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Assistant/Associate Adjunct Faculty in Kinesiology (KINES 114) Sociology of Sport and Physical

Saint Mary's College of California
California, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted date
Nov 15, 2021

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Faculty Positions, Health & Medicine, Kinesiology, Exercise Physiology & Physical Education
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Assistant/Associate Adjunct Faculty in Kinesiology (KINES 114) Sociology of Sport and Physical Activity

Location: Moraga, CA
Open Date: Nov 12, 2021
Deadline: Dec 12, 2021 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time

Description: Founded in 1863, Saint Mary's is a residential campus nestled 20 miles east of San Francisco in the picturesque Moraga Valley. Based in the Catholic, Lasallian and Liberal Arts traditions, Saint Mary's currently enrolls more than 4,000 students from diverse backgrounds in undergraduate and graduate programs. The De La Salle Christian Brothers, the largest teaching order of the Roman Catholic Church, guide the spiritual and academic character of the College.

As a comprehensive and independent institution, Saint Mary's offers undergraduate and graduate programs integrating liberal and professional education. Saint Mary's reputation for excellence, innovation and responsiveness in education stems from its vibrant heritage as a Catholic, Lasallian and Liberal Arts institution. An outstanding, committed faculty and staff that value shared inquiry, integrative learning and student interaction bring these traditions to life in the 21st century. The College is committed to the educational benefits of diversity.


Saint Mary's College seeks to hire a per-course adjunct faculty member to teach KINES 114: Sociology of Sport and Physical Activity (1 credit course) in the traditional undergraduate Kinesiology program in Spring 2022. This course will be taught in person, on campus.

MF: 1:00-2:40 pm

The Kinesiology major is a four-year course of study leading to either a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science depending on the student's area of interest. The major requires rigorous study of the human being in motion. We examine the whole person—anatomically, physiologically, biomechanically, psychologically, sociologically, and historically—across the lifespan. Our domains are health, sport, and physical activity. Students select one area within which to study: Sport and Recreation Management (Bachelor of Arts), Health Promotion (Bachelor of Arts), or Exercise Science (Bachelor of Science).

Consistent with Saint Mary's College's commitment to inclusive excellence, the Kinesiology Department strives to be an inclusive community that fosters respect and belonging for faculty and students of diverse backgrounds and identities. We seek an applicant who can engage, advocate for, and support students of color, women, and underrepresented groups.


Sociology of Sport and Physical Activity examines the contemporary issues in sport and physical activity from a sociological perspective. Students will explore current sociological theories/paradigms, research techniques and analyze empirical research in sociology, education and related fields while focusing on the social and cultural structures, patterns and organizations associated with sport. Topics include the in-depth study of sport as it relates to: the socialization process, racial and gender equity, upward social mobility, politics, economics, and our educational system in North America. This course satisfies the Social, Historical, and Cultural Understanding requirement of the Core Curriculum.

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to: Identify various sociological perspectives and explain how they shape thinking about complex social issues; Examine complex social issues from at least three different sociological perspectives; Demonstrate knowledge of and critically analyze empirical research in sociology; Utilize three different sociological research techniques; Articulate the historical underpinnings of selected contemporary issues in physical activity; Apply what was learned in class to their own sport/physical activity experience; Integrate theory and research with practical strategies for positive social change; Demonstrate strong communication skills (both verbal and written); Arrange materials for a resource file that can be used for lifelong learning on these topics.

The successful candidate will preferably hold a terminal degree in Kinesiology or a closely related field. Demonstrated teaching effectiveness at the undergraduate level as evidenced by recent course evaluations is strongly preferred. Candidates should be comfortable supporting and working in a multi-cultural environment.

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