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Assistant Professor of Sport Administration

Ball State University

Last Updated: 2/27/23

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School of Kinesiology

Assistant Professor of Sport Administration

Ball State University

Now, more than ever, is a time of transformation in health care education. The COVID pandemic and the unfolding realities of health disparities and racial injustice have challenged health care systems and universities to seek a new normal. At the Ball State University College of Health, we are rising to that opportunity. We graduate health professionals who are clinically knowledgeable, committed to advancing inclusive excellence, and ready to collaborate on interprofessional teams.

The contemporary sport landscape offers exciting opportunities for sport administration teacher-scholars who incorporate an experiential, hands-on methodology to assist aspiring sport industry professionals in cultivating and refining the skills needed to succeed in this rapidly changing field. In the Ball State University School of Kinesiology, housed in the College of Health, our programs provide a comprehensive understanding of the impact physical activity has on health, society, and quality of life for the general population. The Sport Administration Program graduates industry professionals who blend an understanding of athletics with business acumen and creative instinct to positively impact sport and communities. We invite applications for a Tenure Track Assistant Professor in the Sport Administration Program to join us in preparing sport professionals. Responsibilities will include teaching courses in the graduate and undergraduate Sport Administration curricula, conducting research and advising graduate student research, and engaging in professional service. This position is a 10-month, full time tenure-track position with possible summer teaching.

We seek candidates who will connect with students of diverse backgrounds and contribute to a campus climate that supports equity, diversity, and inclusion. At Ball State, inclusiveness is one of our enduring values. Applicants should familiarize themselves with our Inclusive Excellence Plan to identify how you might contribute to these efforts. Salary and benefits are competitive and commensurate with credentials and experience. The position will begin August 18, 2023. Salary begins at $60,000.

At Ball State University, Inclusiveness and freedom of expression are a part of our enduring values and inform all of our efforts. We encourage applicants to familiarize themselves with our Inclusive Excellence Plan to learn more about our commitment and to identify how you might contribute to these efforts.

Position Function: The teaching load for this position is 9 semester hours or equivalent per academic semester. Responsibilities will include teaching courses in the graduate and undergraduate sport administration/management curricula, advising graduate student research, and supervising student projects.

Research assigned-time is 3 semester hours or equivalent per academic semester. It is necessary to keep abreast of scholarly work in one’s area of academic expertise and show continuing productivity in the form of publications, presentations, and external funding.

Actively contribute to the intellectual and professional life of the School of Kinesiology, College of Health, Ball State University and professional associations and activities related to the teaching specialty and/or School mission.

Minimum Qualifications: We seek faculty candidates who have earned, or will have earned their doctorate in Sport Management/Administration or a closely related field from an accredited college or university by time of appointment. Candidates will have evidence of successful teaching in Sport Management/Administration courses, evidence of scholarly productivity through national/international publications and presentations, and evidence of ability to pursue external grant funding.

Employer will consider sponsorship.

Preferred Qualifications: Practical experience in the sport industry is not required, but welcomed given the unique demands of the curriculum and realities of working in sport.

Apply online at: . Include the following documents with your application: Cover Letter, Curriculum Vitae, Transcripts (Masters/Doctorate), Research Statement/Papers, Teaching Philosophy Statement, and Inclusive Excellence Statement.

Transcripts are required (even if obtained at BSU) at time of application, showing degree program in which applicant is enrolled. Original, official transcripts showing degree conferred are required at time of hire. Degree verification will be conducted.

In the Applicant Documents section of this application, please provide an inclusive excellence statement describing how you would contribute to the development of a diverse and inclusive learning community at Ball State University through your teaching, research, and/or service. Please include examples of your contributions when possible. Word limit 500.

Submit a detailed CV, including contact information for 3-5 professional references; a cover letter that describes your teaching experience, research activities, and accomplishments; a 2-3 page description of anticipated research activity, including plans for funding and dissemination of findings; and a copy of transcripts of all graduate level academic work. Submit a separate statement of your vision for inclusive excellence.

The salary for this position begins at $60,000. To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 10/31/2022.

The School of Kinesiology provides comprehensive educational programs related to understanding the impact physical activity has on health, society, and quality of life for the general population as well as children, older adults, athletes, and people with disabilities, injuries, or disease. The School features about 35 committed faculty members and approximately 750 students through undergraduate programs in aquatics, coaching, exercise science, physical education and health, and sport administration, and graduate programs in athletic coaching education, athletic training, biomechanics, clinical exercise physiology, exercise physiology, sport administration, sport and exercise psychology, and human bioenergetics (PhD). As part of the University Core Curriculum, the School also houses the physical fitness and wellness (PFW) program that reflects Ball State’s commitment to positively impacting quality of life and the University’s mission of students living meaningful lives and thriving in fulfilling careers. To support our students and faculty, the School also houses 7 state of the art laboratories for both teaching and research: Human Performance Laboratory (HPL), Clinical Exercise Physiology Laboratory, Biomechanics Laboratory, Sport and Exercise Psychology Laboratory, Undergraduate Exercise Science and First Aid Laboratory, Integrative Exercise Physiology Laboratory, and the Athletic Training Teaching and Research Laboratory.

The College of Health is moving boldly forward in making interprofessional education, practice and research its paradigm across its disciplines. The College offers 32 academic programs in 7 units: Departments of Counseling Psychology, Social Psychology, and Counseling; Military Science; Nutrition and Health Science; Speech Pathology and Audiology; and Social Work plus the Schools of Nursing and Kinesiology. Our 224 faculty and staff serve nearly 3,000 students. We partner with regional communities for immersive learning and research. Our Health Professions Building was opened in 2019 with 165,000 square feet and is LEED Gold certified. Our Interprofessional Community Clinics offers a range of health and mental health services by students supervised by faculty as well as community health education and prevention services through the Healthy Lifestyle Center. Other facilities include the Health and Physical Activity (HP) complex, Ball Gymnasium, and Lewellen Aquatic Center. Our faculty and students contribute to the evidence base for their respective disciplines. Our research footprint features research institutes, including the Center for Peace and Conflict Studies and Human Performance Lab. We are committed to inclusive excellence in all we do and intend to contribute to an increasingly diverse health professional workforce to help decrease health care disparities.

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Ball State University is located in Muncie, Indiana, on an attractive campus 45 miles northeast of Indianapolis. Approximately 22,000 graduate and undergraduate students enroll in one of eight academic colleges that offer 120 undergraduate programs. We offer more than 140 master’s, doctoral, certificate, and specialist degrees, with many of them ranking among the best in the nation. Ball State aspires to be the model of the most student-centered and community-engaged of the 21st century public research universities, transforming entrepreneurial learners into impactful leaders – committed to improving the quality of life for all.

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  • We pledge to provide a premier educational experience for every student.
  • We pledge to partner with the community to improve the lives of our neighbors.
  • We are dedicated to having a lifelong presence in the lives of our alumni.

And when we complement these promises with our commitment to our enduring values, we define that which makes our University and its culture distinctive.

Our faculty are collegial, collaborative, innovative, inclusive, and adaptive, both within and beyond one’s home unit. These attributes include commitments to collaborative discourse, interdisciplinary inquiry, and enterprising learning practices.

Our faculty are expected to be innovative, adaptive, engaging teachers across modalities; producers of impactful creative and/or scholarly work; leaders in meaningful service activities to multiple communities. We seek faculty members who are strategic thinkers, engaging our dynamic communities. We are committed to student and faculty success, impact, and access, within an environment that prioritizes inclusive excellence. We inspire each other to be critical thinkers and responsible citizens, so that we can pursue fulfilling careers and meaningful lives.

Ball State University lives the values of Beneficence. We invite you to be part of our community.

The Ball State way is rooted in the Beneficence Pledge – a commitment to excellence in teaching and scholarship, honesty and integrity, social responsibility, gratitude and valuing the intrinsic worth of each member of our community. Ball State students, faculty and staff are empowered in a culture that believes in them and demands they believe in themselves. They are partners in an innovative, immersive approach to education. They are supported by living and learning facilities that enable intellectual curiosity. We graduate scholars who are changing the world, and we’ve dedicated our University to do the same.

The university offers an excellent wellness program and extensive benefits offerings to include a generous paid time off package and paid parental leave. For further information regarding benefits please visit:

Ball State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that is strongly and actively committed to diversity within its community. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status or any other legally protected status.

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Muncie, Indiana, United States
Ball State University is located in Muncie, Indiana, on an attractive campus 45 miles northeast of Indianapolis. Approximately 22,000 graduate and undergraduate students enroll in one of eight academic colleges that offer 120 undergraduate programs. We offer more than 140 master’s, doctoral, certificate, and specialist degrees, with many of them ranking among the best in the nation. Ball Sta...