1+ months

George and Betty Blanda Endowed Professor in Education Sport Leadership Program

Lexington, KY 40507
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Job Title George and Betty Blanda Endowed Professor in Education Sport Leadership Program
Requisition Number FE02786
Working Title
Department Name 8G040:Kinesiology - Health Promotion
Work Location Lexington, KY
Type of Position Faculty
Position Time Status Full-Time
Tenure Track Status Tenure Track
Required Education
Earned doctorate in Sport Management, or commensurate specialization. Preference will be given to those with previous experience in the sport industry, college teaching, student advising, mentoring graduate student research, chairing student thesis committees, grant writing, professional service and experience working with diverse populations. The University of Kentucky offers several entities on campus to facilitate teaching, research, and service to support equity across the Commonwealth and beyond (e.g., UK College of Education NAACP education and civil rights institute, Martin Luther King, Jr. Center).
Required Related Experience
Required License/Registration/Certification
Job Summary
The Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion (KHP) within the College of Education at the University of Kentucky is seeking candidates for the George and Betty Blanda Endowed Professor in Education – Sport Leadership. George Blanda is an NFL Hall of Famer and record-holder, an alumnus of the University of Kentucky, and a former college and NFL quarterback and placekicker. 
 This tenured position requires a terminal degree in Sport Management/Administration/Leadership (Ph.D., Ed.D. or equivalent) or closely related field with a specialization in Sport Management/Administration/Sport Leadership. Applicants with a JD in Sport Law are also encouraged to apply. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. The position is a nine-month appointment. The search committee will begin reviewing applications immediately and will continue its review until the position is filled. However, priority will be given to those who apply by the application deadline on Monday, October 17, 2022. 
 The University of Kentucky, the flagship university of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, is home to more than 30,000 students and nearly 3,000 faculty members. Located in Lexington, the Horse Capital of the World, UK is a major employer in the small city of approximately 315,000.
 The Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion (KHP), housed in the nationally ranked College of Education, is comprised of 22 full-time faculty members and offers undergraduate, masters, and doctoral programs in the academic areas of exercise science, physical education, health promotion, and sport leadership. KHP serves as the academic focus for more than 900 undergraduate and graduate students seeking degree programs in the department. 

One of the department’s largest specializations at the master’s level is Sport Leadership. We anticipate the addition of an undergraduate degree program in Sport Industries in Fall 2023. 
 This position is in the Regular Title Series faculty category and requires the faculty member to teach 12 credits per year (two 3-credit hour courses each Fall and Spring Semester) in the Sport Leadership and anticipated Sport Industries programs. The Regular Title Series appointment requires the faculty member to also maintain an active program of scholarly research as well as engage in service-related activities. The position will also be expected to work collaboratively with Sport Leadership faculty to direct and develop the department’s newly formed Institute for Sport, Culture, and Commerce, which is committed to social justice issues in sport. Additionally, the qualified applicant will be required to encourage philanthropy, develop partnerships with other colleges on campus (Business, Law, Communications, etc.), and develop relationships with the University of Kentucky Athletic Department. The Blanda professor will be expected to serve on graduate student committees and mentor graduate student research.

Pursue excellence in teaching, research, and service. Successful candidates will be expected to teach a two-two course load consisting of undergraduate and graduate courses serving most of our Sport Leadership and anticipated Sport Industries majors. Candidates should be prepared to teach research methods and two courses in the following areas: sales, sponsorship, and fundraising in sport, ethics in sport leadership, planning and management of facilities for sport and fitness and global sport. There will also be opportunities for course development in the candidate’s area(s) of specialization.
The candidate would also be expected to develop and maintain an active research agenda with publications in top tier refereed sport management related journals; contributes to Sport Leadership graduate program and the proposed Sport Industries undergraduate program; collaborate internally and with external partners to develop the KHP Institute for Sport, Culture, Commerce with an emphasis on social justice issues in sport (e.g., grant writing, program planning, etc.); provide support and advice students across departmental undergraduate programs; provide service to the department, College, and University of Kentucky; and support community partnerships.

Priority Deadline: Monday, October 17, 2022 – The position will remain open until filled.

 Application materials must include a 
  • Cover letter noting academic credentials and professional experience related to the responsibilities and qualifications for this position (upload under Cover Letter); 
  • A curriculum vitae (upload under Curriculum Vitae); 
  • Statement on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (upload under Specific Request 1); 
  • Research statement articulating a focus on diversity and equity issues and their relation to the University of Kentucky’s mission and values (upload under Specific Request 2); 
  • Teaching statement that include specific reflections about the candidate’s experiences teaching and mentoring diverse student populations (upload under Specific Request 3); and 
  • Detailed contact information for three professional references that can speak to the applicant’s qualifications. References will be asked to submit a letter of recommendation once the finalists have been selected. Transcripts will be required of all finalists for the position.

Questions regarding the position may be directed to the search committee chair, Dr. Marta N. Mack (marta.mack-washington@uky.edu) or the KHP Department, phone (859) 257-5826.

The University of Kentucky and its College of Education are strongly committed to increasing diversity in their community of students and faculty. Individuals with ethnically diverse backgrounds are actively encouraged to contact us to explore interest in this position and apply.
The Sport Leadership program, its faculty and affiliate faculty, and staff share with the University of Kentucky and College of Education fidelity to diversity, equity, and inclusion in our recruitment and preparation of 21st century sport professionals. We are looking for candidates who share our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and that this commitment is represented in their scholarship, teaching, and service to the field and university communities.  

Given the COVID-19 pandemic, and the need to protect our university community including our students, staff, faculty and visitors, the University of Kentucky is requiring COVID-19 vaccination for all new hires prior to starting employment. Therefore, as of October 18, 2021, all new hires prior to their first day of employment must submit appropriate documentation showing, i) completion of the first vaccination against COVID-19, or ii) completion of the full vaccination series against COVID-19, or iii) approved exemption (medical contraindications or a sincerely held religious belief) through the formal exemption process from the COVID-19 vaccination requirement. For those employees who have completed the first vaccination against COVID-19 prior to their first day of employment, the second vaccination (if applicable) must be completed following the vaccination recommended schedule to be considered fully vaccinated.
Skills / Knowledge / Abilities
The college particularly welcomes candidates with knowledge, skills, and abilities that include:
  • Commitment to diversity and university initiatives supportive of diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Interest in participating in student-centered service activities
  • Desire to apply expertise in promoting community and civic engagement with the College’s many community partners.
Does this position have supervisory responsibilities? No
Preferred Education/Experience
Preference will be given to those with previous experience teaching online and hybrid courses, using web-based course management systems; experience as undergraduate or graduate program director/coordinator; an established record of grant funded projects; and experience playing or working for a professional sports team.
Deadline to Apply
Open Until Filled Yes
University Community of Inclusion
The University of Kentucky is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce by ensuring all our students, faculty, and staff work in an environment of openness and acceptance. We strive to foster a community where people of all backgrounds, identities, and perspectives can feel secure and welcome. We also value the well-being of each of our employees and are dedicated to creating a healthy place to work, learn and live. In the interest of maintaining a safe and healthy environment for our students, employees, patients and visitors the University of Kentucky is a Tobacco & Drug Free campus.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we strongly encourage veterans, individuals with disabilities, women, and all minorities to consider our employment opportunities.

Any candidate offered a position may be required to pass pre-employment screenings as mandated by University of Kentucky Human Resources. These screenings may include a national background check and/or drug screen.


Posted: 2022-10-17 Expires: 2023-04-19

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