrolls more than 36,000 students, many of whom are historically underserved, and around 45% are first-generation and 38% are Pell-recipients. SJSU is a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander (AANAPISI) Serving Institution. The university’s commitment to social justice extends from its vibrant, inclusive campus to an international network of over 275,000 alumni. As such, San José State is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty so our disciplines, students, and the community can benefit from multiple ethnic and gender perspectives.

Successful candidates will demonstrate evidence of a commitment to equity and inclusion through their research, teaching, and/or service. We ask that all applicants include a Diversity Statement with their application package. A guide to writing this statement can be found at SJSU Diversity Statement Guidelines, along with information about how these statements will be evaluated.

Required Qualifications

  • Doctorate by date of appointment. Must have graduate level academic training grounded in Exercise Psychology.

  • Demonstrated ability to teach undergraduate and graduate classes in Exercise Psychology, as well as core major classes and/or general education classes as needed.

  • Ability and desire to serve on thesis committees, supervise theses/projects, and advise in both the graduate and undergraduate programs.

  • Record of publications or strong potential for publications.

  • Knowledge of disciplinary trends in the field of Exercise Psychology regarding issues that center upon race, gender, sexual orientation, immigration, and underserved communities.

  • Ability to work collegially at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

  • Applicants should demonstrate an awareness of and sensitivity to the educational goals of a socially and economically diverse student population as might have been gained in cross-cultural study, training, teaching, and other comparable experience.

Preferred Qualifications

Priority will be given to candidates who possess one or more of the following:

  • An active and well-articulated research agenda, coupled with interest and ability to secure external grant funding.

  • The ability to collaborate with SJSU colleagues on fundable research projects relevant to exercise psychology and health equity.

  • The ability and willingness to develop ongoing relationships and internship opportunities with community organizations.

  • A comprehensive understanding of kinesiology as an interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary endeavor, and enthusiasm to work in a multidisciplinary department.

  • 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.

Key Responsibilities

  • Teach exercise psychology 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.

  • Help to facilitate the growth of the undergraduate program in sport and exercise psychology, and propose courses/curricula as needed.

  • Conduct research, seek external funding where appropriate, present professional papers, and publish in professional journals.

  • The candidate will participate in shared governance, usually in department, college, and university committees and other service assignments.

  • The candidate must demonstrate awareness and experience understanding the needs of a student population of great diversity – in age, abilities, cultural background, ethnicity, religion, economic background, primary language, sexual orientation, gender identity, and academic preparation – through inclusive course materials, teaching strategies and advising.

Application Procedure

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

  • letter of interest

  • curriculum vitae

  • diversity statement (2 page maximum)

  • statement of teaching interests/philosophy (2 page maximum)

  • research plans (2 page maximum)

  • name and contact information of three references

Inquiries may be directed to the Department Chair: Tamar Semerjian, Ph.D. at [email protected]

Conditional Offer

Employment is contingent upon proof of eligibility to work in the United States. Satisfactory completion of a background check (including a criminal records check) is required for employment. CSU will make a conditional offer of employment, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current CSU employee who was conditionally offered the position.

San José State University: Silicon Valley's Public University

Located in the heart of Silicon Valley — one of the most innovative regions in the world — San José State University is the founding campus of the 23-campus California State University (CSU) system and the first public university in the West. The 2020 #1 Most Transformative University in the nation according to Money Magazine, San José State is an essential partner in the economic, cultural and social development of Silicon Valley, the Bay Area and California. SJSU is a top-200 school nationally in research funding and second highest in research productivity in the CSU system. This cutting-edge research, combined with its world-class scholarship, student-centered learning opportunities, and experiential and interdisciplinary programs, allows SJSU to provide transformative opportunities that advance the public good locally and globally.

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.

Advertised: November 01, 2021 (9:00 AM) Pacific Daylight Time
Applications close: Open until filled


Welcome to San José State University!

San José State University is a major, comprehensive public university located in the center of San José and in the heart of Silicon Valley. SJSU is the oldest state university in California. Its distinctive character has been forged by its long history, by its location, and by its vision - a blend of the old and the new, of the traditional and the innovative. Among its most prized traditions is an uncompromising commitment to offer access to higher education to all persons who meet the criteria for admission, yielding a stimulating mix of age groups, cultures, and economic backgrounds for teaching, learning, and research. SJSU takes pride in and is firmly committed to teaching and learning, with a faculty that is active in scholarship, research, technological innovation, community service, and the arts.

Located on 154 acres in downtown San José, the university offers the excitement of studying at a large, metropolitan campus where many cultures meet. Yet students find personal attention from faculty members in the smaller setting of the university's eight colleges.

Mission Statement

In collaboration with nearby industries and communities, this faculty and staff is dedicated to achieving the University's mission as a responsive institution of the State of California.

To enrich the lives of its students, to transmit knowledge to its students along with the necessary skills for applying it in the service of our society, and to expand the base of knowledge through research and scholarship.

Leadership at SJSU

Leadership at San Jose State is defined by a belief that shared decision making and collaborative university governance is at the core of our culture. With this inclusive approach as a guide, President Mohammad H. Qayoumi and the university's leadership promote discussion and engagement among faculty, staff, students and the community to shape and accomplish the goals of San Jose State.

California State University System

San Jose State is one of 23 campuses within the California State University System, the largest, the most diverse, and one of the most affordable university systems in the country. The 25-member CSU Board of Trustees is responsible for the oversight of the California State University system. See the California State University, Office of the Chancellor website for more information.

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