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Assistant Professor – Recreation, Tourism and Sport Management

Department: Recreation, Tourism and Sport Management
Rank: Assistant Professor
Specialization(s):  Recreation & Leisure
Search # 19-008

Located in historic New Haven, a city rich in art and culture, Southern Connecticut State University is a diverse and student-centered university dedicated to academic excellence, access, and service for the public good.  Southern provides a supportive and welcoming environment for all members of its community through a campus wide commitment to social justice.  SCSU is a flourishing community of approximately 10,000 students, located less than three miles from downtown New Haven, with easy access to New York and Boston. 

Brief Description of Duties/Responsibilities:  Southern invites applications from individuals who believe in the mission of public higher education and are committed to outstanding teaching and scholarship/creative activity.  Successful candidates will be disciplinary scholars devoted to a student-centric approach. 

The Department of Recreation, Tourism and Sport Management seeks to fill a full-time, tenure-track position to begin August 2019. Primary responsibilities will be teaching courses in recreation management, outdoor recreation and leadership development, as well as undergraduate and graduate courses in core areas of the recreation and leisure studies curriculum. Faculty are assigned a 12-credit hour load each semester.  Credit may be earned through teaching courses at the undergraduate and/or graduate level, supervising internships, or program coordination. Faculty are also expected to provide student advisement and engage in scholarship/creative activity, service, and professional attendance/participation in activities reflective of professional expertise.

An important goal of the Department of Recreation, Tourism and Sport Management is to effectively prepare students for managerial and/or clinical careers within the recreation, sport, and tourism industries and contribute to the societal understanding of the benefits of recreation, sport, and tourism. The department places emphasis on professional involvement and community service. Students are provided with opportunities for experiential learning that reflect current and future industry demands and the complex issues facing diverse populations with disabilities in their pursuit of quality recreation, sport, and leisure experiences.

Required Qualification:  Candidates must possess an earned doctoral degree. Candidates must also possess a minimum of one graduate degree in recreation management, outdoor recreation, or leadership development.  Candidates must demonstrate potential for excellence in teaching and the capacity to produce peer-reviewed scholarship.

Preferred Qualifications:  Teaching experience in college recreation courses; previous work experience in the field of recreation; demonstrated scholarship/creative activity agenda related to recreation and leadership; capacity to secure external funding; excellent verbal and written communication skills; and demonstrated effectiveness in serving diverse student populations.

Application Process:  Please submit electronically a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and three letters of recommendation to:  RTSM Search Committee Chairperson at  Best consideration will be given to complete applications received by Friday, October 19, 2018.  The position will remain open until filled.

SCSU is an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer. The University seeks to enhance the diversity of its faculty and staff. People of color, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.