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Assistant Professor Esports

University of North Dakota
Grand Forks, North Dakota
Salary is competitive and will be commensurate with experience
Posted Date
Oct 5, 2022
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The University of North Dakota seeks a tenure-track assistant professor with expertise in Esports to join the Department of Education, Health, & Behavior Studies programs starting August 16, 2023.  Housed within the Kinesiology Program, the Esports major is the newest bachelor’s degree program at the university.  The Bachelor’s of Science degree in Esports, which officially launched in Fall 2022 at the University of North Dakota, is an interdisciplinary program that features a curriculum that spans business, communication, public health, computer science, kinesiology, and related disciplines.  The Esports major allows students opportunities to develop expertise and skills in athletic performance, esports coaching, health and wellness issues in esports and gaming culture, esports management and marketing, and more.  The program also features multiple internship and experiential learning opportunities in partnership with UND’s competitive Varsity Esports program, it’s esports recreational programming, and through local and regional business that work in the growing esports ecosystem in the region. 

The successful candidate for the assistant professor of esports position will have a unique opportunity to join a new and growing program at the University of North Dakota, and will be able to help establish both the near and long-term vision for the program and contribute actively to curriculum development, student mentoring, and partnership development.  

Candidates with any sub-specialization across the esports interdisciplinary space will be considered, and we invite applications from candidates with experience and/or expertise in esports coaching; esports management and marketing; esports, gaming, and interactive media culture; esports programming and administration; esports health, fitness, and wellbeing; and other related fields. 

The University of North Dakota Kinesiology programs’ mission are to play a key role in educating about and promoting lifestyle behaviors (e.g. physical activity and sport) and environmental factors (e.g. advocacy) that facilitate comprehensive health and wellness, and in minimizing modifiable risk behaviors and factors (e.g. tobacco use, alcohol abuse) that may adversely impact health and wellness. The program offers Bachelor of Science degrees in Esports, Kinesiology, Public Health Education and graduate degrees in Kinesiology and Sports Leadership.

The university is located in Grand Forks, North Dakota, a vibrant college town of over 50,000 located along the Red River, on the border of North Dakota and Minnesota. Grand Forks boasts high-quality medical facilities, a very low crime rate, many fine restaurants, acclaimed public and private schools, and annual events throughout the year. Ranked as one of the top 5 Best Small College Towns, and America’s Best Hockey Town, Grand Forks offers stellar quality of life without the metropolitan hassles. 

The University of North Dakota is committed to creating an inclusive and equitable environment that respects, acknowledges and celebrates diversity and individual differences.  Successful applicants for this position will demonstrate a commitment to equity and inclusion through interest or past experience, as well as the ability to work and collaborate in a diverse, multicultural, and inclusive setting.

Position Benefits

Benefits include single or family health care coverage (UND pays the full premium), $12,000 in basic life insurance, employee assistance program, retirement plans with generous employer contributions, and 10 paid holidays.

Optional benefits include supplemental life, dental, vision, flexible spending account, supplemental retirement plans.

UND also offers an employee tuition waiver and a variety of professional development opportunities.

Find out more about UND's great benefits and perks here!

Duties & Responsibilities


  • Teaching esports courses dependent on expertise and need; Conducting research, seeking external funding for research, and publishing or presenting research findings; Participation in service activities in the department, college, and university, and in the profession Assume leadership of the new BS in Esports

Minimum Requirements


  • Ph.D, EdD or terminal degree (e.g., MBA) in a relevant field earned by August 15, 2023 Successful completion of criminal history records check

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identify and eligibility to work in the US and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.


Preferred Qualifications


  • Involvement in professional organization and activities Successful experience teaching in face-to-face and online (synchronous & asynchronous) classroom environments Research agenda that aligns with esports

Minimum Hiring Salary

Salary is competitive and will be commensurate with experience

Contract Period/Start Date

40 hours per week/August 16, 2023

To Apply

For full consideration, applications must be received by November 1, 2022 and include the following materials:

  • Letter of Interest Curriculum Vita Names and contact information for three references Unofficial transcripts.  Please note that the selected candidate will be required to submit official transcripts upon hire.  

Position is open until filled.

Additional Information

To find out why living and working in Greater Grand Forks is way cooler, check out Grand Forks is Cooler.


All information listed in this position announcement will be used by Human Resources, the Hiring Department, and EO/Title IX for screening, interviewing and selection purposes.


Confidentiality of Application Materials

Pursuant to NDCC 44-04-18.27, applications and any records related to the applications that identify an applicant are confidential, except records related to the finalists of the position, which are open to the public after the search committee has identified the top three finalists who will be invited to campus.

EEO Statement

The University of North Dakota is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or other protected characteristic. Women, minorities, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of other underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply. Applicants are invited to provide information regarding their gender, race and/or ethnicity, veteran’s status and disability status as part of the application process. This information will remain confidential and separate from your application.

Veteran’s Preference

Veterans claiming preference must submit all proof of eligibility by the closing date. Proof of eligibility includes a DD-214 or NGB 22 and if claiming disabled status, a current letter of disability from the VA dated within the last 12 months.

Clery Statement

In compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the University of North Dakota publishes an Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. The report includes the university’s policies, procedures, and programs concerning safety and security, as well as three years of crime statistics for our campus. As a prospective employee, you are entitled to a copy of this report. The report and statistical data can be found online at You may also request a paper copy of the report from the UND Police Department located at 3851 Campus Road, Grand Forks, ND, 58202.


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