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Interested candidates should provide the following materials in electronic PDF format to

·         Cover letter

·         Curriculum vitae

·         Research statement (up to 2 pages)

·         Teaching statement (1 page)

·         Up to three examples of research publications 

·         Full names and email addresses for at least three references.  

Review of applications will begin on March 10, 2017 and continue until the position is filled; the School is amenable to the highest qualified candidate beginning their work in Ann Arbor in 2017 or 2018.

Nominations and expressions of interest will be held in confidence and references will be contacted only with the candidate’s permission. The letter of application, CV, and other materials submitted by the candidates will be shared with the search committee.

For questions about the position, please contact Search Committee Chair: Mark Rosentraub  

Job Summary

The University of Michigan’s Sport Management Program part of the School of Kinesiology invites applications and nominations for a tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant Professor or Associate Professor level. We are seeking an emerging or established scholar committed to applying their skills and research to the nexus, between marketing, media and data science that is reshaping the sports business. We seek to add a scholar able to advance our program through the application of data science to the sports business.

The successful candidate will be expected to utilize the vast amounts of data now assembled by organizations such as the Nielsen Corporation, Google, Facebook, Twitter, etc., to maintain a robust, ongoing research program and advance the academic and professional literature. Faculty members will be expected to develop proposals for extramural funding to help support their research program at the University of Michigan and create opportunities to involve our undergraduate and graduate students in their work. In addition to research, candidates should demonstrate ability to teach undergraduate and graduate courses applying the analysis of “big data” to marketing and research methods classes. All colleagues at the University of Michigan also have access to the “Data Science Initiative” that is a new center of excellence at our Ann Arbor campus.


General Information:

Widely recognized as one of the world’s leading research universities, the University of Michigan provides exceptionally fertile ground for innovative research. For nine consecutive years, the Chronicle of Higher Education has placed U-M in its "Great Colleges to Work For" survey. The university earns high marks for strong relations between faculty and administrators, a collaborative system of governance, competitive salary and benefits, and a healthy work/life balance. 

The Sport Management program’s faculty (15) were trained in Canada, England, and the United States and approach the study of sports from different disciplinary perspectives including management, economics, public policy, administration, sociology, urban planning, and psychology.  Our website describes our program and long-term vision for the program’s development. Currently more than 200 undergraduates are enrolled in our bachelor of arts program; more than 100 additional students are taking the classes needed to apply to our undergraduate program.  There are approximately 35 graduate students enrolled in our masters and doctoral level program. We have a strong partnership with our Sport Management Advisory Board that consists of industry leaders (team owners and presidents, marketing executives, and leadership from big data organizations such as the Nielsen Corporation).

Required Qualifications*

Applicants must hold a PhD in an appropriate field including marketing, communications, business administration, public policy, information sciences, sport management, etc. and have a demonstrated research focus/interest in research focused on the cutting edge trends in marketing, media, and communications related to the sport industry. The successful candidate must demonstrate interests in using unique and large data sets that help sport organizations maximize investments and returns.  The new faculty member will be expected to create experiences that allow students to master the analytical tools demanded by private sector firms.  We also expect the new member of our faculty to establish a national and international research reputation from empirical research that advances the academic and professional literature.

At the Assistant Professor level, the successful candidate will have demonstrated the potential to secure extramural research funding, mentor graduate students, and teach undergraduate and graduate courses in marketing and research methods as well as their specific area of expertise.  

At the rank of Associate Professor, the successful candidate will also have demonstrated a consistent and ongoing record of empirical research with a national or international reputation using large data sets, evidence of extramural research funding, and will have experience in providing leadership that will advance the scholarly excellence of the Sport Management Program and the School of Kinesiology.  

Underfill Statement

This position is posted as Assistant Professor/Associate Professor. The rank of the selected candidate will depend upon candidate's qualifications.

Additional Information

The School of Kinesiology seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to maintain the excellence of the University, and to offer our students richly varied disciplines, perspectives and ways of knowing and learning. The University of Michigan is supportive of the needs of dual career couples and is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.