Assistant Professor of Recreation, School of Health Science & Wellness

Missouri, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Apr 20, 2021
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

PRIMARY DUTY: This tenure-track faculty position directly supports Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Recreation Management and Sport Management through course instruction, student advisement, and collaborative curriculum management. Candidates with teaching specializations and expertise in any aspect of Park and Recreation Management, Sport Management or other closely related fields will be considered.  Potential teaching assignments include courses related to recreation administration, recreation and sport management, risk management, foundations of recreation, leadership, programming, facility design and operations, and other related content areas.  Other responsibilities for the position include student advisement and mentorship, supervision of internships, active participation in school and university committees and initiatives, and engagement in creative and scholarly works. 



  1. Teaching: Develop and deliver graduate and undergraduate courses in the recreation curriculum utilizing both on-line and on-ground modes of delivery. Supervise undergraduate and graduate field experiences and internships. Additional summer courses may be available.
  2. Creative and Scholarly Efforts: Establish significant contributions of creative and scholarly research, participate in the generation and sharing of knowledge through conference presentations, journal publications, and other appropriate outlets.
  3. Service and Student Support: Assist with student recruitment, student advisement, student development and retention. Active participation in related professional and community organizations, service on departmental, college, university committees.
  4. Other duties as assigned.



        Education: Doctorate, with at least one graduate degree in Parks and Recreation Management, Sport Management, or a closely related field

        Certification/License: Any related (C.P.R.P., etc.)      

        Experience: Three or more years of College level teaching, at least one year of online-course delivery experience; recent and successful professional related publishing; practical professional related experience; successful grant writing and/or service contracts/consulting

        Skills: Strong interpersonal communication skills; computer skills (sufficient to develop on-line courses); organizational and administrative skills; a demonstrated collaborative approach to work and classroom instruction                           


WORKING CONDITIONS: Typical classroom and office conditions with weekly office hours required          


EQUIPMENT/MATERIALS USED: Faculty are issued a personal laptop.  All classrooms are technology-enhanced (document stations, video equipment, wireless Internet access)        


TYPICAL PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Ability to complete teaching, scholarship and service functions


COMMUNITY: Northwest Missouri State University is located in Maryville, Missouri, a community of 12,000 with a diverse economy and a strong industrial base. Maryville is located 45 miles north of St. Joseph, Missouri, and 90 miles north of Kansas City, Missouri. For more information visit the city’s website at


UNIVERSITY: With an enrollment of more than 7,200 students, Northwest is a coeducational, primarily residential four-year university that offers a broad range of undergraduate and selected graduate programs on its Maryville campus as well as its Northwest-Kansas City location at the Northland Innovation Center and through Northwest Online.


Founded in 1905, Northwest places a high emphasis on profession-based learning to help graduates get a jumpstart on their careers. Students have opportunities to build their résumés with experiences on campus in nearly every area of study, including the Horace Mann Laboratory SchoolNational Public Radio affiliate KXCV, the R.T. Wright Farm, Mozingo Outdoor Education Recreation Area or Knacktive, a student-driven integrated digital marketing communications agency.


The University is a national model for student success and career placement. In addition, 96 percent of Northwest bachelor’s degree earners and 99 percent of master’s degree earners secure employment or continue their education within six months of graduation, according to the most recent data. Zippia, a career website, names Northwest the best college in Missouri for getting a job.


Furthermore, its vibrant and diverse learning community offers more than 150 student organizations, and textbooks and a laptop are included in tuition, which is among the lowest in the nation, saving students an estimated $7,200 over four years. Northwest also offers 1,200 student employment positions, allowing students to build professional skills through its internationally benchmarked student employment program. Designated the Missouri Arboretum, the Northwest campus was named one of the “50 Most Amazing University Botanical Gardens and Arboretums in the U.S.”


For more information about Northwest and its performance, visit


SCHOOL: School of Health Science & Wellness


DIVISION: Division of Health Sciences


SALARY: Salary for this Assistant Professor, tenure track position is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience




DATE AVAILABLE: August 2021    


TO APPLY: Please fill out a Northwest application online by clicking to reach our employment opportunities listing. You will also need to submit the application materials listed below in order for them to be complete. Please contact the Office of Human Resources at 660-562-1127 or email for more information.


APPLICATION MATERIALS: Letter of application describing your teaching experience and your suitability for the position, current curriculum vitae, copies of transcripts, a statement of teaching philosophy, current teaching evaluations, and the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of three current references.



        Dr. Terry Long, Director

        School of Health Science and Wellness