Department Chair of Exercise Science

Health Sciences

To Apply
Send resume/CV, cover letter, and reference list to:
person Laura Custer, Director of Human Resources
phone 859-344-3314
place Thomas More University, 333 Thomas More Parkway, Crestview Hills, KY 41017


Thomas More University 

Assistant/Associate Professor: Exercise Science  


Thomas More University, a Catholic diocesan University in Crestview Hills, KY, seeks to ignite innovation in areas of growing needs within our communities, locally and nationally, by continuing to grow our programs in the Department of Health Sciences. We are looking for a values-driven, collaborative, and entrepreneurial faculty member who can, with colleagues, explore these directions and lead their development. Appointee must support and advance the University’s Catholic mission and commitment to the Catholic Intellectual Tradition. 

We invite applications from candidates possessing terminal degrees in Exercise Science or related fields of study for an appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor.  The individual hired will fill the role of Department Chair and will lead the Department of Health Sciences while we try to grow the Department with related new programs.  We will consider candidates with appropriate experience for the rank of Associate Professor. 

? Appointments will begin in January 2023. Applications received by September 1, 2022 will receive full consideration. ?Appointed faculty will be housed in the Department of Health Sciences within the College of Natural & Health Sciences.  The Department currently offers degrees in Exercise Science and Exercise and Health Strategies and has begun hiring faculty to develop related undergraduate and graduate degrees in other health fields.  

The term appointment is renewable and ongoing and may be converted to a tenure-track position later based on successful development of these programs and the research and publishing commitment of the appointee.  

Faculty in general are expected to demonstrate a commitment to teaching excellence, service to the university, and an on-going program of research and publications, presentations at conferences, and collaborating with students on projects. Faculty actively participate in student advising and mentoring, assist in building community partnerships, engage in program assessment, contribute to hiring their colleagues, lead accreditation processes, and create opportunities for student-faculty collaborative research/service opportunities. Faculty also work to recruit/retain their majors. 

Department Chairs are expected to lead their department guided by a collaboratively developed vision and long-term plan, evaluate and mentor their faculty, and guide the programs in the department in accord with the institution’s mission, vision, and strategic plan.

The appointee must have an interest in helping to develop and leading programs in the fields related to Health Science at the undergraduate and graduate levels and should be enthusiastic about teaching and contributing to the training of future generations of health professionals, involving students in research, and developing education programs that reflect the future of health and healthcare.  

Areas of special interest include: exercise science (e.g. exercise physiology, biomechanics, sports nutrition, etc.); aging, disability, chronic illness, and pharmacology (e.g. sports pharmacology); career-oriented certifications (e.g. C.S.C.S.) and innovation including human-centered design, community-based participatory research, and implementation science. The individual hired should be capable of effectively teaching introductory exercise science courses (e.g., kinesiology, exercise prescription, exercise physiology, sports nutrition, and/ or biomechanics) and electives based on course demand.  


Candidates for the position must hold a doctoral degree in Exercise Science or a related field of study from a regionally accredited university.


Additional Required Qualifications 

  • Leadership skills, demonstrated with experience, and a vision for enhancing the academic components of an interdisciplinary department are essential. 
  • Strong interpersonal skills, effective communication skills, and the ability to work cooperatively and congenially with faculty colleagues and University leadership are required.
  • Demonstrated potential for teaching foundational courses in the field (e.g., Exercise Physiology, Exercise and Sports Pharmacology, or related courses)?
  • Demonstrated potential for conducting research and publishing scholarship
  • Demonstrated commitment to working collaboratively with colleagues in related departments and with a diverse student population?


Preferred Qualifications:? 

  • Demonstrated potential or willingness to implement multiple teaching modalities (e.g., face-to-face, hybrid, online learning) and in varying modules (16-week, 8-week, and 4-week sessions)
  • Demonstrated potential or willingness to implement evidence-based teaching strategies that are effective for diverse learners
  • Demonstrated potential or willingness to engage in research focused on a field related to Health Science.
  • Interest in applying for external funding


  • Oversee the Department of Health Science program budgets, the course curriculum and schedule, course and faculty evaluations, and the workloads of full- and part-time faculty in the Department
  • Provide high-quality instruction in the Department of Health Science that supports diverse student success 
  • Develop a research agenda with high-quality outcomes leading to academic publications and discipline-specific conferences which may benefit diverse populations
  • Participate in the development of undergraduate and graduate curriculum
  • Mentor and advise undergraduate and graduate students
  • The faculty member is expected to share in program activities, including student advising, curriculum assessment, and student recruitment/admissions.?
  • Work collaboratively with others in the department, college, and university
  • Engage in activities that support diversity, equity, and inclusion on campus, in local and global communities, and the profession
  • Participate in service to the department, college, university, community, and profession


Application Process 

Candidates for this position must submit a letter of interest that responds thoughtfully to the position description, a current curriculum vitae, unofficial transcripts, teaching philosophy, research statement, and the names and contact details of three references, who will be contacted only for those who advance to the semi-finalist stage.   

Electronic submissions of interest with supporting materials should be sent to Human Resources at


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