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Director of Physical Education and Activity Program (PEAP) - Kinesiology Recreation & Sport Studies

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville, TN
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Director of the Physical Education & Activity Program (PEAP) - Department of Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport Studies

Regular, Full-time, Market Range 11

The purpose of this position is to direct the operations of the Physical Education Activity Program (PEAP) in the Department of Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport Studies (KRSS), serves as the supervisor for approximately 43 graduate student positions within the department, and evaluates the effectiveness of operations in regard to strategic plan, directing changes as necessary to align with department mission. 

The department serves over 1400 undergraduate and 160 graduate students, and is comprised of 27 full-time faculty, seven staff, and over 60 part-time faculty and graduate associates. The department also includes the Physical Education Activity Program, which serves over 5,000 students across campus each year.


    Director of Physical Education Activity Program (PEAP) - Over 5,000 students take a PEAP course in a typical academic year. These are 1- or 2-credit hour courses, with course offerings differing from first session to second session, every semester. This results in a complex course scheduling system: approximately 85 courses offered over 2 sessions in fall, and 85 courses offered over 2 sessions in spring, 6 courses offered 1st session summer, and 6 courses offered 2nd session summer, for a total of approximately 182 courses every year. The Director is responsible for administering all aspects of the program every semester. Program planning, including: curriculum development; course offerings and timetable scheduling; timetable design and submission; assignment of staff/instructors; textbook acquisition; and room/facility scheduling, often in coordination with other UT departments such as Rec Sports and Facilities.Train, supervise, and evaluate instructors, both student (approximately 23 GTAs) and staff (11 Teaching Associates/Staff instructors).Monitor and maintain facilities, including three gym spaces, racquetball courts, and a fully-equipped weight room. Full discretionary scheduling of these facilities and eight tennis courts, allowing usage by other UT departments, student organizations, and outside constituencies such as community groups.Monitor and maintain equipment used by the PEAP program to ensure safety, function, adequacy of same. Equipment includes diverse items such as: sports balls, mats, nets, weights & weight machines, cardio equipment, other resistance equipment, and adaptive equipment for specialized course offerings. Instructor of record for any administrative and vendor-taught sections for PEAP, as well as instructor/substitute instructor for actual PEAP courses as needed.Manage program budget in excess of $85,000, with various funding streams, including state appropriated funds, gift funds, and course fee revenues.Manage vendor contracts for specialty classes totaling nearly $120,000 per academic year.Train instructors in best practices for risk mitigation and crisis management in the event of an accident or injury, ensuring compliance with UT's Risk Management policies (required CPR certification, first aid certification, etc.).
Graduate Student Supervision and Support - Primary supervisor for all graduate student positions,  graduate program admissions, student tracking, and student supportWork with KRSS director of graduate studies, department head, faculty, and staff to facilitate graduate admission process.  This entails serving as a point of contact for applicants and students in our five MS concentrations and six PhD specializations, managing applicant files, and ensuring an efficient and student-centered admissions process.Coordination of graduate student advising by assigning new graduate students to their faculty advisors. Maintain electronically, all graduate student files, tracking, and reports.Coordinate and proctor Master's level comprehensive exams.Train, supervise, and evaluate all graduate student positions (approx  43)Teach a 3 credit undergraduate course in each fall and spring semester.

Minimum/Required Qualifications (include education, experience, skills & abilities. Licenses & certifications):

    Master’s DegreeMinimum 2-3 years of experience in a job/field related to Physical Activity programming.Supervisory experienceExperience scheduling and teaching. Knowledge of the possible scope of physical education programs, including classes and programming, equipment needed, facility uses.Proficient computer skills: MS Office, including extensive use of spreadsheets; Adobe suite; Google suite; student information systems.Extensive problem solving skills.Excellent customer service skills and the ability to communicate effectively with diverse constituencies.Effective time management and prioritization skills.Ability to pay attention to details, remain calm in stressful situations, and multi-task.Ability to apply knowledge of university resources for student referrals and problem solving.Ability to manage a budget.
Preferred/Desired Qualifications

    Master’s degree in a related field preferred.Certification in CPR/First AidExperience in starting new programs and/or making top-level decisions for programming.2-3 years of experience teaching. Knowledge of scheduling techniques for personnel in a class setting.Knowledge of Banner and GradesFirst. Knowledge of UT Policies and Procedures.
The Knoxville campus of the University of Tennessee is seeking candidates who can contribute in meaningful ways to the diversity and intercultural goals of the University. 

Job: Student Services
Primary Location: US-Tennessee-knoxville
Organization: Kinesiology Recreation & Sport Studies
Schedule: Full-time
Job Posting: Apr 18, 2022, 2:23:41 PM


Working at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Founded in 1794, the University of Tennessee is one of the nation’s oldest and most storied public universities. Based in Knoxville, Tennessee’s flagship land-grant institution includes the statewide Institute of Agriculture and the Space Institute in Tullahoma. The university embodies excellence in teaching, discovery, scholarship, research, creative activity, outreach, and engagement. Known as the Volunteers, we lead with a spirit of selflessness, empathy, and courage, and strive to be champions for diversity, equity, and inclusion

UT Knoxville is a Research 1 university with 11 academic colleges and more than 900 programs of study. With an enrollment of more than 30,000 students, our academic programs are repeatedly ranked top in their class. The university co-manages Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the country’s most prominent national lab, driving innovation in advanced manufacturing and materials, national security, and more. We are closely connected with our communities through outreach and extension efforts across Tennessee and through partnerships with non-profits, corporations, and industries—regionally, nationally, and around the globe.

The city of Knoxville is nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. The modern, thriving community is surrounded by gorgeous lakes and hundreds of miles of walking, hiking, and biking trails. Situated along the banks of the Tennessee River, our beautiful features an eclectic music scene, internationally recognized festivals, unique restaurants, and a robust offering of diverse cultural activities. Knoxville is located within a day’s drive of Atlanta, Nashville, Asheville, Charlotte, Louisville, Cincinnati, Memphis, Chicago, and Washington D.C.

Knoxville and the surrounding counties have a population of more than 850,000 people. The region houses many leading corporations and organizations, including Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Pilot/Flying J, the Tennessee Valley Authority, and Regal Cinemas, along with HGTV, Food Network, and other networks owned by Discovery Inc.

As a member of the UT family, you will be surrounded by top-notch faculty, staff, and students from around the world. You will be part of a diverse campus community that is passionate about changing the world and cheering for the Vols on game day.

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