Associate Professor or Professor and Head

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Position type: Full-Time 12-Month
Department: 051700 - Department of Kinesiology
Location: Main Campus - Starkville, MS
Categories: Faculty
Position Open Date:

Position Function:

The Department Head provides academic and administrative leadership for a large inter-disciplinary program (21 faculty, 5 staff, 1,076 undergraduate students, and 75 graduate students). As the chief administrative officer of the department, the Department Head is responsible for budgetary actions, program development, and personnel management and evaluation. . The Department Head will promote a positive environment for stimulating inter-disciplinarity in teaching, research, and service. The Department Head must be able to support and articulate the Vision, Mission, and Strategic Goals of the Department.

Salary Grade:  UC

For salary grade UC, these positions are "Unclassified" and salary ranges are determined by the hiring department.

Department Profile:

The Department of Kinesiology offers a bachelor's degree with concentrations in physical education and coaching (licensure track), physical activity and coaching (non-licensure track), clinical exercise physiology, neuromechanics, strength and conditioning, and sports administration. The Department offers a master's degree with concentrations in sport pedagogy, exercise science, disability studies, and sport administration. The department also offers a doctoral degree with concentrations in exercise science and sport studies.

Anticipated Appointment Date:

January 1, 2024

Tenure Track Status:


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Faculty support: Recruit and retain a highly qualified, diverse, and inter-disciplinary faculty from peer institutions across the nation; coordinate and evaluate faculty workload; mentor faculty through the promotion and tenure process; evaluate faculty performance for promotion, tenure, salary increases, and dismissals; and support continuing professional development of faculty.

Departmental operation: Collaborate with faculty in developing and facilitating strategic plans and shared governance documents; monitor academic program offerings; ensure that university policies and procedures are implemented as they relate to the department and the students it serves; collaborate with faculty in determining departmental strengths, weaknesses, and changes that are needed; manage the departmental budget and develop a revenue generation plan; maintain facilities and equipment to support faculty and departmental goals; and determine office and space allocations.

Communication: Conduct regular departmental and program coordinators’ meetings; meet with the Dean of the College of Education to represent the interests of the department; assist with data collection for departmental, college, and university reports; and encourage faculty to pursue external funding.

Other—Coordinate advising of students; prepare course schedules; oversees undergraduate and graduate programs along with coordinators; advise students with curriculum problems; teach according to College of Education policy; manage according to department, college, and university policy; participate in professional development activities; participate in professional organizations; manage and support applications for accreditation and re-accreditation; and perform other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

• Earned doctorate from an accredited university in Kinesiology in one of the department’s areas of specialization (exercise science, physical education, sports administration, etc.).
• Qualify for tenure and the rank of associate professor of Kinesiology at Mississippi State University

Preferred Qualifications:

• Qualify for rank of Professor
• Familiarity with CAEP accreditation standards
• Familiarity with CAAHEP accreditation
• Demonstrated record of administrative experience at some level of higher education or the academia at large
• Success in facilitating external funding
• Membership and leadership in applicable professional societies
• Ability to communicate and work effectively with others
• Commitment to working with a diverse population of students and faculty
• Appropriate understanding of all subdisciplines and methods of inquiry represented in the Department

Instructions for Applying:

All applicants must apply online at by attaching a cover letter, curriculum vitae that includes the complete contact information for at least three references, and copies of transcripts. Official transcripts for the position finalists will be requested at that time. Note: Any social security numbers included on requested transcripts should be redacted prior to submitting online.

The Search Committee will begin a review of applications in October 2023 and continue until a candidate is selected. For inquiries about the position and the department, please contact Dr. Dan Gadke at 662.325.3312 or email

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy, gender identity, status as a U.S. veteran, and/or any other status protected by applicable law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.

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