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Director of Human Performance Science (Associate or Full Teaching Professor)

Assistant or Associate Professor
28 Nov 2023
28 Nov 2023
University Park, PA
United States
The Pennsylvania State University

Director of Human Performance Science (Associate or Full Teaching Professor)

Penn State's College of Health and Human Development (HHD) is seeking a highly motivated and versatile Associate or Full Teaching Professor and Director of Human Performance Science for a 48-week, non-tenure track appointment beginning January 1, 2024. The successful candidate will lead the development and administration of an interprofessional Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Human Performance Science, teach in the program, and support performance science activities in Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics (ICA). The position, jointly funded by HHD and Intercollegiate Athletics (ICA) will have an academic home in one of three academic departments, Kinesiology, Nutritional Sciences, or Recreation, Park and Tourism Management, and will report to the department head with a dotted line to the Deputy Athletics Director for Student-Athlete Welfare & Development in ICA.

The successful candidate will possess instructional expertise and experience in education program administration or management. To facilitate the building of the program, the workload for this position is expected to evolve in the first three years of the position, starting with more administration and moving to a more diverse workload portfolio. Ultimately, the position will have a balance of administration (e.g., program marketing, student recruitment/admissions, advising, coordination), teaching MPS students in-residence and online, support of performance science activities in ICA, and other professional service. Opportunities may develop for contribution to develop research/scholarship through human performance science engagement with ICA and/or through expanded performance science services opportunities as the program develops.

The appointment will be either a non-tenure line Associate Teaching Professor or Full Teaching Professor based on the selected candidate's qualifications and experience.

Minimum Qualifications

We are seeking a highly motivated individual with:

• An earned doctoral degree in kinesiology, nutrition, physiology, psychology, athletic training, sports medicine, or a closely related field

• Recent experience working in performance science with athletes and other performance-based populations

• Experience in the design and development of new courses and/or course revisions; introduction of innovative teaching and/or assessment methodologies; support of curricular affairs

• Proficiency (Associate Professor) or mastery (Full Professor) in teaching and mentoring undergraduate and/or graduate students

• Experience in education program administration or management

Preferred Qualifications

• Leadership experience in academic and/or performance science-related areas

• Experience conducting original research related to performance science is desired but not necessary


• Lead the development of cutting-edge, interdisciplinary, experientially-grounded curriculum in human performance science

• Develop courses in the curriculum

• Deliver high-quality performance instruction and mentoring

• Engage in the practice of human performance science

• Collaborate closely with multiple academic departments and ICA programs

• Provide feedback to the academic department head on HPS instructor performance

• Develop a community of practice including ICA staff and graduate student interns to support student-athletes seeking to maximize their performance on and off the field of play

The College of Health and Human Development seeks applicants whose professional preparedness, experience, and accomplishments are informed by experiences working with and within groups historically underrepresented in higher education in the United States. Priority will be given to applicants who demonstrate, through prior actions and achievements, intentional and actioned commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Examples of such contributions are research or creative activity focused on empowering underserved populations; teaching, mentorship, and service that increases equitable access; and inclusion in fields where historically excluded populations are underrepresented.


The College of Health and Human Development (HHD) at University Park is a collaborative community of faculty, staff, students, and alumni seeking to improve human health, development, and the quality of life for all people through innovative education, interdisciplinary research, and effective outreach with a scope that encompasses cells to society from conception through old age. HHD enrolls approximately 4,200 undergraduates and 350 full-time graduate students. The College includes eight academic units and several research centers and service units. For more information about HHD, visit:


Penn State Among the Nation's Premier Athletic Programs in Comprehensive Excellence

Under the leadership of Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics Patrick Kraft, Penn State has one of the nation's most comprehensive and successful athletic programs, featuring 800 student-athletes across 31 varsity programs (16 men's, 15 women's). The Nittany Lions' 31 programs are tied for the fourth-highest number of sports sponsored by a Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) institution.

Penn State student-athletes continue to register record-breaking graduation rates and perform well above their peers nationwide. The Nittany Lions posted a record-tying 92% and 10 programs earned perfect 100% ratings. This is the sixth consecutive year the Nittany Lions have posted a record or record-tying performance in the classroom, according to data reported by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). Penn State is one of only five schools that have won at least 10 NCAA Championships since 2013 and earned at least a 90 percent Graduation Success Rate (GSR) in the 2022 NCAA report (Stanford, Florida, USC, Virginia).


This position is located at the University Park campus of Penn State in State College, Pennsylvania, a picturesque locale in the heart of the Commonwealth known as Happy Valley. As a vibrant college town, State College hosts year-round festivals and activities and is near countless miles of hiking trails and state parks. State College is not only centrally located in Pennsylvania, but also the Mid-Atlantic region. Major metropolitan areas including Baltimore, Washington DC, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Harrisburg are just a short drive away.


The Pennsylvania State University is committed to and accountable for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in all of its forms. We embrace individual uniqueness, foster a culture of inclusion that supports both broad and specific diversity initiatives, leverage the educational and institutional benefits of diversity, and engage all individuals to help them thrive. We value inclusion as a core strength and an essential element of our public service mission. In HHD, enriching the lives of others is our mission. We believe in the power of human capacity for growth and live that mission by meeting challenges, both big and small, with excitement and energy every day. We invite you to come grow with us.

Our campuses are located on the original homelands of the Erie, Haudenosaunee (Seneca, Cayuga, Onondaga, Oneida, Mohawk, and Tuscarora), Lenape (Delaware Nation, Delaware Tribe, Stockbridge-Munsee), Monongahela, Shawnee (Absentee, Eastern, and Oklahoma), Susquehannock, and Wahzhazhe (Osage) Nations. As a land grant institution, we acknowledge and honor the traditional caretakers of these lands and strive to understand and model their responsible stewardship. We also acknowledge the longer history of these lands and our place in that history.


This is a term appointment funded for one year from the date of hire with an excellent possibility of re-funding. The review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a suitable candidate is identified. A complete application must include: a cover letter that outlines the applicant's expertise and experience; a statement of how the applicant can contribute to fostering a welcoming, inclusive environment; a complete curriculum vitae; a list of the names and contact information for three references who are familiar with your administrative/teaching/practice-oriented experience. Penn State offers a welcoming environment and excellent benefits.

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