Assistant Professor of Sport Management in the Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education -

Northern Illinois University
Illinois, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted date
Nov 7, 2021

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

Position Description Summary

The Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education in the College of Education at Northern Illinois University invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position in sport management. We seek a dedicated and innovative individual to join our well-established and rapidly growing sport management program. This search is part of a cluster hire in anti-racism, diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice. We invite applicants who are eager to contribute to a caring, committed, and collaborative professional environment that focuses on promoting excellence and engagement in teaching and learning, research and scholarship, and service. While not all candidates will engage in each area, key expectations include demonstrating commitment to the academic success of a diverse student population through teaching and service activity; examining the impact of anti-racism programs among pre-service and in-service educators; engaging with stakeholders in identifying and implementing solutions to increase academic equity and inclusion; developing, implementing, and investigating programs to support students to timely degree completion; or creating and researching programs that serve the social and emotional learning of underserved populations. Moreover, we are especially interested in candidates who bring expertise and connections from applied settings to students in the program. The successful candidate will teach Master’s and Doctoral level courses. Courses are offered face to face, hybrid, and through online formats. Additional responsibilities include service on dissertation committees, program development, student advisement and mentoring, serving on program, department, and university committees, service to the profession, and developing and maintaining a line of research and publication. This position is a permanent, tenure-track position with salary based on experience.

The faculty hired will be expected to collaborate with cluster initiative faculty as well as College of Education faculty across all departments. Successful candidates will develop a program of scholarship and compete for federal funding and build networks across the campus and community.

Teaching areas are flexible depending upon the strengths of the successful applicant, but will include a combination of undergraduate/graduate courses in the areas of sport marketing, sales, finance, management, esports, college athletics administration, communications, and/or law. Furthermore, the successful applicant will contribute in the areas of scholarly productivity; grant procurement; student mentorship; university, college, and departmental committee service; and the establishment of partnerships with professional organizations within both the Illinois region and nationally. Additionally, the successful candidate will participate in student recruitment and retention initiatives, develop innovative department/college curricular and programmatic initiatives, including, but not limited to, industry outreach activities and programs that serve to benefit students in the program.

The Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education at Northern Illinois University has a highly regarded regional and national reputation for the quality of its graduates, and its programs have been highly commended by external accreditation agencies. Faculty are nationally and internationally recognized for their research and leadership in the area of professional service. We invite you to contribute to a caring, committed, and collaborative professional environment that focuses on promoting excellence and engagement in teaching and learning, research and scholarship, and outreach and service. This presents a rewarding professional opportunity for a highly qualified, enthusiastic, and motivated individual to join our team and further enhance the program’s regional, national, and international reputation. Furthermore, we seek faculty who embrace NIU’s mission of providing opportunity to a diverse student body by providing them with access to high quality education and hands-on involvement in research and community engagement.

The department offers undergraduate majors in the areas of Physical Education (B.S. Ed. Teacher Certification), Kinesiology (B.S.), and Sport Management (B.S.). At the graduate level, the department supports the equivalent of 25 full-time graduate assistantships through the offering of degrees in Kinesiology and Physical Education (M.S.) with specializations in exercise physiology, physical education pedagogy, and sport and exercise psychology, Athletic Training, (M.S.), and a doctorate in Kinesiology and Physical Education (Ph.D.). The department also offers several minors and certificates, including minors in Coaching, Physical Education, Kinesiology, Sport Management, Sport Sales, Sport Journalism, and Esports Industry Professions.

Northern Illinois University is a comprehensive research university offering programs from the baccalaureate through the doctorate. Colleges include business, education, engineering and engineering technology, law, liberal arts and sciences, health and human sciences, and visual and performing arts. On-campus enrollment is approximately 17,000 students. The university also offers more than 200 extension courses each semester to students in communities throughout northern Illinois.

The main campus is located in DeKalb, 65 miles west of Chicago’s “Loop” and 40 miles southeast of Rockford with education centers in Rockford and Naperville. DeKalb/Sycamore, with a population of about 60,000, is a modern paradox, a rural/urban community. It is simultaneously recognized for its manufacturing and rich farmlands. The site of the first manufacturing of barbed wire and the development of hybrid seed corn are evidence of its diversified history. The blend of industry and agriculture, coupled with the cultural and recreational facilities of the university and supplemented by easy access to Chicago and Rockford, provide an enjoyable environment in which to live.
Required Qualifications

Earned doctorate in sport management or relevant related field by time of appointment ( ABD considered with established defense date); evidence of capability to engage in and publish research and present at professional meetings; demonstrated knowledge and awareness of professional developments related to area of specialization; past work experience in the sports industry; teaching and service activity that demonstrates a commitment to the academic success of students from multi-cultural backgrounds. Advanced assistant professors are strongly encouraged to apply.

Preferred Qualifications

Evidence of teaching effectiveness at the college level; record of scholarly collaboration in the area of social justice, sport for development, or similar field; capability to write grants to obtain external funding; skill in use of instructional and computer technology in course delivery; experience and interest in student mentorship and sport industry outreach; experience in student recruitment and retention initiatives, desire to further the College of Education’s efforts to enhance social justice through mentoring of students, curricular examination, and service work.

Hiring Rate/Range
Commensurate with experience, education, and internal equity; position includes a robust benefits package.
Working Hours
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
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Application Procedures

For full consideration, please visit to apply and upload the following materials by January 9, 2022 :
  • A letter of letter of interest which speaks to the job description and specified qualifications
  • Curriculum vita;
  • A statement of diversity, equity, and inclusion;
  • Names and contact information of four professional references;
  • Transcripts (unofficial copies are acceptable for initial review of application; official copies required to confirm appointment).

Applications received after January 9, 2022 are welcomed, but will be considered as needed.

For additional information, see or contact search chair Steve Howell ( ; 815-753-1157).
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EEO Statement

In accordance with applicable statutes and regulations, NIU is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, religion, age, physical and mental disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, political affiliation, or any other factor unrelated to professional qualifications, and will comply with all applicable federal and state statutes, regulations and orders pertaining to nondiscrimination, equal opportunity and affirmative action.

The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:

Ethics and Compliance Officer, Title IX Coordinator
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Visa Policy

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.

ADA Accommodation

NIU remains committed to ensuring that its recruitment and application procedures include full opportunities for applicants with disabilities. Employment opportunities will not be denied to anyone because of the need to make accommodations for a person’s disability during either the application or interview process. An applicant who believes they require an accommodation to participate in the employment process due to a disability may request that accommodation through the Accommodation Request Form . For further assistance, please contact the office of Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity and Education ( AAEOE ) at .

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Applicant Documents
Required Documents
  1. Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Transcripts (unofficial with official required at hire)
  4. List of References
  5. Diversity Statement
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