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    Assistant/Associate Professor of Health and Exercise Sciences
    Health and Exercise Sciences Department, Truman State University, Kirksville, MO

    The Department of Health & Exercise Sciences in the School of Health Sciences and Education seeks a Assistant/Associate Professor of Health and Exercise Science to fill a regular 9-month academic, tenure-eligible appointment with possible summer teaching for fall 2012 beginning on August 15, 2012.

    SALARY: Commensurate with education, qualifications, and experience; benefits package includes life, health and disability insurance, retirement contributions, and partial reimbursement for moving expenses.

    RESPONSIBILITIES: Successful candidates must be able to teach a variety of exercise science courses based on the competencies and responsibilities of a Health Fitness Specialist. Possible courses may include, but are not limited to, motor control/motor learning/movement neuroscience, biomechanics, human anatomy, research methods, exercise physiology, nutrition, and other courses based on academic skills and departmental need. Candidates should be strongly committed to maintaining both high quality teaching and an active research program involving undergraduates. Successful candidates must also advise Exercise Science majors, mentor student scholarship, serve on departmental, school, and university committees, and maintain personal scholarship emphasizing the mentoring of undergraduate student research. The successful candidate will also be encouraged to develop interdisciplinary courses and collaborative relationships with colleagues from other departments and institutions such as A. T. Still University.

    REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: Candidates must provide evidence of:
    • Earned doctorate in exercise science, kinesiology, or closely related field. ABD will be considered.
    • Expertise in at least two content areas in the exercise sciences
    • Scholarly activity or the potential for scholarly activity
    • Demonstrated teaching effectiveness or the potential for teaching effectiveness
    • Strong oral and written communication skills

    • Current HFS certification
    • Previous teaching experience at the university level
    • Development and facilitation of interdisciplinary learning experiences
    • Evidence of scholarly activity beyond the dissertation
    • Experience in advising undergraduate students

    APPLICATION PROCESS: Electronic submission of applications is required, and can be completed at: Complete applications must include a letter of application (which should include a statement discussing teaching philosophy and commitment to the liberal arts and sciences and student development); current curriculum vitae; link to contact information for three references (including phone number and e-mail address), and all graduate and undergraduate transcripts (copies acceptable; official copies of graduate transcripts required prior to hiring). All materials must be submitted in a PDF. Please direct any questions regarding this process to:

    Dr. Roberta Donahue, Department Chair
    Department of Health and Exercise Sciences
    Truman State University
    100 E. Normal St.
    Kirksville, MO 63501-4221
    Telephone 660-785-4466
    For priority consideration, please submit requested items by June 14, 2012. Screening of applications will continue until a suitable candidate is hired. If hired, applicants must provide proof of eligibility to work in the United States, documentation of degrees, and official copies of graduate transcripts. Review of applications is ongoing and will continue until the position is filled.

    Truman State University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act; women and minority candidates are particularly encouraged to apply.

    DEPARTMENT: The mission of the Health & Exercise Sciences Department is to prepare students of strong academic ability and character to become agents of change for the health and well-being of all people. The department serves about 700 students with undergraduate degree programs in athletic training, exercise science and health science. The department maintains several state of the art facilities for teaching and research purposes. Students and faculty have access to a human anatomy lab for cadaver dissection and pro-section, human performance lab including its own DEXA machine and blood lab, two athletic training clinics, and the Piper Movement Analysis Laboratory. The Piper Lab is a 2200 square foot facility including a Vicon Nexus Motion analysis system with 10 T40s cameras and two reference cameras, two Bertec force plates, portable Kistler force plate, Delsys Trigno EMG system, NeuroCom Balance Analyzer and additional equipment for teaching and research.

    THE UNIVERSITY: A vibrant community of teacher-scholars with a highly-selective student body, Truman is a residential university focused on providing its approximately 6,000 students with broad liberal arts experiences and depth of study in 48 undergraduate majors and 9 graduate programs. Truman is nationally recognized for the quality of the educational opportunities it offers students and for its leadership in the assessment of student learning and continuous improvement. For the fifteenth consecutive year, Truman, Missouri’s public liberal arts and sciences university has been recognized as the No. 1 Public University in the Midwest Region Master’s Category by U.S. News & World Report. More information about Truman State University can be found at:

    THE COMMUNITY: Located in Kirksville, Truman plays a vital role in the life of a thriving rural community in northeast Missouri served by commuter air service and Amtrak. The city enjoys a low crime rate, excellent schools, and low cost of living. A broad range of outdoor recreational opportunities is easily accessible within a short drive. Kirksville is also home to the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, A.T. Still University (ATSU). In addition, ATSU is opening the Missouri School of Dentistry & Oral Health in Kirksville in Fall of 2013.