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Assistant Professor: Motor Control/Motor Learning – San Diego State University (San Diego, CA, US)

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  • Assistant Professor: Motor Control/Motor Learning – San Diego State University (San Diego, CA, US)

    The School of Exercise and Nutritional Sciences (ENS) at San Diego State University is searching for a full-time (10-month) tenure-track faculty member in the area of motor control, movement neuroscience, motor learning, or neuromuscular recovery. This position will be at the Assistant Professor rank and will begin August 2021. An earned academic doctorate (Ph.D. preferred) in motor control, motor learning, neuroscience, rehabilitation science, or related field is required. Research expertise on central or peripheral nervous system control of movements across the lifespan and/or among individuals with physical disabilities is desirable. The ideal candidate will have the potential for building relationships with existing faculty in the School of ENS and collaborations among outside centers and departments, such as: engineering, rehabilitation, neuroscience, and/or neuroimaging (fMRI, MRI, EEG). Teaching responsibilities may include undergraduate and/or graduate courses in the areas of motor learning and control, biomechanics, kinetics, and kinematics. Supervision of M.S. degree students in exercise physiology and/or nutritional sciences is expected.

    The School of ENS is in the College of Health and Human Services, one of seven colleges at San Diego State University. The School offers B.S. degrees in Kinesiology (with emphasis areas in Pre-Physical Therapy, Fitness Specialist, and Exercise Science Generalist), Athletic Training, and Foods and Nutrition; M.S. degrees in Exercise Physiology, Nutritional Sciences, and a dual M.S. degree in Exercise Physiology and Nutritional Sciences; and a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. The School of ENS was the recipient of the 2019 Inclusive Excellence Award from the American Kinesiology Association. For additional information, visit

    We are seeking applicants with demonstrated experience in and/or commitment to teaching and working effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and members of underrepresented groups. Candidates must satisfy two or more of the eight Building on Inclusive Excellence (BIE) criteria. Candidates that meet BIE criteria:
    1. are committed to engaging in service with underrepresented populations within the discipline,
    2. have demonstrated knowledge of barriers for underrepresented students and faculty within the discipline,
    3. have experience or have demonstrated commitment to teaching and mentoring underrepresented students,
    4. have experience or have demonstrated commitment to integrating understanding of underrepresented populations and communities into research,
    5. have experience in or have demonstrated commitment to extending knowledge of opportunities and challenges in achieving artistic/scholarly success to members of an underrepresented group,
    6. have experience in or have demonstrated commitment to research that engages underrepresented communities,
    7. have expertise or demonstrated commitment to developing expertise in cross-cultural communication and collaboration, and/or
    8. have research interests that contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education.

    Please indicate in your cover letter how you meet at least two or more of these criteria.

    The highly diverse campus community has a student population of over 36,000 and approximately 5,849 faculty and staff. SDSU is currently designated as a Doctoral / Research-Intensive University by the Carnegie Foundation. Established in 1897, SDSU offers bachelor’s degrees in 84 areas, masters in 76 and doctorates in 21. See for more information. SDSU is a large, diverse, urban university and Hispanic-Serving Institution with a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence. Our campus community is diverse in many ways, including race, religion, color, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin, pregnancy, medical condition, and covered veteran status. We strive to build and sustain a welcoming environment for all.

    SALARY: Commensurate with experience.

    APPLICATIONS: Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Please include a cover letter that includes 1) teaching philosophy, 2) research statement, and 3) diversity statement related to BIE criteria as outlined above. In addition, please include a curriculum vitae and three letters of recommendation. Review of materials will begin on March 1, 2021 and applications will remain confidential until the candidate accepts an offer for an interview. Candidates should apply via Interfolio at For questions, please contact Dan Cannon, Search Committee Chair, at

    The person holding this position is considered a "mandated reporter" under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

    A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

    SDSU is a Title IX, equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, age, disability, pregnancy, medical condition, or covered veteran status.
    Internal Number: VPAA#: 2021/22-37