Assistant Professor of Health Science (two positions), School of Health Sciences & Education

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The School of Health Sciences and Education Department of Health and Exercise Sciences invites applications for two full-time, tenure-track positions in Health Science. The appointments will be at the level of Assistant Professor.

Position Start Date: August, 2020 (possible start of January, 2020 for one position).

Responsibilities: The person in each of these positions will provide classroom instruction in the health science curriculum. These individuals will also fulfill academic duties including conducting research appropriate to the teacher-scholar model, academic advising, mentoring of student research and other co-curricular experiences, and provide service to the University and community.

Appointment for these tenure-track Assistant Professor positions requires a doctoral degree in Health Science or a related area. ABD will be considered, but the Ph.D. must be completed by the day reappointment recommendations are due, or approximately February 1, 2021.

Required Qualifications:

  • Professional certification (candidate must be CHES-eligible, CHES or MCHES preferred)
  • Teaching effectiveness or the potential for teaching effectiveness
  • Evidence of scholarly productivity, or the potential to be a productive scholar, especially as this scholarship informs their teaching
  • Evidence of commitment to liberal arts education as a teacher-scholar
  • Strong oral and written communication skills

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Previous successful college/university teaching experience
  • Evidence or demonstrated potential for encouraging or mentoring students in transformative learning experiences such as undergraduate research, service learning, and internships
  • Compatibility with department needs
  • The development and facilitation of interdisciplinary learning experiences
  • Evidence or demonstrated potential for developing critical thinking and problem-solving skills in students
  • Evidence or demonstrated potential for scholarly activity beyond the thesis or dissertation

Salary: Commensurate with education, qualifications, and experience. Truman offers an attractive benefits package including life, health, and disability insurance, retirement contributions, and stipend for moving expenses.

The Institution: Truman State University is home to a vibrant educational community. The approximately 6,000 students that make up its student body are well prepared for the academic rigors of a highly selective university. More than 20 percent engage in significant undergraduate research and creative projects. Most gain leadership experience, and nearly half go on to graduate school or professional education within a year of earning a degree.  Founded in 1867, Truman is known for its focus on student learning and outcomes, and places an emphasis on high-impact experiences such as internships, research and study abroad opportunities. Truman has the highest overall graduation rate among the state’s public colleges and universities. For more than two decades, Truman has been recognized as the No. 1 public university in the Midwest regional category by U.S. News & World Report. The Washington Monthly has included Truman in the top ten of its master’s university rankings in each of the past seven years. For more information regarding additional rankings and acknowledgements, visit

The Community: Located in northeast Missouri, Kirksville is a cultural and economic hub in the region. In addition to Truman, it is home to A.T. Still University, the world’s first osteopathic medical school, as well as a dental school and a community college. The Kirksville School District is among the best in the state, and the community takes pride in several annual events including the Red Barn Arts and Crafts Festival, the Scottish Highland Games and the Red, White and Blue Festival, among many more. Just a few minutes outside of town is beautiful Thousand Hills State Park, with hiking and biking opportunities surrounding the 700-acre Forest Lake. Due to its location, Kirksville offers easy access by car to Kansas City, St. Louis, Chicago and Des Moines. Daily flights from Kirksville regional airport to St. Louis allow for quick access to one of the Midwest’s major metropolitan areas. More information about Kirksville can be found at

Application: Electronic submission of applications is preferred and the process can be completed at  Application materials may also be submitted by mail to Dr. Michael Bird, Truman State University, Department of Health and Exercise Sciences, 100 East Normal Avenue, Kirksville, MO 63501.

Completed applications must include:

  • Cover letter that addresses the required qualifications and any other applicant characteristics that merit emphasis;
  • Current curriculum vitae;
  • Statement of teaching philosophy that presents the candidate’s commitment to the liberal arts and sciences and to student development;
  • Evidence of, potential for, or demonstrated success in teaching excellence;
  • Copies of graduate school transcripts (unofficial transcripts are acceptable);
  • Contact information for at least three references. 

Review of applications will begin October 28, 2019 and continue until the position is filled. If hired, applicants must provide proof of eligibility to work in the United States, official graduate transcripts, or documentation of degrees if transcripts are not available. Final candidates will be expected to undergo and successfully pass a background check.

Questions about the position may be directed to:

Dr. Michael Bird, Chair

Department of Health and Exercise Sciences

Truman State University

100 E. Normal Ave.

Kirksville, MO  63501-4221

Telephone 660-785-4402

Fax: 660-785-7492


Truman State University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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