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University of North Texas
Department of Kinesiology, Health Promotion, and Recreation

The Department of Kinesiology, Health Promotion, and Recreation at the University of North Texas is searching for a Chair, rank of Associate or Full Professor, tenure track or tenured. The position of Chair will be available beginning June 2003, with a desired start date of no later than August 2003. The Department offers both undergraduate and graduate (masters) degrees in Kinesiology, Health Promotion and Recreation.

The candidate for this position must hold a doctoral degree in an area related to Kinesiology, Health Promotion, and Recreation, have substantial administrative and management experience, and have achieved a national reputation among professional peers. There must be a significant record of scholarly achievement, teaching effectiveness, and commendable professional service. Experience in securing external funding and facilitating grant proposals by colleagues is highly desirable. Salary is competitive, depending on qualifications and background.

The chairperson will provide leadership for instruction, research, and service. The chairperson will manage the budget, supervise and evaluate faculty and staff in an academic department, and represent the department and college on university committees. The candidate must have demonstrated ability to work effectively with a diverse faculty in planning and program development, as well as to manage a complex department including several facilities. A collegial style that fosters collaboration and communication is essential.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Send letter of application, curriculum vita, official academic transcripts, and three letters of references to:

Darlene E. Wengert
Search Committee Chair
Department of Kinesiology, Health Promotion, and Recreation
P.O. Box 311337
Denton, TX 76203-1337
Phone: 940-565-3431
Fax: 940-565-4904
Email: [email protected]
Web Site:

The University of North Texas is an AA/ADA/EOE committed to creating an ethnically and culturally diverse community.

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Kent State University
School of Exercise, Leisure and Sport
Sport Studies
Assistant Professor

Kent State University invites applications for a tenure-track position in Sports Studies beginning August, 2003. Sport Studies is a program unit within the School of Exercise, Leisure, and Sport, a part of the Health and Human Services Cluster in the College of Fine and Professional Arts, and offers majors/concentrations in Athletic Training, Human Movement Studies and Physical Education-Teacher Preparation. Duties include teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in the area(s) of expertise; advising graduate student scholarship; seeking funding in support of scholarly activities; and providing service to the School, University, community and professional/learned societies. Qualifications: Ph.D. in Physical Education, Sport Sciences/ Studies, or related field required. Demonstrated line of scholarly inquiry sufficient to qualify for graduate faculty status in order to teach and advise in the Sport Studies graduate program required. Demonstrated interest and expertise required in teaching, scholarly and pedagogical focus upon one or more of the following areas applied to exercise, leisure and sport: history, philosophy, psychology, and/or sociology.

Kent State University is an eight-campus, public institution that enrolls approximately 34,000 students, including nearly 23,000 on its Kent campus. The institution is the leading public research university in Northeast Ohio and is designated "doctoral extensive" by the Carnegie Foundation. Twenty-one doctoral programs are offered and approximately 4500 students enroll in graduate programs campus-wide. Kent State University is strongly committed to serving Northeast Ohio through research, graduate studies, service and outreach programs. Kent, a university-centered community of 25,000 residents, is located close to the urban centers of Cleveland and Akron, offering faculty and staff the opportunity to participate in numerous cultural, educational, recreational and athletic activities (

Application Deadline: Review of applicants will begin November 1, 2002, and will continue until the position is filled. To apply, please submit letter of application, vitae, samples of scholarly work and three letters of reference that address the applicant's research/scholarship and teaching potential to:

Dr. Robert Stadulis
Search Committee Chair
School of Exercise, Leisure, and Sport
Kent State University
P.O. Box 5190
Kent, OH 44242-0001
Email: [email protected]
Web Site:

Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer

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Penn State Berks-Lehigh Valley College
Kinesiology Program
Tenure-Track Faculty Position

Penn State Berks-Lehigh Valley College has an opening for an open rank tenure-track faculty position in the Kinesiology Program beginning August 2003. Teaching responsibilities include Sport and Exercise Psychology, general Kinesiology (i.e., Introduction to Kinesiology and/or supervise senior research projects), and exercise and sport activity courses. Further expectations include: research and scholarship (including publication in refereed journals), strong commitment to undergraduate research, interest and participation in curricular and program development, active participation in professional organizations, advising, career guidance and service activities. Ph.D. required. For further information and instructions for application, please see website or contact Dr. Michael Moyer (610-396-6152 or [email protected]). Applications will be accepted until the position is filled; review will begin November 15th, 2002.

Optimal Performance Institute of California
Part-Time Faculty Position

The Optimal Performance Institute of California, an approved private postsecondary school, has an opening for a faculty member part-time.

We are looking for someone who is:

  • A Psy.D., Ph.D., or Ed.D. with a strong background in APA style
  • A good mentor to those finishing final projects
  • Clearly knowledgeable with applied sports psychology
  • Capable of interacting via email with students
  • Able to put in 5 - 10 hours per month from home
  • Highly reliable

To apply email [email protected] with a letter explaining how you fit our criteria for the position.

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Exeter University
School Of Sport And Health Sciences
Chair in Exercise and Health Psychology

The University: Exeter is one of the UK's most popular and respected universities with the Streatham campus widely regarded as one of the most attractive in Britain. It continues to attract high quality students and staff to a beautiful part of the world and an enviable working environment. A research-led institution, Exeter maintains the traditional British university values of scholarship and high quality teaching, alongside new technology and innovation.

With its highly-rated teaching (17 subjects rated 'Excellent'), emphasis on employability and personal development, and high quality student accommodation, it aims to provide a living and learning experience that is second to none. In recent years, great emphasis has been placed on opening up the University to partnerships of all kinds - with business, the professions and the community.

In the 2001 RAE, in which Exeter registered an improvement that was twice the national average, ninety-eight percent of subject areas were rated 4, 5 or 5*. Undergraduate applications rose by 11 % for entry in 2002. Postgraduate entries (both taught and research) increased by 10% in 2001 and international enrolments by 12%.

The City of Exeter is consistently highly rated in national surveys for its quality of life and has good road and rail links with the rest of the UK. It is also an increasingly popular business location and is the new home for the Met Office. Some of the UK's most stunning countryside and coastline are right on the University's doorstep.

The University traces its origins to the mid 19th century and some one hundred years ago to the creation of the Royal Albert Memorial College. A University College of the South West was established in 1922 and full university status granted in 1955. The University now has some 9206 full-time students (19% postgraduates) and 2722 part-time students (of which 62% are postgraduate). Most study on the Streatham and St Luke's campuses in Exeter. In Cornwall, the Camborne School of Mines has its campus at Pool (between Camborne and Redruth) while the Department of Continuing and Adult Education and the Centre of Cornish Studies share a building in Truro. The Peninsula Medical School, a partnership between the Universities of Exeter and Plymouth and NHS Trusts in the South West, was established in 2001 and opens its doors to its first students of medicine in October 2002.

The University has 18 academic Schools and in 1998 three over-arching Faculties were created (for Undergraduate Studies, Postgraduate Studies and Academic Partnerships). This structure is designed to ensure a faster, more flexible and consistent response to student concerns.

The University is a major player in the Combined Universities in Cornwall, a 96 million project aimed at expanding higher education opportunities in Cornwall. From October 2004, the University's Cornwall-based programmes will be taught on a new 50m campus at Penryn, near Falmouth. This is currently the Tremough campus of Falmouth College of Arts and the expanded campus will be shared by Exeter and Falmouth. The new campus will allow the University's existing operations in Cornwall- the Camborne School of Mines, the Centre of Cornish Studies and the Cornwall-based programmes of the Department of Lifelong Learning - to be brought together on a single site for the first time. These established programmes will be joined from 2004 by new degrees in English, environmental and a range of applied sciences.

The School of Sport and Health Sciences

The origins of sport, exercise and health sciences in Exeter lie in the former St Luke's College of Education which was internationally recognised as a centre of excellence for physical education. In 1978, St Luke's College merged with the University's Department of Education to form the School of Education which was based on St Luke's Campus. The largest degree programme in the School of Education was the BA(Ed) in Physical Education which was supplemented with a PGCE in Physical Education. In 1987, the Children's Health and Exercise Research Centre (CHERC) was established and during a period of expansion it was housed in new purpose-built accommodation devoted to the study of the exercising child. The CHERC strenghtened the research base in the subject but although a number of MPhil and PhD research degrees in sport, exercise and health sciences were awarded in the 1980s it was 1995 before a single honours BSc programme in Exercise and Sport Sciences was launched. The last cohort of physical education students and the first cohort of exercise and sport sciences students graduated in 1998.

In 1998, the University re-structured itself into 18 academic Schools and created the School of Postgraduate Medicine and Health Sciences through the amalgamation of the Postgraduate Medical School, the Department of Social Work and Probationary Studies, the Centre for Evidence Based Social Services, the Children's Health and Exercise Research Centre and some staff from the Exercise, Sport and Physical Education group in the School of Education. As part of the re-structuring process exercise and sport sciences was re-housed in Richards Building on St Luke's Campus. Teaching and research facilities were extended and upgraded and a new suite of well equipped laboratories for physiology, biomechanics, psychology, information technology, exercise science and anatomy came on-stream in the period 2000-2002. A Qualitative Research Unit was built to house Professor Sparkes' research team and the Children's Health and Exercise Research Centre was substantially extended.

The School was re-named the School of Sport and Health Sciences on 1 August 2001 in anticipation of the establishment of the Peninsula Medical School (PMS) in the following year. In August 2002, all medically related activities and the Centre for Evidence Based Social Services moved into the PMS in buildings adjacent to the School of Sport and Health Sciences. Social Work and Probationary Studies will transfer out of the School in July 2003.

Following the University's outstanding success in the 2001 RAE and a rigorous internal review of the strengths of its Schools the School of Sport and Health Sciences was targeted for further growth and development.

The Chair in Exercise and Health Psychology is the first expansion post to be advertised.

School Management

Mangement of the School is vested in the Head of School, a 5 year appointment which is currently held by Professor Neil Armstrong (until 2007). The Head of School's primary role is to manage the School's activities to ensure that policies set out in the institutional plan are carried out in a manner which enhances the University's achievements and reputation in the areas of teaching and learning, research and scholarship and service outside the University. The Head of School secures whole-School commitment to objectives through effective communication and a collaborative approach to decision-making. This is largely executed through the School Committee System which includes a meeting of all members of academic, academic-related, clerical, and technical staff and student representatives at least three times per year. The Committee structure can be found in the School Handbook (

The Professor of Exercise and Health Psychology will be expected to take a leadership role in the management of the School, initially through membership of the Executive Committee, and to consider nomination for the Headship of the School in due course.


The successful candidate will join the following staff in contributing to research and teaching in sport, exercise and health sciences:
Neil Armstrong PhD (Professor of Paediatric Physiology)
Andrew Sparkes PhD (Professor of Social Theory)
Elaine Davies MA
Senior Lecturer:
Pirkko Markula-Denison PhD
Senior Research Fellow:
Jo Welsman PhD
David Brown PhD
Sharon Dixon PhD
Guy Faulkner PhD
Tim Rees PhD
Craig Williams PhD
Richard Winsley PhD
Research Fellows:
Mark De Ste Croix PhD
Samantha Fawkner PhD
In-Ju Kim PhD (from 01.01.03)
Brett Smith MSc
Visiting Research Fellow:
Sebastein Rattel PhD (until 31.07.03)
Senior Technician:
David Childs BSc
Len Maurer BEd
Sue Vooght
Alison Husband
Liz Roberts
Graduate Teaching Assistants:
Saul Bloxham BSc
Caroline Dodd MSc
Jerone McMurray MSc
Louise Wood MMedSc

Two lectureships scheduled for appointment on 1 September 2003 are associated with the Chair in Exercise and Health Psychology and the successful candidate will have a major input into the appointments. Two additional lectureships in biomechanics and physiology are also scheduled for 1 September 2003 and one of the four posts may be at Senior Lecturer level. The posts will be advertised early in 2003 following the appointment to the Chair. Two additional lecturers will be appointed from 1 September 2004 and in 2005 three research fellowships will be converted into permanent lectureships.


Although Professor Armstrong chaired the Sport Sciences Panel in both the 1992 and 1996 RAEs Exeter's research in this area was entered within the School of Education's submission. The new School entered the RAE independently for the first time in 2001 and achieved a grade 5, the first time since the inception of the RAE that a grade 5 had been awarded by the Sport Science Panel on first submission. Following rigorous external international review, the Children's Health and Exercise Research Centre won the Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher Education for its research and the Prize was presented to the Vice Chancellor by HM the Queen at Buckingham Palace in 1999.The citation read:

'The Centre has established Paediatric Exercise Science as an academic field of study in this country and is now a leading World Centre. The promotion of more active lifestyles, and understanding the benefits of healthy living have become part of the agenda for many young people as a direct result of its work.'

This is the only time that the Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher Education has been awarded in the sport and exercise sciences and the details are available with other information on the Centre's research on ((

Individual staff research interests are outlined in (( but research in the School is focused in four Research Groups:

Paediatric Physiology
This internationally recognised group is led by Professor Neil Armstrong and based in the CHERC. The Centre, which is housed in a purpose-built suite of laboratories and offices, consists of a critical mass of young researchers working within an experienced support structure and provides arguably the finest facilities in the world for the study of paediatric physiology. The CHERC is devoted to the study of the exercising child and adolescent and to the promotion of young people's health and well-being. Current projects focus on respiratory gas kinetics, heart rate variability, muscle deoxygenation, muscle strength, short-term power output, and the relation between energy intake and expenditure. In collaboration with the School of Physics and the PMS the Centre recently won a 1.25 million grant to provide a research dedicated magnetic resonance (MR) facility. The MR will come on-stream in November 2002 and will open up lines of enquiry not previously possible with healthy children.

Sports Biomechanics
The biomechanics research group is led by Dr Sharon Dixon. The aim of the research group is to increase understanding of overuse injury mechanisms of the lower limb, facilitating the identification of interventions for reducing the incidence of sport and exercise related injury. To achieve this aim, research focuses on two related areas: an improved understanding of factors associated with the development of overuse injuries and an increased understanding of the influence of surface/shoe/insert manipulation on movement and loading of the lower extremity. The biomechanics laboratory has been designed for the collection of data during running activities and contains equipment for automated collection of force, pressure and movement data. Current research projects include: the investigation of biomechanical factors contributing to the development of stress fractures in military recruits; biomechanical and mechanical assessment of cushioning and friction for shoe-surface combinations in tennis; factors influencing the loading of the Achilles tendon during running; and the influence of shoe inserts on lover extremity biomechanics in running.

Qualitative Research
This internationally recognised research group is led by Professor Andrew Sparkes and located in the Qualitative Research Unit which is a purpose-built facility equipped to support a range of research activities. The general research interests of the group revolve around issues of embodiment, identity and culture in sport and physical activity. These are focused upon via a range of approaches that include ethnography, auto/biography, life history, and narrative analysis. Current research projects include: Mindful fitness forms and technologies of the self; A feminist analysis of physically active bodies; men, sport, spinal cord injury and the narrative reconstruction of selves; the social construction of masculinity in sport and physical education; ageing bodies and sporting selves; and body-self relationships in auto/biographies. The group aspires to (re)present its findings to diverse audiences by utilising a variety of genres that include realist tales, authoethnography, confessional tales, poetic representations, ethnodrama, and fictional representation.

Sport, Exercise and Health Psychology
The exercise and sport psychology research group was established in October 2000, and is led by Tim Rees and Guy Faulkner. The exercise and sport psychology group works in close association with the Qualitative Research Unit. It is housed in a purpose built unit fully equipped with computers, recording and transcribing machines, and software for computer assisted analysis. The objectives of the research group are to promote the scientific study of exercise and sport psychology, to advance understanding and application, and to disseminate findings to appropriate audiences. Current research focuses on physical activity promotion in community and rehabilitation settings, with a specific emphasis on psychological well-being, and psychosocial influences on performance and injury with a particular emphasis on social support and attributional theory. The group is also involved in applied exercise and sport consultancy with various external clients and the University of Exeter sport science support programme.
The Professor of Exercise and Health Psychology will be expected to lead the Sport, Exercise and Health Psychology Group and to develop an international reputation for research excellence in this field. There are excellent opportunities for collaborative research with other Schools including the PMS and the School of Psychology.
The School has a good record for attracting external grant funding but it is committed fully to increasing funding from external sources and, in particular, Research Councils. Internally, School Research Committee manages research funding and 145,000 has been ring fenced for research support in 2002-03. This sum includes generous support for conference attendance. Further support for research is available on a competitive basis from the University Research Fund.
There are currently 16 MPhil/PhD students in sport, exercise and health sciences and this area is targeted for further growth. The School's research students have a record of winning international and national prizes for research excellence which dates back to 1989. Most recently, Louise Wood won the Sportspages Award at the 2002 British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) Annual Conference for the best student presentation. Louise's research spans the paediatric physiology and biomechanics research groups and is jointly supervised by Professor Armstrong and Dr Dixon.
The Professor of Exercise and Health Psychology will be expected to attract research students and studentships and to make a major contribution to achieving the School's target of increasing postgraduate numbers to 25% of the total student body.


In addition to the research degrees of MPhil and PhD the School offers the following taught programmes in sport and health sciences (further details are available on (

BSc (honours) in Exercise and Sport Sciences
Due to high quality and student demand the undergraduate programme has grown into one of the largest in the University with an increase from an annual quota of 57 students in 1998 to 117 in 2002. We receive about 10 applicants for every place and the average A level scores are consistently amongst the highest in the country for the subject at 280-300 tariff points (ie., BBC/BBB). The School is currently seeking additional quota on the basis of high quality and demand. The programme is the only undergraduate programme in exercise and sport sciences in the Peninsula and the only programme based in a RAE 5 rated School within a 300 km radius of Exeter.
The BSc is a research driven programme in which the first three semesters provide a foundation in the subject and the final three semesters provide specialist options and a dissertation which contributes 25% of the final year assessment. The recent QAA Report commended the positive emphasis on research in degree modules and the benefits of teaching informed by research-active staff. The programme's emphasis on research is reflected by the success of undergraduate students in winning national awards for their work. For example, Katherine Richardson, supervised by Professor Sparkes, won the Women's Sport Foundation Dissertation of the Year in 2001 and Paul Freeman, supervised by Dr Rees, won the prize for both the best psychology and the best overall poster presentation at the BASES Annual Student Conference in 2002.
The School is currently discussing the development of combined undergraduate degree programmes with several other Schools.

MSc in Sport and Health Sciences
This programme commences in October 2003 with an expected student cohort of 20. It has been designed to provide students with a sound foundation in research and analytical skills at postgraduate level. Students follow two core quantitative and qualitative research methods modules and choose six optional modules from paediatric physiology, clinical exercise physiology, biomechanics, sport and health science laboratory techniques, body self and culture, sport and social change, current issues in sport and exercise psychology, and applied sport and exercise psychology. A research dissertation in a chosen specialism completes the programme.
All members of School staff are either members of the Institute of Learning and Teaching or working towards membership.
The Professor will be expected to contribute to teaching and to provide academic leadership in exercise and health psychology in both taught programmes.

Sport Science Support and Consultancy Programme
The School has an active and growing exercise and sport science support programme which involves University sports scholars and teams, local schools, clubs and athletes and the Royal Marines. A number of staff are BASES accredited and the School intends to encourage further student participation in the BASES accreditation process in due course. All new appointees are encouraged to contribute to the programme.

Job Description and Person Specification

We are looking for applicants with an outstanding international reputation who can provide strong academic leadership in their own research area and who have the drive and ability to forge links between different research groups within the School, to collaborate with other Schools in the University and to interface with external agencies. The successful applicant will be expected to play a leading role in the School's pursuit of excellence in research and teaching and to contribute to the academic management of the School.

The ideal candidate will have the following characteristics:

  • international research profile in exercise and health psychology
  • established track record of attracting external research funding
  • established track record of attracting and successfully supervising research students
  • ability to contribute to undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes
  • leadership, administrative and managerial skills.
  • desire to achieve excellence in both research and teaching

Further Information

Prospective candidates are invited to discuss the post informally with either Professor Neil Armstrong ([email protected]; 01392 264812 ) or Professor Andrew Sparkes ([email protected]; 01392 264752). You may also wish to consult the School's website (

Other Information

This is a permanent, full-time appointment. Salary will be by negotiation on the Professorial scale.

All appointments are subject to satisfactory reference and medical checks and individuals will be required to complete a medical questionnaire before appointment is confirmed.

Appointments are subject to the Charter, Statutes, Ordinances and Regulations of the University and to the University's Terms and Conditions of Employment for Academic and Academic-Related Staff.

Academic staff are required to perform such teaching, academic and other duties relating to the examinations and administration as may be reasonably assigned by the Head of School and to engage in research leading to publication or performance in recognised form appropriate to the discipline. Reasonable time will be allowed and facilities provided for such research.

Employees of the University may, with the consent of the University Council, undertake outside paid work including consultancy. Consent is not required for external examining, literary work, public lecturing, and extra-mural teaching, occasional broadcasting and the giving of advice on an ad-hoc basis and on a relatively small scale.

New entrants to University service (if aged under 60) may join the Universities' Superannuation Scheme (USS); 6.35% of gross salary is contributable by the individual, with the University contributing such sums as will be required to maintain the full benefits of the scheme. If the person appointed is already superannuated under either the modified or unmodified Federated Superannuation Scheme for Universities (FSSU), they will continue in the scheme.

A personal relocation package will be negotiated with successful applicant.

Employees of the University are entitled to use the extensive sports facilities and the Library. There is a bank, mini-supermarket and bookshop and car parking is available at a current cost of 86 per year. Two Stagecoach bus routes go through the campus and employees can travel at discounted fares with the University ID card (supplied free). In order to encourage alternative transport, a shuttle service between the nearby rail station and Streatham Campus has recently been introduced.

The University is committed to a comprehensive policy of equal opportunities in employment in which individuals are selected and treated solely on the basis of their relevant merits and abilities and are given equal opportunities within the University.

In making this appointment the University reserves the right to consider persons other than those who have submitted applications by the closing date.

Application Procedure

Applicants should forward 12 copies (or if posted overseas, 1 copy in a format suitable for photocopying. This can be sent by fax 01392 263414 or emailed to [email protected]) of the following documents:

  • the application form giving details of your qualifications and experience; and the names and addresses of three referees;
  • for academic appointments, you should also attach details of your research and publications and research grants awarded;
  • a completed Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form (one copy only)

to the Personnel and Staff Development Division, University of Exeter, Northcote House, The Queen's Drive, Exeter, EX4 4QJ

The closing date for completed applications is 10 December 2002.

Interviews are scheduled for 23/24 January 2003.

Please quote reference number 9105 in all correspondence.

Applicants should note that the University normally contacts referees for shortlisted applicants without further advice to applicants. When advising of referees, if they are resident overseas please ensure you supply fax numbers and/or e-mail addresses enabling us to contact them (if necessary) without delay.

All applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application in due course.

Data Protection Act 1998
Information which makes up your application is being requested to enable the University of Exeter to make employment decisions and meet statutory obligations. Any information provided to the University in this context will be treated confidentially and used only by manager(s), Members of the University, Personnel, Superannuation and Payroll during the course of your employment.

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