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Thomas W. Spalding
11-15-2008, 09:09 AM
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona


The Kinesiology and Health Promotion Department at the California State
Polytechnic University, Pomona (Cal Poly Pomona) invites applications
for a tenure-track position in Biomechanics at the rank of Assistant
Professor to begin Fall 2009.

Position Description: The successful candidate will teach in areas that
may include (but are not limited to) undergraduate and graduate courses
in biomechanics, movement anatomy, motor learning and motor development
and laboratory methods; provide academic advising; supervise senior
projects and internships; direct theses and serve on thesis committees;
develop and maintain a vigorous scholarly research program that will
facilitate acquisition of external funding and enhance graduate student
recruitment; be active in professional societies; serve on department,
college, and university committees; provide appropriate
discipline-related service to the community; and be responsive to the
educational initiatives and equity goals of the University and its
increasing ethnic diversity and international character. Applicants
whose work incorporates a global perspective and a demonstrated
commitment to diversity in higher education are particularly encouraged
to apply.

Minimum Qualifications: The candidate must have an earned doctorate in
kinesiology, exercise science, or a closely related field from an
accredited institution (verified ABD considered; PhD required by July 1,
2009). The successful candidate must (1) have a strong academic
background in biomechanics, (2) evidence a strong potential for
excellence in teaching (Finalist will be required to demonstrate
proficiency in college teaching in a classroom teaching presentation.),
(3) evidence potential for establishing an independent research program
in biomechanics, (4) demonstrate effective interpersonal and
communication skills, and (5) have the ability to advise, mentor, and
work with students with diverse backgrounds.

Preferred/Desired Qualifications: Preference will be given to candidates
with (1) additional preparation in human anatomy, research methods,
and/or statistics; (2) successful university teaching experience in
biomechanics, movement anatomy, and/or motor learning/motor development;
(3) postdoctoral research experience; (4) a record of scholarly
activity; and (5) success in/strong potential for obtaining external
funding for research.

Application Procedure: To be considered for the position applicants are
required to submit (1) a letter of application that describes the
candidateís academic background and teaching/research experiences and
interests, and that addresses the duties and qualifications articulated
in the position description; (2) a statement of teaching philosophy,
including teaching within a multicultural environment and examples of
past experiences; (3) a completed application form; (4) a curriculum
vitae that contains at least those elements specified in the application
form; (5) names of at least five individuals, with titles and contact
information, who can speak to the candidateís potential for success in
this position (list may be included as the last element of the
curriculum vitae); (6) official transcripts showing all graduate course
work; and (7) a minimum of three recent letters of reference (dated
within the past 12 months). Candidates who have not completed the
doctoral degree by the time of application must provide registrarís
verification of ABD status if it is not indicated on official transcripts.

The position is open until filled. First consideration will be given to
completed applications postmarked by January 15, 2009. An early response
is encouraged. Please address all nominations, inquiries, requests for
application forms, and application materials to:

Biomechanics Faculty Search Committee
Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Pomona, CA 91768
Phone: 909.869.2772 FAX: 909.869.4797
Email: twspalding@csupomona.edu

The University: Cal Poly Pomona is a comprehensive public university
that is widely recognized for its polytechnic mission and learn-by-doing
philosophy. One of the 23 campuses of the California State University,
it is consistently ranked as one of the best public universities in the
West. Cal Poly Pomona currently enrolls 21,000 students (with
approximately 73% representing diverse ethnic groups) and employs
approximately 1,300 faculty members. The University is committed to
diversifying its faculty and staff to better serve its multicultural
student body and has made educational equity one of its highest
priorities. Through its eight colleges, the university offers 62
undergraduate majors and 23 masterís degree programs. Cal Poly Pomona is
noted for its beautiful and historic 1,400-acre campus, once the Arabian
horse ranch of cereal magnate W. K. Kellogg. It is located about 25
miles east of downtown Los Angeles in one of the most dynamic economic
and cultural regions in the country. Additional information is available
at the universityís Web site: www.csupomona.edu.

The Department: The Kinesiology and Health Promotion Department consists
of nine tenured/tenure-track faculty and some 20+ part-time instructors
who teach in a vibrant activities program. The Department offers a B.S.
degree in Kinesiology and serves some 425+ majors distributed in three
options (Exercise Science, Pedagogy, and Health Promotion). The
Department also offers a M.S. degree in Kinesiology. Options in the
graduate program include Exercise Physiology, Sports Nutrition, Adapted
Physical Education, and Curriculum and Instruction. Students in the
Sports Nutrition option enjoy the Departmentís strong cooperative
relationship with the Human Nutrition & Food Sciences Department on
campus. The Department supports two instructional laboratories (Exercise
Physiology and Biomechanics Computer Laboratory) and four research
laboratories (Biomechanics, Exercise Physiology, Psychophysiology, and
Biochemistry) as well as a Motor Development Clinic. The Biomechanics
Laboratory is new and houses a Vicon optical motion capture system, 2
AMTI force platforms, and a 16-channel EMG system. Opportunity exists
for cooperative research with faculty in the Equine Research Center,
which houses an equine treadmill and other equipment pertinent to
biomechanics research. Small- animal facilities are also housed on
campus. The Kinesiology and Health Promotion Department is one of 12
academic units in the College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences and
offers one of the six graduate programs in the College.

Cal Poly Pomona is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer.
The University seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a
reflection of our commitment to serve the people of California, to
maintain the excellence of the University, and to offer our students
richly varied disciplines, perspectives and ways of knowing and
learning. The university subscribes to all state and federal regulations
and prohibits discrimination based on gender, race, sexual orientation,
national origin, disability, marital status, age, religion, or veteran
status. Cal Poly Pomona hires only individuals lawfully authorized to
work in the United States. As required by the Clery Disclosure Act, the
universityís annual security report is available at

Thomas W. Spalding, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion
Cal Poly Pomona
3801 West Temple Ave
Pomona, CA 91768

Telephone: 909-869-2772
FAX: 909-869-4797
E-Mail: twspalding@csupomona.edu