SMSU’s Assistant Professor of Exercise Science and Director of the Twin Cities Program is a full-time, tenure track faculty position located at partner Minnesota State Community College (CC) campuses in the Twin Cities. Responsibilities include: Teaching face-to-face sections on multiple campuses and online sections of introductory and upper-division courses in Exercise Science including but not limited to: EXSC100: Anatomical Kinesiology, EXSC488: Professional Communication, EXSC480: Principles of Training and Conditioning, EXSC475: Capstone Research, EXSC360: Athletic Enhancement, Human Performance, & Exercise Leadership, and EXSC490: Exercise Prescription. Other courses will be assigned based upon need and the candidate's specific areas of academic preparation. This position also carries a significant number of EXSC499: Professional Practicum students each term (~15-30 students each fall, spring, and summer).
The expectations of a full-time SMSU faculty member are defined in the Minnesota State-IFO Agreement, which include effective teaching, as well as engagement in scholarly and creative activity, continuing preparation and study, contribution to student growth and development, and service to the SMSU and greater communities. Participating fully in the activities and programs of SMSU’s Exercise Science program, including the role of Director of the Exercise Science Program in the Twin Cities is required.
The nature of the Twin Cities program also requires significant coordination and direction between each of the four campuses involved. These duties include, but are not limited to: 1) communication, coordination, and cooperation with the each campus' Deans Office and Administration regarding contractual agreements, course scheduling, and faculty assignments; 2) identification of Exercise Science adjunct faculty and coordination of hiring with the SMSU Dean; 3) collaboration between faculty on four campuses to maintain consistent curriculum delivery; 4) ensuring financial aid consortium agreements are given and understood by the students, then received and processed by each CC financial aid office; 5) communication with each CC 2-year advisor to ensure each student has the information needed to complete their degree plan(s) for both the 2-year and 4-year programs; 6) cooperation with marketing and/or partnership offices at each of the CC's to ensure successful promotion of the SMSU Exercise Science program, including participation at promotional events (recruiting events, open houses, etc.); 7) recruitment of community college students for the Exercise Science Program, as well as transitional advising.
Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology, Biomechanics, Motor Control or another Exercise Science related field. Consideration will be made for applicants who are expected to receive their terminal within one year of appointment.
Demonstrated commitment to fostering a diverse and inclusive environment; demonstrated ability to teach and work with persons from diverse backgrounds to ensure all students receive an equitable educational opportunity.
Demonstrated evidence of teaching excellence and pedagogical knowledge in the discipline and specialization associated with the position.
Strong written and oral communication skills.
Ability to perform and supervise research that involves undergraduate students.
Student-centered approach to education and a commitment to helping grow the Exercise Science Program.
Training or education in Exercise Physiology and ability to teach applied advanced courses.
Demonstrated ability/competence in instructional technology and on campus/online/hybrid teaching methods.
Experience in directing a multi-site location college or university Exercise Science program.
An understanding of and appreciation for liberal education.
Southwest Minnesota State University is one of seven universities in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system. SMSU gives highest priority to excellence in teaching and preparing students to be lifelong learners through quality undergraduate and graduate teaching/advising and strong student/faculty relationships. We area a public institution offering over 50 majors and minors and four master's degrees. Its mission, dating back to 1967, provides access to university-level programs in liberal arts & professional studies. The University has a special commitment to the educational needs of the people in its service region reflected through its curricula, cultural programs, diversity of staff and students, cooperative relationships with the public and private sectors, and regional institutions. The 216-acre campus encompasses 24 modern, interconnected, and accessible buildings. Marshall (pop. 14,000) is the hub of a rich agricultural area and offers a variety of cultural, recreational and educational opportunities.
SMSU offers a comprehensive benefit package including life, health and dental insurance, a retirement program, tuition waiver for employee and dependents, as well as a variety of other benefits as defined by the individual Collective Bargaining Agreements or Plans. For information on our benefits including Medical and Dental Insurance; Life Insurance; Disability and Long-Term Care; Pre-Tax Benefits; and Health and Wellness, please refer to SEGIP's website http://mn.gov/mmb/segip/index.jsp For information on Minnesota State's Retirement Plan(s), please go to: http://www.minnstate.edu/system/hr/employees/retirement/index.html
Desired Start Date: 08/16/2021
Internal Number: 1554
About Southwest Minnesota State University
Southwest Minnesota State University is a four-year public university offering a high quality education in the liberal arts and professions to prepare students for a life that is successful both personally and professionally. SMSU has grown into a university of choice with high national rankings, producing scholars who become the leaders, thinkers, and entrepreneurs of the future. Students and faculty alike come here to engage in the rich "Southwest Experience," which starts with strong academics, fulfilling social opportunities and support from fellow Mustangs.