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Job ID: 202321

Department Head
University of Georgia

Date Posted Dec. 21, 2022
Title Department Head
University University of Georgia
Athens, GA, United States
Department Kinesiology
Application Deadline Jan. 31, 2023
Position Start Date Aug. 1, 2023
  • Professor
    Department Head/Head/Chair
  • Physical Education & Kinesiology

The University of Georgia seeks a skillful leader to head its Department of Kinesiology. This position is a 9-month tenured appointment with 2 months of summer support to begin summer 2023.

The Department of Kinesiology has 26 full-time faculty members and offers B.S.Ed., M.S., MSAT and Ph.D. programs in the academic areas of Exercise Science, Health & Physical Education, Sport Management, and Athletic Training. Department faculty members are nationally and internationally recognized for their accomplishments as teachers, researchers and service award winners. The Department has excellent facilities in the Ramsey Center located on the main campus. The College of Education consists of 9 departments and approximately 230 faculty members. Information about the department can be found at


Context: The mission of the Department of Kinesiology is to enhance health and well-being for all people throughout the lifespan through the creation, transmission, and application of knowledge related to physical activity, exercise, and sport. The vision is to be a global leader in creating physical activity knowledge, programs, and services while positively impacting the state of Georgia, the United States, and other nations through the development of scholars and practitioners who study and promote physical activity, exercise, and sport.

The Department has academic programs in four areas: Exercise Science, Health & Physical Education, Sport Management, and Athletic Training. Each of these programs offers major courses of study leading to undergraduate and graduate degrees, except Athletic Training, which is a graduate only program. In addition, the Department offers physical activity courses as general education that meet the University requirement for physical education by all undergraduate students.


The department head is expected to provide visionary leadership for the general direction of the department in a manner that advances excellence in the teaching, research, and service missions in all areas of the unit. This includes, but is not limited to:

  1. Promoting informed, collaborative, and strategic decision-making in the unit.
  2. Representing and advocating for the department with the college, university, and external constituents.
  3. Overseeing matters of budget, facilities, personnel, and curriculum.
  4. Serve as a direct supervisor for staff departmental staff.
  5. Service as department head comprises 50% of the The remaining 50% will be allocated among instruction, research, and service based on the strengths of the individual hired and the needs of the unit.

Required Qualifications

  1. Possess an earned doctorate in kinesiology, one of its subdisciplines, or a closely related field.
  2. An excellent record of teaching, service, and research, including acquiring extramural funding, that would be suitable for appointment at the rank of Professor.
  3. Evidence of potential to effectively administer a large, complex academic unit with diverse programs.
  4. Strong communication and interpersonal skills.

Preferred Qualifications

  1. One year of successful university leadership experience in a complex academic unit with diverse programs.
  2. Expertise with regard to working with external accreditors.
  3. A record of successful team-building and effective management skills.
  4. A demonstrated ability to develop, refine, and implement a strategic plan.


Appointment will be for the 2023-2024 academic year, beginning 1 August 2023.

Applicants should submit all of the following

  1. A letter of application that addresses
    1. the required qualifications
    2. the preferred qualifications
    3. your leadership style
  2. Curriculum vita
  3. Research statement (1,500 word maximum).
  4. Teaching statement (1,500 word maximum).
  5. Statement of diversity, equity, and inclusion (1,500 word maximum).
  6. Electronic copies of three recent research articles published or in review.
  7. Names and contact information of three professional references.

Transcripts and letters of reference will be required only from finalists.

All materials should be uploaded electronically to:


Questions may be addressed to the search committee chair, Dr. Rob Branch at or 706 255-1542.


Application Deadline: Applicants will begin to be reviewed upon receipt. The application deadline is 31 January 2023, but we will continue to receive and screen applications until the position is filled.


Since our founding in 1785, the University of Georgia has operated as Georgia’s oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education ( The proof is in our more than 235 years of academic and professional achievements and our continual commitment to higher education. UGA is currently ranked among the top 20 public universities in U.S. News & World Report. The University’s main campus is located in Athens, approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended campuses in Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA employs approximately 1,800 full-time instructional faculty and more than 7,700 full-time staff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 40,000 students including over 30,000 undergraduates and over 10,000 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 18 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens.

Athens is known for its music, art and food as well as its accessibility to the Atlanta area (see and

  • The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, or protected veteran status. Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact Central HR ( Please do not contact the department or search committee with such requests.

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Contact Information

  • Rob Branch
    University of Georgia
    850 College Station Road
    Athens, GA 30602
  • 706 255-1542


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