Assistant Professor of Recreation

  • Georgia Southern University
  • Statesboro, GA, USA
  • Oct 24, 2021
Full time BUS: Hotel & Restaurant Management BUS: Management/HR/OB/Strategy Business: Other

Job Description

Assistant Professor of Recreation—Search # 67878
College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, School of Human Ecology

The School of Human Ecology in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences invites applications and nominations for the position of tenure-track Assistant Professor of Recreation.

Founded in 1906, Georgia Southern University is a Carnegie Doctoral/R2 institution with a focus on public-impact research, serving about 27,000 students on three beautiful campuses in Statesboro, Savannah, and Hinesville, and via a growing online program. Through our degree offerings at the associate's, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral levels, Georgia Southern offers a distinctive combination of community collaboration, world-class scholarship, innovative teaching, and hands-on learning opportunities.

To equitably serve a fast growing and highly diverse student body and to fulfill the University's commitment to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion, we actively seek candidates with a demonstrated commitment to Inclusive Excellence. Candidates whose work furthers the institution's goals and who bring to campus varied life experiences, perspectives, and backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply.

Within this setting, the Recreation and Tourism Management program consists of three full time faculty members teaching content in two emphasis areas: Outdoor Recreation and Tourism and Community Leisure Services. The program offers a Bachelor of Science in Recreation, an Interdisciplinary Certificate in Hospitality and Tourism Management, an Accelerated Bachelor's to Master's in Public Administration (MPA), and a minor in Recreation & Tourism Management. The program has been continuously accredited by the Council on Accreditation for Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions (COAPRT) since 1983.

Position Description. Reporting to the School Chair, the Assistant Professor of Recreation will support and contribute to the Recreation and Tourism Management undergraduate degree program within the School of Human Ecology. The ability to contribute to major core course offerings while enhancing and expanding curriculum within tourism and event management, youth development, or intersections between recreation and public health is preferred. Candidates with expertise in other areas of the field will also be considered. Responsibilities for the position include teaching undergraduate courses, engagement in scholarly and creative activities, and active participation in university and professional service. The position is a 10-month, tenure-track appointment, and the salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Required Qualifications:
Earned doctoral degree from an accredited university in Recreation Management, Tourism Management, Leisure Studies, or a closely related field with at least 18 graduate semester hours in recreation and tourism management, by August 1, 2022.
Demonstrated commitment to advancing a strong and growing research and scholarship agenda and the production of research/creative activities as appropriate to the discipline.
Evidence of, or potential for, excellence in teaching at the undergraduate level (finalists will be required to demonstrate competence via a teaching demonstration).
Willingness to develop experiential learning opportunities with appropriate professional organizations.
Willingness to engage with institutional student success initiatives.
Commitment to engaging with best practice initiatives in instruction and pedagogy, mentoring, and curriculum design and development.
Strong interpersonal communication skills with students, staff and colleagues, both orally and in writing.
Technology literacy and a commitment to integrate technology into teaching.

Preferred Qualifications:
A minimum of one year of college/university teaching experience.
Experience with the development and delivery of academic courses in both online and traditional formats.
Experience mentoring students and supervising interns.
Full-time work experience in outdoor recreation, tourism, and/or community leisure services.
Certificates and other professional development activities relevant to areas of expertise (e.g., Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP); Certified Interpretive Trainer (CIT); ACCT Challenge Course Practitioner or Challenge Course Manager; Wilderness EMT; Wilderness First Responder (WFR)).

Conditions of Employment:
Must be authorized to work in the United States for the duration of employment without assistance from the institution.
All work for Georgia Southern University must be completed while the employee is physically present in the state of Georgia, unless specifically authorized by the university for a specific purpose and limited period of time within current policy.
Faculty are expected to contribute to the vibrant university community by engaging students, participating in events, and performing other responsibilities on-campus
Faculty may be required to teach, conduct research, or perform service duties on any of the three campuses. Georgia Southern provides accessible transportation options between campuses.

Screening of applications begins December 1, 2021 and continues until the position is filled. The preferred position starting date is August 1, 2022. A complete application consists of the following three items submitted electronically as a single PDF document: 1) a letter addressing the qualifications cited above 2) a curriculum vitae; and 3) the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses of at least three (3) professional references. Other documentation may be requested. Only complete applications submitted electronically will be considered. Finalists will be required to submit to a background investigation. Applications and nominations should be sent via email to:

Dr. Thomas Sweeney, Search Chair, Search # 67878
Georgia Southern University
Electronic mail:
Telephone: 912-478-5463

More information about the institution is available through or The names of applicants and nominees, vitae, and other non-evaluative information may be subject to public inspection under the Georgia Open Records Act. Georgia Southern University provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, religion, age, veteran status, political affiliation, or disability. Individuals who need reasonable accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act to participate in the search process should notify Human Resources at 912-478-6947.

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