Assistant Professor - Physical Education

University of Wisconsin La Crosse
Wisconsin, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted date
Oct 26, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Education, Curriculum & Instruction, Other Education, Special Education, Teacher Education, Health & Medicine, Kinesiology, Exercise Physiology & Physical Education
Employment Type
Full Time

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Assistant Professor - Physical Education

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College of Science and Health

Position Summary

Under general supervision of department chair, a person in this position is responsible for teaching undergraduate and/or graduate courses, advising students, and supervising teacher candidates in their field and student teaching placements. In addition to preparing for and holding classes, teaching involves maintaining currency in the content area related to the teaching assignment, evaluating students’ work, assessing student outcomes, maintaining appropriate records, and holding office hours. The individual is expected to maintain an active, on-going program of scholarship appropriate to the discipline. In addition, this individual will provide service to the department, college, and university and is likely expected to provide service to the community and/or the profession. Other duties may be assigned by the chair or dean.

The position requires teaching in the Physical, Adapted, and School Health Education ( PASHE ) undergraduate and Physical Education Teaching ( PET ) graduate programs. The PASHE program is seeking a candidate who is passionate about and will integrate social and emotional learning ( SEL ) as an integral part of their scholarship, teaching, and service. The ideal candidate will be passionate about teaching standards-based physical education, the integration of skills-based school health education, and adapted physical education. Responsibilities are expected to include teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in the following areas: foundations of physical and school health education, methods courses in physical and/or school health education, curriculum development in physical and/or school health education, as well as others depending on the expertise of the candidate and the needs of the program. In addition, there is an expectation for this individual to supervise student theses/projects, conduct academic advising, and student teaching supervision.

This position is affiliated with the School of Education ( SOE ) and the dean of SOE will provide feedback regarding hiring and personnel reviews to the department. School of Education affiliated staff are expected to be engaged in service activities and continuous learning to inform and enhance the work they do with prospective teachers. Some additional work hours outside the academic school year may be required in order to align duties with the K-12 school year. Faculty members in this position collaborate with the School of Education on advising and curricular-related issues.

Description of College / Department / Program / Division / Unit

The Department of Exercise and Sport Science at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse is searching for a passionate educator to join our team as part of our newly restructured Physical, Adapted, and School Health Education ( PASHE ) program! We are seeking applicants for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor position that will begin on August 30, 2022. UW- La Crosse is nationally known for its Physical Education teacher preparation program as a standard-based curriculum with visionary faculty. Teacher candidates in the undergraduate PASHE program will be prepared for certification in physical education, adapted physical education, and school health education. The Department of Exercise and Sport Science supports and values diversity in its faculty, staff, and students. We seek a colleague who shares the department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion and who will be a dedicated teacher, active scholar, and effective mentor for students with diverse backgrounds, preparation, and career goals.

The mission of the College of Science and Health is to provide an outstanding education in the diverse disciplines of science, health, and mathematics. The College is dedicated to student learning where enthusiastic faculty and staff intellectually challenge students in a supportive and professional environment. Fundamental to our mission is the belief in the value of education in the liberal arts and sciences and the creation of new knowledge. The College offers an outstanding academic and cultural environment for the university community and beyond. Our vision is to be a premier comprehensive institution, excelling in both undergraduate and graduate education. We will provide academic programs that attract high-achieving students on a regional, national, and international basis. The College will have an outstanding reputation for the quality of its students learning, faculty and staff, state of the art facilities and technology, scholarly achievements, and community and professional service.

This position is affiliated with the School of Education ( SOE ). SOE focuses its programming on ensuring that all teacher candidates demonstrate knowledge, skills and dispositions consistent with exemplary professional practice. Through partnerships with our regional school districts and outstanding veteran educators, the School of Education provides teacher candidates with high quality experiences in schools as a means to advance the teaching profession. SOE is committed to principles of equity, inclusion, and social justice. We seek to advance UW-La Crosse’s strategic planning goal, “Achieving Excellence through Diversity and Equity” by increasing the retention of diverse students, faculty, and staff; teaching with identity inclusive and responsive pedagogies; and ensuring that everyone—regardless of race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexual identity, citizenship, first language, religion, ability and other identities—is included and welcomed on campus.

Required Qualifications

· Candidates for the appointment should have or be near to completing a doctorate degree in Physical Education Teaching or a closely related field by the start date. Degree must be earned by the first personnel review, no later than May 15, 2023
· Endorsement/certification in physical education and in school health education
· Minimum of 3 years physical education and/or school health education teaching experience in U.S. PK-12 schools or the equivalent
· Knowledge of and experience planning, teaching, and assessing standards-based physical education and/or school health education
· Evidence of an emerging research agenda related to physical education
· Evidence of commitment to social justice, educational equity, multiculturalism, diversity, and inclusion as it relates to teaching, research, and/or service

Preferred Qualifications

· University level teaching experience
· Experience working in a Professional Learning Community
· Experience with the edTPA teacher performance assessment
· Experience as a cooperating teacher and/or student teaching supervisor
· Experience using the Whole School, Whole Child Whole Community Model ( WSCC ) or equivalent ecological school model
· Knowledge of adapted physical education pedagogy
· Experience working within a professional development school model

Physical Demands

Candidate is expected to be able to perform and meet the demands required of a physical and health education professional.

Working conditions and environment

Gymnasium, outdoor, office and classroom settings. Some additional work hours outside the academic school year may be required in order to align duties with the K-12 school year.

Miscellaneous Information

General leave-related statement for all UWL faculty positions:

For the purposes of medical leave (e.g., FMLA ) during the ~30 weeks associated with the academic terms (15 for Fall and 15 for Spring), teaching is calculated as 60% of the overall workload; scholarship 30% and service 10%. The teaching percentage could be lower as determined by the Dean if the faculty member has a reduced teaching load from the 12 credits based on department or college workload reassignments. Scholarship range is generally 10-30% and service 10-20%. There are nine weeks of the ~39 week contract year outside of the standard 14 week semester (+ one week of finals) where 100% of the faculty member’s time could be considered scholarship and/or service.


Your benefits add an additional 40%+ to the overall financial package from the university.
Highlights include:
• excellent flexible health insurance with low co-pays and good coverage.
• paid holidays and sick days.
• sick leave may be converted at retirement to pay for health insurance post-work at UWL .
• after 5 years of employment, you become vested in our retirement system which ensures income post-career.
• benefits at UWL are highly competitive with local industry and some of the strongest in state and nation.
Learn more at:
Benefit eligibility is determined at point of hire. This information is provided for illustrative purposes only. Benefits are also pro-rated based on the appointment percentage.


These are the job duties required for the position.

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a) In-class student contact
b) Out-of-class student contact
c) Course preparation and grading d) Program development

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a) Research and publishing
b) Scholarly presentations
c) Supervising student scholarly projects
d) Grant writing

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Duties to Support Responsibility

a) Department/university service assignments
b) Professional Service contributions
c) Administrative assignments d) Academic advising
e) Student teaching supervision

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Posting Detail Information

Special Instructions

In the cover letter please provide your teaching philosophy, an overview of your research agenda, an explanation of why you believe this position is a good fit for you, and the specific strengths you would bring to the graduate and undergraduate programs.

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Close Date

Continuous Recruitment


Continuous Recruitment First Review Date


Position Contact Name

Debra Sazama or Jenna Starck

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Required Documents
Required Documents
  1. Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  3. Teaching Philosophy
  4. Statement of Research Interests
  5. Unofficial Graduate Transcripts
  6. Reference Contact Information
Optional DocumentsSupplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identities of finalists must be revealed upon request. See Wis. Stat. §. 19.36(7).
    • I wish for my name to remain confidential until the university is no longer able to do so.
    • I waive my right to keep my name confidential through the application process.
  2. * Are you currently under investigation or have ever left employment during an active investigation in which you were accused of sexual violence or sexual harassment? (Required under UW System Administrative Policy 1275)
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * Were you ever found to have engaged in any sexual violence or sexual harassment in a previous work assignment? (Required under UW System Administrative Policy 1275)
    • Yes
    • No
  4. * Are you an alum of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse?
    • Yes
    • No
  5. * How did you hear about this employment opportunity?
    • Chronicle of Higher Education Web Site
    • Discipline-Specific Publication/Web Site
    • HERC Web Site
    • Web Site
    • Job Center of Wisconsin Web Site
    • Minority Publication/Web Site
    • University of Wisconsin - La Crosse Social Media (i.e. Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter)
    • University of Wisconsin - La Crosse Web Site
    • La Crosse Tribune
    • Personal Referral
  6. * After you retire from a Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS) employer, you may return to work with a WRS employer as a rehired annuitant, provided certain requirements are met. There are no restrictions on what type of position a rehired annuitant can hold. Under the WRS, there is no limit to how much you may earn as a rehired annuitant. (Learn more: Are you currently collecting an annuity from the Wisconsin Retirement System, (WRS)?
    • Yes
    • No
  7. * Are you currently employed by or have you been employed by a UW System institution or a State of Wisconsin agency during the last seven (7) years? Please answer yes or no. If yes, provide the institution or agency name, your supervisor and contact information, including phone number and email address.
    • Yes
    • No
  8. * Please provide your most recent employer, supervisor name and contact information, including phone number and email address. (Pursuant to UW System Administrative Policy 1275, UW System requires reference checks related to sexual harassment and sexual violence to be conducted at a minimum with a final candidate’s most recent employer and with all previous UW System institution and State of Wisconsin agency employers from the past seven years. UW-L will notify you prior to contacting your supervisor).

    (Open Ended Question)

  9. * Will you now or in the future require visa sponsorship for employment at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse? (UW-L and UW System institutions pay for some or all of the sponsorship costs. Some candidates may require an H1B or another form of employment sponsorship to work in the US. This question is asked so that if you are the successful candidate, Human Resources can work with your work unit to begin the process of obtaining this visa).
    • Yes, I will require sponsorship prior to employment.
    • Yes, I will require sponsorship for continued employment if hired.
    • No, I do not require sponsorship and am eligible to work in the US.
  10. * Are you legally eligible to work in the United States?
    • Yes
    • No

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