Instructor (non-tenure track) or Assistant Professor (tenure track) of Recreation


Department of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, & Athletic Training (HPER/AT)

POSITION:  Instructor (non-tenure track) or Assistant Professor (tenure track) of Recreation, nine-month position beginning August 2017.

DESCRIPTION:  The successful candidate will teach primarily recreation courses in the Department of HPER/AT. Other duties include, but are not limited to, coordinating the outdoor specialist degree program and general recreation degree program, advising recreation majors and minors, supervising the field experience program, assisting program faculty with preparation for program accreditation, and building and maintaining collaborative relations with local, state and regional agencies.

QUALIFICATIONS:  Henderson State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer with a significant commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty, staff, and students. In pursuit of this commitment, qualified candidates must have master's degree in Recreation, Sport Management, Leisure Studies, or equivalent from a regionally accredited institution of higher education with university teaching experience in the areas above and three years of experience working in the outdoor education profession. A doctorate or ABD status is required for tenure-track position; the successful candidate who does not hold a doctorate must complete a doctorate within a time frame established by the university. The successful candidate should have strong interpersonal skills along with excellent organizational and communication skills. He or she should have an understanding and commitment to the use of technology and demonstrate academic planning and advising abilities.

SALARY:  Salary and rank commensurate with experience and qualifications.

THE UNIVERSITY:  Henderson is located in Arkadelphia, a charming, family-centered community of 11,000 residents situated one hour south of Little Rock on Interstate 30. Nestled in the foothills of the Ouachita Mountains, the community is home to two universities, a strong public school system, a thriving medical community, two recreational rivers, and the iconic Lake DeGray and is approximately 30 miles from historic Hot Springs National Park, one of the great American treasures. Please visit or for more information about Henderson and our community.

HPER:  The department offers the following undergraduate degrees: B.S.E. in Health & Physical Education; B.S. in Recreation, B.S. in Sport Management and a B.S. in Health & Human Performance. Graduate degrees include a M.S.E. in Advanced Instructional Studies with a concentration in Physical Education, and M.S in Sport Administration.

APPLICATION: Send letter of application, unofficial transcripts, and current curriculum vita including scholarship activities, statement of teaching philosophy, and contact information for at least three references via email in PDF format, to Dr. Patrick Wempe, Search Committee Chair at

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. For optimal consideration, please submit application materials by January 25, 2017. The final applicant for this position will be required to submit to a background screening including a criminal background check pursuant to university policy. The applicant will also be required to provide official transcripts.