Chairperson - Division of Athletic Training- 10762

West Virginia University (WVU) is seeking a highly-qualified leader to serve as the Chairperson for the Division of Athletic Training. To comply with the new CAATE Accreditation standards, the academic program in Athletic Training will be relocated from the College of Physical Activity and Sport Science to the WVU School of Medicine Professional Programs Unit. The Athletic Training Chairperson will shepherd the program through this transition process.

The Professional Programs unit is home to over 1,000 students enrolled in degree programs including exercise physiology, occupational therapy, physical therapy, medical laboratory science, immunology, pathologist’s assistant, physician assistant, and health information management. The School of Medicine is part of a thriving academic medical center, which includes Schools of Dentistry, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Public Health. Together, the five schools provide robust opportunities and programs for interprofessional education, collaborative practice and research.

The Athletic Training Chairperson will lead a division within the Department of Human Performance, and as such will report directly to the Vice Dean for Professional Programs. The Chairperson will be responsible for administration of the athletic training education program at all levels, including budget; oversight of faculty recruitment, development, and retention; CAATE requirements for compliance and reaccreditation; quality of student experience, program assessment, curriculum development, and new education initiatives. The Chairperson will serve as the leader of the academic program and will be responsible for the development of the MAT program, including curriculum approval via the university process both for individual courses and the full curriculum.

The current Athletic Training program began in 1975 as an NATA-approved program and has maintained accreditation since that time and has a close relationship with the Intercollegiate Athletics department. The program currently offers an entry-level Bachelors of Science in Athletic Training as well as an advanced MS degree boasting a large alumni base in the profession. Our students have a 98% BOC first-time pass rate. Transition to the entry-level Masters of Athletic Training (MAT) is anticipated to begin with the cohort matriculating in 2020 in order to comply with the new CAATE standards. The professional program is currently completing the reaccreditation process (site visit completed, rejoinder pending).


The Chairperson must meet the following criteria for consideration:
• An earned doctoral degree (PhD or EdD preferred).
• Contemporary expertise in the field of athletic training.
• Certification and good standing with the Board of Certification. It is expected that the candidate will obtain WV Athletic Training credentials upon employment.
• A minimum of five (5) years of clinical practice as an athletic trainer.
• Previous full-time academic appointment with teaching responsibilities at a postsecondary level.
• Familiarization with the CAATE accreditation process and ability to assist with CAATE requirements.
• All qualifications must be met by the time of the appointment.

In addition to the required qualifications listed above, candidates with the following qualifications are strongly encouraged to apply:
• Research record with a funded research program
• A scholarship record consistent with appointment at the Associate or Full Professor rank.
• Minimum of 3 years of membership and participation in a national and/or international professional organization related to the profession of athletic training.

West Virginia University is a land grant Carnegie-designated Doctoral Research/Extensive institution, with approximately 32,500 students, including 27,000 undergraduate and 5,500 graduate/professional students. The WVU Health Sciences Center includes the Schools of Pharmacy, Medicine, Dentistry, Public Health and Nursing. Patient care facilities include a 575-bed teaching hospital, a Level I trauma center, and a 70-bed psychiatric hospital. Morgantown is within easy traveling distance of Washington, DC, to the east, Pittsburgh, PA, to the north, and Cleveland and Columbus, OH, to the northwest. Morgantown has 55,000 residents and is rated as one of the best small towns in the U.S. with affordable housing, excellent schools, a picturesque countryside and many outdoor activities.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. The appointment date is negotiable, but the goal is to have the position filled no later than July 1, 2019. This position may be tenure track or non-tenure track, depending on the qualifications and research expectations of the candidate.

To inquire about the position please contact the chairperson of the search committee: Dr. Jean McCrory, PhD, Associate Professor in the Division of Exercise Physiology, at or (304) 293-0442.

Applicants should apply at: with a cover letter of interest, current CV, and contact information, including e-mail addresses, for three professional references.

If you have any questions regarding this position/process, please feel free to contact Julie Peasak, Program Administrator at or 304-293-1642.

WVU is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer and the recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity. The university values diversity among its faculty, staff and students, and invites applications from all qualified individuals, including minorities, females, individuals with disabilities, and veterans.