Assistant Professor of Exercise Science

Barton College is seeking candidates for the full-time, tenure-track faculty position of Assistant Professor of Exercise Science with a strong background in biomechanics (anticipated start date of August 2023). Additionally, the successful candidate will teach in both the undergraduate Exercise Science and Master of Science in Kinesiology programs.  Depending on qualifications, this faculty position would serve as the field experience coordinator for the Exercise Science program, direct the muscular strength and fitness lab, and strengthen the Exercise Science program’s strength and condition tracks as the program prepares for CASCE accreditation. Other responsibilities include advising, collaborative curriculum development and program assessment, oversight of biomechanics lab equipment, and other responsibilities as assigned.  Potential college service opportunities would include providing leadership of the campus recreation fitness program and providing leadership to the Exercise Science Club.

The Exercise Science Program will be an integral part of the new School of Health Sciences at Barton College and will include the undergraduate Exercise Science and Master of Science in Kinesiology program. The undergraduate program has experienced steady growth and the Master of Science in Kinesiology program is in its third year and features tracks in Fitness/Wellness and Strength & Conditioning. 

Essential Functions (some responsibilities may fall in several categories but are only listed once for summary purposes):

  • Teach undergraduate and graduate level courses in the Exercise Science Program.
  • Mentor students in research, including incorporating students in their research endeavors.
  • Provide appreciative academic advising
  • Community outreach and networking
  • Supervision of student and community projects
  • Ongoing certification as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)
  • Other duties as assigned. 

Work Environment: This job operates in a professional office environment and routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, and fax machines.

Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. This position requires standing for various lengths of time, ability to use fine motor skills for writing/typing, some filing is required. Requires ability to lift files, books and papers, open filing cabinets and sitting, bending or standing as necessary.

Desired Education, Skills, and Experience: 

The College seeks a candidate with content expertise, record of successful teaching, and a

collaborative and innovative mindset that will deepen student learning. Specific requirements noted below:

Minimal Qualifications

  • Earned doctorate in Exercise Science, Biomechanics, or equivalent
  • Undergraduate teaching experience in exercise science
  • Demonstrated aptitude for scholarship and research 
  • Demonstrated teaching effectiveness at the college level
  • Ability to work with a variety of biomechanics lab equipment (velocity-based encoders, force plates, video analysis software, etc.)
  • Ability to collaborate effectively with faculty, staff, students, and the broader educational and professional communities, including College and community-based organizations; 
  • Demonstrated effectiveness working in a multi-cultural environment; and evidence of a strong commitment to the goals of higher education serving diverse populations desired. 
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and ability to handle multiple priorities effectively in a high volume environment. 
  • Ability to Teach
    • Kinesiology
    • Corrective Exercise
    • Personal Training
    • Internship / Practicum courses
    • Graduate level Biomechanics

Preferred Qualifications

  • Graduate teaching experience
  • Doctorate in Biomechanics
  • Prior applied work experience in strength and conditioning and / or fitness
  • Involvement in professional organization leadership
  • Experience with on-line and hybrid instruction
  • Experience mentoring student research

Expected Professional Membership and Certification

  • Active member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA)
  • Current certification as Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) or be willing to attain the CSCS certification within the first year

Application Process

Please submit a letter of interest, current vita, statement on teaching philosophy, unofficial transcripts, and contact information for three people who are willing to serve as references with at least one of the references able to address teaching ability and potential. Applications should be directed electronically to Dr. Kevin Pennington, Vice President of Academic Affairs, at Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Barton College is an equal employment opportunity employer committed to a diverse faculty, staff, and student body and welcomes all applicants. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States. Any claims of discrimination for Title IX or otherwise should be directed to our Title IX Coordinator, Victoria A. Morris, at P.O. Box 5000, Wilson, NC 27893, or at 252-399-6330 or