Tenure-track Faculty Positions in Applied Exercise Science (Open Rank)

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The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor is one of the highest-ranked public universities in the nation and one of the world’s preeminent research institutions. The School of Kinesiology invites applications for two (2) new tenure-track faculty positions to enhance research and teaching in our newest undergraduate degree program in Applied Exercise Science (AES). These positions may be at the following levels:

  • Full Professor
  • Associate Professor
  • Assistant Professor (Advanced)

Candidates will be expected to bring, maintain, and lead a robust, ongoing research program and mentor and teach at the undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral levels.  The successful candidates will also be expected to contribute to curriculum development to serve the rapidly growing demand by students for an applied exercise science degree.

One of the two positions will provide academic leadership as Program Chair for faculty and curriculum development for the rapidly growing program for a minimum of a 3-year term.  This will require excellent communication and collaboration skills and someone with a creative, growth-oriented leadership style.

The Applied Exercise Science program is interdisciplinary and translational in nature and adopts a “cell-to-society” approach to promote the effective and timely uptake and implementation of research findings and other evidence into practice, with the goal of improving health and wellness. Faculty in the program have diverse research interests ranging from physical activity interventions in clinical and community settings to the use of wearable technology to optimize performance.  Current faculty research includes: 1) examining the effects of built and social environmental factors on physical and behavioral health across the lifespan; 2) developing, implementing, and evaluating physical activity (PA) interventions to promote PA behaviors, physical fitness, cognitive functions, mental health, and well-being across life spans; and 3) implementing evidence-based physical activity and exercise interventions for persons with chronic conditions. Their substantial experience and expertise in designing and implementing large-scale funded (e.g., NIH and Department of Education) research studies in communities have provided outstanding mentorship for both undergraduate and graduate students.

The core curriculum of AES aligns with prescribed national standards and guidelines for exercise science programs, and elective course options include a clinical track and a management track. The Applied Exercise Science program prepares students for employment or advanced graduate studies. Employment opportunities in the clinical track include a wide variety of entry-level careers in health promotion, coaching, and fitness, and the management track prepares for industry and business related careers. Flexible electives permit students to create a program that is unique to their intended career paths. Students pursuing the clinical track prepare for “hands-on” careers such as clinical exercise physiologist, prehabilitation or rehabilitation specialist, strength and conditioning coach, personal and/or group exercise specialist, and worksite wellness coordinator. Students pursuing the management track prepare for industry and business careers related to health promotion, marketing, management, and data analytics.

The School of Kinesiology is one of 19 independent academic units and one of seven health science schools and colleges within the University of Michigan. The School of Kinesiology is the top Kinesiology program in the United States. The School, led by Dean Lori Ploutz-Snyder, has 33 tenure-line faculty and approximately 1,200 students. The School recently moved into a newly renovated, state-of-the-art academic and research building (Kinesiology Building), which is located in the heart of the University of Michigan’s main campus.  The research space in this newly renovated building includes approximately 5,000 square feet of high bay biomechanics labs, a 3,000 square feet clinical exercise testing suite, a 2,000 square feet clinical exercise training center, and 2,000 square feet of general exercise space with flexible configuration that can be utilized for small group or community-based research activities. The School of Kinesiology is home to two university-wide research/education entities, the Exercise & Sport Science Initiative (ESSI) and the Michigan Concussion Center (MCC).

Founded in 1817, the University of Michigan has a long and distinguished history as one of the first public universities in the nation. It is one of only two public institutions consistently ranked among the nation’s top ten universities. With more than $1 billion in annual research expenditures, U-M has the second largest research expenditure among all universities in the nation, in addition to an annual general fund budget of more than $2.1 billion and an endowment valued at more than $17 billion. Adjacent to the central campus, Michigan Medicine, with its hospitals, clinics, and satellite offices, along with the Medical School, and School of Nursing, comprise one of the finest health systems in the country.  The University’s prominent athletic programs and outstanding teaching and research programs in medicine, engineering, education, public health, and other related disciplines provide ideal collaborative, interdisciplinary opportunities for faculty. The university has a strong history of policy-relevant and community engaged research with centers and institutes that support this research such as: Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation (IHPI), Center for Healthcare Outcomes and Policy (CHOP), UM Pepper Center (UMPC), Child Health Evaluation and Research Unit (CHEAR), The Ginsberg Center, and the Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research Community Engagement Program (MICHR).

Required Qualifications

All candidates must have the following qualifications:

  • PhD, MD, or similar terminal degree
  • Demonstrated research expertise in any area of applied exercise science that will enhance existing research strengths in the school or establish new ones.
    • These areas may include, but are not limited to the following: community-engaged physical activity interventions, cardiac rehabilitation, medically supervised exercise training of special populations, exercise psychology, athletic performance, translational and implementation science, worksite wellness, data science and analytics, and physical activity epidemiology.

In addition to the required qualifications stated above, Assistant Professor candidates should demonstrate academic independence with respect to: 1) publishing high quality, peer reviewed research, 2) mentoring undergraduate and graduate students, 3) teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in their area of expertise and 4) having independent research funding or showing outstanding promise for future funding. At the Professor/Associate Professor rank, including those wishing to be considered for the Program Chair role, candidates should additionally demonstrate a consistent and ongoing record of securing research funding, as well as experience and skill in providing leadership that will advance the scholarly and curricular excellence of the Applied Exercise Science Program in the School of Kinesiology. 

How to Apply

Review of applications will begin November 18, 2022 and continue until suitable candidates are identified. For consideration, interested candidates MUST submit the following materials electronically through Interfolio: http://apply.interfolio.com/116669 

The materials below should be consolidated into 1 (one) PDF document before uploading to Interfolio.  

  • Cover letter
    • Interest in the Program Chair role, if applicable, should be stated in the cover letter.
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Leadership statement (1 page; for candidates interested in the Program Chair role)
  • Research statement (up to 2 pages)
  • Teaching statement (1 page)
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion statement (1 page)
  • Up to three examples of research publications.
  • Full names, email addresses, and phone numbers for three references. 

Review of applications will begin upon receipt and will continue until the position is filled. Nominations, applications, and expressions of interest will be held in confidence, and references will be contacted only with the candidate’s permission.

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For questions about the position, please contact Search Committee Chair: Ron Zernicke (zernicke@umich.edu or 734-355-3486) 

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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.

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Underfill Statement

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

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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

U-M COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

COVID-19 vaccinations, including one booster when eligible, are required for all University of Michigan students, faculty and staff across all campuses, including Michigan Medicine.  This includes those working remotely and temporary workers.   More information on this new policy is available on the U-M Health Response website or the UM-Dearborn and UM-Flint websites.