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Assistant Professor, Kinesiology

Washburn University
Topeka, Kansas, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Mar 7, 2024

Job Details

Position Title: Assistant Professor, Kinesiology

Department: Kinesiology

Campus Location: Washburn University

The screening committee will review all eligible applications submitted by March 29, 2024

Position Summary: Washburn University's Department of Kinesiology invites applications for an Assistant Professor in Sport Management to begin Fall 2024. This is a 9-month tenure track position. A completed doctorate is necessary for a tenure-track appointment.

Class sizes at Washburn are small, and students and faculty have the opportunity to participate in community-engaged learning. There are multiple degrees and programs within the Kinesiology Department at Washburn University with clinical, health and fitness, sport management, and teaching career options. This position will be responsible for much of the coursework and student internships within the Bachelor of Art Sport Management degree.

Washburn University is a teaching-focused, student-centered, public institution located in the metropolitan setting of Topeka that has earned national recognition for its high-impact programs for first-generation students. Washburn has a student body of over 5,500 undergraduate, graduate, and law students, a significant and growing number of whom are first-generation and Pell-Grant eligible. The University has created educational pathways for all students to be successful and achieve their educational goals.

Washburn is dedicated to recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty, staff, and student body and cultivating a vibrant and inclusive working environment and curriculum. We offer competitive wages, an excellent benefits program, a supportive leadership team, and a healthy work/life balance. At Washburn, we strive to ensure a campus climate that supports the success of every employee and appreciates the unique skills and expertise each contributes to serving our students.

Essential Functions:
• Fulfill teaching expectations associated with tenure-track appointment. Teach 12 hours per semester (either in-person or online, according to departmental needs) or an equivalent full workload as outlined in the faculty handbook.
• Supervise student internships.
• Teach and develop undergraduate classes and seminars as assigned and as dependent upon department needs, consistent with the candidate’s training and interests.
• Advise students and maintain regular office hours.
• Fulfill service expectations associated with a tenure-track appointment by engaging in service activities in the department, university, and profession.
• Fulfill scholarship expectations associated with a tenure-track appointment and pursue an active research program that can involve students.

Required Qualifications:
• An earned Doctoral degree in Sport Management or a related area. ABD applicants will be considered, with the completion of the doctorate by May 2025.
• Each selected candidate will have a demonstrated commitment to pursuing teaching excellence at Washburn University, including a dedication to developing inclusive teaching practices that engage students from diverse backgrounds.

Preferred Qualifications:
• Experience teaching college-level kinesiology and sport management courses including Experience in Facility and Event Management, Organization and Administration in Kinesiology, Microcomputer Applications to Kinesiology, Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity, Coaching Principles & Philosophy, and Physical Activity Techniques.
• Experience supervising student internships.

Special Instructions to Applicants:
• Please upload the following items as a PDF to the “additional document” field via the electronic application: a cover letter explaining interest in teaching at Washburn, a statement of teaching philosophy, evidence of teaching effectiveness (such as student or peer evaluations), evidence of an active research program that can involve students and examples of collegiality and inclusivity. Contact information for three current professional references will be collected as part of the application form.
• If you have questions about the position, please email Dr. Yang Song, Screening Committee Chair, at

Full time Exempt
Background Check Required


Washburn University

Washburn is a top-notch university in an urban setting where students are becoming their best selves.

Nestled in the heart of Topeka - the capital city with about 127 thousand residents - Washburn offers students from small towns a big-city feel, while providing students from major metropolitan areas a more manageable environment.

Washburn's beautiful campus - on 160 acres - is easy to navigate with state-of-the art facilities. Our Tech campus on Huntoon offers industry-standard programs leading to in-demand jobs. And with our low student/faculty ratio and small classes, you're going to get to know your professors. 

Internally, we're organized into five schools, the College of Arts & Sciences, the School of Applied Studies, the Business School, the School of Nursing, the School of Law and the Washburn Institute of Technology (Washburn Tech.)

Our mission is to provide opportunities for our students to realize their full potential; we can't do it without our dedicated faculty and staff. 

Washburn University employs more than one thousand faculty and staff on our campuses throughout Topeka. We strive to offer competitive wages, an excellent benefits program, supportive culture and healthy work/life balance. Washburn seeks to create an environment that reflects our core values: integrity, excellence, inclusion, accountability, respect, collaboration and innovation.

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