Assistant Professor of Exercise Science and Wellness

Posting Details

Classification Information

FLSA Exempt
Salary Grade Not Applicable
Min Salary 53117
Max Salary 100474
Branch of Service Non Classified
AA/EEO/ADA Statement

As an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity institution which values and is committed to inclusion and expanding the diversity of its faculty and staff, the College invites members of protected classes, including minorities and persons with disabilities, to identify themselves as such at the time of application.

Position Information

Position Title Assistant Professor of Exercise Science and Wellness
Joint Appointment
Department Name Health and Physical Education Department
Academic or Calendar Year Academic
Full Time / Part Time Full Time
Position Summary

The Health and Physical Education Department at Rhode Island College invites a creative and engaged scholar to join its dynamic team. The successful candidate will teach undergraduate courses that improve quality of life and performance of the human body through assessment, development, and implementation of movement-based fitness and wellness programs backed by science-driven theories. The candidate must possess a strong commitment to educating and mentoring students, building a more comprehensive wellness and movement studies program, and the role of assessment.

This position is specifically targeted to a candidate who can assist with advancing initiatives for improving fitness and wellness outcomes and quality of life that support all populations through preparation of innovative practitioners and leaders in the wellness and movement studies field.

Other responsibilities include contributing to robust partnership initiatives between the BS in CHW Movement Studies concentration and the fitness and wellness industries, sustaining interdisciplinary relationships across the college, advising undergraduate students, and developing graduate courses. The candidate must possess skills and commitment for educating the whole person through selection of effective strategies that meet students’ learning needs, and build proficient future professionals.

The Wellness and Movement Studies concentration is the fastest-growing concentration in the Community Health and Wellness (CHW) Bachelor of Science program at Rhode Island College. The program is a combination of science, exercise, education, and wellness, all wrapped into one dynamic program. Major requirements include core courses in motor development and motor learning, biology, anatomy, kinesiology, human and exercise physiology, nutrition, exercise prescription, community health, program planning, and social and global health perspectives, along with health and interdisciplinary concentration electives. Students complete a practicum and a full-semester internship experience where they are immersed into a movement-based setting.

Essential Duties

Teach undergraduate courses in the Wellness and Movement Studies and Physical Education programs including:
-Exercise Physiology
-Exercise Prescription
-Group Fitness
-Strength and Conditioning
-Practicum in Movement Studies
-Internship in Movement Studies
-Introductory courses in Movement Studies
Coordinate and supervise Wellness and Movement Studies interns.
Coordinate and run Motor Lab activities.
Recruit and cultivate community partnerships.
Provide expertise in course and program expansion (e.g., Sports Nutrition, Research in Kinesiology, Sports Psychology, Corporate Wellness and Fitness).
Maintain current knowledge on fitness and wellness trends and changes in post-graduate education and employment opportunities.
Produce meaningful and engaging scholarship and serve their academic community.
Advise and mentor prospective and current undergraduate students.
Participate in accreditation efforts.
Participate in department, School, and college committees and activities.
Collaborate with faculty members in the department and across the college.
Participate in student advising, program recruitment, and retention.
Support departmental activities.

Occasional Duties

-Perform other duties and responsibilities as established in conversations with the department chair and program stakeholders.
-Teach general education courses.

Required Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities

-Comprehensive knowledge of one or more fields related to exercise science, biomechanics, kinesiology, and fitness.
-Demonstrated competency in exercise testing and prescription.
-Evidence of successful teaching.
-Evidence of strong interpersonal skills and ability to establish productive working relationships with colleagues and partner organizations.
-Evidence of effective oral and written communication skills.

Required Qualifications

Doctoral degree in exercise physiology, exercise science, kinesiology, or related discipline. ABD will be considered, but the doctoral degree is required for all tenure-track appointments and must be completed prior to the beginning of employment.

Three years of successful exercise science or related field experience in the fitness and wellness industry.

Demonstrate excellence in teaching, research and service.

Preferred Qualifications

-Higher Education teaching experience
-Professional experiences in diverse settings
-Demonstrated record of leadership
-Commitment to teaching students from diverse backgrounds and learning styles
-Experience using technology for teaching, learning and administration
-Experience with online and hybrid course delivery
-Professional certification such as ACSM, NSCA, ACE
-Comfort in interdisciplinary teaching and scholarship

Environmental Conditions

-Teaching/instruction is performed in traditional classroom settings and field sites
-Some travel to community partnership sites required

Additional Position Information

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number F00146
Starting Salary Range
Benefits Eligible? Yes
Section Academic Affairs
Number of Positions Available 1
Anticipated Start Date or Semester Fall Semester 2018
Position Status Continuing -Tenure Track
Union Status RIC/AFT
Posting Date 02/22/2018
End of Temporary or Limited Position
Priority given to applicants who apply by
Closing Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Special Instructions/Information for Applicants

Anticipated Vacancy – Fall semester 2018
Final appointment is subject to available funding.

This position is open until filled, but a review of applications will begin on March 16, 2018.

-The doctoral degree is required for appointment and must be completed prior to the beginning of service.

-Candidates are required to provide a writing sample (upload to Writing Sample 1 button.)
-Candidates are required to provide an unofficial transcript for both undergraduate and graduate degrees earned. Upon hire, candidate will be required to arrange for an official transcript of all degrees earned to be mailed/transmitted directly from the institution to RIC.
-The application includes an optional button for candidates to upload additional documents, if desired.
-Candidates will be prompted during the application process to provide 3 names and email addresses for reference letters.

Supplemental Questions

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Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Unofficial Transcripts 1
  3. Unofficial Transcripts 2
  4. Curriculum Vitae
  5. Writing Sample 1
Optional Documents
  1. Other Document 1 (see special instructions)