Department of Kinesiology and Community Health
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Description: The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (http://illinois.edu/) and the Department of Kinesiology and Community Health (http://kch.illinois.edu/), housed in the College of Applied Health Sciences (http://ahs.illinois.edu/), is searching for a scholar at the assistant or associate professor level to fill a tenure-line position focusing on Children’s Physical Activity. We are seeking an individual with interests in pedagogical, epidemiological, and/or public health applications among children/youth. We are especially interested in a visionary scholar who can collaborate on interdisciplinary projects focused on effective pedagogy, implications of childhood obesity, children’s nutrition, exercise adoption/adherence; and someone with specific specialization in developing strategies to promote and teach physical activity in this population, along with developing effective interventions.

Qualifications: Successful candidates must have an earned doctorate in kinesiology or a related area. A record of academic scholarship and teaching that meets qualifications for the rank of assistant or associate professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is required. Candidates must possess a commitment to interdisciplinary research and be willing to collaborate with faculty from a variety of disciplines. Desired qualifications include: expertise in children’s physical activity, teaching experience in higher education, and the potential to secure external funding.

Our Community: Founded in 1867 as part of President Lincoln’s Morrill Act, The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) is a leading public Research 1 institution with a long history of successful interdisciplinary endeavors. In its 2018 rankings, UIUC was ranked the #14 public university among America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News and World Report. With over 33,000 undergraduates and 10,000 graduate students, UIUC is a vibrant campus community with outstanding research and teaching facilities. Our Research Park (http://researchpark.illinois.edu/ ) is ranked in the top ten nationally by Forbes and has led UIUC into the top ten best universities for technology startups. Currently, the doctoral program in Kinesiology is ranked #1 by the National Academy of Kinesiology.

Urbana-Champaign is a ‘micro-urban’ community (http://micro-urbanist.com/index.html) with a population of ~125,000 located in east central Illinois. It is conveniently located between Chicago, Indianapolis and St. Louis and has its own airport and train service. Combining natural Midwest beauty and cultural resources typically found in much larger metropolitan areas, Urbana-Champaign is friendly, livable, easy to navigate, affordable and has excellent public school systems. There is a ‘work-life’ balance here that gives faculty ample time for both scholarship and family pursuits devoid of the hassles of large city life. The dual downtown areas have grown into vibrant public spaces and entertainment districts over the past two decades. Both communities have recently made substantial investments in new public libraries, and the University of Illinois library is known as one of the best in the nation. There are many opportunities for collaboration with units such as:

The College of Education (http://education.illinois.edu/)
The Institute for Genomic Biology (http://www.igb.illinois.edu/)
The Division of Nutritional Sciences (http://nutrsci.illinois.edu/)
The Illinois Health Sciences Initiative (http://healthinitiative.illinois.edu/ )
The Illinois Transdisciplinary Obesity Prevention Program (http://i-topp.fshn.illinois.edu/)
The Cancer Community at Illinois (http://cancer.illinois.edu/)
The Center for Nutrition, Learning and Memory (http://www.cnlm.illinois.edu/ )
The Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology (http://www.beckman.illinois.edu/index.aspx)
The Healthy Aging at Illinois Program (https://publish.illinois.edu/healthyaging/)
The new engineering-based Carle Illinois College of Medicine (http://medicine.illinois.edu/ )
The Children and Family Research Center (http://www.cfrc.illinois.edu/)
The Division of Disability Resources and Educational Services (http://www.disability.illinois.edu/)
The Family Resiliency Center (http://familyresiliency.illinois.edu/)

Salary: Compensation is competitive and will be commensurate with the applicant’s record.

Applications: To apply, create a candidate profile at http://jobs.illinois.edu and select the position for which you are applying; then upload all required documents, including a curriculum vita, research statement, teaching statement, cover letter, and list of names/email addresses/phone numbers of three references.

For full consideration, please complete your application by November 13, 2017; however, applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled. Interviews and inquiries may take place prior to the closing date; however, no decision will be made until after the closing date. The anticipated starting date is August 16, 2018 (negotiable). For additional information, please contact Dr. Kim Graber at (217) 333-2697, email: kgraber@illinois.edu.

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit http://go.illinois.edu/EEO. To learn more about the University’s commitment to diversity, please visit http://www.inclusiveillinois.illinois.edu.