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Assistant Professor of Exercise Science

University of Arkansas

University of Arkansas

Fayetteville, AR, USA
Posted on Friday, September 22, 2023

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Type of Position:

Faculty - Tenure/Tenure Track

Workstudy Position:


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Work Shift:

Day Shift (United States of America)

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Institution Name:

University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

Founded in 1871, the University of Arkansas is a land grant institution, classified by the Carnegie Foundation among the nation’s top 2 percent of universities with the highest level of research activity. The University of Arkansas works to advance Arkansas and build a better world through education, research and outreach by providing transformational opportunities and skills, promoting an inclusive and diverse culture and climate, and nurturing creativity, discovery and the spread of new ideas and innovations.

The University of Arkansas campus is located in Fayetteville, a welcoming community ranked as one of the best places to live in the U.S. The growing region surrounding Fayetteville is home to numerous Fortune 500 companies and one of the nation’s strongest economies. Northwest Arkansas is also quickly gaining a national reputation for its focus on the arts and overall quality of life.

As an employer, the University of Arkansas offers a vibrant work environment and a workplace culture that promotes a healthy work-life balance. The benefits package includes university contributions to health, dental, life and disability insurance, tuition waivers for employees and their families, 12 official holidays, immediate leave accrual, and a choice of retirement programs with university contributions ranging from 5 to 10% of employee salary.

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Department of Health, Human Performance & Recreation

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Summary of Job Duties:

The Assistant Professor of Exercise Science is a 9-month, tenure-track, full-time faculty position. The successful candidate will complement existing strengths within the Exercise Science Program and the College of Education and Health Professions. We are especially interested in candidates with a research focus in school-based physical activity and health in the preK-12 setting, which may include but is not limited to school-based physical activity interventions, physical activity or fitness measurement in a school setting, education policy and advocacy, school sports, etc. We are seeking candidates who demonstrate both synergy with existing teaching strengths and a commitment to promoting a culture of inclusive excellence.

This faculty position is part of a cluster hire in the signature research area of ‘healthy schools’ within the College of Education and Health Professions at the University of Arkansas. Schools are vital anchors for the well-being of every community. Educators have been increasingly focused on the impact of physical, behavioral, and mental health on the educational and cognitive outcomes of children. Similarly, healthcare professionals have actively emphasized the need for early education to promote positive health outcomes. The College of Education and Health Professions is uniquely poised to promote research and collaboration across its education and health programs to maximize learning and health in schools. To this end, the College is seeking outstanding candidates for tenure-track faculty positions who are committed to advancing research in the signature research area of ‘healthy schools.’ Building on existing faculty strengths, the new faculty hired as part of the ‘healthy schools’ cluster will engage in collaborative research aimed at improving education and health outcomes of children and youth.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities include establishing a research agenda capable of securing external funding, publishing in peer-reviewed journals, and presenting at professional conferences; teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in Exercise Science; supervising theses, dissertations, and honors projects; mentor/advise both undergraduate and graduate students; and provide service to the department, college, university, community, and profession.

Regular, reliable, and non-disruptive attendance is an essential job duty, as is the ability to create and maintain collegial, harmonious working relationships with others.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Earned doctorate from an accredited institution in Exercise Science or a related field e.g., public health, psychology, behavior change, etc. conferred by the start of employment

  • An established or emerging research agenda focused on healthy schools or related topics including, but not limited to school-based physical activity/exercise and health

  • Record of refereed peer-reviewed publications and presentations

  • Strong potential to obtain external funding

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Evidence of interdisciplinary research bridging exercise science, health, and education

  • Professional experience in the preK-12 setting

  • Postdoctoral experience

  • Ability to develop an independent and collaborative research agenda and secure external funding

  • Commitment to the culture of inclusive excellence and integration with research, teaching, and service

  • Evidence of effective teaching and student mentorship

Additional Information:

Salary Information:

Commensurate with education and experience

Required Documents to Apply:

Cover Letter/Letter of Application, Curriculum Vitae, List of three Professional References (name, email, business title), Statement of Research Philosophy, Statement of Teaching Philosophy

Optional Documents:

Proof of Veteran Status

Recruitment Contact Information:

Dr. Howie Hickey

All application materials must be uploaded to the University of Arkansas System Career Site

Please do not send to listed recruitment contact.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Completed applications received by 09/19/2023, will be assured full consideration. Late applications will be reviewed as necessary to fill the position.

Pre-employment Screening Requirements:

Criminal Background Check, Sex Offender Registry

The University of Arkansas is committed to providing a safe campus community. We conduct background checks for applicants being considered for employment. Background checks include a criminal background check and a sex offender registry check. For certain positions, there may also be a financial (credit) background check, a Motor Vehicle Registry (MVR) check, and/or drug screening. Required checks are identified in the position listing. A criminal conviction or arrest pending adjudication or adverse financial history information alone shall not disqualify an applicant in the absence of a relationship to the requirements of the position. Background check information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.

The University of Arkansas seeks to attract, develop and retain high quality faculty, staff and administrators that consistently display practices and behaviors to advance a culture that embeds inclusion, opportunity, educational excellence and unparalleled access for all.

The University of Arkansas is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. The University does not discriminate in its education programs or activities (including in admission and employment) on the basis of age, race, color, national origin, disability, religion, marital or parental status, protected veteran status, military service, genetic information, or sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, and gender identity). Federal law prohibits the University from discriminating on these bases. Questions or concerns about the application of Title IX, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, may be sent to the University's Title IX Coordinator and to the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights.

Persons must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States on the first day of employment.

All application information is subject to public disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.

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Frequent Physical Activity:

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