Institution (Location)
School of Kinesiology at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
Position Description


The School of Kinesiology at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities is seeking an outstanding candidate for 9-month, annual renewable, non-tenure-track Teaching Specialist/Lecturer (Academic Professional) position in Physical Activity and Health Promotion. We seek a candidate with expertise in a broad area of physical activity and health promotion who can develop and teach undergraduate courses in physical activity and health equity (disparities), health promotion, health and wellness intervention development, internships related to health promotion, and nutrition courses. Additionally, this candidate will have industry-specific experience that will support students in successfully identifying and securing related field experiences.

Our physical activity and health promotion programs are relatively new to the University and include a Bachelor of Science (BS) and minor programs. Complete information on the School can be found on the website:

Candidate’s Qualifications (who should apply)

Required Qualifications

+ Master’s degree in physical activity promotion, wellness/health promotion, or closely related discipline.
+ Demonstrated teaching experience and effectiveness in higher education.
+ Demonstrated strong writing and communication skills.
+ Commitment to service at the professional, university, departmental, and community levels.

Preferred Qualifications

+ Ph.D. or equivalent degree in areas related to physical activity promotion and wellness/health promotion.
+ Experience in mentoring or advising undergraduate or graduate students.
+ Diverse experience with the physical activity and health promotion industry and establishing relationships with industry leaders.

Please note that a candidate with a Master’s degree will be hired as a Teaching Specialist. To be hired as a Lecturer, candidates must hold a Ph.D. or equivalent degree.

How to Apply


Applications must be submitted online.  To be considered for this position, please click the Apply button and follow the instructions.  You will have the opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach a cover letter and resume.

Additional documents may be attached after application by accessing your “My Job Applications” page and uploading documents in the “My Cover Letters and Attachments” section. Example language: This position requires that you attach LIST ATTACHMENT TYPES SUCH AS: a sample of scholarly work, a diversity statement, and a list of references.

The priority deadline is April 1, 2022. This position will remain open until filled.


Teaching (75%)

+ Teach core courses (three courses per semester) in the undergraduate physical activity and health promotion program.
Grade student materials, including exams, papers and final projects.
+ Respond to student inquiries and meet with students.
+ Develop course content and syllabus.
+ Prepare course materials.

The teaching load will be reduced in the first semester to allow time to create the new coursework for the physical activity and health promotion undergraduate programs.

Service to the Unit, College, and University (25%)

+ Participate in School, College, and University service activities.
+ Serve on School, College, and University-wide committees and workgroups as requested, assigned, or initiated.
+ Work closely with the Director of Undergraduate Studies and the major advisors in promoting and supporting student success in the physical activity and health promotion programs.
+ Support colleagues and students in nomination for institutional awards via letters of nomination and recommendation.


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