Chair, Department of
College of Education, Michigan State
The Michigan State University College of Education is seeking
nominations and applications for the position of Chair of the
Department of Kinesiology (education.msu.edu/kin). The
Chair serves as the chief officer of the Department and, as such,
is expected to provide strong strategic and visionary leadership
across all facets of Department missions. Responsibilities include
guiding the overall direction of the Department (including fiscal
management), facilitation and mentoring of the faculty to enhance
its research, teaching, outreach, and professional service
activities, in addition to serving as a promoter of institutional
collaborations. The Chair will work collaboratively with the
faculty to provide strategic leadership in performing a shared
vision for the Department. The Chair must also demonstrate
transparency; be committed to diversity, equity and inclusion; and
be responsible to support and work with its faculty, staff, and
students to maintain accreditation of programs in the
The ideal candidate should be committed to leadership of a
department that is research- and grant-oriented while also being
dedicated to quality teaching, outreach, and the optimal
development of undergraduate, masters, and doctoral degree
students. Candidates should be accomplished scholars with active
nationally and/or internationally recognized research programs,
have a strong record in securing extramural funding, have proven
administrative and leadership skills, and a commitment to
excellence in training/education.
It is expected that the individual hired for this position will
interface with ongoing departmental efforts (e.g., the Center for
Physical Activity and Health, Institute for the Study of Youth
Sports) and with campus units that share facilities or in which
faculty have joint appointments. The position is an annual year
appointment with an August 2022 start date.
- Leading and facilitating the faculty in carrying out its stated
mission and, in so doing, helping the Department to continue to
thrive and advance.
- Fostering faculty and graduate students’ success in obtaining
- Facilitating excellence in scholarship, teaching,
- Advocating Department priorities to the College and University
- Facilitating effective collaboration within the Department and,
as appropriate, across the College and University.
- Overseeing departmental fiduciary responsibilities.
- Fostering a collegial and productive work environment for
faculty, staff, and graduate assistants.
- Supporting the recruitment and development of outstanding
students and faculty.
- Promoting faculty professional development and enrichment.
About the MSU Department of Kinesiology:
The Department of Kinesiology at Michigan State University is
one of four departments in the College of Education. The faculty is
comprised of 15 tenure-stream and 5 fixed-term/academic specialists
who conduct basic and applied/translational research, teaching, and
outreach across four thematic areas encompassing: Athletic Injury
and Rehabilitation, Cognitive and Motor Neuroscience, Exercise
Physiology, and Psychosocial Aspects of Sport and Physical
Activity. The mission of the Department is to (1) engage in
disciplinary and interdisciplinary collaborative research that
focuses on physical activity and sport across the lifespan, with a
special emphasis on youth; (2) prepare individuals for positions of
research and leadership in educational, sport, and clinical
settings; and (3) educate individuals to lead physically active,
healthy lives. The Bachelor of Science Degree in Kinesiology is one
of the top 5 most popular majors at Michigan State University, with
the Department also offering minors in Health Promotion and
Coaching. The Department offers Master of Science programs in both
Athletic Training and Kinesiology, as well as an online Master of
Science program in Sport Coaching, Leadership, and Administration.
The Doctor of Philosophy in Kinesiology program provides
specializations within each of the four thematic departmental
areas. Altogether, the degree programs offered serve over 1,000
undergraduate students and 100 graduate students.
As one of the top research
universities in the world, Michigan State University is home to
nationally ranked and recognized academic, residential college, and
service-learning programs within a diverse community of dedicated
students and scholars, athletes and artists, scientists and
leaders. The university offers over 200 academic programs across 17
colleges which serve almost 50,000 undergraduate students and over
10,000 graduate/professional students. The park-like campus with
outlying research facilities and natural areas is located in East
Lansing, adjacent to the capital city of Lansing. The Lansing
metropolitan area has a diverse population of approximately
450,000. Local communities have excellent school systems and place
a high value on education. MSU is proactive in exploring
opportunities for employment for dual career families, both inside
and outside the university, and respects all family forms.
- Doctorate in Kinesiology or a related field.
- Full Professor or a record of accomplishment consistent with
appointment as a tenure system Full Professor at Michigan State
- A record of scholarship and professional activity in the field
of Kinesiology or a highly-related field.
- A record of effective leadership and/or experience relative to
planning, budgeting, and administration.
- A record of external funding/grant activity and/or the ability
to support grant-active faculty.
- An understanding and commitment to the array of thematic areas
in the field of Kinesiology.
- Demonstrated commitment to recruiting and supporting faculty
and students from diverse backgrounds.
- An ability to articulate and lead strategic and visionary
- An ability to engage faculty in professional growth and
Instructions to Applicants:
Online application via careers.msu.edu is
see posting #724517. Applicants must submit a letter of
application highlighting their qualifications for the position;
curriculum vitae; and names, addresses, emails, and phone numbers
of three references. Formal acknowledgement of candidacy is not
required until a candidate is asked to make a public presentation
(in person or virtual).
Questions regarding the position may be directed to members of
the search committee:
- Tracey Covassin, Search Committee Co-Chair, Kinesiology
- Matthew Pontifex, Search Committee Co-Chair, Kinesiology
- Andy Driska, Kinesiology Faculty, email@example.com
- David Ferguson, Kinesiology Faculty, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Rajiv Ranganathan, Kinesiology Faculty, email@example.com
- Christina Ebmeyer, Kinesiology Staff, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Kylee Ault, Kinesiology Graduate Student, email@example.com
- Terah Venzant Chambers, Associate Dean, Equity and Inclusion,
Review of applications will begin October 15, 2021 and continue
until a candidate is selected to fill the position.
Department Web Address: education.msu.edu/kin
Michigan State University is an affirmative action, equal
opportunity employer and is committed to achieving excellence
through cultural diversity. The university actively encourages
applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color,
veterans, and persons with disabilities. Persons with disabilities
have the right to request and receive reasonable
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