Department Chair - Kinesiology

The University of Texas at San Antonio
Texas, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Nov 06, 2020
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time
The Department of Kinesiology at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) invites applications and nominations for the position of Department Chair. The Department seeks exceptional candidates with (1) a record of high quality research and scholarship, (2) excellence in undergraduate and graduate education, (3) leadership experience and (4) a demonstrated commitment to inclusion and diversity. Successful candidates will demonstrate a clear vision for expanding the research enterprise of the Department, including mentorship of junior faculty; a plan for the continued success of graduate and undergraduate educational programs; and the ability to build strong relationships with local industry, community partners and other academic departments.


UTSA has recently embarked on a focused cluster hiring plan in the area of Human Performance with hires in multiple areas (Biomedical Engineering, Kinesiology, Mechanical Engineering, Nutrition, Psychology, and Public Health). The Human Performance initiative focuses on applied and fundamental research for the health and well- being of the global community. This community focused effort leverages strengths throughout San Antonio to develop research that can positively impact human performance for community health, elite sport, and military function. The search for a department chair in Kinesiology is one of three searches as part of this cluster hire plan for Fall 2021 and compliments last year’s successful searches that resulted in three new faculty focused on human performance.


The Kinesiology Department, the College for Health, Community and Policy, and UTSA are focused on increasing national and international recognition as an institution of research excellence. The Kinesiology Department currently has 12 full-time faculty, one full-time lecturer, and 1700 undergraduate students and over 100 graduate students in an M.S. in Health and Kinesiology program (jointly administered with the Department of Public Health). Additional information about the Department of Kinesiology can be found at



The required qualifications of the successful candidate are a PhD in Kinesiology, any of its sub-disciplines (e.g. biomechanics, exercise physiology, motor development, motor learning, sport and exercise psychology, physical education) or a related field, outstanding research and teaching records that warrant an appointment at the rank of full professor with tenure (contingent upon Board of Regents approval), experience in an academic leadership/administrative position, and a demonstrated commitment to inclusion and diversity.


The preferred qualifications are experience in an academic supervisory capacity (ideally Department Chair); knowledge of innovative curriculum development and implementation; mentorship of graduate students and junior faculty; experience with fiscal management responsibilities; and experience with external and community partners.


Compensation will be commensurate with applicant qualifications.


The College for Health, Community and Policy (HCaP), founded in 2020, includes the departments of Sociology, Psychology, Social Work, Public Health, Kinesiology, Demography, Public Administration, Criminology/Criminal Justice and a Coordinated Program in Dietetics. The mission of the HCaP is to improve the wellbeing of the world around us and to develop recommendations for complex social problems. We aim to accomplish this mission through exceptional education, creation and dissemination of knowledge, and partnership with diverse communities and institutions from local to global.


UTSA is a distinguished Hispanic Serving Institution, committed to advancing the next generation of Hispanic/Latino and other historically underrepresented leaders through being a model for student success, a great research university, and an exemplar for strategic growth and innovative excellence (see UTSA is a proud member of the University of Texas system, known world- wide for its quality and impact, and as a Top 25 Rising Young University (Nature Index, 2019).


San Antonio is the 7th largest city in the United States with a thriving economy based on Bioscience/Healthcare, Aerospace/Aviation, Financial Services, Information Technology and Cyber, and Energy. The city is known for its growth and a rich, forward looking culture, and is a place of inclusiveness. In 2018, San Antonio celebrated the 300th anniversary of its founding by Spanish missionaries, and is known as “Military City” for its military installations and governmental facilities including Joint Base San Antonio, Randolph Air Force Base, Lackland Air Force Base, Fort Sam Houston, Camp Bullis, and NSA Texas. As home to the UT Health San Antonio, Southwest Research Institute and the Texas Biomedical Research, all internationally renowned organizations with which UTSA has created many collaborations and partnerships. With areas such as the beautiful Pearl, Southtown, and thriving Arts scene, revitalized and redesigned for urban living and communal gathering, as well as celebrated historical spaces—San Antonio exemplifies the future for vibrant, urban locales. San Antonio residents benefit from access to scenic greenways across the city to museums and art galleries, history, culture, performing arts, theme parks, family fun, dining and nightlife, festivals and events, shopping, sports, and year-round outdoor lifestyle.


Application Instructions

Applicants should submit their application packages online at (Job ID 5429) Application packages must contain the following information:

Curriculum Vitae A research and teaching statement, which includes discussion on the role diversity and inclusion play in an academic environment (4-page limit) A statement regarding previous administrative experience and their vision for the department (2-page limit) Complete contact information for at least three professional references  

Application review will begin on November 30, 2020. Applications received after that date will be accepted and reviewed until the position is filled. Applicants selected for interviews must show proof that they will be eligible and qualified to work in the United States by the time of hire. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.


Inquiries about the position should be directed to Sara Oswalt, committee chair, at


UTSA is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. UTSA is a diverse, Hispanic Serving Institution and over half of the student population are first generation college students. Successful candidates must demonstrate their ability to work with and be sensitive to the educational needs of diverse urban populations and support the University’s commitment to thrive as a Hispanic Serving Institution and a model for student success. Successful candidates must have the ability to work with a diverse urban population and be sensitive to the education needs of such students.

Demonstrated intellectual contributions linked to diversity, inclusion and/or inclusive excellence may include: experience in multicultural, diversity and power and privilege practice, demonstrated experience successfully teaching, mentoring, and advising diverse, underserved students, including students of color and non-traditional students.