Primary Purpose of Position
The Chairperson of Human Performance and Leisure Studies (HPLS) is a 12-month position that reports to the Dean and serves as the chief administrative and academic leader of the department. The Chairperson will be expected to provide visionary leadership of innovative programs with strong educator-researcher emphasis. In addition to the general oversight of the department, he or she will be responsible for strategic planning; budget development, management and allocation; recruitment and retention of faculty and students; faculty, staff, and student development; management and improvement of curricula; evaluating faculty performance for the allocation of awards; fundraising; interacting with other department and university leaders to represent the goals of the department. The chairperson must implement strategies to increase recruitment, retention, and graduation rates of students in all degree programs.
Primary Function of Organizational Unit
The mission of the Human Performance and Leisure Studies Department is to prepare recreation administrators and sport science professionals who serve as: a) catalysts for learning, with a comprehensive knowledge base; b) decision-makers who are able to choose and use the most effective strategies to meet the needs of candidates or clients; and, c) practitioners who are able to apply their theoretical knowledge gained in a variety of practical settings. In addition, the HPLS Department provides a variety of lifetime activities for the university studies (general education) program. The vision of the HPLS Department is to continue to evolve as a leader in developing professionals who are well-prepared and are sensitive to changes in technology, are receptive to diversity, and are able to meet health and fitness needs of a changing society at the local, state, national, and international levels.
The successful candidate must possess: a) a doctoral degree in health, kinesiology, recreation, or a related field, b) experience that will support appointment at the rank of Associate Professor, c) a minimum of three years of experience in an administrative or management position, d) a minimum of three years teaching at the collegiate level at an institution that emphasized teaching, scholarly productivity, and engagement within the human performance and leisure studies discipline, and e) a strong record of extramural funding. Ability to work collaboratively and communicate effectively with diverse students, faculty, staff, and external constituencies is required.
Preferred Years Experience, Skills, Training, Education
Preference is given to the candidate with experience managing educational programs at the university level in a dynamic environment. Primary experience securing and maintaining CAAHEP (Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs) accreditation is preferred.