Position Rank and Title: Lecturer in Motor Behavior

School/Department Name: Kinesiology

Compensation: Commensurate with qualifications, experience, and rank as established by the CSU Salary Schedule. See Benefits Summary for details about the CSU’s excellent employment benefits.

Target Start Date: August 2022

Application Deadline: February 15, 2022 (Applications accepted until filled or closed)

Position Description

The Department of Kinesiology at San José State University seeks qualified candidates for a full-time Lecturer in Motor Behavior beginning in August of 2022. We highly encourage candidates with specializations in any of the following areas including, but not limited to the following to apply: motor learning, motor development, biomechanics, or measurement and evaluation. The faculty member selected for this position will be required to teach motor learning, motor development, or biomechanics at the undergraduate level and graduate level, and may also have the ability to teach other courses within the undergraduate and general education programs. Applicants must demonstrate the ability to teach at the undergraduate and graduate levels with the potential for teaching excellence in the classroom and through online modalities.

The Department of Kinesiology is committed to preparing our students to be agents of change, who understand cutting edge technologies, and the importance of equity and diversity. The Department houses a dynamic group of faculty and students, and values all facets of kinesiology. We currently have 20 tenure-track/tenured faculty, serving over 1200 undergraduate and graduate students. We train our students in the areas of exercise physiology, biomechanics, sport history, sport philosophy, sport sociology, teacher education, adapted physical activity/education, measurement and evaluation, motor learning, motor development, and sport psychology, among others. The Department strongly values physical activity, and has a robust activity program offering over 40 different activity classes. The Department invites candidates who are interested in being part of a dynamic and collegial faculty, engaging in a broad range of research activities, and who are highly engaged with practices that will lead to student success. The Department of Kinesiology strongly values diversity, equity, and inclusion and is committed to creating and maintaining an atmosphere of social justice. Department of Kinesiology (sjsu.edu)

The Department of Kinesiology and San José State University value diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. Our excellence in research, teaching, and service can only be fully realized by faculty, students, and staff who share our commitment to these values. SJSU enrolls more than 36,000 students, many of whom are historically underserved, and around 45% are first-generation and 38% are Pell-recipients. SJSU is a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander (AANAPISI) Serving Institution. The university’s commitment to social justice extends from its vibrant, inclusive campus to an international network of over 275,000 alumni. As such, San José State is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty so our disciplines, students, and the community can benefit from multiple ethnic and gender perspectives.

Successful candidates will demonstrate evidence of a commitment to equity and inclusion through their research, teaching, and/or service. We ask that all applicants include a Diversity Statement with their application package. A guide to writing this statement can be found at SJSU Diversity Statement Guidelines, along with information about how these statements will be evaluated.

Required Qualifications
  • Doctorate degree in relevant field.
  • Demonstrated ability to teach undergraduate classes in motor learning, motor development, biomechanics, and/or measurement and evaluation as well as major classes and/or general education classes as needed.
  • Must have academic training grounded in Motor Behavior and/or Biomechanics.
  • Applicants should demonstrate an awareness of and sensitivity to the educational goals of a socially and economically diverse student population as might have been gained in cross-cultural study, training, teaching, and other comparable experience.

Preferred Qualifications

Priority will be given to candidates who possess one or more of the following:
  • A comprehensive understanding of kinesiology as an interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary endeavor, and enthusiasm to work in a multidisciplinary department.
  • Ability to supervise master’s student projects or theses.
  • Experience working with racially diverse students in the classroom, and an understanding of how historical patterns of exclusion of groups within higher education, and the profession, shape patterns of participation and outcomes.
  • Willingness to examine and re-mediate one’s instructional, relational, and classroom practices to more effectively engage and support historically underserved students.

Key Responsibilities
  • Teach motor learning, motor development, biomechanics, and/or measurement and evaluation. May also be expected to teach major classes, general education classes, and support other departmental needs.
  • The candidate may have the opportunity to work with graduate students on their research and culminating projects and/or theses.
  • The candidate will participate in shared governance, usually in department, college, and university committees and other service assignments.
  • The candidate must demonstrate awareness and experience understanding the needs of a student population of great diversity – in age, abilities, cultural background, ethnicity, religion, economic background, primary language, sexual orientation, gender identity, and academic preparation – through inclusive course materials, teaching strategies and advising.

Application Procedure

Click Apply Now to complete the SJSU Online Employment Application and attach the following documents:
  • letter of interest
  • curriculum vitae
  • diversity statement (1 page maximum)
  • statement of teaching interests/philosophy (1 page maximum)
  • three references with contact information or three reference letters

Inquiries may be directed to the Department Chair or Search Committee Chair: Tamar Semerjian, Ph.D. at tamar.semerjian@sjsu.edu

Conditional Offer

Employment is contingent upon proof of eligibility to work in the United States. Proof of immunization against COVID-19 or proof of a medical or religious exemption and compliance with testing protocols is required for employment. Satisfactory completion of a background check (including a criminal records check) is required for employment. SJSU will make a conditional offer of employment, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current employee who was conditionally offered the position.

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Equal Employment Statement

San José State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or disability. This policy applies to all San José State University students, faculty, and staff as well as University programs and activities. Reasonable accommodations are made for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose. Note that all San José State University employees are considered mandated reporters under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and are required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.