Overview

The Department of Kinesiology & Community Health (kch.illinois.edu) in the College of Applied Health Sciences (http://ahs.illinois.edu) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (illinois.edu) is seeking outstanding candidates for a tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant/Associate Professor level in the area of Exercise Psychology.

We seek scholars with: (a) either evidence of extramural funding as PI or strong potential to acquire such funding and (b) a commitment to focus on behavioral issues promoting physical activity and health outcomes. This position is expected to advance needs in both graduate and undergraduate education, build upon existing research strengths in the Department, bring new lines of research that fit within the scope of exercise psychology, and further promote Department and College goals to address chronic disease prevention and management.

The Department of Kinesiology and Community Health is an interdisciplinary unit dedicated to the study of health, rehabilitation, and human movement. The advancement and dissemination of knowledge related to health, rehabilitation, and human movement is central to the Department’s mission. Faculty in the Department utilize a broad variety of approaches in the integrative study of health, rehabilitation, and human movement, including research themes such as lifespan physical activity, community health, rehabilitation counseling, disability, well-being and inclusion, physical culture and education, pedagogy, human factors, and human performance. The National Academy of Kinesiology (NAK) recently ranked the University of Illinois as #1 in the nation among kinesiology doctoral programs.

The Department also has a long and esteemed history in sport and exercise psychology, most recently focused on the study of physical activity and health outcomes across the lifespan, among healthy individuals as well as those with various illnesses and disease (e.g., cancer, hypertension, multiple sclerosis, PTSD). This position is expected to advance programmatic needs in both graduate and undergraduate education and build upon existing research strengths in the Department. Research expertise will be in any number of fundable areas consistent with the priorities of major funding agencies (e.g., AHA, CDC, DoD, NIH, NSF, RWJF, USDA).

Qualifications:
Successful candidates must have an earned doctorate in exercise and health psychology or a related area. Post-doctoral experience is preferred. Evidence of scholarship and teaching that meets qualifications for a tenure-track position in the department is required. Candidates will ideally have an active exercise psychology-related research agenda. Candidates should be able to demonstrate the potential and capacity to collaborate and obtain external funding.

Desired qualifications include: (a) expertise in exercise psychology; (b) a research agenda involving one or more areas such as understanding antecedent and consequent factors contributing to physical activity participation motivation or behavioral maintenance; testing evidence-based behavior change theory or principles; developing, disseminating, or systematically evaluating exercise programs; or tailoring exercise programs for special populations or to optimize intervention outcomes; and (c) ability to handle a teaching load that contributes to a top-ranked doctoral program (university level teaching experience is preferred). The committee strongly encourages applications and nominations of women and persons of underrepresented groups.

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is one of the original 37 public land-grant institutions created after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Morrill Act in 1862. The university is in the twin cities of Champaign and Urbana (total population 207,000) in east-central Illinois. Situated about 140 miles south of Chicago, 125 miles west of Indianapolis, and 180 miles northeast of St. Louis, the Champaign-Urbana area has tremendous cultural resources. The Krannert Art Museum and Krannert Center for the Performing Arts are world-class institutions, located on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus. There is collaborative research in conjunction with Carle Foundation Hospital and the new engineering-based College of Medicine promises further collaborative opportunities for interfacing biosciences with medicine.

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

Applications:
To apply, create a candidate profile at
jobs.illinois.edu and select the position for which you are applying; then upload all required documents, including curriculum vitae, cover letter that includes a statement of research interests and goals, and list of names, email addresses, and phone numbers of 3-5 references. Candidates will be informed before references are contacted. For initial consideration, please complete your application by November 15, 2017; however, applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled. Interviews and inquiries may take place prior to the close 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. Steven J. Petruzzello, Search Committee Chair, at (217) 244-7325, email: petruzze@illinois.edu .

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

Illinois is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or criminal conviction history. Illinois welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity (www.inclusiveillinois.illinois.edu).

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