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  • Department Chair & Professor: Kinesiology, University of Maryland

    The Department of Kinesiology (KNES) at the University of Maryland, College Park, invites applications and nominations for the position of Professor and Chair, a 12-month appointment.

    KNES is a long-standing academic unit, established over 125 years ago, and supports an integrative approach to the discipline. It is one of five departments in the School of Public Health and is comprised of 16 tenure-track and 10 full-time professional-track faculty, complemented by many part-time instructors, representing a variety of scholarly perspectives to examine the complexity of physical activity and its role in significant issues of public health and human performance.

    Many faculty in the Department hold affiliate appointments with the campus-wide Neuroscience and Cognitive Sciences program (NACS), the Center on Aging, The Maryland Neuroimaging Center, the Maryland Robotics Center, as well as the Departments of Bioengineering, Psychology, Sociology and several units in the Medical School at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. Research in the Department is funded by a variety of agencies including the National Institutes of Health, the American Heart Association, and the Department of Defense as well as a number of corporations. The Department is one of several partners in a broad emerging campus initiative, the Center for Brain Health and Human Performance, for the conduct of integrative research on nervous system injury (concussion), neuroscience, human performance as well as the delivery of medical services, to include the School of Medicine (Department of Orthopedics), the Clark School of Engineering, the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and others.

    Students in the Department of Kinesiology can pursue a BS in Kinesiology, an MPH with concentration in Physical Activity, the MA and PhD degrees, as well as a MEd in Physical Education offered in partnership with the College of Education. Undergraduate students complete a range of core courses in the physiological, biomechanical, neuromotor, psychological, sociological, and historical perspectives on physical activity, basic movement, exercise and sport while MA and PhD students can specialize in Exercise Physiology, Cognitive-Motor Behavior, and the Physical Cultural Studies. There are approximately 800 undergraduates and over 50 graduate students in the Department. In addition, the Department actively participates in the University-wide General Education curriculum and also offers a comprehensive instructional physical activity program for majors and non-majors.

    The Chair provides strategic leadership to advance the teaching, research, and service/outreach missions of the Department and School. The Chair works closely with KNES faculty, students and staff, the Dean’s Office, and other campus leaders to: 1) ensure excellence in academic programs and curriculum development, 2) facilitate faculty efforts in pursuing research grants and contracts, 3) promote faculty and student participation in interdisciplinary research programs and service activities, 4) expand KNES collaborations with academic, research, community, government and industry partners, and 5) provide fiscal management and oversight of Departmental operations.

    Additionally, the Chair serves as a member of the School’s senior leadership team and represents the department to students, faculty, administrators, the profession, and the general public.

    For further information on the Department of Kinesiology, please visit our website:

    Candidates should hold a doctoral degree in kinesiology or a related discipline and should demonstrate a strong record of funded research and scholarship in an area relevant to the department’s mission. Candidates should be eligible for appointment as a tenured Full Professor. Previous leadership and administrative experience are required; academic leadership is preferred. The successful candidate must demonstrate a commitment to diversity and inclusion; an ability to foster professional and community partnerships; a commitment to faculty, staff and student mentoring and development; and excellent communication, organizational, and interpersonal skills.

    For full consideration, applicants should submit a cover letter describing their interests, qualifications, and current research; curriculum vitae; and contact information for three references. For best consideration please submit by February 14, 2020. Reviews will continue until the position is filled. Applications will be held in confidence until finalists are invited to campus. References will not be contacted without the consent of the candidate.

    If you have any questions, please email Dr. Robert Gold, Chair of the Search Committee at Please indicate “KNES Chair Search” in the subject line of email correspondence.

    The School of Public Health has six academic units: the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics; the Department of Behavioral and Community Health; the Department of Family Science; the Department of Health Services Administration; the Department of Kinesiology; and the Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health. All faculty have tenure homes in a department. The academic units offer course work, practical experiences, and research opportunities leading to Bachelor of Science degrees, the Master of Public Health, a variety of other Masters degrees, and several Ph.D. degrees.

    The University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP) is a Research-Intensive and Land Grant University. UMCP is the flagship campus of the University of Maryland System with over 2,500 faculty, 27,000 undergraduates, and 10,000 graduate students. The University is located 6 miles from Washington D.C. and 30 miles from the State capital of Annapolis. The campus is within proximity of the National Institutes of Health, the National Center for Health Statistics, and many other federal, state, and local health and human service agencies, as well as headquarters for numerous public health related non-governmental organizations.

    The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

    Last edited by Ross Miller; January 21, 2020, 03:48 PM.