University of Missouri-St. Louis — Assistant Professor of Physical Education, College of Education

Tenure-Track Faculty for Physical Education (9-month faculty; Assistant Professor)

Job ID#: 40659

About the Position

The Department of Educator Preparation and Leadership invites candidates for a 9-month, tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor beginning in August 2022 or latest in January 2023. The successful candidate will have earned a doctorate in the area of physical education, kinesiology or any other closely related fields. ABDs are encouraged to apply, provided their doctorate will be completed within a year from the date of appointment. In addition, the candidate will have demonstrated expertise in a variety of areas in physical education and a focus in two or more areas. The candidate will be expected to teach courses each semester in two or more of the following content areas; anatomy and physiology, curriculum and performance analysis, foundations of physical education, health and wellness, motor development, adapted physical education, and teaching skills. This position will have a pre-set required student credit hours to teach per academic year with a research focus in the area of physical education, kinesiology or any other closely related fields.

The department views diversity of all its members and its students as a strength. We welcome colleagues who share our commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion as well as social and racial justice. Candidates whose professional background includes demonstrated attention to the concerns of race, ethnicity, multilingualism, social class, gender, and disability are strongly encouraged to apply. All faculty who join our college are expected to work diligently towards increased development of knowledge, understanding, and skills on issues of ethnicity, race, inequality, justice, collaboration, and respect, with the intent to encompass the broadest definition of diversity. Additional support is available for new faculty that is tailored to their background and professional needs.

As one of the most culturally and ethnically diverse campuses in Missouri, UMSL is committed to maintaining a climate where all students, faculty, staff and visitors can explore their interests, refine their talents and flourish. Inclusive excellence is embedded in our strategic plan. UMSL is an equal opportunity/access/affirmative action/pro-disability and veteran employer and does not discriminate on the basis of sex in our education programs or activities, pursuant to Title IX and 34 CFR Part 106. For more information, visit our UMSL Statement of Nondiscrimination.

About the University of Missouri-St. Louis

The University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL) is an urban research university enrolling over 16,000 students. As part of a metropolitan area of almost 3 million people, UMSL has immediate availability to cultural and education institutions as one of the country’s major centers. The area includes museums, national monuments, libraries, theater and opera companies, symphony orchestras, medical centers, and recreational facilities. UMSL is an Anchor Institution committed to intentionally applying university assets to strengthen the local community and the St. Louis region.

Benefit Summary: The University of Missouri, St. Louis offers benefit-eligible employees a wide variety of benefits. For more information, please visit our benefits page.

This competitive position is a benefits-eligible, full-time, tenure-track, nine-month academic appointment in the College of Education with an anticipated start of August 2022 or latest January 2023. Candidates from diverse and minority backgrounds are highly encouraged to apply.

Required Qualifications:

  • A completed doctorate (Ph.D. or Ed.D.) in Physical Education or closely related field by time of appointment. ABDs will only be considered provided their doctorate is near completion.
  • Demonstrated commitment to serving diverse populations.
  • Documented evidence of sustained, high-quality professional productivity including grant writing.
  • Evidence of a cohesive and relevant research agenda and being actively engaged in research.
  • Documented evidence of teaching excellence and contribution to student development at college level.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience with SHAPE America (Society of Health and Physical Educators) and/or its related regional districts and state chapters.
  • Demonstrated ability to integrate technology into teaching including experience teaching online physical education courses.
  • Demonstrated excellence in interpersonal, written and verbal communication, and analytic skills.
  • A minimum of 3 years of teaching experience as a licensed K-12 physical educator and experience or ability to supervise PETE (Physical Education Teacher Education) teacher candidates or 3 years of successfully teaching physical education courses at college level.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Successful in designing and leading professional development with elementary/secondary/physical education teachers.
  • Experience of collaborative curricular and program development.
  • Documented experience of successful teaching in higher education.
  • Grant writing experience
  • Record of peer-reviewed research publications

Applicants MUST apply online at including a 1) detailed letter of application that includes the applicant’s research and teaching philosophy, 2) a curriculum vitae, 3) a diversity statement that includes the applicant’s plan to contribute to meeting the UMSL mission of diversity, equity, and inclusion, 4) copies of transcripts, 5) two scholarly writing samples, and 6) three professional references. A single PDF file attached as a “resume” is strongly recommended. Only completed applications submitted online will be reviewed. Review of files will begin April 30, 2022, and continue until the position is filled. UMSL is committed to an inclusive campus community that values and respects all its members and achieves educational excellence through diversity. As one of four institutions in the University of Missouri land- grant system, UMSL is classified as RU-H (high research activity) and as a Community Engaged Campus by Carnegie rankings. For further information about UMSL, please see: UMSL is an urban institution located in St. Louis, one of the 20 largest metropolitan areas in the United States. For further information about St. Louis, please see:

We invite inquiries from potentially interested candidates to the search committee co-chairs attn: Dr. Karen Boleska (Co-Chair) and Dr. Timothy Makubuya (Co-Chair)