Faculty Position in Health and Excercise Sciences

Kirksville, Missouri, United States
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Job description

Entry-level Tenure Track faculty member to start August 2018 in Health and Exercise Sciences to provide classroom instruction in lower and upper division curriculum; to fulfill additional faculty duties including conducting research appropriate to the teacher-scholar model, academic advising, mentoring of students in research and other experiences; and to provide service to the University and community. This position requires a Ph.D. in Health Education or equivalent doctoral degree in a closely related field; ABD (with Masters in specified field) will be considered with Ph.D. completion scheduled by December 2018.

Applicants will be evaluated on:
· academic qualifications;
· professional certifications (candidate must be CHES-eligible; CHES or MCHES preferred);
· evidence of, or demonstrated potential for, successful college level teaching in courses related to the Areas of Responsibility of the Certified Health Education Specialist;
· evidence of, or demonstrated potential for, scholarly activity with emphasis on the use of candidates’ scholarship to inform their teaching;
· previous experience, or demonstrated potential for, mentoring undergraduate research students;
· evidence of, or demonstrated potential for, encouraging and mentoring students in transformative learning experiences such as undergraduate research, service learning, and internships;
· compatibility with the department’s needs;
· complementing existing faculty strengths in terms of class coverage;
· evidence of commitment to liberal arts education as a teacher-scholar, with undergraduate student development and accomplishment as the highest priority;
· evidence of, or demonstrated potential for, developing critical thinking and problem solving skills in undergraduates;
· interest and background in interdisciplinary and/or cross-disciplinary teaching, scholarship, and service; and
· evidence of strong oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills.

Compensation and Rank: Salary commensurate with experience and education; benefits package includes life, health and disability insurance, retirement contributions, and reimbursed assistance for moving expenses. Awarding of tenure and promotion to Associate and Full Professor is based on success as a teacher-scholar; the University and departmental policies on Promotion and Tenure are available on request.

Program: The Department of Health & Exercise Sciences is part of the School of Health Sciences & Education at Truman State University. The department has 18 full-time faculty members and approximately 700 undergraduate majors. The department also supports Truman’s Liberal Studies Program. For more information about the Health Science program, please visit http://www.truman.edu/majors-programs/majors-minors/health-science-major/

The University: Truman State University is home to a vibrant educational community. The approximately 6,000 students who make up its student body are well prepared for the academic rigors of a highly selective university. More than 20 percent engage in significant undergraduate research and creative projects. Most gain leadership experience and nearly half go on to graduate or professional school within a year of earning a degree.

Founded in 1867, Truman is known for its focus on student learning and outcomes and places an emphasis on high-impact experiences such as internships, research, and study abroad opportunities. Truman has the highest overall graduation rate among the state’s public colleges and universities. For more than two decades, Truman has been recognized as the No. 1 public university in the Midwest regional category by U.S. News & World Report. Washington Monthly has included Truman in the top five of its master’s university rankings in each of the past five years. For more information regarding additional rankings and acknowledgements, visit truman.edu/about.

The Community: Located in Northeast Missouri, Kirksville is a cultural and economic hub in the region. In addition to Truman, Kirksville is the birthplace of osteopathic medicine and has a medical school, dental school, and community college. The Kirksville School District is consistently recognized for academic excellence, and the community takes pride in several annual events including the Red Barn Arts and Crafts Festival, the NEMO Triathlon, and the Red, White, and Blue Festival. Just a few minutes outside of town is beautiful Thousand Hills State Park with hiking and biking opportunities surrounding the 700-acre Forest Lake. Kirksville offers easy access by car to Kansas City, St. Louis, Chicago and Des Moines. Daily flights from Kirksville Regional Airport to St. Louis provide quick access to one of the Midwest’s major metropolitan areas. More information about Kirksville can be found at kirksvillechamber.com.

How to apply

The School of Health Sciences & Education coordinates the application process. Electronic submission of applications is required and candidate’s documents should be uploaded at http://employment.truman.edu. Letters of recommendation may be e-mailed to: rdonahue@truman.edu with “Tenure Track Search” in the subject line.

Complete applications must include:

· cover letter that addresses the evaluation criteria, scholarly activity and interests, and any other applicant characteristics that merit emphasis;
· current curriculum vitae;
· statement of teaching philosophy that presents the candidate’s commitment to the liberal arts and sciences and to student development;
· evidence of, or potential for, success in teaching excellence and scholarly activity;
· copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts (unofficial transcripts are acceptable); and
· three recent letters of recommendation (these should be e-mailed to: rdonahue@truman.edu).

Review of applications will begin March 16, 2018, and continue until the position is filled. If hired, applicant must provide proof of eligibility to work in the United States, official graduate transcripts, or documentation of degrees if transcripts are not available.

Questions about this position may be directed to Dr. Roberta Donahue, Professor and Chair, Department of Health & Exercise Sciences, rdonahue@truman.edu.

At Truman, students pursue top-rated programs and an amazing educational value. And with our focus on the liberal arts and sciences, our majors and programs ensure all of our students receive a well-rounded education so they can make a difference in their careers, their communities, and the world. Located in Kirksville, a welcoming college town in the northeast corner of Missouri, Truman is best known for attracting highly motivated students looking for rigorous academic programs and a supportive and friendly learning environment.