Department of Kinesiology
School of Public Health and Health Sciences
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Position: Assistant Professor of Kinesiology
Appointment: Tenure-track, nine-month appointment, starting September, 2013
Qualifications: Earned doctorate in Kinesiology, Exercise Science, or related field with a research emphasis in
motor control. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to: neuromuscular control, motor learning, motor
development, aging, and rehabilitation. Applicants should have a record of scholarly research, evidence of success
in or strong potential for obtaining extramural funding, and demonstrated ability to teach in a higher education
setting. Preference will be given to applicants with: successful postdoctoral experience; a clear research agenda; a
strategy for seeking external funding; an ability to work with faculty and staff in a broad range of Kinesiology
academic programs; a commitment to teaching and training a diverse student body. Desirable qualities include a
research focus that complements existing faculty expertise, particularly in the areas of biomechanics, muscle
physiology, locomotion, postural control, aging, and movement disorders.
Responsibilities: The successful candidate is expected to establish an independent, externally-funded research
program in motor control; teach undergraduate and graduate courses related to their specialty area; guide graduate
student and postdoctoral fellow research; and actively participate in service to professional and University
organizations. Interpersonal and communication skills that promote strong collaborations in research, teaching and
program development with established faculty within the Department, School, and University are essential.
Salary: Competitive and commensurate with qualifications.
University Description: The University of Massachusetts Amherst is a vibrant and growing institution, committed
to the enhancement of its stature as a leading public research university. The University is located in the Pioneer
Valley region of western Massachusetts, which provides an excellent environment for cultural and recreational
activities. Amherst, the flagship campus of the University system, is home to over 21,000 undergraduate and 6,000
graduate students, and a world-class faculty that is committed to growth in scholarship, creative performance and
production, opportunity, diversity and inclusion. The campus is a member of the Five College Consortium and
collaborates with Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke and Smith Colleges on many initiatives and projects. The
Amherst campus of the University of Massachusetts is in the middle of a $1 billion capital improvement plan
(www.umass.edu/cp/mp.htm), including new construction, renovations and other infrastructure enhancements.
Additional information about the campus and the School of Public Health and Health Sciences is available online at
www.umass.edu and www.umass.edu/sphhs.
Department Description: The Department of Kinesiology (www.umass.edu/sphhs/kinesiology) offers an
interdisciplinary approach to the study of movement through investigation of its mechanical, neurological,
physiological, biochemical, molecular, and behavioral components. The Department currently serves approximately
750 undergraduate majors and 40 M.S. and Ph.D. graduate students, with 15 tenure track and research faculty,
seven postdoctoral fellows, and three lecturers. Departmental research funding currently comes from government,
foundation, and industry sources including the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the
National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and the Shriners Hospitals for Children.
Application Process: Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a single PDF file containing a letter of
application, curriculum vitae, statement of research plans and teaching philosophy and three reprints via email to
the attention of Ms. Charlene Galica at: firstname.lastname@example.org, and arrange for electronic transmission of three
letters of recommendation to the same email address. The application materials and letters of recommendation may
alternatively be sent via regular mail to: Motor Control Faculty Search, c/o Ms. Charlene Galica, Department of
Kinesiology, Totman 110, University of Massachusetts, 30 Eastman Lane, Amherst, MA 01003-9258. Review of
applications will begin November 13, 2012 and continue until the position is filled.
Women and members of minority groups are encouraged to apply. The University of Massachusetts is an
Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. The Department of Kinesiology is committed to increasing the
diversity of the faculty, student body, and curriculum.