Northern Illinois University: Open-Rank Professor in Athletic Training

DEPARTMENT: The Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education at Northern Illinois University (NIU) has a highly regarded regional and national reputation for the quality of its graduates, and its programs have been highly commended by external accreditation agencies. Faculty are nationally and internationally recognized for their research and professional service. We seek a dedicated and innovative individual to join our well-established and nationally recognized athletic training program, which has accepted its last cohort of undergraduate students and has successfully received approval from the Illinois Board of Higher Education to launch a new Master of Science degree program in athletic training. We invite you to contribute to a caring, committed, and collaborative professional environment that focuses on promoting excellence and engagement in teaching and learning, research and scholarship, and outreach and service. This presents a rewarding professional opportunity for a highly qualified, enthusiastic, and motivated individual to join this well-established and highly recognized department as it continues to grow and further enhance its regional, national, and international reputation.

RESPONSIBILITIES: The department is seeking an assistant, associate, or full professor (rank to be determined by the qualifications of the successful candidate) to build on existing strengths in the area of athletic training. Teaching core classes within the athletic training program. Further, the successful applicant will contribute in the areas of scholarly productivity; grant procurement; graduate student mentorship; thesis/project direction; university, college, and departmental committee service; and the establishment of partnerships with professional organizations within both the Illinois region and nationally. Participate in student recruitment and retention initiatives, develop innovative department/college curricular and programmatic initiatives, including, but not limited to, industry outreach activities and programs.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: Earned doctorate in athletic training or relevant related field by time of appointment (ABD considered with established defense date); must be a Board of Certification (BOC) Certified Athletic Trainer in good standing; evidence of capability to engage in and publish research and present at professional meetings; demonstrated knowledge and awareness of professional developments related to area of specialization; past work experience in the athletic training field; experience in working with students and colleagues from multi-cultural backgrounds.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: The ideal candidate would possess experience in and/or passion for providing leadership in the role of program director. Additional preferred qualifications include evidence of capability to write grants to obtain external funding; experience in directing student research; evidence of teaching effectiveness at the college level; record of scholarly collaboration within the department and across campus.

SALARY: Competitive and dependent upon qualifications and experience.

EFFECTIVE DATE OF EMPLOYMENT: August 16, 2018. Nine-month appointment on a tenure track. Summer school employment is available dependent upon program needs and personnel considerations.

DEPARTMENT, UNIVERSITY, AND COMMUNITY DESCRIPTION: The department offers undergraduate majors in the Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S. Ed. Teacher Certification) and Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degrees in Athletic Training and Kinesiology (with focus tracks in Performance, Wellness, and Sport Management). The department supports the equivalent of 25 full-time graduate assistantships. Masters programs include an M.S. in Sport Management and a Master of Science in Education with specializations in adapted physical education, exercise physiology, pedagogy and curriculum development, and exercise and sport psychology.

Northern Illinois University is a comprehensive research university offering programs from the baccalaureate through the doctorate. Colleges include business, education, engineering and engineering technology, law, liberal arts and sciences, health and human sciences, and visual and performing arts. On-campus enrollment is approximately 18,000 students. The university also offers more than 200 extension courses each semester to students in communities throughout northern Illinois.

The main campus is located in DeKalb, 65 miles west of Chicago’s “Loop” and 40 miles southeast of Rockford with three education centers in Hoffman Estates, Rockford, and Naperville. DeKalb/Sycamore, with a population of about 50,000, is a modern paradox, a rural/urban community. It is simultaneously recognized for its manufacturing and rich farmlands. The site of the first manufacture of barbed wire and the development of hybrid seed corn are evidence of its diversified history. The blend of industry and agriculture, coupled with the cultural and recreational facilities of the university and supplemented by easy access to Chicago and Rockford, provide an enjoyable environment in which to live.

In accordance with applicable statutes and regulations, NIU is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, religion, age, physical and mental disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, political affiliation, or any other factor unrelated to professional qualifications, and will comply with all applicable federal and state statutes, regulations and orders pertaining to nondiscrimination, equal opportunity and affirmative action. In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.

APPLICATION INFORMATION: Submit a letter of application which includes a statement of teaching philosophy and research interests tailored to the position; curriculum vita; the names and contact information of four professional references; and transcripts (unofficial copies are acceptable for initial review of application; official copies required to confirm appointment) through the NIU Human Resource Services’ online job application system (see For additional information, see or contact search chair Steve Howell ([email protected]; 815.753.1157). Review of complete applications will begin June 4, 2018; however, applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Appointment is subject to a satisfactory criminal background check. AA/EEO Institution.

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last updated 8-May-2018