Institution (Location)
Start Date
September 15, 2016
Position Description

The College of Education and Human Development (CEHD),
University of Minnesota, invites nominations and applications for the position
of Director of School of Kinesiology (KIN). We are looking for candidates who
are established leaders in one or more of the disciplines represented in the
department, who have a clear and articulated vision for the work of an academic
department, and who have the administrative skills and experience to organize
and effectively guide faculty and staff efforts to achieve this vision. The
department is especially interested in candidates who can help maintain and
refine its academic mission, innovation, integrity, and vitality by providing
leadership in instruction, research, program development, outreach/community
engagement, and Extension education.


The School of Kinesiology at the
University of Minnesota has a rich tradition of exceptional scholarship and
academic excellence. Our research supports the interdisciplinary study of the
physiological, biological, developmental, social, and behavioral bases of
exercise, sport, and human movement. Faculty are committed to excellence in
research, teaching, and service as they strive to understand the lifespan
impact of physical activity and sport on health, disease and society as a whole.
This exceptional scholarship is being noticed. In 2015, the School of
Kinesiology was awarded 10 research grants and published 75 journal articles
and two books. The School is also experiencing growing enrollment numbers, with
660 undergraduate students combined between our Kinesiology, Sport Management,
Coaching, and Recreation, Parks, and Leisure Studies programs. A large graduate
student population is also present within the School. Masters’ degree-seeking
students total 104, with students enrolling in a Sport Management M.A. program,
Kinesiology M.S., M.A., and Minor programs, and M.Ed. programs in Applied
Kinesiology, Sport and Exercise Science, and Sport Management. The Kinesiology
Ph.D. program has 41 students across five concentrations, with the National
Academy of Kinesiology ranking this program 6th in the nation in 2015 (
Finally, the School is home to the Physical Activity Program, which annually
enrolls over 6,000 students from across campus in 1-credit PE classes. Complete
information on the School can be found on the website,


Located in the culturally diverse cities of Minneapolis and
St. Paul, the University offers unique opportunities for research and
participation in varied cultural communities. The College of Education and
Human Development is one of the top ranked professional schools of education in
the nation. We are an inclusive, nationally distinctive college that explores
education and human development across the life span to increase the
intellectual synergy and cooperative inquiry required to address the complexity
of educational and social issues facing children, youth, and families in the
21st century. Further information about the U of M can be found at
and on the Relocation Assistance Program site
Additional information about the college can be found at



The Director provides leadership both as an active scholar
and by supporting department scholarship. The Director formulates and
implements departmental policies and practices, nurtures the professional
growth of individual faculty, professional and administrative (P&A), and
Civil Service/Bargaining Unit (CSBU) staff, creates a welcoming environment for
diverse students, faculty, P&A and CS/BU staff and works to improve the
quality of department climate, instruction, disciplined inquiry, and
outreach/community engagement. The Director provides academic leadership to KIN
in consultation with the CEHD Dean and Associate Deans and has general
administrative authority over the department, including budget. The Director
represents KIN in college-wide administrative planning and is a member of the
CEHD Academic Leadership Team.



  •  Serve as chief administrative,
    academic, and research officer of the School by operating in alignment with the
    UMN land grant mission, and KIN, CEHD, and UMN strategic goals and governing
  • Serve as chief administrative
    officer of the School, with authority and responsibility for programs and
    resources, personnel, budget development and oversight, development and
    fundraising, and administrative planning.

Provide vision and leadership for
strategic short-term and long-range goals, objectives, and plans

Establish, communicate, administer,
and adhere to UMN fiscal, programmatic, space, workload, and personnel policies

Provide leadership in faculty and
staff development: orient new faculty and staff, evaluate and mentor continuing
faculty and staff, and manage faculty and staff tenure and promotion processes
as required by CEHD and UMN policies

Nurture the professional development
of faculty and staff toward excellence and national distinction in research,
teaching, and community engagement

Prepare, prioritize, and monitor
budget requests and expenditures

Schedule, set agenda for, and
preside at School faculty, all-school, and administration team meetings

Represent the School in its internal
and external affairs, including on the CEHD Dean’s academic leadership team,
and in other CEHD forums

Delegate authority appropriately and
equitably to other leadership in the School

Promote an open, respectful,
transparent, and inclusive work environment

Provide impetus and guidance to the
School in development and fundraising

  •   Serve as chief academic officer of
    the School, with oversight and accountability for academic program vision,
    curricular development, effective teaching, and high quality advising

Develop and maintain familiarity
with the School’s academic programs and educational policies, as applied to
teaching, advising, and support staffing

Teach at least one course per year
and mentor graduate students in area of expertise

Promote and maintain a high-quality
and safe learning environment for students

Practice principles of affirmative
action and equal opportunity, and strive for diversity in the student body and

Designate and collaborate with
academic program area heads, committee members and chairs, and directors of
undergraduate and graduate studies

  •   Serve as chief research officer of
    the School, providing leadership and mentoring regarding scholarly development,
    support, and productivity

Establish goals and provide
equitable resources such as space and personnel that support the scholarly
efforts of faculty, research staff, and students

Nurture a climate geared toward
achieving success in external funding support for research

Cultivate the professional and
community engagement of researchers and scholars in the School

Maintain line of scholarly productivity
in area of expertise and fulfill research responsibilities as a faculty member

This position is supported by a School administrator
(Assistant to the Director) who effectively manages the day-to-day
administrative operations of the School, provides supervision and oversight to
staff who provide support to the School and the Director, and handles projects
as assigned.

Candidate’s Qualifications (who should apply)




  • Earned doctoral-level degree in a
    field represented within the department, or a closely related field.
  • Evidence of a well-established
    national or international reputation for productivity in one or more areas of
    academic scholarship within the department.
  • A demonstrated interest in and
    ability to foster a climate that seeks and values diversity, transparency and
    collaboration across all levels.
  • Administrative, management and
    leadership experience in positions such as director or department chair/head,
    program coordinator, or director of graduate studies.
  • Evidence of effectiveness in
    teaching, advising, and outreach/service.
  • Candidates must be qualified and
    acceptable to the faculty in the department for appointment at the rank of
    tenured Associate or Full Professor in one or more of the department’s academic


(Selection Criteria)

  • Preference will be given to
    individuals qualified for hire as a tenured Full Professor.
  • Successful administrative experience
    at a research university.
  • Demonstrated successful skills in
    interpersonal communication, administrative leadership, supervision, and
    Effective writing skills, including
    the writing of planning and evaluation reports, project proposals for outside
    funding, and scholarly publications.
  • Demonstrated success in procuring
    external funding for research and programmatic initiatives.
  • Experience in allocating resources
    to ensure that the department mission and goals are achieved.
  • Ability to effectively communicate
    complex information.
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in
    gaining consensus and resolving conflict.
  • Demonstrated success in mentoring
    and developing faculty and staff.



The starting date for this position is negotiable with a
strong preference for the person hired to begin on or around July 1, 2017.
Salary will be competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications.
The University of Minnesota has a very competitive array of employee benefits.
Information about benefits can be found by following the document link below:
The individual hired will also receive an administrative salary augmentation
and will be provided with a tenured faculty appointment. This is a full-time,
12-month position, and the initial appointment will be for a three-year term.
Distribution of duties will include typical faculty work, including teaching
one course per year, advising graduate students, and conducting research,
consistent with department workload policies. Renewals of the Director
appointment are contingent upon a formal performance evaluation. Regardless of
reappointment status, however, the individual will retain a 9-month tenured
faculty position in KIN.

How to Apply


Expressions of interest and nominations for the position can
be sent to the search committee chair or to members of the search committee.
This position will remain open until filled. The search committee will begin
reviewing applications on October 31,
. Interested candidates must provide a letter expressing interest and
addressing their accomplishments related to the qualifications for this
position along with a current curriculum vita. An on-line application is
required for this position. Please access the University of Minnesota
employment system at
and search for Job Posting Number 312951.
The cover letter and curriculum vitae may be attached electronically to the
on-line application.


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access to its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race,
color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, disability,
public assistance, veteran status, or sexual orientation.


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