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Tenure-Track Full Time Faculty in the Department of Kinesiology

Company: Bethel University
Location: Mishawaka
Posted on: August 1, 2022

Job Description:

The Department of Kinesiology at Bethel University seeks to hire a highly qualified person at the rank of Assistant, Associate, or Professor beginning in August 2022. Bethel is an intentionally Christ-centered institution which hires faculty who demonstrate a strong Christian faith. The Kinesiology Department is composed of four majors including Exercise Science, Health and Physical Education, Sport Management, and Sport Studies with over one hundred total students. The successful candidate will teach and develop coursework in Exercise Science/Sport Studies/Sport Management/ Health and Physical Education in response to departmental needs and his/her area(s) of expertise, as well as advise students in Exercise Science, Sport Management, Physical Education and/or Sport Studies majors. In addition, the candidate could be expected to supervise field-based clinical internships, serve on committees, engage in professional service and scholarly activities. The preferred candidate would provide input in the expansion of the current department exercise physiology lab as well as the day to day running of the lab. Ideal candidates will also demonstrate teaching excellence, interest in strong interaction with students, possess an interest in cooperative programs in Christian Liberal Arts settings and indicate ways they will support the University's commitment to diversity. Normal faculty duties include twelve hours of undergraduate teaching per semester as well as departmental and professional responsibilities listed above.Required: Earned doctorate degree in Exercise Physiology, Exercise Science, Kinesiology or closely related field. ABD will be considered for non-tenure track instructor position.Employment is contingent upon proof of legal right to work....All interested candidates are invited to submit a cover letter, current vita, and a statement of educational philosophy. Additionally, as a Christian liberal arts institution, Bethel University desires that its faculty possess a vibrant Christian faith and an understanding of how that faith integrates with their discipline. Therefore, candidates are also asked to submit a brief statement of faith and statement on the integration of faith and learning. Priority consideration will be given to candidates whose applications are completed by January 3, 2022, but the position will remain open until filled. Questions and applications should be directed to the Department Chair of Kinesiology, Mary Estepp, at mary.estepp@betheluniversity.eduAbout Bethel: Located in Northern Indiana, Bethel University is a Christian Liberal Arts institution affiliated with the Missionary Church, fostering an environment of vibrant community, excellent teaching and learning, and service to others. Its faculty encompasses a variety of Christian denominations. All are expected to exhibit a vibrant Christian faith and relevance of faith commitments to their disciplines and professions. Ideal candidates will demonstrate teaching excellence, interest in strong interaction with students, and possess an interest in cooperative programs in Christian Liberal Arts settings. More information about Bethel can be obtained at its website at www.betheluniversity.eduApplication Process: All interested candidates are invited to electronically submit the following: Online faculty applicationCover letter addressing specific duties of the positionCurriculum vita, and Undergraduate and graduate transcripts (unofficial, official transcripts will be needed before hiring). Additionally, as an intentionally Christian liberal arts institution, Bethel University desires that its faculty possess a vibrant Christian faith and an understanding of how that faith integrates with their discipline. Therefore, candidates are also asked to submit a brief statement of faith and a statement of educational philosophy concerning the integration of faith and learning. Preliminary inquiries may be made to Mary Estepp, Chair, Department of Kinesiology, mary.estepp@betheluniversity.edu. About Bethel UniversityThe mission of Bethel University, affiliated with the Missionary Church denomination, is to be a community of learners building lives of commitment for leadership in the Church and world. Bethel's liberating academic programs challenge the mind, enlarge the vision, and equip the whole person for lifelong service. Launched in 1947, Bethel is urban-situated in the northern Indiana region hosting 250,000 residents, seven colleges (including Notre Dame), the 2nd largest shopping district in the state of Indiana, 15,000 businesses, 50 parks, and beautiful riverwalk developments in South Bend and Mishawaka. Resort venues on Lake Michigan are 45 minutes away. The university community is composed of about 1,500 traditional and adult/graduate students from 35 states, 90 students born outside the United States, and 225 full-time employees. Bethel also hosts more than 8,000 guests annually to arts productions, 25,000 annually in conference services, and many thousands of community members in support of 40 national athletic championships. Outside organizations recognize Bethel's quality: it is ranked as a Top Tier Midwestern College for 15 consecutive years by U.S. News & World Report; ranked No. 7 in the Midwest on the Washington Monthly "Best Bang for the Buck Colleges" list; No. 1 on Christian Universities Online 2016 list of "Top 50 Christian Colleges and Universities Exceeding Expectations." Bethel has also been named to Money Magazine's "Best Colleges for Your Money 2018" list. Bethel's 20,000 alumni occupy 49 states and 64 world areas, and enjoy a medical school acceptance rate double the national average, 100% job placement rate in Nursing whose program was ranked No. 7 in the United States, a Top 4% finish nationally in competitive math performance tests, and 100% pass rate every year on the national performance standard for a unique academic major in American Sign Language. Alumni professional achievements include the No. 1 rated School Superintendent in Indiana, the No. 1 rated School Principal in Indiana, a Top 1% pediatric surgeon in North America, the former Executive Director of the largest Youth for Christ district in the nation, the Chaplain of former President Barack Obama's childhood school, the lead in "South Pacific" off Broadway in Chicago, a laboratory director in sustainable energy, MLB All-Star Team representatives (Cleveland Indians Justin Masterson; MLB pitcher for the San Diego Padres Eric Stults), a senior Midwest manager for Blue Cross / Blue Shield, and among others the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Midwest Region, Don Clark. Faculty accomplishments from Bethel include: an average of more than 100 scholarly presentations and performances each of the last five years, reaching every corner of the United States (California, Oregon, New York, Washington, D.C., Georgia, Texas, etc.) and across the globe (e.g. Kenya, Greece, Israel, Jamaica, France, etc.), including elite sites such as Oxford, Cambridge, Aberdeen, and Carnegie Hall. Academic disciplines are deepened by Bethel projects on suffering, shame, the logic of forgiveness, Islam, mentoring, culture shock, health care among the Amish, eating disorders, home births, monotone mathematical triangles, top predator conservation, adolescent readers, capitalism, gene segregation, Great Lakes fisheries, social-linguistic patterns among the LGBT deaf, deviance in American political allies, ecological imagination in American fiction, Russian education, Latino values and education, theater sound and stage design, leadership pressure, the ethics of a Library Bill of Rights, non-violent resistance, simulation learning in Nursing, Shakespeare, depression in cancer patients, race-based tension, art exhibits in every medium, choral and instrumental productions of great variety, and more. In recent years, Bethel saw the strongest series of financial ratios in 25 years (as defined by the U.S. Department of Education), increased admissions visits by 60% and applications by 20%, doubled the number of fully online students and saw surges in programs like Math-Engineering (+24%), Christian Ministries (+53%), Biology (+118%), Kinesiology/Pre-Physical Therapy/Sport Management (+177%), and total Graduate Program increases of +47%. Students of color moved from 19% to 28% of the total population, with increases in retention and graduation rates. Traditional college-age students now rank mentoring as one of the most prominent traits of the environment, seen in part by a shift from 5 in 10 to 7 in 10 residential students voluntarily engaged in small group or one-on-one coaching by faculty-staff, and through alumni surveys showing very high faith-integration retention after their Bethel years (e.g. understanding Biblical texts, feeling equipped for the essential questions of life, strong critical thinking skills, etc.). Also during this time, $12M was applied to endowment, scholarships, and facility upgrades such as Academic Support Services Center, School of Nursing Simulation Lab, renewal of the largest lecture hall named for Brian & Paqui Kelly (Notre Dame head football coach), new entrances for the East campus and Athletic Park with three additional intramural fields, a new Softball stadium, and refreshed Weight Room, added a Kindergarten Lab School, refreshed Art Gallery, Acorn restaurant, Wi-Fi network and phone systems, and more. Work culture at Bethel also thrives, now meeting or exceeding industry average scores on 47 of 55 variables annually tracked by Best Christian Workplaces, who surveys 15,000 workers in Christian organizations annually. The employee experience at Bethel now leads national norms, to a statistically significant difference, in commitment to excellence, an environment for creativity and innovation, solving problems through supervision, the habit of receiving and using input, and demonstrating spiritual gifts throughout the workplace. Bethel University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, sex, disability, national or ethnic origin in employment opportunities, in keeping with applicable state and federal laws. In keeping with the mission of the institution, Bethel University seeks applicants with a strong commitment to the values and lifestyle of evangelical Christianity and who profess a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. As a Christian institution, we require faculty and staff to adhere to the University's Lifestyle Covenant and to enforce a religiously based statement of responsibilities for all University employees. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Bethel University, as an educational institution operating under the auspices of the Missionary Church, reserves the right to prefer employees on the basis of religion (Title VII, Sections 702-703, United States Civil Rights Act of 1964 as amended).

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