University of Connecticut, Educational Leadership (Neag School of Education)

Position ID:UConn-Educational Leadership (Neag School of Education)-494804 [#17268, 494804]
Position Title: Assistant Professor in Sport Management
Position Type:Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Storrs, Connecticut 06269, United States [map]
Subject Area: Educational Leadership
Appl Deadline: finished (2020/10/21, finished 2021/06/12, listed until 2020/12/09)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed and new applications are no longer being accepted. ***


The University of Connecticut (UConn) is pleased to invite applications for a faculty position in the Department of Educational Leadership at the rank of tenured-track Assistant Professor in Sport Management with an anticipated start date of August 2021. The Department of Sport Management has 64 undergraduate student, 31 graduate students, and 12 PhD students.

The successful candidate will be expected to develop or continue a sustainable line of research within sport management, advise and mentor undergraduate and graduate students, engage in collaborative research opportunities with faculty in sport management and interdisciplinary research within educational leadership and across the university, pursue extramural funding support for the program and/or research, establish working relationships with related programs and organizations both on and off campus, teach sport management classes at the undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral level.

A successful candidate must have potential for success in conducting research, student advising, and teaching undergraduate and graduate courses within a sport management curriculum. Candidates must demonstrate the ability to mentor undergraduate and graduate students, develop collegial relationships, and possess strong interpersonal skills. In particular, the program seeks applicants who take a critical approach to their research and teaching with a focus on sport as a platform for social change. The candidate must also have a commitment to ongoing research productivity and demonstrated participation in the field (e.g., service in professional organizations, service to academic journals).

The Sport Management Program is recognized at the undergraduate, master’s, and PhD levels for its critical approach to teaching and research. Faculty also operate a graduate certificate program in Leadership and Diversity in Sport. Program faculty seek to engage students in critically examining sport policies and practices at the individual, organizational, and societal levels. Undergraduate and master’s students are prepared for careers in the sport industry through coursework, practica and internships, and service-based experiential learning. PhD students gain valuable teaching and research experience while advancing toward faculty positions as well as roles in higher education administration and non-profit sport and health-focused organizations.

The Department of Educational Leadership (EDLR) has 16 full-time faculty members and offers degree programs at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels. The department offers certificates and/or degrees in adult learning; administrator preparation programs, educational leadership; education policy; executive leadership; higher education and student affairs; and sport management. EDLR values diversity, equity and inclusion and is dedicated to hiring individuals who support our vision of inspiring and cultivating innovative leaders for positive change, individuals who empower others by building a nurturing educational environment, individuals who establish effective systems of support, and strive to enhance equity and quality of life for all. Our faculty are committed to engaging in high quality teaching, advising/mentoring, scholarship and developing leaders who connect theory, practice, policy and assessment within all of our academic programs.

The Neag School of Education stands out as a major contributor to instructional and research excellence at the University of Connecticut. With academic departments dedicated to educational leadership, educational psychology, and curriculum and instruction, the Neag School also offers a five-year integrated bachelor’s/master’s program in teacher education and a one-year, post-baccalaureate teacher education program. According to the 2020 U.S. News & World Report rankings of Best Graduate Schools, the Neag School ranks among the top 20 public graduate schools of education in the nation and has five specialty programs ranked in the top 25 nationally: Special Education; Elementary Education; Educational Psychology; Educational Administration; and Secondary Education.

Founded in 1881, UConn is a Land Grant and Sea Grant institution and member of the Space Grant Consortium. It is the state’s flagship institution of higher education and includes a main campus in Storrs, CT, four regional campuses throughout the state, and 13 Schools and Colleges, including a Law School in Hartford, and Medical and Dental Schools at the UConn Health campus in Farmington. The University has approximately 10,000 faculty and staff and 32,000 students, including nearly 24,000 undergraduates and over 8,000 graduate and professional students. UConn is a Carnegie Foundation R1 (highest research activity) institution, among the top 25 public universities in the nation. Through research, teaching, service, and outreach, UConn embraces diversity and cultivates leadership, integrity, and engaged citizenship in its students, faculty, staff, and alumni. UConn promotes the health and well-being of citizens by enhancing the social, economic, cultural, and natural environments of the state and beyond. The University serves as a beacon of academic and research excellence as well as a center for innovation and social service to communities. UConn is a leader in many scholarly, research, and innovation areas. Today, the path forward includes exciting opportunities and notable challenges. Record numbers of undergraduate applications and support for student success have enabled the University to become extraordinarily selective.


  • Terminal degree in, or with an emphasis in, Sport Management, or a closely related field (e.g., Management, Recreation, Higher Education). Doctoral candidates who complete their degree by August 2021 will be considered.
  • Experience teaching in sport management at either the undergraduate or graduate level.
  • Evidence of scholarly productivity (e.g., publications, presentations) in sport management


  • Evidence of teaching undergraduate and/or graduate courses in some of the following areas - Sport Venue and Event Management, Sport Finance, Sport Communication, Sport Marketing, or Legal Aspects of Sport.
  • Evidence of or potential for, mentoring undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students
  • Evidence of or potential for, contributions at the program, department, school, or university level
  • Evidence of commitment to equity and social justice.
  • Evidence of or potential for, active involvement in national organizations in the field (e.g., NASSM, NASSS).
  • Ability to develop collegial relationships and work with diverse populations
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Strong reputations and records of both national and international presentations within sport management scholarly associations
  • Publications in refereed journals (with an emphasis in sport and education related journals)
  • Pursuit of extramural funding
  • Demonstrated use of technology in the classroom, and/or experience in online instruction, are preferred.


This is a nine-month, tenure-track position.  Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. 


Please apply online to Academic Jobs Online and submit the following application materials:

  • Please submit a curriculum vitae,
  • A letter of application of no more than three single-spaced pages (approximately 1,500 words) that addresses:
    • The applicant’s interest in position and qualifications;
    • Experiences teaching courses in sport management;
    • Experiences and importance of experiential learning in developing practitioners in sport management;
    • Experiences in, and possible contributions to, a program that emphasizes equity and social justice.
  • Research and scholarship statement (innovative concepts that will form the basis of academic career, experience in proposal development, mentorship of graduate students, etc.);
  • Teaching statement (including teaching philosophy, teaching experience, commitment to effective learning, concepts for new course development, etc.);
  • Commitment to diversity statement (including broadening participation, integrating multicultural experiences in instruction and research and pedagogical techniques to meet the needs of diverse learning styles, etc.);
  • Sample journal articles or books. Please provide links or PDF copies of two samples of your scholarship (published articles or book chapters). Co-authored pieces are welcomed.
  • Please submit a separate document with the contact information (i.e., name, institution, email, phone) for at least three references

Evaluation of applicants will begin immediately. For full consideration, please apply by December 9, 2020. For more information regarding the Department of Educational Leadership please visit the department website at For more information regarding the Sport Management Programs please visit the department website at

Applicants should contact Search Chair, Dr. Jennifer McGarry (860.486.5139, with further questions.

At the University of Connecticut, our commitment to excellence is complemented by our commitment to building a culturally diverse community.

Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check. 

This position will be filled subject to budgetary approval.

All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics, which may be found at

The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.

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Further Info:
Neag School of Education
249 Glenbrook Road, Unit 2064C
Storrs, Connecticut 06269-3064
Phone: (860) 486-3813
Fax: (860) 486-0210

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