Assistant Professor – Physical Education Teacher Education with emphasis in Adapted Physical Activity

Morgantown, West Virginia, United States

Job description

Requisition Number: 08911

The College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences (CPASS) at West Virginia University is seeking applicants for an Assistant Professor in Physical Education Teacher Education with an emphasis in pedagogy and adapted physical education/activity. Our College serves approximately 1100 students across 13 degree programs at the bachelor’s, masters, and doctoral levels. Our mission focuses on conducting and disseminating high quality research, preparing students to be leaders and innovators in their fields, and enhancing the quality of life for the residents of our state through outreach efforts. We are looking for a highly qualified individual who can contribute to this mission by working with other faculty, learners, and community partners in a dynamic and collaborative environment.

Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  1. Teaching adapted PE/APA and motor development or motor learning courses to undergraduate and graduate students majoring in physical education and kinesiology (licensure and non-licensure) and sport coaching.
  2. Coordinate and provide educational supervision of APA practicum/experiences including PK-12 settings or PA programs in Morgantown area.
  3. Engaging in a consistent and focused line of research funded by receiving external grants/contracts.
  4. Mentoring graduate student research through chairing doctoral committees and committee membership.
  5. Providing service to the department, college, and profession.

This 9-month faculty position with a variable start date. The candidate can begin either January 2, 2019 or August 10, 2019 but doctoral degree must be conferred by August 10, 2019. Summer teaching opportunities are available.


Qualifications must be met by time of appointment

  • ABDs will be considered, but doctoral degree must be conferred by August 2019 with a specialization in adapted physical education, adapted physical activity or a closely related area.
  • Minimum of one year of professional work experience as an APE/APA specialist.
  • Demonstrated ability in presenting and publishing high quality research.
  • Excellent communication (written and oral) and interpersonal skills.

Preference will be given to candidates with:

  • Familiarity with the grant-writing process or expertise to work on funded projects.
  • Evidence of innovative and effective teaching with adult learners including online format.
  • Certification or endorsement as an adapted physical education specialist.
  • Knowledge of program evaluation, accreditation, and teaching performance assessment.

West Virginia University is the flagship, land-grant institution of higher education in the state of West Virginia and one of only 46 institutions nationwide defined as both a land-grant institution and a Carnegie-classified R1 (Highest Research Activity) institution. The university is also a Carnegie-classified Community Engaged institution. Ranked among the top 100 public universities, WVU offers 193 degree programs to approximately 31,000 students through its 15 colleges and schools.

West Virginia University is located in Morgantown, West Virginia, which itself is identified as a most preferred small city/college town in America. The immediate region has a diverse population of approximately 350,000 residents. Morgantown is also within easy traveling distance of several larger metropolitan and cultural centers, including Pittsburgh, PA, Washington, DC, and Columbus, OH.

How to apply

Review of applications will begin on October 8, 2018 and will remain open until filled.

To apply, candidates must submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, and contact information for four professional references. The letter of application should address the applicant’s ability to meet the responsibilities of the position. For further information regarding this position, please contact Valerie Wayda, Department Chair, College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences at

West Virginia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and the recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity. The University values diversity among its faculty, staff and students, and invites applications from all qualified individuals, including minorities, females, individuals with disabilities, and Veterans.

As a land-grant institution in the 21st century, WVU will deliver high-quality education, excel in discovery and innovation, model a culture of diversity and inclusion, promote health and vitality, and build pathways for the exchange of knowledge and opportunity between the state, the nation, and the world.