Assistant Professor in Exercise and Behavioral Psychology

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Assistant Professor in Exercise and Behavioral Psychology

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The search will remain open until the position has been filled. First consideration will be given to applications received by November 17, 2021. Second consideration may be given to applications received by December 2, 2021. Applications received subsequent to second consideration date (December 2, 2021) may not be given full consideration.

The Department of Kinesiology at The University of Rhode Island invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position, starting in late August 2022, specializing in the psychological and/or behavioral aspects of physical activity and exercise. The Department, College, and University recognize that the field of kinesiology needs to be strengthened by contributions from a broad range of perspectives. The Department of Kinesiology is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion and seeks to serve as a representative inspiration for the next generation. As such, we particularly welcome candidates from groups that are historically underrepresented, marginalized, and/or excluded in the field of kinesiology who will support the mission of both the Department of Kinesiology and URI to expose students to different perspectives. Candidates will demonstrate a commitment to inclusivity to enhance a sense of belonging and academic success among undergraduate students from diverse cultures and backgrounds.

URI’s Department of Kinesiology ( has a robust undergraduate program (~600 undergraduate students) and a growing graduate program [~25 Master’s ( and Ph.D. students (]. The Department is housed within the College of Health Sciences (, which is a member of the University’s Academic Health Collaborative (

Duties and Responsibilities: The successful candidate will have the ability to develop, lead, and collaborate on lines of research leading to impactful publications and grant submissions in exercise psychology and physical activity behavior change. This position will have a strong focus on research and securing grant funding to support research and graduate students. The successful candidate will also be responsible for teaching undergraduate and graduate classes in the Department of Kinesiology, utilizing innovative pedagogical approaches, and advising, mentoring, and engaging in service. The successful candidate will also demonstrate experience or potential to engage diverse students in all aspects of teaching, research, and service. Qualifications

1. Earned doctorate in Kinesiology, Psychology or closely related area conferred
by September 1, 2022.

2. Demonstrated ability to establish an independent line of research in behavioral and psychological aspects of exercise and physical activity.
3. Demonstrated ability to publish research in relevant, peer-reviewed journals.

4. Demonstrated ability to seek and secure external funding.

5. Demonstrated teaching experience in behavioral and psychological aspects of exercise and physical activity and/or related topics at the undergraduate and/or graduate level.

6. Demonstrated excellence in written and oral communication.

7. Demonstrated evidence working with diverse groups/populations (including but not limited to race, ethnicity, and gender). Preferred: 1. Demonstrated ability to recruit and train doctoral students.

2. Demonstrated ability to participate in collaborative research.

3. Demonstrated service to relevant professional organizations.

4. Successful completion of a post-doctoral experience.
________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ALL REQUIREMENTS ARE SUBJECT TO POSSIBLE MODIFICATION TO REASONABLY ACCOMMODATE INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES.


AAUP - American Assoc of Univ Professors

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Academic Year, Full-time, Tenure-track, Permanent




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Please attach the following 5 (PDF) documents to your online Faculty Profile Employment Application:

(#1) Cover letter describing your interest and qualifications for the position.

(#2) A complete curriculum vitae including the full contact information for at least three professional references (as one complete document).

(#3) A research plan, limited to two pages, describing your current and future research and how it relates to the required qualifications (as one complete document).

(#4) A teaching narrative, limited to one page, describing your teaching background, philosophy, and preferences, including existing courses in our department and new courses you might develop (as one complete document).
(#5) A diversity statement, limited to one page, describing your past or future contributions to diversity excellence in the areas of research, teaching and/or outreach.

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