Instructor (non-tenure track) or Assistant/Associate Professor (tenure-track)

Job no: 514793
Position type: Academic / Faculty - 9 month
Location: Manhattan, Kansas
Division/Equivalent: 3670055010 Health & Human Sciences Dean
School/Unit: 3670055060 Kinesiology
Categories: Education / Instructional, Kinesiology / Physical Education

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About This Role:

The Department of Kinesiology, within the College of Health and Human Sciences, is seeking a 9-month Instructor (non-tenure track) or Assistant/Associate Professor (tenure-track) to serve as the Program Director for the Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH) major. The major includes a core set of fundamental public health courses, a three-course practicum series that provides real-world exposure to public health, reinforcing public health electives, and the flexibility to choose additional coursework electives. As a collaborative degree, courses are offered across multiple departments and colleges, requiring cross-campus collaborations. The major complements the university’s existing CEPH-accredited Master of Public Health program housed in the College of Veterinary Medicine.

The BSPH Program Director will help develop and teach public health courses, lead the recruitment of students and faculty, and develop key community relationships with regional public health providers in consultation with the department head, departmental behavioral science faculty members, and supporting units across the university. We invite qualified applicants with the initiative and vision to passionately lead a newly developed academic major within a well-established and collegial department at the nation’s first land-grant university. Individuals who qualify for a tenure-track research appointment will be expected to be productive in their respective areas of research.

Specific duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Provide academic and operational leadership and management of the major
  • Lead in assessment efforts to maintain accreditation with the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH)
  • Administrative duties:
    • Provide expert curriculum management of new course and program development
    • Marketing and recruitment
    • Student retention
    • Coordinate the degree program with other departments within and outside of CHHS
  • Teaching expectations:
    • Formal instruction within the BSPH major
    • Supervise student practicum experiences
    • Direct BSPH student capstone projects
    • Serve as a graduate faculty member to lead or contribute to graduate student committees
  • Tenure-track only: conduct applied public health-related research
  • Provide service to the department, college, and university through participation in faculty meetings and committees
  • Provide professional service through involvement in professional organizations

This 12-month position at the rank of instructor or assistant/associate professor has a preferred starting date of August 2023, with a competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Why Join Us:

The Department of Kinesiology currently offers B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees and participates in the interdisciplinary MPH program. In addition to the kinesiology degree, the department also offers undergraduate degrees in public health and integrative physiology. There are more than 550 undergraduate majors and 30 graduate students in the department. The Department provides a collegial and supportive environment that fosters high-quality teaching, research, and highly-ranked graduate programs. There are numerous opportunities for collaboration with other Kinesiology faculty members, faculty in the College of Health and Human Sciences, other Departments (most notably Anatomy and Physiology), and programs across campus including unique intramural NIH funding opportunities, and local/regional healthcare systems. For more information, visit our website at: 

The College of Health and Human Sciences is home to six academic departments (Applied Human Sciences; Food, Nutrition, Dietetics & Health; Hospitality Management; Interior Design & Fashion Studies; Personal Financial Planning; and Kinesiology), the Center on Aging, Physician Assistant program, and a Nursing partnership with Wichita State University. The College enrolls more than 2,300 undergraduate and 400 graduate students and employs more than 115 full-time faculty members in teaching, research, and Extension positions ( The College is committed to promoting research, scholarship, creative activity, and discovery with a strategic and cohesive focus on health and human behavior.

Kansas State University offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes health insurance, life insurance, retirement plans, and paid time off (vacation, sick, and holidays). To see what benefits are available, please visit

We Support Diversity and Inclusion:

Kansas State University embraces diversity and inclusion. The university actively seeks individuals who foster a collegial environment and cooperative interactions with coworkers, students, and others. The University is dedicated to promoting the Principles of Community.

Worksite Options:

This position required to be performed on-site. Work is performed on employer premises or designated assignment locations.

What You’ll Need to Succeed:

Minimum Requirements:

  • Master of Public Health or equivalent graduate degree in a closely related field
  • Tenure-track only: Ph.D. in public health, health promotion, health education, or equivalent graduate degree in a closely related field
  • At least 3 years of full-time experience in higher education or equivalent public health education experience, with knowledge of professional accreditation standards and their implementation
  • Record of excellence in effective teaching and research or clinical productivity
  • Evidence of relevant administrative experience and managerial skills
  • Record of active service/contribution in the educational and/or professional facets of the public health field
  • Strong written and oral communication skills

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated administrative and/or leadership experience in public health, including experience with CEPH or similar national accreditation standards and their implementation
  • Experience teaching and mentoring students in public health or working as a public health practitioner for a minimum of 3 years
  • Well-versed in online teaching and learning practices, learning management systems, and related course technologies
  • Expertise in curriculum development and continuous quality improvement to ensure relevance to position BSPH graduates for current and future demands of the field
  • Demonstrated leadership or experience in public health settings
  • Demonstrated understanding of working with rural and diverse populations
  • Demonstrated experience or outstanding potential for mentoring junior faculty
  • Tenure-track only: Evidence of a focused and active line of public health-related research

Other Requirements:

  • Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States at the time of employment

How to Apply:

Please submit the following documents:

  1. Cover letter addressing the qualifications described above
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. Statement of teaching/mentoring interests and philosophy
  4. Statement of research interests
  5. Contact information for three professional references (references will only be contacted after advancement in candidacy and after the candidate has granted permission)

Screening of Applications Begins:

Initial review of applications will begin March 24th, 2023, and continue until the position is filled.

Inquiries about the position should be directed to the search committee chair, Dr. Peter Stoepker, at with the subject line: BSPH Director Search. 

Equal Employment Opportunity:

Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, age, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran.

Background Screening Statement:

In connection with your application for employment, Kansas State University will procure a Background Screen on you as part of the process of considering your candidacy as an employee.

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