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Tenure Track, Assistant Professor, Exercise Science

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The Department of Health and Exercise Science in the Morrison Family College of Health at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, invites applicants for a tenure-track assistant professor position in Exercise Science.

We seek applicants who are committed to excellence in teaching at the undergraduate level and conducting impactful exercise science research. The successful applicant will teach a range of undergraduate exercise science courses, which will include human anatomy and human physiology. In addition, they will advise exercise science major students, supervise student internship projects, engage students in research opportunities, and collaborate with internal and community partners. The selected candidate is also expected to develop an active research program and participate in service activities in the department, college, and university. We seek candidates who are committed to fostering inclusive learning environments, interested in working as part of an interdisciplinary departmental team, and eager to develop a research program that engages undergraduate students in meaningful ways. 

Institutional Profile

The University of St. Thomas is a dynamic, mission-driven, urban university with 9,000 students and 450 full-time faculty. Located in a residential neighborhood with easy access to both downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul, we are Minnesota’s largest private university with 150+ undergraduate majors/minors and 55 graduate programs. In 2019, the Morrison Family College of Health became the newest addition to the institution’s eight different schools and colleges. The college is comprised of several departments and schools, including the Department of Health and Exercise Science (HES), which was established prior to the college’s inception.  

The interdisciplinary Department of HES engages in innovative teaching, research, service, and community-based initiatives intended to promote both personal and population health. Health equity – or the idea that everyone should have the opportunity to be healthy – is central to all our work. As such, HES faculty and staff strive to create inclusive learning spaces that embrace the diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and worldviews of our students, faculty, staff, and the communities we serve.

The University of St. Thomas embraces diversity, inclusion, and equal opportunity for all. Our convictions of dignity, diversity and personal attention call us to embody and champion a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment.  The University is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer (EEO).  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran. We are committed to building a skilled team that represents a variety of backgrounds and perspectives. This commitment is consistent with our mission: Inspired by Catholic intellectual tradition, the University of St. Thomas educates students to be morally responsible leaders who think critically, act wisely, and work skillfully to advance the common good.  A successful candidate will possess a commitment to the ideals of this mission.


Minimum qualifications

  • A terminal degree (Ph.D. U.S. or foreign equivalent) in exercise science, kinesiology, or a closely related health field; alternatively ABD candidates will be considered
  • Previous experience teaching at the university or college level for a minimum of one semester
  • Previous experience or potential for conducting and leading research on exercise science topics
  • Fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or eligible for legally required exemption such as a medical or religious reason.

Preferred qualifications: 

  • Previous experience as instructor of record for undergraduate exercise science courses 
  • Previous experience creating inclusive learning spaces that embrace diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and worldviews 
  • Previous experience developing community-engaged partnerships or research endeavors 

How to Apply

To be considered for this opportunity, all interested applicants must apply online at: There are multiple parts to the job application process. Applicants will first be asked to create an applicant profile and upload the following supplemental application materials:

  • Curriculum Vitae in which you summarize your education, skills, and teaching and professional experience 
  • Reference list of names and contact information for three potential references (Candidates will be notified via email before references are contacted; Finalists may be required to submit letters of reference) 
  • Cover Letter After creating and submitting an applicant profile, you will be taken to the job specific application. Here you will be asked to copy/paste a cover letter, detailing your interest in the opportunity. In your cover letter, please include a description of your teaching philosophy and experience including evidence of teaching effectiveness. Additionally, please include a description of your current exercise science research and research agenda. Lastly, please include a description of your experience, professional skills, and willingness to be involved in activities intended to promote diversity and inclusion in the classroom and on campus.

Please do not upload any additional documents into the other available fields within the candidate profile at this time. Additional application materials such as official transcripts may be requested later, but no additional materials beyond those requested above are asked of you at this time. 

To ensure full consideration for the position, all application materials should be received by Friday, October 21, 2022; however, the position will remain open until filled. Questions about the position should be directed to the search committee chair (Dr. Paul Mellick,  If you encounter issues with the application process, please email the Office of Human Resources at

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