Department Head, Kinesiology

The faculty of the Kinesiology Department in the McQueary College of Health and Human Services are inviting applications for a colleague to join our team serving as department head of our diverse and collegial academic unit. Missouri State University (MSU) is classified as a Carnegie doctoral/professional university. Kinesiology offers undergraduate programs in: Physical Education; Exercise and Movement Science; Recreation, Sport and Park Administration; Radiography; Respiratory Therapy; graduate programs in: Kinesiology; Professional Studies – Sports Management emphasis. Our programs have excellent retention, graduation, and employment rates in all areas. Explore our department

The department seeks a candidate with experience teaching and leading students, faculty, and staff from diverse backgrounds and expertise within kinesiology or a related field. The ideal candidate will demonstrate outstanding interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills to lead a team toward goal achievement. Responsibilities include leading through democratic team building and promoting cohesiveness and a culture that values diverse views and perspectives. The department head leads and manages the department; collaborates on curricular and fiscal management; ongoing program review and development, evaluation, and accreditation; participates in student recruitment, admissions, advisement, evaluation, fundraising and alumni relations; mentors faculty in teaching, research, service, and grant writing; guides faculty and staff supervision and evaluation; participates in teaching, research, and service; and other duties as required.

The position requires an earned Doctorate in a field related to Kinesiology (PhD, EdD, etc.) with relevant academic experience; sustained record of scholarship including peer-reviewed publications; commitment to obtaining and managing grants and other external funding; record of teaching excellence; and service meriting the rank of associate or full professor with tenure.  

Successful candidates must present: 
• Distinguished record of teaching, service, and scholarship meriting the rank of associate or full professor with tenure 
• Evidence of previous effective university administration or leadership roles 
• Involvement with academic strategic planning, curriculum planning, faculty recruitment, development and evaluation, student recruitment and retention, program assessment, budget and resource management, and fundraising 
• Experience gaining and maintaining accreditation for academic programs 
• Experience mentoring faculty and students 
• Outstanding interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills to lead a team toward goal achievement 
• Experience working with multiple constituencies and the experience or potential to build effective collaborations within the department, as well as with the University and community 
• Ability to lead through democratic team building and promote cohesiveness and a culture that values diverse views and perspectives 
• Demonstrated knowledge, understanding of, and commitment to multicultural and diversity issues 


Salary and rank are commensurate with qualifications and experience. Benefits available include health, vision, life, and dental insurance, as well as a selection of several defined contribution retirement programs. The position is a twelve-month appointment. Start date is July 1, 2022.


Candidate screening begins December 1, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled. Individuals interested should apply online at