Professor & Chair

College Park, MD

University of Maryland

Department of Kinesiology
School of Public Health
University of Maryland, College Park
POSITION VACANCY: DEPARTMENT CHAIR
The Department of Kinesiology (KNES) at the University of Maryland, College Park,
invites applications and nominations for the position of Professor and Chair, a 12-month
appointment. KNES is a long-standing academic unit, established over 125 years ago,
and supports an integrative approach to the discipline. It is one of five departments in
the School of Public Health and is comprised of 16 tenure-track and 10 full-time
professional-track faculty, complemented by many part-time instructors, representing a
variety of scholarly perspectives to examine the complexity of physical activity and its
role in significant issues of public health and human performance. Many faculty in the
Department hold affiliate appointments with the campus-wide Neuroscience and
Cognitive Sciences program (NACS), the Center on Aging, The Maryland Neuroimaging
Center, the Maryland Robotics Center, as well as the Departments of Bioengineering,
Psychology, Sociology and several units in the Medical School at the University of
Maryland, Baltimore. Research in the Department is funded by a variety of agencies
including the National Institutes of Health, the American Heart Association, and the
Department of Defense as well as a number of corporations. The Department is one of
several partners in a broad emerging campus initiative, the Center for Brain Health and
Human Performance, for the conduct of integrative research on nervous system injury
(concussion), neuroscience, human performance as well as the delivery of medical
services, to include the School of Medicine (Department of Orthopedics), the Clark
School of Engineering, the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and others. Students
in the Department of Kinesiology can pursue a BS in Kinesiology, an MPH with
concentration in Physical Activity, the MA and PhD degrees, as well as a MEd in
Physical Education offered in partnership with the College of Education. Undergraduate
students complete a range of core courses in the physiological, biomechanical,
neuromotor, psychological, sociological, and historical perspectives on physical activity,
basic movement, exercise and sport while MA and PhD students can specialize in
Exercise Physiology, Cognitive-Motor Behavior, and the Physical Cultural Studies.
There are approximately 800 undergraduates and over 50 graduate students in the
Department. In addition, the Department actively participates in the University-wide
General Education curriculum and, in addition, offers a comprehensive instructional
physical activity program for majors and non-majors.
RESPONSIBILITIES: The Chair provides strategic leadership to advance the teaching,
research, and service/outreach missions of the Department and School. The Chair will
work closely with KNES faculty, students and staff, the Dean’s Office, and other campus
leaders to: 1) ensure excellence in academic programs and curriculum development, 2)
facilitate faculty efforts in pursuing research grants and contracts, 3) promote faculty
and student participation in interdisciplinary research programs and service activities, 4)
expand KNES collaborations with academic, research, community, government and
industry partners, and 5) provide fiscal management and oversight of Departmental
operations. Additionally, the Chair serves as a member of the School’s senior

leadership team and represents the department to students, faculty, administrators, the
profession, and the general public.
QUALIFICATION: Candidates should hold a doctoral degree in kinesiology or a
related discipline and should demonstrate a strong record of funded research and
scholarship in an area relevant to the department’s mission. Candidates should be
eligible for appointment as a tenured Full Professor. Previous leadership and
administrative experience are required; academic leadership is preferred. The
successful candidate must demonstrate a commitment to diversity and inclusion; an
ability to foster professional and community partnerships; a commitment to faculty, staff
and students mentoring and development; and excellent communication, organizational,
and interpersonal skills.
APPLICATION: For full consideration, applicants should submit a cover letter
describing their interests, qualifications, and current research; a curriculum vitae; and
contact information for three references. For best consideration please submit by
February 14, 2020. Reviews will continue until the position is filled. Applications will be
held in confidence until finalists are invited to campus. References will not be contacted
without the consent of the candidate. Submit applications electronically at
https://ejobs.umd.edu, position number #106008 listed under the Faculty section. If you
have any questions, please email Dr. Robert Gold, Chair of the Search Committee at
rsgold@umd.edu. Please indicate “Department Chair Search, KNES” in the subject line
of email correspondence.
The University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP) is a Research-Intensive and Land
Grant University. UMCP is the flagship campus of the University of Maryland System
with over 2,500 faculty, 27,000 undergraduates, and 10,000 graduate students. The
University is located 6 miles from Washington D.C. and 30 miles from the State capital
of Annapolis. The campus is within proximity of the National Institutes of Health, the
National Center for Health Statistics, and many other federal, state, and local health and
human service agencies, as well as headquarters for numerous public health related
non-governmental organizations. For further information on the Department of
Kinesiology, please visit our website: http://www.sph.umd.edu/knes/.

Posted: 01/07/2020