Assistant Professor - Recreation Administration/ Recreation & Sport Admin

Western Kentucky University in Kentucky

Date Posted September 22, 2017
Type Non tenure track
Salary Not specified
Employment Type Full-time

About Western Kentucky University:

Western Kentucky University aspires to be the University of choice for faculty and staff who are dedicated to helping advance academic excellence. True to its spirit, WKU offers an inviting, nurturing, and challenging work environment, which is responsive to the needs of a diverse and ambitious learning community. WKU's main campus is located on a hill overlooking the city of Bowling Green (population est. 60,000), and is acclaimed as one of the most beautiful in the nation. In addition, WKU serves the communities of Elizabethtown/Fort Knox, Glasgow and Owensboro through its regional campuses. We invite you to consider WKU as a place where your academic and professional dreams can be realized.

Job Description:

The following duties are customary for this position, but are not to be construed as all-inclusive. Duties may be added, deleted, and assigned based on management discretion and institutional needs.


Teaching: Primary teaching responsibilities for this position include undergraduate Recreation Administration courses from the required core courses and electives within the major, which are delivered on campus, off campus, or potentially online.  The candidate will also teach 1-2 graduate courses during the regular academic year. Advise undergraduate students.


Scholarship: Maintain awareness of current research trends and topics in Recreation. Maintain an active role in research and scholarly production including publishing in peer-reviewed journals and securing research funding (internal and/or external).


Service: Actively participate in university service (departmental, college, and university committees) and professional service. Actively participate in recruitment and retention efforts.


Knowledge and Skills Considered Essential for Success:

  • Possess strong communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated professionalism and collaboration skills.
  • Detail-oriented and self-motivated.


Candidate should meet the following criteria:

  • An earned doctorate in Recreation, Leisure, or closely related field. ABD candidates with anticipated graduation by August 2018 will be considered. 
  • Teaching experience
  • Interest, ability, and flexibility to teach courses within the program's core.
  • Articulate a well-defined research agenda in the area of recreation/leisure with the potential for research funding.
  • Demonstrated professional work experience in the recreation field.

Additional Information:

Kentucky state law requires all public institutions of postsecondary education to conduct pre-employment criminal background checks to determine suitability for employment.


Western Kentucky University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnic origin, national origin, creed, religion, political belief, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, marital status, age, uniformed services, veteran status, or physical or mental disability in admission to career and technical education programs and/or activities, or employment practices in accordance with Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Revised 1992, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.


Persons with disabilities, who need reasonable accommodations to participate in the application and/or selection process, should notify the office of Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action/University ADA Services (EEO) at (270) 745- 5121, a minimum of five working days in advance.

Application Instructions:

The following items must be submitted by visiting by November 15, 2017, although expressions of interest may be considered until the position is filled:

  • Letter of Intent that clearly addresses position requirements
  • Curriculum Vita
  • Unofficial Transcripts


Names and contact information of three reference providers will be collected during the application process. Reference letters will be requested by the Search Committee through an online process at a later date.


You will receive email confirmation once you have successfully completed the application process.


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