Teaching Assistant Professor, Kinesiology and Sport Studies – Graduate School of Professional Psychology

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Work type: Faculty Full-Time
Location: Denver, CO
Categories: Faculty

The University of Denver (DU) is a top ranked, private university in a thriving city at the base of the Rocky Mountains. DU is the oldest independent university in the Rocky Mountain region, with approximately 11,500 students in undergraduate and graduate programs. With over 300 days of sunshine a year, the nations largest city park system and a thriving and fast-growing business community, a Pew Research Study lists Denver as the #1 city in which people want to live.

The Graduate School of Professional Psychology (GSPP) at DU was created in 1976 to house one of the first Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) programs in the country, under the then-new Vail training model (practitioner-scholar). The PsyD program has been continuously accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) since 1979. Furthermore, GSPP provides four specialized masters programs: Sport Coaching, Sport and Performance Psychology, Forensic Psychology, and International Disaster Psychology: Trauma and Global Mental Health, as well as online certificates and continuing education. We also offer several fully online graduate certificates in sport, strength and conditioning, and fitness coaching. As of fall 2021, were launching a new undergraduate minor in Kinesiology and Sport Studies, with plans for continued growth in students and degree offerings.

The School also has a partially-affiliated, APA-accredited internship consortium, and several in-house and satellite training clinics that serve Denver and the surrounding communities. As a professional school, GSPP promotes and utilizes high-level pedagogy that integrates applied practice, theory, research, and scholarship. Our strategic plan Innovation and Impact: Psychology for a Complex World outlines how we are building on our academic strengths in order to expand our community reach. All GSPP programs provide comprehensive academic and applied training within an academic environment that values cooperation and collaboration and fosters critical thinking and self-determined functioning. GSPP has developed a collegial atmosphere with significant opportunities for creativity, teamwork and innovation.

Knowledge of multiculturalism and inclusive excellence guides GSPP in the mission to be as welcoming and inclusive as possible to all students, staff, and faculty. GSPP is strongly committed to building a diverse and inclusive educational environment, which is in full accord with the value that DU places on diversity, equity, and inclusion. This includes acknowledging the family needs of faculty, including dual career couples and single parents. The search committee is especially interested in candidates who, through their teaching, advising, mentoring, service, and scholarship, will contribute to the diversity and inclusive excellence of our academic community. We welcome applications from individuals who may have taken a nontraditional career path, taken time off for family or personal reasons, or who have achieved excellence in (sport) careers outside of the academia.

Position Summary

Founded in 2015, the Master of Arts in Sport Coaching was the first degree in GSPP history to be offered fully online, and continues to be the only fully online degree at GSPP. We established additional fully online graduate certificates in 2018 and 2019. Our new undergraduate minor in Kinesiology and Sport Studies is an on-campus program, with the likelihood of offering some courses in summer or inter-term online. We seek to add a dynamic scholar-practitioner to primarily support the new undergraduate minor and additional undergraduate students, and secondarily to support the existing online graduate sport degrees. Exact teaching assignments are determined by the program director in collaboration with faculty and will be determined after the hire.

Applications are invited for a full-time faculty at the level of Teaching Assistant Professor. Because of our current course offerings and strategic plan, we are open to a broad range of scholar-practitioners across Kinesiology and Sport Studies. In order to meet the demands of on-campus students, the faculty is expected to reside in proximity to the DU campus. There are many opportunities for collaboration with a wide range of units and organizations on and off campus, such as DU Athletics and Recreation, professional sport teams, US Olympic Committee, and numerous sport and wellness groups. 

In order for the new faculty to prepare their courses, familiarize themselves with the University’s undergraduate Common Curriculum, establish field placements, collaborate in program planning, and acclimate to the University and its environment, the preferred start date is May 1, 2022. Compensation will be offered throughout the summer to prepare the faculty for the position. After that, the standard 10-month contract will apply September through June.

The responsibilities of the Teaching Assistant Professor are primarily teaching undergraduate courses, advising undergraduate students, promptly addressing prospective student inquires, supervising students at their internships (some in Denver, throughout Colorado, and via distance), fostering student success, and if time allows, producing scholarship, particularly mentoring students scholarship and dissemination. This position will also assist in the development and implementation of the programs strategic plan, student recruitment, and representing the program in professional organizations and conferences. All faculty have expectations for service to the school and the field. This is a 10-month full-time position with the opportunity, but not guaranteed, for some summer teaching.

The University of Denver has adopted a multi-year appointment structure for teaching track faculty. The term for initial appointment is designed to be one-year. After the initial one-year appointment, it is likely, but not guaranteed, that the appointee will receive a three-year, renewable appointment as long as the appointee engages in satisfactory service to the University. Teaching faculty are eligible for promotion, but not tenure. All appointed faculty members are subject to an annual review. This position reports to Academic Program Director, Dr. Brian Gearity.

Further information regarding the Teaching Professor series can be found in the University's Policies and Procedures Relating to Faculty Appointment, Promotion, & Tenure: https://www.du.edu/sites/default/files/2021-03/aptjune2019.pdf

Essential Functions

Teaching and Advising

  • Teach approximately 11 courses throughout the academic year. Adjustments to teaching load are negotiable and may vary based on new course preparation, delivery (in-person, online), number of advisees, internship or field placement administration, and other factors. A course reduction is anticipated for this position as this faculty will oversee field placements and internships.
  • Assess student learning and report data for program- and university-level accreditation.
  • Provide leadership and oversight for undergraduate internships, field placements, and community alliances, including possible program-level accreditations such as the Council on Accreditation of Strength and Conditioning Education and similar organizations (e.g., ASCM, USCCE, NBHWC).
  • Develop field-placement opportunities for primarily undergraduate students, as well as applied- or action-research opportunities for all students.
  • Serve as the primary advisor for undergraduates, including course registration, student success, student interests and clubs. Provide support to graduate students as needed for similar functions.
  • Foster students understanding of career and graduate school options in kinesiology and sport fields, including how to meet requirements and preferences of graduate schools and writing letters of recommendation.
  • Facilitate student learning, praxis, citizenship, and additional undergraduate and graduate student learning outcomes.
  • Engage in continuous learning, development, and innovation in teaching and learning.
  • Implement culturally relevant instructional strategies throughout teaching and advising.


  • Exhibit good citizenship through collaboration and service on committees to support GSPP, the University, our alumni and community, and national and global efforts to improve sport.
  • Attend program and college faculty and staff meetings.
  • Promote kinesiology and sport studies and online graduate sport degrees, including supporting various forms of marketing such as digital advertising and search engine optimization.
  • Review graduate applications as needed.
  • Uphold GSPP's commitment to inclusive excellence and to be a model workplace through all professional activities.


  • Scholarship is secondary to this teaching line position, however, applied research and collaborations with students and other GSPP faculty are encouraged, time permitting.
  • Applicants can pursue diverse forms of scholarship and particular to this position, the scholarship of teaching and learning is encouraged.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Demonstrated ability to work effective with members of diverse communities and historically underrepresented groups.
  • Demonstrated ability to engage in quality teaching, advising, service, and scholarship.
  • Ability to engage in conflict resolution to mediate student issues.
  • Ability to problem-solve challenges associated with innovation.
  • Ability to identify and implement collaborative process improvements.

Required Qualifications

  • Doctoral degree in kinesiology, sport studies, or highly related area (e.g., sport psychology, sport sociology, motor learning, sport management, physical education). If candidate is near completion, the application will be considered, although at a rank of Instructor. The doctorate must be conferred within one year of appointment. Once doctorate is conferred, assistant professor rank will be awarded.
  • Demonstrated ability to teach various learners effectively.
  • Ability to adhere to GSPP and University policies and procedures.
  • Demonstrate a praxis committed to social justice and addressing the needs of diverse populations.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience as a coach educator.
  • K-12 or collegiate teaching experience.
  • Success with and enthusiasm towards multiple strategies (in-person, online, hybrid) of teaching and learning.
  • Understanding and application of college student success practices.
  • Experience as sport practitioner, such as, but not limited to: sport coach, strength and conditioning coach, athletic administrator, sport psychologist or mental skills consultant.
  • Experience directing internships, field placements, or community alliances.
  • Local and/or national involvement in education and training.

Application Deadline
For best consideration, please submit your application materials by August 31, 2021. Applications will continue to be reviewed until the position is filled.

Special Instructions
Candidates must apply online through jobs.du.edu to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

Salary Grade Number
The salary grade for the position is UC.

Salary Range
The salary range for this position is $70,000 - $85,000.

The University of Denver has provided a compensation range that represents its good faith estimate of what the University may pay for the position at the time of posting. The University may ultimately pay more or less than the posted compensation range. The salary offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information, but not based on a candidate’s sex or any other protected status.

The University of Denver offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO pass. The University of Denver is a private institution that empowers students who want to make a difference. Learn more about the University of Denver.

Please include the following documents with your application:

  1. Cover Letter; include (a) your vision for a great student experience with a particularly focus on an undergraduate course(s) of study in Kinesiology and Sport Studies, with possible mention to graduate programming, and (b) courses we currently offer that you believe you are willing and able to teach (review links provided in this description to identify this coursework).
  2. Philosophy of Teaching and Learning, including commitment to inclusive excellence (limited to two pages or about 600 words).
  3. CV
  4. Names and contact information of three individuals that may serve as references (will be contacted upon permission from candidate).

The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff. We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of age, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, military/ veteran status or any other status protected by law.

All offers of employment are based upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.

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