Back to Top

Faculty Position, Exercise and Disability in Kinesiology

Last Updated:
March 06, 2020

Faculty Position (tenure-track Assistant/Associate), Exercise and Disability in Kinesiology
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI

The School of Kinesiology at the University of Michigan, one of the highest ranked public universities in the nation and one of the world’s preeminent research institutions, invites applications and nominations for a faculty position at the level of tenure-track Assistant Professor or Associate Professor for an individual specializing in exercise, physical activity, movement skills and/or health disparities in individuals with disabilities with preferred start date in August 2020 or January 2021. Candidates will be expected to maintain a robust, ongoing research program, teach at the undergraduate and/or graduate level, and possess research expertise appropriate for effective mentoring of trainees at the undergraduate, graduate (masters/doctoral), and post-doctoral levels in the area of Applied Exercise Science or Movement Science. Successful candidates will be expected to maintain extramural funding for an active research program at the University of Michigan.
The School of Kinesiology ( is one of 19 independent academic units and one of seven health science schools and colleges within the University of Michigan. The School is led by a Dean, and has 31 tenure-line faculty and approximately 1000 students. In the fall of 2020, the School of Kinesiology will relocate to completely renovated building with state-of-the-art research and teaching facilities in the heart of the University of Michigan Central Campus

The University of Michigan is home to approximately 275 degree programs with Kinesiology housing four of 102 graduate programs rated in the top 10 nationally, providing unparalleled opportunity for collaboration. Collaborative opportunities exist both within the School of Kinesiology and with other units across campus. In addition to the many exciting achievements within the School of Kinesiology, the School has a strong record of partnering with other academic units in the University, consistent with the culture of the University of Michigan that places significant value on innovation across disciplines. Faculty members are encouraged to collaborate with experts across campus to work on important, interdisciplinary and ground-breaking projects. Internal funding opportunities exist to support collaborative teams.


Applicants must hold a doctoral degree in Kinesiology, Exercise Science, Rehabilitation Science or related field and have experience in a post-doctoral fellowship or faculty position. Applicants must demonstrate evidence of an independent line of research focused on using exercise to promote health and functioning for populations with disabilities. Along with a publication record commensurate with experience, successful candidates at the Assistant Professor level will have demonstrated the potential for the following: 1) to secure extramural research funding, 2) to mentor undergraduate and graduate students, and 3) to teach undergraduate and graduate courses in their area of expertise. At the rank of Associate Professor, the successful candidate will also have demonstrated a consistent and ongoing record of securing extramural research funding, and will have experience and skill in providing leadership that will advance the scholarly excellence of the School of Kinesiology.
While not a requirement, we are particularly interested in applicants who could contribute to our federal Leadership Training Project funded by the US Office of Special Education Programs for 18 consecutive years involving the research training of doctoral and post-doctoral scholars conducting research involving infants, children, or young adults with a disability. The School of Kinesiology has a long history conducting basic and applied research that address populations with disabilities with many opportunities to collaborate with colleagues in Kinesiology and across campus. The University of Michigan values public engagement of their faculty by successfully sharing their expertise and research capacity with the lay public focused outside the academic academy.

How to Apply

For full consideration, interested candidates should submit the following materials electronically through Interfolio: by March 27, 2020.
The materials below should be consolidated into 1 (one) PDF document before uploading to Interfolio.
• Cover letter
• Curriculum vitae
• Research statement (up to 2 pages)
• Teaching statement (1 page)
• Diversity statement (1 page)
• Up to three examples of your research publications
• Full names and email addresses for at least three references
Review of applications will begin February 12, 2020 and will continue until the position is filled. Nominations, applications, and expressions of interest will be held in confidence, and references will be contacted only with the candidate’s permission.
Should you need support related to the Interfolio system, please visit this link or contact Interfolio at or (877) 997-8807, 9 am-6 pm Eastern Time M-F. For questions about the position, please contact the Search Committee Chair: Dale Ulrich ( or 734-680-6791.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The School of Kinesiology seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to maintain the excellence of the University, and to offer our students richly varied disciplines, perspectives and ways of knowing and learning. The University of Michigan is supportive of the needs of duel career couples and is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Women and minority candidates are encouraged to apply.