Assistant Professor of Exercise, Health, and Sport Psychology

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Assistant Professor of Exercise, Health, and Sport Psychology


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Department Summary:

The Department of Kinesiology, Health Promotion and Recreation has over 1,300 students and offers a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in Kinesiology and a PhD in Human Performance and Movement Science. Graduate students can specialize their training across several areas including sport and exercise psychology, sport pedagogy, motor behavior, and exercise physiology. Current research laboratories include the Sport and Exercise Psychophysiology Laboratory, Sport Physical Activity and Health Laboratory, Physical Activity and Psychomotor Learning Laboratory, Pediatric Movement and Physical Activity Laboratory, and Applied Physiology Laboratory. The linked KHPR video highlights the capabilities of our laboratories for current and future research.

The University of North Texas is a student-focused, public, research university located in Denton, Texas. Denton is a town of 136,000 people located in the DFW Metroplex and offers a peaceful haven for study and research with close access to both outdoor and city amenities. UNT is located 36 miles north of the center of Dallas and only 26 miles north of DFW International Airport. The DFW Metroplex offers a wealth of job opportunities, entertainment, shopping, arts, and professional sport teams.
With a total enrollment of over 47,000 students on the Denton Campus, UNT is one of the largest universities in the state of Texas. UNT’s official Carnegie Classification is Doctoral University: Highest Research Activity (formerly R1). The university is highly diverse, being ranked in the top 8% of USA universities based on racial, geographic, gender, and age diversity. UNT was also rated among the nation’s top 100 universities for social mobility and ethnic diversity by U.S. News & World Report (2020 College Rankings). UNT continues to meet or exceed the criteria to be designated as a Minority and a Hispanic Serving Institution, with 52.6% of the undergraduate student body representing minority populations.
UNT has a highly diverse campus with a wide range of languages spoken in addition to English. We welcome candidates who have experience with HSI/MSIs and/or who speak Spanish, Vietnamese, American Sign Language, Chinese (Cantonese, Mandarin and other variations), Arabic, Tagalog, Farsi, French, or/and Yoruba.

Position Summary:

The Department of Kinesiology, Health Promotion, and Recreation (KHPR) invites applications for a full-time, nine-month tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor starting in Fall 2024. The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to the continued development and success of the department through research, teaching, service, outreach, and mentoring of students.

The faculty member hired for this position is expected to demonstrate a record of scholarly research in the field of Exercise, Health, or Sport Psychology as indexed by publications in quality journal outlets and professional presentations. Applicants for the position should demonstrate potential for future extramural funding. It is expected that the successful applicant will be able to collaborate, complement, and expand ongoing research efforts within the department.

The faculty member will also be expected to engage in quality instruction and contribute to the program’s service and outreach with a focus on expanding the psychosocial aspects of exercise, health, and sport curriculum. Instructional roles will include teaching two courses per long semester to undergraduate and/or graduate students in exercise, health and sport psychology or related areas. Service roles within the department, college, university, and profession are expected. This may include serving an advisory role in mentored, practical or research experiences, being involved in theses, dissertations, and culminating projects, and serving in committee, curriculum, and coordinator roles.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • PhD (or equivalent) in exercise, health, or sport psychology or related field (e.g., psychosocial aspects of sport and exercise, kinesiology, psychology, etc.) at time of appointment (ABD candidates will be considered)
  • Ability to develop an extramurally funded research profile
  • Evidence of teaching at university/college level in exercise, health, or sport psychology
  • Demonstrated commitment to working with and mentoring diverse student populations

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Research focus on addressing health disparities and improving quality of life
  • Post-doc or prior experience in a faculty position
  • Experience in higher education developing and delivering in-person, online, and hybrid courses to diverse student populations
  • Ability to provide mentorship for students pursuing professional certifications such as CMPC, CSCS, or CPT

Physical Requirements:

Ability to communicate

Security Sensitive:

This is a security sensitive position.

EEO Statement:

The University of North Texas System and its component institutions are committed to equal opportunity and comply with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University of North Texas System and its component institutions do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, or veteran status in its application and admission processes, educational programs and activities, and employment practices.

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Since 1890, the University of North Texas has been a catalyst for transformation for its students and the North Texas region. As the nation’s 26th largest public university, UNT is dedicated to providing an excellent educational experience to its 36,000 students while fueling the intellectual, economic and cultural progress of one of the largest, most dynamic regions in the United States.

A student-focused public research university, UNT graduates more than 8,500 students each year from its 12 colleges and schools and offers 97 bachelor’s, 82 master’s and 35 doctoral degree programs, many nationally and internationally recognized. As UNT’s strengths in science, engineering and technology grow, the university continues to nurture its core areas of distinction in music, education, social sciences, business, the arts and humanities. Leading Texas public universities in the number of Goldwater Scholars and designated a “Best in the West” university by The Princeton Review, UNT is known for its academic excellence.

By providing access, welcoming diversity and strengthening collaborations with our many educational, business and community partners, as well as building new partnerships across the globe, UNT's faculty and staff work each day to prepare students for the challenges they will meet in our changing world.

Fostering global understanding and promoting cultural appreciation are central to preparing tomorrow's successful global leaders. Our strategic international partnerships seek to improve quality of life, facilitate the exchange of ideas and culture, and allow for important research addressing global issues. UNT's campus benefits from a rich diversity of about 2,500 international students representing 140 countries.

UNT faculty produce groundbreaking research in a wide range of disciplines spanning the sciences, mathematics, engineering and technology while also making nationally recognized contributions in the arts and humanities. The College of Music is one of the nation’s best music colleges with an internationally respected jazz program. UNT has the oldest program in emergency administration and planning and a unique program in applied philosophy and environmental ethics.

UNT also is home to many national centers and institutes, including the Net-Centric Software and Systems Center — a National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Research Center; the Center for Electronic Materials Processing and Integration; the Institute of Applied Science; the Center for Advanced Scientific Computing and Modeling; and the Center for the Study of Interdisciplinarity.

UNT has developed many state-of-the-art research facilities, such as the federally funded Center for Advanced Research and Technology, one of the nation’s most extensive facilities for powerful materials characterization and analysis; a high-performance computational facility; and a clean room/nanofabrication research facility (under construction). UNT’s research extends outside the academy as well, with field stations as close as a neighboring lake and as far away as southern Chile.

In addition, UNT is developing Discovery Park, a research park with technology incubator facilities on a 300-acre property near the main campus. The university also has developed a Design Research Center in the heart of the Dallas design district.

As the largest and most comprehensive university in the North Texas region, UNT is growing as a national leader in education, research and scholarship, student support and community engagement — the pillars of a great public research university. UNT’s ultimate mission is to give a green light to greatness by helping its students, region, state and nation excel.

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