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General Info:

James Madison University’s (JMU) School of Hospitality, Sport and Recreation Management (SHSRM) invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in the Sport and Recreation Management program at the Assistant Professor level beginning in August 2014.

Faculty members in the SHSRM engage in a wide variety of professional development and scholarly activities to assure that Sport and Recreation Management students receive an exceptional educational experience. The school is a free standing academic unit with sixteen full-time faculty and numerous adjunct faculty serving 500 majors in Hospitality Management and 400 majors in Sport and Recreation Management. More information about the undergraduate and graduate curriculums can be found at the following links:;

Located in the scenic Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, JMU is a selective public institution with an enrollment of approximately 20,000. JMU enjoys national recognition for the quality of its academic programs and is repeatedly identified as a best buy. The Princeton Review’s 2012 guide, Best Value Colleges, cited JMU’s “impressive balance of educational, social and extracurricular activities to enrich students’ experience.” JMU was also listed in the Princeton Review’s “Best Value Colleges” guides in 2009, 2010 and 2011. More national rankings may be found at

Duties and Responsibilities:

The responsibility for this tenure-track position involves a blend of teaching, scholarship and service. The 3-3 teaching load may include courses in human resource management, facility management, programming and assessment, and event management. Additional teaching areas and specific assignments are dependent upon the school’s needs.


Qualifications include an earned doctorate (ABD may apply) with at least one degree in sport management or a closely related discipline. In addition to the academic preparation, the quality of the institution of higher learning is critical. The successful candidate must have a record of outstanding classroom teaching; a demonstrated ability to connect with undergraduate and graduate students; a willingness to work collaboratively with discipline-specific organizations in the region and a desire to actively participate in students’ experiential learning opportunities. Regarding scholarship, the successful candidate will have a clear research stream and a demonstrated ability to publish in peer-reviewed journals, present at professional conferences and prepare proposals for funded research. Lastly, professional work experience at the managerial level within the sport industry is preferred.

Philosophically, the ideal candidate must demonstrate that he or she can function as a contributing team member within the School of Hospitality, Sport and Recreation Management and also as an excited colleague to assist the entire school in developing a unique culture of integrated teaching and scholarship that is creative, flexible and innovative.

Pay Rate:

Commensurate with experience

Special Instructions:

Please upload teaching evaluations as Other Document #1 and a scholarship philosophy as Other Document #2. For more information, contact Dr. David Shonk, Search Chair, or 540-568-6585.

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Job Title: Assistant Professor of Human Performance and Recreation: Recreation
Grant Funded? No
Position Type: Faculty
Campus: Hattiesburg
Department: Human Performance & Recreation
Pay Grade Level: N/A
Job Summary: The University of Southern Mississippi invites applicants for a full-time, nine-month, tenure-track faculty position as an assistant professor of recreation in the School of Human Performance and Recreation in the College of Health.This nine-month, entry-level, tenure-track faculty position requires teaching undergraduate courses in recreation, recreation administration and therapeutic recreation, as well as curriculum and program development.
Research, service and undergraduate student advisement are also expected. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Duties and Responsibilities: This tenure-track appointment at the assistant professor level involves teaching, advising, curriculum development, student mentoring, service to the university and professional community, and developing and maintaining a research agenda. Successful applicant will demonstrate evidence of teaching and research competence.
Minimum Qualifications: 1) Earned doctorate (awarded by December 2014) in recreation, recreation administration, therapeutic recreation or closely related field
2) Certification (or eligibility for certification) as a Certified Parks and Recreation Professional (CPRP) or a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS)
3) Demonstrated potential to produce scholarship, i.e., peer-reviewed publications, professional presentations and proposals for funded research
Preferred Qualifications: 1) Demonstrated ability to work effectively and collegially with students and faculty from diverse backgrounds, programs and colleges
2) Professional experience in recreation, recreation administration, community recreation leadership, outdoor recreation or therapeutic recreation
3) Experience in teaching recreation administration and/or therapeutic recreation administration classes at the undergraduate level
4) Experience with program and/or curriculum development
Posting Date: 11-07-2013
Closing Date: Open Until Filled
Special Instructions to Applicants: To ensure full consideration, complete application materials should be submitted to the Southern Miss website at by January 15, 2014. All questions should be directed to Dr. Rick Green, and Dr. Stacey Hall,
Additional University/Departmental Information: Founded in 1910, The University of Southern Mississippi is a comprehensive doctoral and research-extensive university fulfilling its mission of being a leading university in engaging and empowering individuals to transform lives and communities. The University of Southern Mississippi, which enrolls nearly 17,000 students each year, is the only dual-campus university in Mississippi with campuses in Hattiesburg and Long Beach. Five additional research and teaching sites are located on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and in Meridian. Learn more at an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer/Americans with Disabilities Act institution, The University of Southern Mississippi encourages minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities to apply.
Work Hours: Will vary depending upon teaching schedules and office hours
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