Assistant Professor of Recreation Management - 065511

Health Sciences
Recreation Management & Physical Education

Assistant Professor of Recreation Management

The Department of Recreation Management & Physical Education (RMPE) in the Beaver College of Health Sciences (BCHS) at Appalachian State University invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the Recreation Management (RM) program to begin August 2018. Responsibilities include teaching and mentoring students, participating in university and professional service, conducting quality research and collaborating with university and community stakeholders to support interprofessional student engagement activities.

Minimum qualifications include an earned doctorate from an accredited university in Parks, Recreation or Tourism Management (PRTM), Leisure Studies or a closely related field with at least one degree in PRTM and/or Leisure Studies is required. ABD candidates will be considered, pending successful completion of degree requirements by position start date. Special consideration will be given to candidates who have experience working with students from diverse backgrounds, and have a demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion to improve access to higher education for under-represented groups. Desirable candidates could provide evidence of experience and/or expertise in, but not limited to, each of the following areas:
• Teaching in PRTM/Leisure Administration/Management
• Professional field experience in PRTM Field (Tourism, Recreational Sport & etc.)
• Scholarly productivity and professional service

The Department of RMPE is comprised of Recreation Management; Health, Physical Education, & Coaching; and Physical Education Activity programs. The Bachelor of Science degree in Recreation Management (RM) program has been continuously accredited by the Council on Accreditation for Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions (COAPRT) since 1996, and includes concentrations in Commercial Recreation and Tourism Management, Recreation and Park Management, and Outdoor Experiential Education. For more information about the RMPE department and RM program visit:

The BCHS is the newest and second largest college at Appalachian State University, with over 3,400 undergraduate and graduate students served by 150 faculty and staff. Committed to interprofessional innovation and collaboration in teaching, scholarship, service and clinical outreach, the BCHS is transforming the health and quality of life for the communities we serve. Beginning in 2018 the College will occupy a new state-of-the-art 203,000 square foot facility that will be the cornerstone of the ASU Health Sciences Campus. The RMPE department will keep their offices on main campus to continue their close proximity to the gymnasium and other recreational teaching areas. Appalachian State has approximately 18,000 students, primarily in bachelors and masters 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.

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 experience; (2) a curriculum vitae; (3) unofficial copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts; and (4) a list of 3-5 professional references including name, current position, email, address, and phone number. Note that finalists invited for campus interviews must submit official transcripts prior to the campus interview. Applications should be sent in PDF format to the search committee chair, Dr. Joy James, at

Appalachian State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. The University does not discriminate in access to its educational programs and activities, or with respect to hiring or the terms and conditions of employment, on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity and expression, political affiliation, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information or sexual orientation. Individuals with disabilities may request accommodations in the application process by contacting Dr. Joy James (; 828-262-6322). Proper documentation of identity and employability will be required before the hiring process can be finalized. Any offer of employment to a successful candidate will be conditioned upon the University’s receipt of a satisfactory criminal background report.