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03-30-2001, 01:19 AM


Advertisement: Lecturer/Junior Lecture in Physical Education

Lecturer Salary Scale: IR£29,218 – 47,955 p.a.
Junior Lecture Salary Scale – IR£22,360 – 27,968 p.a.

(NB – IR£1 equals approx US$1.15)

The Department of Physical Education and Sport Sciences at the University of
Limerick offers two undergraduate B.Sc. degree programmes, in Physical
Education and in Sport and Exercise Sciences, and has approximately 300 full
time registered undergraduate students. The Sport and Exercise Sciences
degree was the first of its kind in Ireland, and the department remains the
only Physical Education teacher education establishment in the republic.
The department has an expanding research base, with strengths in Physical
Education, Biomechanics, Exercise Physiology and Sports Psychology. The
sporting facilities at the University of Limerick campus are amongst the
best in Ireland, and current developments include a large purpose built
sports arena and 50 m swimming pool.

Applications are invited for the post of Lecturer / Junior lecturer.
Candidates should have Physical Education teacher status, and a Ph.D. in a
relevant field, together with a strong teaching /research record. An
ability to contribute to the Physical Education teacher education programme
in both theoretical and practical aspects would be essential, and the
candidate might also make a contribution to aspects of the Sport and
Exercise Sciences degree programme. The candidate would also be expected to
contribute to the departmental research portfolio, and would be expected to
be able to supervise postgraduate researchers and have potential to attract
external grant funding. Candidates with an interest in adapted physical
activity would be encouraged to apply.

Informal enquiries may be made to Dr. Alan Donnelly, (alan.donnelly@ul.ie,
tel. +353 (0)61 202808).

Departmental information is available at http://

The department aims to fill the vacant post before September 2001.

Application material available from :

Human Resources, University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland

Tel : + 353 61 202700, Fax +353 61 331881, e-mail

Completed applications should be received by Friday 13th April 2001
E-mail application will also be accepted.


Lecturer / Junior Lecturer in Physical Education

The department of Physical Education and Sport Sciences has 13 faculty
members of staff, 1 administrator, 2 technicians and one experimental
officer post.

Phil Jakeman (Professor)
Alan Donnelly (Senior Lecturer and Head of Department)

Ciaran MacDonncha (Lecturer and Course Leader, PE Programme)
PJ Smyth (Lecturer and Course Leader, SES Programme)

Anne Sweeny (Lecturer)
Drew Harrison (Lecturer)
Teresa Leahy (Lecturer)
Joanne Moles (Lecturer)
David Weldrick (Lecturer)
Jacinta O’Brien (Lecturer)
Ross Anderson (Junior Lecturer)
Carmel Vekins (Lecturer)

PE Lecturer/Junior lecturer (Vacant post)

Mary Smith (Departmental Administrator)

Pat Guerin (Technician)
Steven Clothier (Technician)
Pippa Powers (Experimental Officer)

The department aims to fill the vacant post before September 2001.

Undergraduate Teaching

The department of Physical Education and Sport Sciences at the University of
Limerick offers two Undergraduate degree programmes, in Physical Education
and in Sport and Exercise Sciences.

The B.Sc. Physical Education degree is a four-year programme providing
students with the opportunity to take Physical Education as a major area of
study and one elective subject from Irish/English/Maths/Geography/Chemistry
along with Education. It is a four-year concurrent teacher education
programme and qualifies graduates to teach PE and their elective subject.
Students spend 50% of their time in the practical and theoretical aspects of
PE, 25% of their time in educational studies and 25% in the study of their
elective subject.

The central focus of this course is on teacher education, and students are
educated to a qualification level that is commensurate with the requirements
of the modern curriculum. The course includes the placement of students in
schools for blocks of teaching practice, all of which are viewed as
essential parts of the student’s professional development.

The Physical Education programme of study incorporates the academic study of
human movement from the perspectives of Science and the humanities covering
such areas as Exercise Physiology, Biomechanics, Psychology, Sociology,
Philosophy, Aesthetics, Curriculum, History, Health Education and Pedagogy.
The students practical experience involves engagement in a range of
practical activities encompassing adventure, aquatic, artistic, competitive
and health related activities. The aim of these activities is to enhance
teaching effectiveness.

The B.Sc. degree in Sport and Exercise Sciences is a four-year degree
programme covering the scientific aspects of sport. The programme covers
four areas, namely sports and exercise physiology, biomechanics, sports
psychology and sports applications. These elements are continuous through
the degree programme, and students also take an elective in law and
insurance, marketing or languages. In the third year, students go on a co-op
placement in their second semester. The aim of the co-op is to give them
experience working in a sports science related setting.

Graduates from this programme are equipped to provide leadership and
expertise in sports and exercise, and related areas. Potential employment
includes sports science advisors / consultants with national sports
agencies, sport and exercise research and development, and health and
fitness advisors.

Research within the Department of Physical Education and Sport Sciences

Current research within the department includes the following topics :

Biomechanics of jumping in the horse
Biomechanics of bend running
Biomechanics and Physiology of the stretch-shortening cycle
Biomechanics of rowing
Biofeedback in athletic performance
Muscle connective tissue adaptation to exercise
Electrostimulation to relieve drop foot in hemiplegic patients
Exercise induced muscle damage in humans
Insulin-like growth factors and muscle repair
Insulin-like growth factors in exercise
Insulin-like growth factors and bone metabolism in exercise
Nutritional requirements of elite rowers (joint with NCTC)
Development of a GP exercise referral scheme in the Mid Western Health Board
Variation in functional measurement : indicators of permanent impairment.
Adapted physical activity
A study of the pilot programme for the new national PE curriculum
Motor learning and motor development in Irish schoolchildren
Physical Education provision and physical activity and fitness patterns.

Research is recognised as the highest priority on the department’s academic
plan. There are currently 15 students registered for postgraduate research
qualifications within the department. The department aims to increase the
number of students studying to Ph.D. level, and to improve the supporting
research infrastructure.

Outside Links

The department is housed in the same building on the UL campus as the
National Coaching and Training centre. There are a number of links between
the PESS department and the NCTC, and we intend to strengthen those links
over the next few years. The department also has links with the Physical
Education Association of Ireland, the Exercise and Sports Science
Association of Ireland.

Sporting Facilities

The University of Limerick’s Sports Arena is the largest University sports
centre in Ireland, with indoor games areas, a 60 m sprint track, a 250 metre
indoor jogging track, strength conditioning facilities, cardiovascular
suites, dance studios and associated facilities. In January 2002, the
facility will be expanded by the opening of a 50 m pool in the sports
complex. (a 33 m pool already exists within the Physical education and
Sports Science building). The PESS department has collaborated in the
planning process for the new sports arena, and has been consulted in
instrumenting the sprint track, an in the planning of a wellness clinic
within the new complex.

Role of the appointed lecturer / Junior lecturer

The appointed lecturer / Junior lecturer could contribute to a number of
elements within the teaching of the PE degree programme. An ability to
contribute to the pedagogy of PE, the teaching of practical areas (gym,
dance, aquatics, games, athletics, outdoor pursuits, health related fitness)
along with a strong commitment to the tutoring of students on teaching
Practice is essential. The ability to contribute to the teaching of the
Sports and Exercise Science Programmes would also be desirable. The
University of Limerick has a strong research ethos, and the appointed person
would be expected to undertake research in an area appropriate to the
department’s activities. An interest in or experience of research in
adapted physical education would be advantageous.

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