University of Connecticut, Department of Kinesiology

Position ID:UConn-Department of Kinesiology-496996 [#23768, 496996]
Position Title: Assistant Professor in Residence
Position Type:Non tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Storrs, Connecticut 06269, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Area: Kinesiology
Appl Deadline:none (posted 2022/11/17)
Position Description:    


The Department of Kinesiology at the University of Connecticut invites applications for a full-time (11-month appointment, 80% teaching, 10% advising/clinical education, and 10% scholarship) faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor in Residence (CIRE). The anticipated start date is August 23, 2023. 

The Department of Kinesiology is one of eight academic units within the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources (CAHNR) and offers an undergraduate major in exercise science; two nationally accredited professional programs (Master of Science in Athletic Training, Doctor of Physical Therapy); as well as master’s and doctoral degrees in exercise science. 

With 19 faculty, 165 undergraduates, and 150 graduate students, we actively engage in educating and training the next generation of health professionals. UConn has offered a degree in physical therapy for over 65 years, starting as a bachelor’s degree in 1951 and culminating in the current Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) offered since 2007 as the requirements for entry-level degrees for licensure in physical therapy evolved. The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education and is an important contributor to addressing state and regional workforce needs in physical therapy.   

The University of Connecticut and the Department of Kinesiology both embrace diversity as a core value and strive to attract, retain, and facilitate the success of talented people from all backgrounds.    

The University of Connecticut is in the midst of a transformational period of growth supported by the $1.7B Next Generation Connecticut ( and the $1B Bioscience Connecticut ( initiatives and a bold new Academic Plan: Path to Excellence. The Department of Kinesiology has exceptional opportunities for interdisciplinary collaborations with investigators, particularly in health-related disciplines, both at UConn Storrs and UConn Health. For further information, please visit the Department's website (

CAHNR has developed and implemented a Strategic Vision to guide the development and focus of our teaching, research, and extension programs in the years 2020-2025. Faculty hired for this position will be expected to make significant contributions in their area of expertise, contributing to the advancement of one or more of the CAHNR’s five strategic priorities. 

  • Ensuring a vibrant agricultural industry and sustainable food supply  
  • Enhancing health and well-being locally, nationally, and globally  
  • Designing sustainable landscapes across urban-rural interfaces  
  • Advancing resilience and adaptation in a changing climate  
  • Dismantling structural racism and fostering environments that advance racial equity, inclusion, and belonging by advocating for anti-racist policies, practices, and norms

The CAHNR Strategic Vision ( provides additional information on the strategic initiatives and their related areas of emphasis. 

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.


Primary teaching responsibilities will be in musculoskeletal conditions across the life span or acute care and advising students in the DPT program. Service to the program, Department, and College are required. Contributions to the scholarly productivity of the DPT program are expected. As a member of the core, clinical teaching faculty, the successful applicant will contribute to the ongoing review and updating of the DPT curriculum to help ensure that students are trained in a manner consistent with contemporary, evidenced-based best practices. The successful applicant will have opportunities to contribute to the design and development of DPT program growth initiatives.

The successful candidate will work under the advisement of program and department leadership and function effectively as a team member with faculty and staff in DPT program and the Department.  

Specific duties and responsibilities include:

  • Teach graduate classes and lab sections that reflect evidence-based contemporary practice in the DPT program, as well as participate in team-teaching graduate classes in traditional and hybrid online courses in the area(s) of musculoskeletal, and/or acute care.
  • Coordinate and supervise part-time integrated clinical education experiences including site development.
  • Participate in health-related public engagement and service-oriented learning experience activities through the UCONN PTCARES Clinic.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of, and the ability to perform contemporary evidence-based practice.
  • Participate in investigator-initiated or collaborative research in their area of expertise.
  • Broaden participation among members of under-represented groups by demonstrating the richness of diversity in research, teaching, and/or public engagement and integrating multicultural experiences into instructional methods and research tools.
  • Provide leadership in developing pedagogical techniques designed to meet the needs of diverse learning styles and intellectual interests.
  • Participate in an active program of professional development consistent with personal and professional goals.
  • Share a deep commitment to effective graduate student instruction, development of innovative courses, and mentoring of students in research, outreach, and professional development.
  • Participate in the shared service responsibilities (e.g., committees, faculty meetings, retreats) expected of all faculty in the Department and College.
  • Contribute to the implementation of the CAHNR strategic vision through teaching, advising, and scholarship.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

The successful candidate will also be expected to support the Department’s efforts to:

  • Recruit and retain students from diverse backgrounds and underrepresented groups.
  • Demonstrate through teaching and/or public engagement the richness of diversity in the learning experience.
  • Help develop student competency in addressing cultural, structural/systemic, and environmental factors that influence health.


  • Doctorate in a health-related field or higher education.
  • Eligible for PT licensure in CT.
  • A minimum of five years of experience in a relevant clinical domain.
  • Record of contemporary clinical expertise in physical therapy management of individuals with musculoskeletal conditions, and/or in acute care patient populations.
  • Previous teaching experience in an institution of higher education, demonstrating excellence in teaching.
  • Demonstrated excellence in both verbal and written communication in educational and clinical settings.
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently and collaboratively.
  • Strong commitment and value for promoting and supporting diverse and inclusive educational and research programming.


  • Current APTA specialist certification.
  • Experience in DPT education that includes course development, classroom and laboratory teaching, conducting, and managing learning experiences, evaluating student achievement, and contributing to curriculum development.
  • Experience in delivering post-professional physical therapist education in a residency or fellowship program.
  • Experience in advising students in individualized research projects, Honors Theses, or in the development of comparable student scholarly products.
  • Experience in integrating technology into instruction and/or conducting online instruction.
  • Record of scholarly activity with demonstrated potential to contribute to a successful research program.
  • A record of ongoing service to the profession of physical therapy.
  • Experience in understanding and contributing to cultures of inclusive excellence, including working with those who have historically experienced barriers to achieving health and well-being due to their race or ethnicity, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, disability, geographic location, or other characteristics linked to discrimination or exclusion.
  • Knowledge of current accreditation/certification procedures required to meet and maintain CAPTE accreditation standards.


This is an 11-month, full-time faculty position (80% teaching, 10% advising/clinical education, and 10% scholarship) with an anticipated start date of August 23, 2023. This is a faculty appointment that is eligible for promotion to Associate Professor in Residence and Professor in Residence. This appointment is renewable annually, and may lead to successive multi-year contracts, but does not lead to academic tenure. The successful candidate’s primary academic appointment will be in the Department of Kinesiology at the Storrs campus. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.


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


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

  • A letter of interest
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Brief statements (maximum two pages each) of:
    • Teaching (including teaching philosophy, teaching experience, commitment to effective learning, concepts for new course development, etc.);
    • Experience and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion (including broadening participation, integrating culturally-sustaining approaches in instruction and research, promoting equity through scholarship and community engagement, and pedagogical techniques to meet the needs of diverse learning styles, etc.);
    • For the statements above please include how your professional accomplishments in research/teaching/extension outreach will contribute to the College’s success in achieving its Strategic Vision.
  • Names and contact information for at least three references

For full consideration, applications and supporting materials should be received by December 15, 2022. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Inquiries about the position should be sent by email to the Search Committee Chair, Dr. Maryclaire Capetta (

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

This position will be filled subject the 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.

Application Materials Required:
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Further Info:
University of Connecticut
Department of Kinesiology
2095 Hillside Rd
Unit 1110
Storrs, CT 06269-1110