The Michigan State University College of Education is seeking nominations and applications for the position of Chair of the Department of Kinesiology. The Chair serves as the chief officer of the Department and, as such, is expected to provide strong strategic and visionary leadership across all facets of Department missions. Responsibilities include guiding the overall direction of the Department (including fiscal management), facilitation and mentoring of the faculty to enhance its research, teaching, outreach, and professional service activities, in addition to serving as a promoter of institutional collaborations. The Chair will work collaboratively with the faculty to provide strategic leadership in performing a shared vision for the Department. The Chair must also demonstrate transparency; be committed to diversity, equity and inclusion; and be responsible to support and work with its faculty, staff, and students to maintain accreditation of programs in the Department.
The ideal candidate should be committed to leadership of a department that is research- and grant-oriented while also being dedicated to quality teaching, outreach, and the optimal development of undergraduate, masters, and doctoral degree students. Candidates should be accomplished scholars with active nationally and/or internationally recognized research programs, have a strong record in securing extramural funding, have proven administrative and leadership skills, and a commitment to excellence in training/education.
It is expected that the individual hired for this position will interface with ongoing departmental efforts (e.g., the Center for Physical Activity and Health, Institute for the Study of Youth Sports) and with campus units that share facilities or in which faculty have joint appointments. The position is an annual year appointment for the duration of the administrative appointment. Effective date of appointment will be August 2022.
- Leading and facilitating the faculty in carrying out its stated mission and, in so doing, helping the Department to continue to thrive and advance
- Fostering faculty and graduate students’ success in obtaining external funding
- Facilitating excellence in scholarship, teaching, and outreach
- Advocating department priorities to the College and University leadership
- Facilitating effective collaboration within the Department and, as appropriate, across the College and University
- Overseeing departmental fiduciary responsibilities
- Fostering a collegial and productive work environment for faculty, staff, and graduate assistants
- Supporting the recruitment and development of outstanding students and faculty
- Promoting faculty professional development and enrichment
The Department of Kinesiology at Michigan State University is one of four departments in the College of Education. The faculty is comprised of 15 tenure-stream and 5 fixed-term/academic specialist who conduct basic and applied/translational research, teaching, and outreach across four thematic areas encompassing: Athletic Injury and Rehabilitation, Cognitive and Motor Neuroscience, Exercise Physiology, and Psychosocial Aspects of Sport and Physical Activity. The mission of the Department is to: (1) engage in disciplinary and interdisciplinary collaborative research that focuses on physical activity and sport across the lifespan, with a special emphasis on youth; (2) prepare individuals for positions of research and leadership in educational, sport and clinical settings; and (3) educate individuals to lead physically active, healthy lives. The Bachelor of Science Degree in Kinesiology is one of the top 5 most popular majors at Michigan State University, with the Department also offering minors in Health Promotion and Coaching. The Department offers Masters of Science programs in both Athletic Training and Kinesiology, as well as offers an online Masters of Science program in Sport Coaching, Leadership, and Administration. The Doctor of Philosophy in Kinesiology program provides specializations within each of the four thematic Departmental areas. Altogether, the degree programs offered by the Department of Kinesiology serve over 1,000 undergraduate students and 100 graduate students.
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Doctorate -Kinesiology or related field
- Full Professor or a record of accomplishment consistent with appointment as a Tenure System Full Professor at Michigan State University
- A record of scholarship and professional activity in the field of Kinesiology or a related field
- A record of effective leadership and/or experience relative to planning, budgeting, and administration
- A record of external funding/grant activity and/or the ability to support grant-active faculty
- An understanding and commitment to the array of thematic areas in the field of Kinesiology
- Demonstrated commitment to recruiting and supporting faculty and students from diverse backgrounds
- An ability to articulate and lead strategic and visionary initiatives
- An ability to engage faculty in professional growth and development
Required Application Materials
- Cover Letter
- Curriculum Vitae
- (3) Three names of references with their contact information
Interested candidates should send a letter of application highlighting their qualifications for this position, curriculum vitae, and names, addresses, email, and telephone numbers of three references electronically to: Jobs.msu.edu, posting number 724517. Formal acknowledgement of candidacy is not required until a candidate is asked to make a public presentation (in person or virtual). Questions regarding the position may be directed to members of the search committee. These include: Tracey Covassin (co-chair), firstname.lastname@example.org; Matthew Pontifex (co-chair), email@example.com; Andy Driska, firstname.lastname@example.org; David Ferguson, email@example.com; Rajiv Ranganathan, firstname.lastname@example.org; Christina Ebmeyer, email@example.com; Kylee Ault, firstname.lastname@example.org; Terah Chambers, email@example.com.
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