Assistant Professor Health and Movement Sciences - Physical Education Teacher Education

Department: Health and Movement Sciences
Rank:  Assistant Professor
Specialization:  Physical Education Teacher Education
Search Number: 22-022

Located in historic New Haven, a city rich in art and culture, Southern Connecticut State University is a diverse and student-centered university dedicated to academic excellence, access, and service for the public good. Southern provides a supportive and welcoming environment for all members of its community through a campus-wide commitment to social justice. SCSU is an innovative, student-centric university, located less than three miles from downtown New Haven, with easy access to New York and Boston.
The Department of Health and Movement Sciences invites applications for a 10-month full time, tenure track position as a core faculty member within the Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE) program to begin August 2022.  The mission of the Department of Health and Movement Sciences is to provide exemplary graduate and undergraduate education in health and fitness. As a broad and diverse department, Health and Movement Sciences is committed to educating and developing leaders and practitioners in the areas of athletic training, exercise science, health science, human performance, physical education, respiratory care, school health education, and sport studies to benefit the public. Our Physical Education Teacher Education program has recently undergone several revisions to meet professional standards and to enhance the education experience for its students. Part of this revision is the development of an accelerated BS Physical Education (pK-12 teacher certification) to MS School Health Education 4+1 program. 

Brief Description of Duties/Responsibilities:

Primary responsibilities will be teaching within the university’s Physical Education Teacher Education program in courses assigned by the Chairperson of the Department of Health and Movement Sciences in consultation with the Physical Education Program Coordinator. This includes teaching undergraduate courses in the areas of physical education pedagogy, fundamental movement skills, rhythm and dance education, individual and team sports, curriculum development, and/or other areas to support the department and program mission.  Additional responsibilities will include: supervising student teachers and internship students at the elementary and secondary levels; engaging in scholarly activity through publications, presentations, grant writing and/or research; providing professional service to the department, school, university and profession; and advising undergraduate students.
Required Qualifications: 

  • Earned doctorate or ABD in Physical Education or closely related field. ABD candidates are encouraged to apply and should make clear what progress they have made on their dissertation. 
  • Teaching experience that aligns with the current Physical Education Teacher Education curriculum. 
  • Demonstrated effective oral and written communication skills. 
  • Ability to engage in meaningful scholarship/creative activity and secure external grant funding, leading to presentations at professional meetings and publications in peer-reviewed journals in the discipline.

Preferred Qualifications: 

Preference will be given to candidates who demonstrate: 

  • evidence of teaching experience in Physical Education at both public school and college levels;
  • evidence of experience supervising interns and/or student teachers in Physical Education and/or Health Education;  
  • evidence of scholarly competence through publications, presentations, research and/or obtaining grants;  
  • the ability to work and interact successfully with students and colleagues;  
  • evidence of student-centered, caring practices for students; 
  • evidence of a commitment to diversity;
  • ability to utilize technology in the classroom;
  • ability to teach courses in one or more areas of Physical Education content, pedagogy, and/or curriculum; fundamental movement skills, rhythm and dance education; individual and team sports/physical activities, and/or adventure education; and selected courses in the undergraduate and/or graduate School Health Education program; 
  • working knowledge of accreditation practices and policies;
  • willingness to assume leadership role(s) in response to future department needs.

Application Process:

Please electronically submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, a maximum of three sample syllabi, and names, email addresses and telephone numbers of three references to: Catherine Abel-Berei PhD, Chairperson, Search Committee via
The letter of interest must address the candidate’s ability to effectively teach university level courses in the physical education area, engage in meaningful research/scholarship/creative activity appropriate to the field, and the ability to work effectively with diverse populations. In addition, the letter of interest should address any of the preferred qualifications including area(s) of contemporary expertise. Candidates may be asked for written reference letters at a later date. 
The evaluation of application files will begin on December 30, 2021. The position will remain open until filled. 


SCSU is an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer. The University seeks to enhance the diversity of its faculty and staff. People of color, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.