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  • TT Assistant/Associate Professor of Exercise Science - Illinois State University


    The School of Kinesiology and Recreation invites applications for the position of a tenure-track Assistant/Associate Professor in Exercise Science, beginning August 16, 2020.

    QUALIFICATIONS: A doctoral degree in Exercise Science (ES) or a commensurate field, with an expected completion on or before May 2021, is required. The School offers two undergraduate sequences in Exercise Science: Health and Human Performance and Applied Health Professions. The first of these sequences prepares students for careers in corporate, commercial, community, and clinical fitness fields (including cardiac rehabilitation), as well as strength and conditioning, while the second prepares students for further education in fields such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, physician’s assistant, athletic training, nursing, and other allied health areas. The ideal candidate should demonstrate a capacity to significantly contribute to the delivery and strength of these sequences. Candidates must be able to demonstrate oral proficiency in the English language as a requirement for this position, as mandated by state law. For consideration at the associate level, applicants must have an appropriate record of teaching excellence and scholarship.

    ISU recognizes that a diverse faculty, staff, and student body enriches the educational experiences of the entire campus and greater community. Candidates who have experience working with a diverse range of faculty, staff, and students, and who can contribute to the climate of inclusivity are especially welcomed. Women, veterans, persons with disabilities, and people of color are encouraged to apply.

    1) TEACHING: Provide quality instruction in undergraduate and graduate ES courses Direct graduate research projects and theses.
    2) SCHOLARSHIP: Develop a focused area of scholarship that culminates in nationally refereed publications and presentations and be involved in scholarly projects with faculty and students.
    3) SERVICE: Participate in College, School and Program faculty meetings and activities. Serve on Program, School, College, and/or University Committees and contribute to State and National/International professional organizations. Advise majors regarding general career options and professional matters.

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

    EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY TEACHING/RESEARCH LABORATORY: The Exercise Physiology (EP) laboratory ( is strategically located on the ground level of the School of Kinesiology and Recreation in McCormick Hall and is connected via skywalk to the Illinois State University Student Fitness Center. The lab space consists of six rooms: 1) A metabolic lab space including two SensorMedics Vmax systems, a Cosmed K5 system, and three EKG machines with dedicated treadmills, 2) a body composition room with a Bod Pod and hydrodensitometry system, 3) a Hologics DXA system room, 4) the Fit Lab, outfitted as a “mini-gym,” 5) EP classroom, and 6) general purpose/storage room. Additional equipment includes Lange skinfold calipers, Bioanalogics and Tanita BIA systems, spirometer, an assortment of physical activity monitors (e.g., Polar E600, Actigraph accelerometers) and blood lactate analyzer. The laboratory space is designated to support student and faculty research, teaching, and service, with the assistance of a lab coordinator and two graduate assistants. The Exercise Physiology lab is also home to ISU’s Exercise is Medicine on Campus program.

    BIOMECHANICS LABORATORY: The biomechanics lab studies the forces acting on a living body and the patterns of movement caused by the forces. It provides insight to improving skill performance, understanding the process of skill development, and identifies the etiology of overuse injuries. The laboratory includes an AMTI Force Platform System; technology to capture movement including high-speed optical data and the Peak Motus Optical Capture System; electromyography to record electrical activity present in muscle; various instrumentation including electrodes, amplifiers, and data analysis tools; and custom lab software.

    PSYCHOLOGY OF SPORT AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY TEACHING/RESEARCH AREA: This space contains a lab, a conference room, and a consultation room. The lab suite is used to conduct research on the role of psychological factors in explaining human motivation, performance, learning, and physical activity. It also provides mental skills consultations to athletes. The laboratory area includes a range of equipment including a golf swing analyzer, a golf hitting cage, a putting surface, and a variety of instruments to study movement, such as stability platforms, pedalos, and reaction time analyzers.

    RELATED INFORMATION: A small-college experience with large-university opportunities. Illinois State University ( distinguishes itself from other institutions in the state and the region by providing a unique educational climate that adds a beneficial dimension to the state’s system of higher education. The first public university in Illinois, Illinois State University was founded in 1857. Today, we are a dynamic, fiscally sound university of close to 21,000 students offering more than 160 major/minor options in six colleges. In our most recent strategic plan Educate ∙ Connect ∙ Elevate, we have committed our resources to realizing seven core values: Learning and Scholarship, Diversity and Inclusion, Respect, Collaboration, Individualized Attention, Civic Engagement, and Integrity. By acting on these values, we believe we create a learning environment that results in our University being the first-choice public university in Illinois for high-achieving, motivated students who seek an individualized educational experience combined with the resources of a large university. For the fourth year in a row, Illinois State University was named one of the “Great Colleges to Work For” according to a survey released by The Chronicle of Higher Education. ISU, the only four-year public university in Illinois to be included on this list, earned the honor in the following categories: collaborative governance; compensation and benefits; confidence in senior leadership; facilities, workspace and security; job satisfaction; professional/career development programs; respect and appreciation; supervisor/department chair relationship; teaching environment, tenure clarity and process; and work/life balance. Illinois State University is located in the growing twin cities of Bloomington and Normal, with a population of approximately 167,000 in the greater metro area and conveniently located about three hours from Indianapolis, two hours from both Chicago and St. Louis and an hour from Peoria, Champaign-Urbana, Decatur, and Springfield, many of which are accessible by Amtrak Train. The community is home to Illinois Wesleyan University, Lincoln College, Heartland Community College, St. Joseph Medical Center, Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, Country Financial, and State Farm Insurance International Headquarters. The community has distinguished itself for its outstanding school systems and educational attainment, parks and recreation, health care, job growth, economic opportunity, and low crime. Business Insider ranked Normal tenth in Top College Towns in 2017. USA Today named it #3 of the Top 25 Small College Towns in America in 2016. For more information on our community, please visit (

    Illinois State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer encouraging diversity.
    If you are an individual with a disability and need a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or other state or federal law, you may request an accommodation by contacting the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access at 309-438-3383 or visit

    APPLICATION PROCEDURE: To assure full consideration, please complete an online faculty employment application by visiting posting number 0712455 at In the application, please include a letter of application, curriculum vita, and a list of three references with contact information. Review of applications will begin October 19, 2019 and continue until the position is filled. If you have any questions, please contact:
    Dr. Dave Thomas (Search Committee Chair)

    Illinois State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Minority/Female/Disability/Veteran.