Chairperson Position Department of Recreation Management and Health/Physical Education Beaver College of Health Sciences – Appalachian State University
The Beaver College of Health Sciences (BCHS) at Appalachian State University seeks nominations and applications for a strong, innovative and experienced leader for the position of Chairperson of the Department of Recreation Management and Physical Education (RMPE). The Department, formed in 2014, boasts outstanding faculty and programs, as well as committed alumni and community partners. The Department’s component programs are highly regarded and its faculty have exemplary reputations in their respective fields. The Department also delivers a wide array of physical education activity courses taken by students across the entire university and thus has a strong presence on campus.
The Recreation Management (RM) program has been accredited by the Council on Accreditation for Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions (COAPRT) since 1996. It prepares students for careers in outdoor recreation management, park management, campus and university recreation, experiential education, travel and tourism management, club and camp management and resort recreation. The Physical Education program, established in 1921, merged with Health Education to create a dual certification degree in Health and Physical Education (HPE). The HPE major promotes the development of highly qualified professionals who are prepared to advance the fitness, psychomotor, cognitive and affective learning of school-aged children. It is accredited at the unit level through the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and has approval from the state of North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. The program has recently added a focus on sports science and coaching and offers a minor, second academic concentration, and certificate in this area.
The Chair of RMPE serves as the chief representative of the department and reports directly to the Dean of the BCHS. The primary duties of this position are to oversee daily operations within the department and guide progress toward achieving teaching, research, and service goals in keeping with the mission of the department, college and university. In this capacity, the chair will mentor junior faculty in developing scholarship and teaching, build successful collaborations within the department and the college, and promote the department at the university, state, and national level. Additional responsibilities include but are not limited to:
• ensuring equitable distribution of faculty workload and providing faculty and staff with annual performance evaluations; • leading and promoting a culture of scholarly and practice excellence within the department to ensure that department faculty remain on the cutting edge of scholarly activity; • promoting a culture of inclusive excellence within the department and faculty that supports inter-professional education to meet the needs of diverse populations; • working together with the faculty, associate deans and others to continuously improve the programs’ curriculum; • articulating the goals and strengths of the department, internally and externally, and maintaining a climate that encourages engagement, participation, collegiality, and innovation; and, • informing department faculty of the perspectives and actions of the dean and other administrators that may affect the department.
Required qualifications for this position include: an earned doctorate in recreation management, health/physical education or a related field; academic credentials that merit appointment and tenure at the rank of associate or full professor in the Department of RMPE; prior leadership experience; demonstrated commitment to diversity; successful record of teaching and scholarship; excellent communication and interpersonal skills; and, professional demeanor and ability to work effectively with various constituencies, including students and their families, faculty, staff, administrators and external partners;
Special consideration will be given to those with evidence of a collaborative leadership style that embraces shared governance and builds a culture of trust among faculty, staff, students and administrators across the university; demonstrated success in supporting faculty in securing external funding; and, successful experience in strategic planning and program development.
The Beaver College of Health Sciences is the second largest college at Appalachian State University, with over 3,400 undergraduate and graduate students served by 150 faculty and staff. Committed to inter-professional education and collaboration in teaching, scholarship, service and clinical outreach, the BCHS is transforming the health and quality of life for the communities we serve. Appalachian State has over 19,000 students, primarily in bachelor and master level programs, in both liberal arts and applied fields. Nestled high in the Blue Ridge Mountains of northwestern North Carolina, the region is renowned for its scenic beauty and outdoor recreation such as hiking, skiing, biking, fishing, and canoeing. Boone is conveniently located approximately two hours from Asheville, Charlotte, and Greensboro, NC. 8145
Screening of complete applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. A complete application consists of the following: (1) a cover letter addressing the position description, qualifications, and leadership experience of the candidate; (2) a curriculum vitae; (3) copies of all transcripts (official copies required for on-campus interview); and, (4) a list of four professional references including name, current position, email, address, and phone number. Applications should be submitted electronically (preferably in PDF format) to firstname.lastname@example.org. We invite all applicants for employment with Appalachian State University to complete our voluntary Affirmative Action data collection survey. The brief survey can be accessed here https://appstate.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_73PDI9ggo0rgeON
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