The School of Kinesiology, Recreation and Sport is comprised of four disciplines: Exercise Science, Teacher Education, Recreation Administration, and Sport Management. This is the fastest growing unit at WKU, and includes four undergraduate degree programs as well as on campus and online graduate programs in Recreation and Sport Administration and Kinesiology.

WKU is seeking a dynamic individual to provide vision and leadership for the School of Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport. The ideal candidate will have both administrative experience and a distinguished academic record. The position holds with it a rank of either Associate or Full Professor and tenure. Position reports to The Dean of the College of Health and Human Services.


  • Provides leadership in the areas of curriculum planning, workload assignments, personnel matters, budget administration, facilities management, student issues and faculty development
  • Provides oversight for strategic planning process for each program
  • Evaluates faculty with input from program coordinators and student evaluations
  • Oversees program assessment, improvement and reporting activities
  • Facilitates faculty research efforts
  • Responsible for overseeing fundraising initiatives
  • Advocates for supportive teaching and service environment
  • Develops constructive external relationships with individuals, organizations, agencies and other resources considered advantageous to the University and the department/unit
  • Recruits and retains high quality faculty, staff and students


  • Candidates must possess an earned doctorate in Physical Education, Recreation Administration, and Kinesiology, Sport Management or closely related field.
  • Demonstrated competence in departmental and university governance, along with evidence of quality teaching, research and service.
  • Tenure in a previous position.
  • Demonstrated contributions to interdisciplinary and multicultural settings.
  • Excellent communication skills, ability to effectively interact with individuals at all levels of the university and favorably represent the institution with external constituents, collegiality, and emphasis on faculty development.
  • Appreciation for and experience promoting student engagement. The successful candidate will lead a nationally prominent department with vision for future achievements and continued growth.

Additional Information:

Kentucky state law requires all public institutions of postsecondary education to conduct pre-employment criminal background checks to determine suitability for employment.

Western Kentucky University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, age, religion, veteran status, or marital status in admission to career and technical education programs and/or activities, or employment practices in accordance with Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Revised 1992, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

Persons with disabilities, who need reasonable accommodations to participate in the application and/or selection process, should notify The Office of Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action/University ADA Services at (270) 745 – 5121, a minimum of five working days in advance.

Application Instructions:

The following items must be submitted by visiting http://wku.interviewexchange.com/jobofferdetails.jsp?JOBID=82828

  • Letter of Intent, outlining your teaching, scholarship, service, and interest in the position
  • Curriculum Vita
  • Unofficial Transcripts

Names and contact information of three reference providers will be collected during the application process. Reference letters will be requested by the Search Committee through an online process at a later date.

You will receive email confirmation once you have successfully completed the application process.