faculty position in physical activity/positive youth development
The Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia seeks an
scholar at the rank Associate or Full Professor with a focus on health,
well-being and positive youth development in adolescence. This individual
will conduct research related to school and community-based interventions
that promote positive youth development and reduce risk behaviors in
children and adolescents. The successful candidate is expected to provide
leadership for a pan-University Center and engage multidisciplinary teams of
faculty from an array of related disciplines, both within and outside the
University (e.g., exercise science, psychology, education, public health),
to study interventions (e.g., fitness/sports programs, school-based programs
such as mental health services and academic supports, mentoring/after-school
programs) and developmental and ecological assets (e.g., physical activity,
neighborhood cohesion, positive adult and peer relationships, self-esteem,
classroom climates) that promote positive youth development and the
prevention of risk-taking behaviors. More specifically, these teams will
develop, refine, implement and study innovative community and school-based
interventions aimed at promoting youth competencies and decreasing risk
behaviors. Of particular interest is the intersection of health and physical
activity with behavioral, psychological and clinical factors related to
success in adolescence (e.g., achievement, peer relations, civic
participation, health and well-being).
The University houses numerous programs or units that could provide support
or engage as partners with the successful candidate including the Center for
Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning, the Sheila Johnson Clinic (clinical
psychology, communication disorders, counseling and reading services), the
General Clinical Research Center, the Department of Pediatrics, the
Department of Public Health Sciences, and the Applied Developmental Sciences
program. This effort is also aligned with the Curry School of Educationís
cross-cutting theme of promoting health and well-being.
The successful candidate will have: 1) doctoral degree in relevant
established line of funded research in adolescent development, and/or
activity/exercise; 3) experience leading multidisciplinary research teams;
4) experience mentoring doctoral students.
1. Establish and provide leadership to multidisciplinary teams of
investigators from within and outside the University to study a broad
spectrum of factors related to positive youth development and the reduction
of risk behaviors.
2. Conduct research related to physical activity/exercise in community and
school-based programs as a mechanism to promote positive youth development
and reduce risk behaviors.
3. Provide expertise related to program and policy development at the state
4. Mentor and advise graduate students in the Curry School of Education,
particularly in programs in Kinesiology, Applied Developmental Science, and
5. Demonstrate a strong commitment to diversity and working with children
adolescents from underrepresented and under-resources groups.
6. Provide expertise related to evaluation methodology and treatment designs
(e.g., randomized controlled trials).
We are especially interested in candidates with sustained engagement with
communities that are underrepresented and with demonstrated ability to
integrate this asset into teaching and scholarship at the university level.
The Curry School of Education is committed to building a culturally diverse
educational environment. Candidates must include in their cover letter
information about how they will further this goal.
To apply, candidates must complete a candidate profile under job positing
number 0602994 at http://jobs.virginia.edu. Candidates are required to
attach a cover letter, curriculum vitae, two writing samples of scholarly
work, and the contact information of your three referees.
In addition, please have three letters of recommendation mailed directly to:
Chair, Positive Youth Development Search
University of Virginia
Curry School of Education
405 Emmet Street South
Charlottesville, VA 22903-2495
Alw2v@virginia.edu or firstname.lastname@example.org
Screening of applications will begin on January 10, 2009; however, the
position will remain open until filled.
The University of Virginia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action
complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act, and is committed to
fostering cultural and ethnic diversity.
Jay Hertel, PhD, ATC, FACSM
Associate Professor of Kinesiology and
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
University of Virginia
210 Emmet Street South
P.O. Box 400407
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4407
202 Memorial Gymnasium (office)