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Assistant Professor (Health, Exercise Science and Recreation Management)


University, MS, US, 38677

Department:  Health, Exercise Sci & Recreation Mgmt (10000912)
Employee Designation:  Regular Full-time (Benefits Eligible)
Position Description

The Department of Health, Exercise Science and Recreation Management (HESRM) at The University of Mississippi is seeking applications for two 9-month, tenure-track, assistant professor positions. We encourage applications from candidates with strong research/scholarly publication records, research grant procurement, and academic achievement. Primary teaching responsibilities will include Public Health areas such as Health Disparities, Environmental Health, Rural Health, Epidemiology, Health Policy, and/or Social Determinants of Health. Chosen applicants are expected to begin August 2020 and appointments will include research, teaching, and service. 


The University of Mississippi initiated Flagship Constellations, which are designed to bring together a wide range of faculty from across campus to address some of the most difficult and complex problems facing our nation and world. This is an excellent opportunity to work with cross-disciplinary researchers to solve key, grand challenges.


The University of Mississippi is included in the elite group of Doctoral Universities - R1, or Highest Research Activity by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education - and continuously recognized over the last eleven years as one of the Great Colleges to Work For by The Chronicle of Higher Education (


The Department of Health, Exercise Science and Recreation Management ( is home to 18 faculty and 3 staff members and over 900 students from around the world. HESRM currently offers two undergraduate programs (Exercise Science and Sports and Recreation Administration), three masters degrees (Health Promotion, Exercise Science, and Sports and Recreation Administration) and a doctoral program in Health and Kinesiology with three emphasis areas (Health Behavior and Promotion, Exercise Science, and Sport and Recreation). The Department also offers an Analytics cognate option for the doctoral program. The Analytics cognate provides rigorous training in measurement and statistical methods to analyze and evaluate data in all three emphasis areas. The Department is housed within the School of Applied Sciences ( in Oxford, MS.

Position Details

Appointment: 9 Month

Assignment Type: Tenure Track

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Doctoral Degree in Public Health and Health related field by the time of employment.
  • Evidence of a strong research agenda in health and potential for securing competitive, extramural research funding.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A strong preference to someone holding a MPH degree
  • Evidence of successful community engagement including the ability to develop and maintain partnerships with relevant health agencies.
  • Previous experience with program accreditation (CEPH)
  • Evidence of successful technology integration in course delivery
  • CHES or CPH certification
Application Procedures

Review of applications will begin immediately. The position will remain open until filled or until an adequate applicant pool is established. Applicants must apply online at and must include a letter of application, curriculum vitae and contact information of five professional references, no paper copies will be accepted. Official transcripts must be received prior to hire.


Contact Information:

Allison Ford-Wade, PhD

Professor and Search Committee Chair

About the University of MS & Oxford, MS

Founded in 1848, the University of Mississippi (UM), affectionately known to alumni, students and friends as Ole Miss, is Mississippi's flagship university. Included in the elite group of R-1: Doctoral Universities - Highest Research Activity by the Carnegie Classification, it has a long history of producing leaders in public service, academics and business. The University of Mississippi, consistently named by The Chronicle of Higher Education as a “Great College to Work For,” is located in Oxford, MS, which is ranked one of the “Top 10 Best College Towns.” With more than 24,000 students, UM is the state's largest university and is ranked among the nation's fastest-growing institutions. The University of Mississippi, which has aggressively implemented many health and wellness initiatives for its more than 2,900 employees, has consistently been named one of Mississippi’s Healthiest Workplaces.


Touted as the “Cultural Mecca of the South”, creativity abounds in Oxford as musicians, artists and writers alike find inspiration in Oxford’s rich history, small town charm and creative community. Oxford is a one-hour drive south of Memphis, TN and is known as the home of Nobel Prize winning author William Faulkner. Over the years Oxford has also been known for offering exceptional culinary experiences and as the home of the University of Mississippi and the Ole Miss Rebels, there is always something here to immerse yourself in. Oxford has also been featured as a literary and arts destination in such publications as The New York Times, Southern Living, Condé Nast Traveler, and GQ. Among other cultural activities, annual events include the Oxford Film Festival, a thriving local music scene, and the Ford Center Performing Arts Series. Oxford is a vibrant university town, filled with unique shops and galleries, eclectic restaurants and clubs, historic landmarks, and comfortable inns.

Background Check Statement

The University of Mississippi is committed to providing a safe campus community. UM conducts background investigations for applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial (credit) report or driving history check.

EEO Statement

The University of Mississippi provides equal opportunity in any employment practice, education program, or education activity to all qualified persons. The University complies with all applicable laws regarding equal opportunity and affirmative action and does not unlawfully discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment based upon race, color, gender, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, citizenship, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or genetic information.

Nearest Major Market: Oxford Mississippi