Applications will be accepted until the position is
filled. Initial review of applications will begin on
Wednesday, November 17th,
so applications should be submitted by that time for guaranteed
APPOINTMENT DATE: August 16, 2022
JOB TYPE: Full-time / Tenure-Track
Bemidji State University (BSU) invites
qualified applicants to join our team as an Assistant
Professor of Exercise Science. BSU’s vision is to educate
people to lead inspired lives. To accomplish BSU’s vision, the
University prioritizes creating a culture in which diversity is
embraced and all people are safe, welcome, and validated. BSU also
prioritizes increasing engagement with Indigenous communities to
become a destination university.
BSU is located amid the lakes and forests of northern Minnesota
and occupies a wooded campus along the shore of Lake Bemidji.
BSU balances rigorous academia with the opportunity to enjoy a fun,
robust, outdoor culture. The proximity to the lake and the
surrounding north woods allows easy access to an assortment of
recreation. Major campus facilities are connected by
all-season underground passages for safe and warm travel during the
cold, winter months.
Enrolling around 5,000 students, BSU offers more than 70
undergraduate majors and eight graduate degrees encompassing arts,
sciences and select professional programs. BSU is a member of the
Minnesota State system of colleges and universities and has a
faculty and staff of more than 550. BSU’s Shared Fundamental Values
include civic engagement and leadership, international and
multicultural understanding, belief in the power of the liberal
arts, and environmental stewardship.
The Department of Human Performance, Sport & Health at BSU
currently houses undergraduate and graduate level courses including
major programs in Physical Education, Health Education, Exercise
Science, Community Health and Sport Management. The
Department offers effective programs of study providing students
the theoretical, methods and content knowledge needed to excel in
teaching and other practical professions. The Department offers
students a program to prepare for teaching practicums, student
teaching, internships, conference participation, and opportunities
to work directly with members in the community. The
department is fully committed to equity and to diversity in our
faculty and students.
Responsibilities of the Assistant Professor in
Exercise Science include:
- Teach a wide variety of undergraduate/graduate classes.
Among the classes taught may be exercise science, health and
physical education classes such as exercise physiology, advanced
fitness assessment & prescription-aerobic, advanced principles
for speed & strength, nutrition, disease prevention &
epidemiology, and community or individual health/fitness
- Incumbent may teach other major program and liberal education
courses as needed by the department.
- Commitment to quality teaching is required of all
candidates. The faculty member should anticipate involvement
with interdisciplinary teaching.
- Contribute to a program of scholarship within the discipline,
academic advising of undergraduate students, service to the
department, university and community, and other associated faculty
- Contribute to interdisciplinary teaching and distance learning
delivery; involvement in activities that support Bemidji State
University's signature themes: Environmental Stewardship, Civic
Engagement, Global/Multicultural Understanding.
- Successful applicant is expected to contribute to a collegial
and supportive environment that advances departmental goals,
including curriculum development, program/course assessment,
student advising and internship placement and other departmental
- Knowledge of or willingness to learn and utilize D2L
Brightspace, Task Stream, and deliver on-campus and distance online
courses guided by Quality Matters.
- The faculty member will be expected to participate in
Departmental and University assessment, and should demonstrate a
knowledge of and interest in diverse cultures and populations.
- Work collaboratively with other Exercise Science faculty to
attain and maintain accreditation through ACSM and/or NSCA.
- Advising and supporting students’ academic progress.
- As a member of the graduate faculty, the incumbent is expected
to fulfill all duties and responsibilities expected of graduate
Minimum qualifications for this position
- Ph.D or Ed.D. or ABD in Kinesiology, Exercise Science, Exercise
Physiology or related field from a regionally accredited
institution at the start of employment by August 16, 2022.
- Undergraduate degree in health, physical education,
kinesiology, exercise science, or related field preferred.
- Current ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist and/or NSCA
Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist.
- Demonstrated commitment to quality teaching is required.
- Demonstrated effective communication skills, teaching and
organizational skills are required.
- Demonstrated experience working with and/or interest working
with students and colleagues from multi-cultural and diverse
backgrounds and using culturally responsive pedagogy and
Preferred qualifications include:
- Knowledge and the skill to facilitate student learning in
exercise assessment and prescription, including measurement of
blood pressure, heart rate, maximal oxygen consumption, respiratory
function, physical activity, skinfolds, flexibility and
- Knowledge and the skills to use technical lab equipment such as
accelerometers, calipers, and metabolic measurement system.
- Knowledge of motivational interviewing, client risk
stratification, and power/Olympic lift techniques.
- Experience in exercise testing; speed/agility, strength and
general fitness evaluation.
- Experience in group exercise leadership, client/patient care,
and individualized exercise program design.
- Knowledge of ACSM and/or NSCA accreditation requirements and
- Knowledge of disease prevention, community or individual
fitness/health promotion, and nutrition will be considered.
- Certified by the AHA or ARC to teach CPR/First Aid is
- Skills/ability to design and deliver online and face-to face
courses with Desire To Learn (D2L) software.
Dr. Shannon Norman, Search Committee Chair
If you have general questions about this posting or submitting an
application, contact Teresa Hanson at firstname.lastname@example.org
UNIVERSITY / COMMUNITY
Bemidji State University is nestled among the pines along the
shores of Lake Bemidji, just blocks from a thriving downtown
community. In this Northwoods setting, students, staff, and faculty
have a variety of activities at their fingertips. Possessing all
the charm and character of a college town, Bemidji remains a
tight-knit community of good neighbors and engaged citizens who
always come out to cheer for the Bemidji State Beavers. While the
city of Bemidji — named after the Ojibwe Chief Shaynowishkung
(nicknamed Bemidji) — is home to a diverse population of more than
15,000 people, it serves a regional population of more than
Located between three American Indian reservations – Leech Lake,
Red Lake and White Earth, students at Bemidji State University have
the opportunity to experience a dynamic local culture and history.
Bemidji also sits at the center of the legends of Paul Bunyan and
Babe the Blue Ox. The famous statues of Paul and Babe greet
students as they drive in from the south along Lake Bemidji.
Though quaint and historic, the city offers the urban
conveniences upon which college students rely. Bemidji State is
conveniently located minutes away from affordable restaurants, cozy
coffee shops, grocery stores, city parks and more. Small, locally
owned shops and art sculptures line the streets of downtown
Bemidji, while national chains can be found in and around the
Bemidji area, including an uptown selection of department stores
The thriving downtown community presents ample opportunities for
engagement off-campus. Among other things, there are fine-dining
restaurants, cafes, and a natural foods co-op in downtown Bemidji.
The historic Paul Bunyan Playhouse has a calendar of classic shows;
restaurants and lounges offer weekly live music performances; the
First Friday Art Walk provides a tour of new monthly art exhibits;
and annual events such as the Loop the Lake Festival, the Dragon
Boat Festival, the Blue Ox Marathon, Bemidji Winterfest, and The
Minnesota Finlandia bring the community together.
For those who love the outdoors, there are wooded, multi-use
trail systems within minutes of campus and community parks with
walking trails, playgrounds and a skate park. Lake Bemidji State
Park and its miles of navigable trails is located directly across
the lake from BSU, and the Buena Vista Ski Area — just 12
miles north of campus — offers downhill skiing and
BSU-sponsored student transportation in the winter months. Further,
the Mississippi River Headwaters is a mere 45 minutes from
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