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  • Tenure Track Position - Biomechanics, Illinois State University

    Please direct all inquires and/or applications to:
    Dr. David Thomas
    Phone: (309) 438-5307


    Normal/Bloomington, IL

    The School of Kinesiology and Recreation invites applications for the position of Assistant/Associate Professor in Exercise Science, preferably to begin
    August 16, 2016.

    QUALIFICATIONS: Doctoral degree required in Exercise Science (ES), or a commensurate field. Expertise in issues related to biomechanics, human anatomy and physiology, neuromuscular function, and/or strength and conditioning preferred. Applicants with expected completion of the doctoral degree before March 1, 2017 will be considered. Candidates must be able to demonstrate oral proficiency in the English language as a requirement for this position, as mandated by state law. College teaching experience is desirable.

    1) TEACHING: Provide quality instruction in exercise science undergraduate and graduate courses in biomechanics, anatomy and physiology, neuromuscular physiology and other courses as needed. Work with undergraduate and graduate students in independent studies, research projects, and master’s theses.

    2) SCHOLARSHIP: Develop a focused area of scholarship inquiry that culminates in nationally refereed publications and professional presentations, be involved in scholarly projects with faculty and students, and submit grant proposals.

    3) SERVICE: Provide service to department, college, university, and professional organizations.

    APPOINTMENT: Tenure-track, nine-month position. Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience with a comprehensive benefits package.

    APPOINTMENT DATES: The preferred starting date is August 16, 2016.

    BIOMECHANICS RESEARCH LABORATORY: The ISU biomechanics laboratory is strategically located on the ground level of the recently constructed School of Kinesiology/McCormick Hall and is connected via skywalk to the Illinois State University Student Fitness Center. The dedicated motion analysis lab space constitutes 1650 square feet (2/3 of this space has 30 ft ceiling) with additional 1000 square footage dedicated to a laboratory/graduate student office, a teaching/seminar smart classroom, an EMG and Video analysis suite, a clinical evaluation/isokinetic testing room and a large storage room. The lab hosts 1 AMTI and 1 Bertec force plates, 5-work stations networked to a 12-camera Vicon MX/ Nexus 2.1 system, an 8-lead liberty/polhemus electromagnetic tracking system with short and long range sensors with dedicated data collection laptop (Motion Monitor post processing software), an 8-channel hardwired Delsys/Bagnoli EMG system + trigger module with surface (8 single and 4 double differential) and indwelling electrodes, a portable 8-channel Delsys EMG system, a Biodex 9000 system, a treadmill and numerous transducers and accelerometers. Current research includes sport performance and injury identification, youth and professional baseball pitching, golf swing and running analyses, pre- and post-surgical therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of upper and lower limb injuries, functional and prophylactic assessment of hip, knee and ankle braces, gait assessment of neurologically impaired (MS, Parkinson’s, TBI, stroke). The laboratory has strong collaborative ties to the Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, Denver University, the Illinois Neurological Institute ( and with numerous orthopedic and physical therapy clinics throughout the region.

    RELATED INFORMATION: Illinois State University, founded in 1857, is the oldest public university in Illinois. There are approximately 21,000 students in the six colleges of Illinois State University. Illinois State University ( is committed to fostering a small-college atmosphere with large-university opportunities. The College of Applied Science and Technology includes the Department of Agriculture, Department of Criminal Justice Sciences, Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, Department of Health Sciences, Department of Military Science, Department of Technology, School of Information Technology, and the School of Kinesiology and Recreation ( The campus is located in the twin cities of Bloomington-Normal, a thriving community of approximately 167,000 people, situated on major interstate highways halfway between Chicago and St. Louis ( The Exercise Science (ES) program is offered within the School of Kinesiology and Recreation. The ES program offers an exemplary course of study to about 170 undergraduate majors currently enrolled in the program. With over 900 total majors and 35 full-time faculty members in the School, undergraduate programs also prepare majors in athletic training, physical education teacher education, recreation management, commercial recreation, and therapeutic recreation. Over 100 Master’s degree students in the School represent the third largest graduate program on campus.

    APPLICATION PROCEDURE: To assure full consideration, please complete an online application for posting number 0707348 by visiting the following link: In the application, please include a letter of application, vita, and three current letters of reference by October 2, 2015. If you have any questions, please contact:

    Dr. David Thomas
    Phone: (309) 438-5307

    Illinois State University is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer encouraging applications from individuals with disabilities, minorities, females, and veterans.