Assistant Professor, Kinesiology
About Westfield State University:

Westfield State University is a public, teaching-centered, liberal arts college located in Western Massachusetts approximately 90 miles from Boston, two hours to New York City, and 30 minutes from the Northampton, Amherst, and Springfield areas. With an undergraduate and graduate student population of 6,200 students, the institution is ranked #32 among public universities in the Best Regional Universities North section of the latest U.S. News & World Report "Best Colleges" list. It also has one of the highest six-year graduation rates among Massachusetts state universities.

Westfield State was founded in 1839 by Horace Mann as the first public co-educational college in America without barrier to race, gender, or economic class. A Chronicle of Higher Education "Great Colleges to Work For" designee in 2011, the University is dedicated to and continues to live its tradition of providing educational, working and living environments that value the diverse backgrounds of all people including minorities, women, veterans, individuals with disabilities and other protected persons, or individuals with diverse cultural backgrounds.

The standard teaching load is 12 credit hours per semester and there are opportunities to teach in the department's evening and on-line undergraduate and graduate programs. Faculty responsibilities include advising students, service to the University, College of Education, Health, and Human Services, the department, and the community, and an active research agenda.

Job Description:

The Movement Science, Sport and Leisure Studies Department is seeking an energetic, skilled faculty member with an earned doctorate in Exercise Science, Kinesiology or related field; ABD considered. The ideal candidate will possess relevant professional credentials and at least 2 years teaching experience. Responsibilities will include teaching Kinesiology (Applied Biomechanics) and Strength and Conditioning, and coordinating the Biomechanics Laboratory. The remainder of the teaching load may include upper level courses in Exercise Science and/or other courses in the department core. Additional duties may be assigned as needed by the department or University. The department emphasizes service learning and campus collaboration in support of the University mission of educating all in a diverse and welcoming community.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Earned doctorate (ABD considered).
  • Two (2) years of teaching and lab experience.
  • Academic and career advising experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Earned doctorate in Exercise Science related field.
  • Professional credential (NSCA, ACSM).
  • Three years teaching experience.
  • Demonstrated experience leading a laboratory.
  • Demonstrated experience advising students going into healthcare and performance related careers (PT, OT, PA, MD, RCEP, CSCS, etc.).
  • Demonstrated experience with undergraduate research collaboration.
  • Familiarity (awareness of) with requirements associated with accreditations in AT, EXS, and PE.

Additional Information:
Disability Accommodations:
Westfield State University understands that persons with disabilities may need assistance with the job application process and/or with the interview process. For confidential assistance regarding disability accommodations, please contact the Office of Human Resources at (413) 572-8106.

Background Check:
Employment at Westfield State University is contingent upon a background check that is satisfactory to the University. Failure to provide written authorization for a background check will nullify the offer of employment.

Application Instructions:


An online application is required.
A complete application includes:

  • Cover letter*
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Unofficial copies of transcript of highest degree
  • Statement of teaching philosophy with areas for continuing scholarship
  • Contact information for three reference letter providers**

*In your cover letter please include the ways in which you would advance diversity and inclusion in your classroom and at the university.
**Contact information for three reference letter providers should be completed on the Reference form. Applicants that are using Interfolio for an existing confidential letter of recommendation should provide the Interfolio based email address (e.g.
Application Deadline: Review of applications will begin January 28, 2019. The job posting will remain open until finalists have been selected.
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