Assistant - Associate Professor in Physical Activity and Public Health

  • University of Texas at Austin
  • Austin, TX, USA
  • Sep 23, 2021
Full time Health Sciences/OT/PT/Kinesiology

Job Description



College/School/Unit: College of Education
Department: Kinesiology and Health Education
Posted: Sep 7, 2021
Apply By: Open until filled



Department of Kinesiology & Health Education at The University of Texas-Austin

The University of Texas at Austin, Department of Kinesiology & Health Education is seeking applications from outstanding academic research scientists in Physical Activity and Public Health at the level of Assistant or Associate Professor, with an anticipated start date of August 2022.

The Kinesiology and Health Education Faculty are highly interactive and maintain strong collaborations with multiple units across campus, regionally, nationally, and internationally. The Dell Medical School and the Austin Regional Campus of the University of Texas School of Public Health are just two of our key collaborators. The Department maintains unique core facilities that include the Health & Integrative Physiology Core Laboratory (HIP), Fitness Institute of Texas (FIT), and a 2,500 sq. ft. gymnasium for exercise manipulations/interventions. The successful candidate will have ample opportunities for contributing within this highly collaborative culture and will be expected to pursue an active research agenda leading to publications in quality refereed journals and external funding

The Department is one of five within the College of Education, which is regularly ranked among the top 5 public colleges of education in the country. We promote the shared values of equity, excellence, innovation, empowerment, community focus, and we endeavor to bridge research to practice. The Department of Kinesiology and Health Education has a robust undergraduate and graduate program and is committed to an intellectually diverse and inclusive working and learning environment and we view inclusiveness and excellence as interconnected in the work of our faculty. We are seeking candidates whose research, teaching, and service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity, inclusivity and excellence. Through the College of Education's Reimagine Education initiative, our signature impacts guide our research, teaching, and service:

The College of Education, ranked among the top public colleges of education in the country, promotes the shared values of equity, excellence, innovation, empowerment, community-focus, and endeavors to bridge research and practice. We view inclusiveness and excellence as interconnected in the work of our faculty. The College of Education is particularly interested in and values candidates who have experience working with diverse and underserved populations, and address the interactions among our diverse identities. Candidates should show a demonstrated commitment to improving access and conditions in educational and health settings for children, adults, families, schools, and communities.

The University of Texas at Austin is the flagship state university of the University of Texas System. It values and supports interdisciplinary research and as the leading research university in Central Texas, it provides outstanding access to clinical and community populations, including those historically underserved in public health across the lifespan. Austin, Texas is an exciting, welcoming, growing, and inclusive city with the reputation as the Live Music Capital of the World and is renown as a cultural and culinary destination. In addition to Lady Bird Lake, there are many parks and lakes that support an active lifestyle.

Preferred and Required Qualifications


Candidates must hold a doctoral degree in kinesiology, public health, community health, exercise science, prevention science, or a closely related field. Appropriate research foci can include (but are not limited to): physical activity and health outcomes in human populations, individual determinants and interventions to increase physical activity, built environment and physical activity, and physical activity policy intervention/evaluation. Appointment as an Assistant Professor level are expected to have a demonstrated track record of publications reflecting a focused line of scholarly research and a record of external funding or the potential to obtain external funding. Post-doctoral training and/or independent research experience is strongly preferred. Appointment as an Associate Professor with tenure will require a significant publication record and a strong, on-going record of extramural funding. Candidates will also be expected to participate in the department's teaching mission with a strong commitment to mentoring with a focus on enhancing equity and inclusion in the field and in practice, with outstanding leadership, organizational and communication skills being essential.

Application Details

Application Instructions

Review of applications will begin October 25, 2021, with applications accepted until the position is filled.

Applicants should upload the following items to the Interfolio system:

  • Cover Letter with contact information
  • Full C.V.
  • Research Statement that includes research accomplishments and future research direction
  • Teaching Statement
  • up to 3 representative publications
  • a list of 3 references with contact information
  • Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) statement detailing how your teaching, service, and/or scholarship has or will help to address education and health disparities.

For questions regarding the application process, please contact Shannon LaFevers (512) 232 6023 or Questions about the position can be directed to the chair of the search committee: Dr. Harold W. (Bill) Kohl at

The University of Texas at Austin is an Equal Opportunity Employer with a commitment to diversity at all levels. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status. (Compliant with the new VEVRAA and Section 503 Rules). Security sensitive; conviction verification conducted on applicant selected. If hired, you will be required to complete the federal Employment Eligibility Verification form, I-9. You will be required to present acceptable and original documents to prove your identity and authorization to work in the United States. UT Austin is a tobacco-free campus.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
The University of Texas at Austin, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

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