Assistant Professor of Kinesiology (Motor Behavior and Biomechanics)

Sam Houston State University
Texas, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Aug 8, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Education, Other Education, Health & Medicine, Kinesiology, Exercise Physiology & Physical Education, Other Health & Medicine
Employment Type
Full Time
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Position Information

This position is security-sensitive and thereby subject to the provisions of the Texas Education Code §51.215, which authorizes the employer to obtain criminal history record information.

Position Title Assistant Professor of Kinesiology (Motor Behavior and Biomechanics) Requisition 202200097F Rank Assistant Professor FLSA status Exempt Hiring Salary
Commensurate with education and experience. Position Category Position Type Full-Time Tenure Track College College of Health Sciences Department Dept of Kinesiology Open Date 08/08/2022 Quicklink

Refer Applicants To

Contact Name Sharlyn Wagner Title
Assistant to the Chair
Box 2176
Huntsville, TX 77341 Contact Phone 936-294-2266 Contact Email

Position Details

Duties Performed in the Usual Course of the Job
The Department of Kinesiology at Sam Houston State University ( SHSU ) invites applications from a diverse group of qualified applicants for an Assistant Professor (9-month appointment with summer possibilities) in Motor Behavior and Biomechanics beginning Fall 2023. The duties and responsibilities of this position include teaching, maintaining a research agenda in Motor Behavior and Biomechanics, mentoring students in Kinesiology, Exercise Science, and Human Performance and Wellness Management, performing university and professional service, and contributing to ongoing program evaluation and improvement in the undergraduate and graduate Kinesiology programs. Teaching assignments may include undergraduate (both face-to-face and online) and graduate (online) coursework.

The major responsibilities will include teaching and researching in Motor Behavior and Biomechanics within the undergraduate Kinesiology, Clinical Exercise Science, and Human Performance and Wellness Management programs, and the graduate Kinesiology – Sport and Human Performance program.

The successful candidate will serve as the Lab Director for the Biomechanics/Motor Behavior lab. This lab is approximately 2000 sq. ft., with 13.5 foot ceilings, a Vicon 12 optical camera system, Biodex dynamometer with attachments, Delsys Bagnoli-8 EMG System, Anthropometry Set, Tekscan F-Scan System, Insole Sensors, AMTI AccuPower Force Platform (for jumping and dynamic movements), AMTI AccuSway Force Platform (for gait), Tekscan 4 tile Strideway gait analysis system, Tendo Control System, pursuit rotor, reaction timer, card sorter, 2 Oculus headsets, driving simulator, wooden platform, and concrete floors with rubber flooring. The Department of Kinesiology is located on the main campus in Huntsville, in the newly renovated first floor of the Lee Drain Building and inhabits 20,000 sq. ft. of space which includes all of the labs and faculty offices (Watch this video for a virtual tour ).

The Department of Kinesiology at SHSU seeks to recruit and retain a diverse faculty. Qualified applicants with experience working in diverse settings and/or who demonstrate a commitment to serving diverse student populations are strongly encouraged to apply. The SHSU student body is over 50% first-generation college students and SHSU is a recognized Hispanic serving institution ( HSI ). We are seeking candidates who demonstrate the ability to work collaboratively in and with socially, culturally, and economically diverse communities.

The Department of Kinesiology at SHSU includes a diverse group of faculty, students, and staff ( ). The department offers BS degrees ( ) in Human Performance and Wellness Management, Clinical Exercise Science, Clinical Exercise Science 3+2 to Masters in Athletic Training ( MSAT ), Physical Education Teacher Education (double major), and Kinesiology; and MS degrees in Kinesiology-Sport and Human Performance, MSAT, and Sport Management.

Our programs are committed to preparing practitioners in Kinesiology and Exercise Science, as well as preparing students for graduate studies in Exercise Science/Kinesiology, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and other health-related fields. Many undergraduate students obtain work in their given fields, and some continue their education in professional allied health or graduate degree programs.


There are multiple options for places to live near our multiple campuses. Sam Houston’s main campus is located in Huntsville. The city of Huntsville is nestled in the East Texas Piney Woods and is centrally located on a direct route between Houston and Dallas. With a population of roughly 40,000 (excluding SHSU ), Huntsville offers the simplicity of small-town life and easy access to surrounding larger cities including Conroe (where the College of Osteopathic Medicine is located), The Woodlands (where the School of Nursing and The Woodlands Center is located), and Bryan/College Station. Full of Texas history and charm, this county seat is home to multiple museums, annual festivities, antique stores, year-round outdoor activities, vineyards, golf courses, lakes, and a beautiful state park. In a little over an hour after leaving main campus, you can arrive in downtown Houston. Houston has consistently ranked as one of the most diverse cities in America and as one of the best “foodie” cities. It provides access to large entertainment venues and professional sporting events. If you prefer life on the water, Lake Conroe and Lake Livingston are a short commute, and Galveston Island and the Gulf coast are a two-hour drive.

Educational Requirements for the Position
Earned Doctorate in Kinesiology, Motor Behavior, Biomechanics, Exercise Science, or related discipline from an accredited institution. ABD candidates must graduate before start date (August 2023). Experience Required for the Position
  • Teaching experience in motor learning, biomechanics, and/or motor control
  • A demonstrated record of research and scholarship in motor learning, biomechanics, and/or motor control
  • Service commensurate with appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor
Other Requirements for the Position
Preferred requirements
  • Use of technology in instruction, and experience with distance/online education is preferred.
  • Experience with a variety of laboratory techniques, such as motion capture, force plates, pressure mats, EMG, isokinetic testing, DeXA, balance testing, reaction time, and/or virtual reality is preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience with diverse populations is preferred.
  • Experience mentoring students with scholarship/research projects preferred.
  • Membership and involvement in professional organizations is preferred (e.g., NASPSPA, ISB, ASB, CSB, ACSM, SFN, etc.)
Special Instructions Summary
Interested candidates must submit the following required documents:
  • Cover letter detailing candidate’s interest in the position, teaching experience in motor learning, biomechanics, and/or motor control, research interests and five-year research agenda, involvement in service at the community, departmental, university, state or national level, and experience and commitment to working with diverse populations; it is also recommended that a candidate address any experiences related to the preferred criteria listed in the position description.
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Names and contact information for three professional references
Review of applications will begin October 1st. Position will start August 2023.

Open Until Filled Yes

EEO Statement

EEO Statement
Sam Houston State University is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and Smoke/Drug-Free Workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, creed, ancestry, marital status, citizenship, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, pregnancy, or gender identity or expression. Sam Houston State University is an “at will” employer. Employees with a contract will have additional terms and conditions. Security sensitive positions at SHSU require background checks in accordance with Education Code § 51.215.

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  1. * How did you learn about this position?
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    • HACU - Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities
    • The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education
    • Association for Women in Science
    • TWC - Work in Texas
    • Inside Higher Ed
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    (Open Ended Question)

Candidate Documents
Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae (Faculty)
  3. Reference Contact Information
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