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Affiliate Faculty of Instruction in Sport Management - Movement Science (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences)

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Work type: FAC - Affiliate Faculty of Instruction - One year/Academic Year
Location: Allendale
Categories: College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

The Department of Movement Science at Grand Valley State University (GVSU) invites applicants for a full-time affiliate faculty member (non-tenure line) in the Sport Management program beginning on August 6, 2021.
We seek a colleague who is committed to undergraduate teaching excellence and mentoring, is able to teach throughout the curriculum, understands emerging trends in the areas of sport management, and is committed to diversity, inclusion, and equity efforts in teaching and practice.

Required Qualifications:
• A master’s degree in Sport Management or a closely related field;
• Demonstrated intellectual curiosity and a willingness to adapt teaching to the rapidly changing sport management landscape;
• Experience and/or willingness to teach high quality and engaging online courses;
• Commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity;
• Strong communication and interpersonal skills, such as the ability to interact with others with respect and empathy;
• Confident humility – the ability to simultaneously acknowledge one’s own and others’ expertise and value.

Preferred Qualifications:
• Minimum of 2 years of undergraduate teaching experience in sport management or related field with an ability to teach in sport management content courses that include two or more of the following areas: sport revenue strategies; sport law & ethics; finance & budgeting; sport analytics; psycho-social issues in sport
• Experience supervising student interns and supporting students in professional development activities
• Experience as a sport practitioner
• Evidence of a commitment to quality teaching and mentoring, and the use of pedagogical methods that enable students across racial, ethnic, and socio-economic groups to reach their maximum potential
• Demonstrated ability to foster relationships and develop community partnerships

Responsibilities- Essential Functions: 
• 12-15 credit workload per semester in the Sport Management program/Movement Science Department
• Summer fieldwork supervision (remuneration offered)
• Provide mentorship and support professional development opportunities for Sport Management students
• Provide vision and expertise in sport management program development
• Develop and maintain communication with community partners and expand local and regional connections and field experience sites

Salary/Benefits: The salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. The university offers an excellent comprehensive package that includes health/vision/dental plans, life insurance, retirement, sick/leave disability, tuition waiver, adoption resources, wellness coaching, and free access to campus fitness facilities. Family and child care options on and off-campus are also available. For a detailed description of benefits, please visit

Department/Division: The Movement Science Department consists of four programs, Athletic Training, Exercise Science, Health and Physical Education, and Sport Management, and aspires to be a center of excellence in the diverse study of sport and human movement.

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) is the largest college at Grand Valley, offering over 50 bachelor degrees and a growing number of advanced degrees in the natural and mathematical sciences, the fine arts and humanities, and the social sciences. CLAS is a student-centered and diverse learning community that engages in critical inquiry, extending knowledge to enrich and enliven individual and public life. Our faculty are active teacher-scholars committed to equitable, inclusive, career-connected, and community-engaged liberal arts and sciences education. There are many opportunities for collaboration within CLAS and across a broad group of partners on and off campus. This year, six CLAS departments are collaborating to center diversity, equity, and inclusion in our hiring process. We are interested in attracting a cohort of new faculty committed to these core values as we seek to foster a community where members from all backgrounds can live, learn, and thrive together.

Campus and Community: Grand Valley University (GVSU) is a public comprehensive institution located in West Michigan with campuses in Allendale, downtown Grand Rapids, and Holland, plus centers in Muskegon and Traverse City. The University attracts more than 23,000 undergraduate and graduate students with high quality programs and state-of-the-art facilities, and has been nationally recognized for innovativeness and its contribution to students’ social mobility. The Allendale campus is situated less than 30 minutes from the beautiful Lake Michigan coast to the west and the friendly city of Grand Rapids to the east. Grand Rapids was recently named by Outside Magazine as one of the top 25 “Best Towns Ever” and ranked in the top 20 best cities to live by US News and World Report. Grand Rapids is also an exciting sports city, named in 2019 the Sports Business Journal as the best minor league sports city in the country by the Sports Business Journal. The greater Grand Rapids metropolitan area has a population of around one million people, is affordable and rich in cultural amenities, and is located in easy driving distance of Chicago, Detroit, Lake Michigan beaches, and many other superb summer and winter recreational venues. Grand Valley is highly rated for safety, sustainability, and veteran and LGBTQ friendliness, and is committed to supporting employees and their families in work-life balance.

How To Apply: Apply online at Please include: (1) a cover letter describing your motivation to teach at GVSU and qualifications for the position; (2) a curriculum vitae; (3) a teaching philosophy (please highlight your experience with student-centered teaching/learning techniques as well as applied methods to foster diversity, equity, and inclusion in the classroom); (4) a syllabus sample. The online application will allow you to attach these documents electronically. Include contact information for three references. Applicants selected for interviews will be required to submit official transcripts prior to the interview. If you need assistance, call Human Resources at 616-331-2215. For inquiries about the position, please contact Dr. Sally Ross, search committee chair, at

Application Deadline: The review of applications will begin on January 26, 2021 and the posting may be closed at any time at the discretion of the University. We plan to conduct phone/online interviews with select candidates in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Due to travel limitations caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, all search events and processes will be conducted over the phone/online. Candidates should expect to have technology that will allow them to use video conferencing software such as Zoom, Google Meets, or Skype. Accommodations within reason will be provided for qualified applicants.

Allendale, Michigan 49401 - (616) 331-5000
For more information about Grand Valley, see our website at

Grand Valley State University does not discriminate against students, faculty or staff in any of its employment practices or in its educational programs or activities. Grand Valley State University is guided by values for inclusiveness and community which are integral to our mission to educate students to shape their lives, their professions, and their societies, and to enrich the community through excellent teaching, active scholarship, and public service. The University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution. It encourages diversity and provides equal opportunity in education, employment, all of its programs, and the use of its facilities. Members of the University community, including candidates for employment or admissions, and visitors or guests, have the right to be free from acts of harassment and discrimination, which are prohibited if they discriminate or harass on the basis of age, color, disability, familial status, height, marital status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, veteran or active duty military status or weight. In addition, Grand Valley is required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 to ensure that none of its education programs and activities discriminate on the basis of sex/gender. Sex includes sex stereotypes, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, and pregnancy or parenting status. The Office for Title IX and Institutional Equity serves as a resource for the GVSU community and assists individuals who may have been impacted by discrimination or harassment in connecting with resources, imposes measures that protect or support access to programs and activities, and oversees the university’s grievance process for allegations of discrimination and harassment. Inquiries regarding the application of Title IX may be referred to Theresa Rowland, Title IX Coordinator, 4015 Zumberge Hall,, (616) 331-9530.

The University will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. See TDD Callers: Call Michigan Relay Center at 711 (in State) or 1-800-833-7833 (out of State)

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Must have the physical stamina to work long hours and/or more than 5 days per week. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The information contained in this job description is for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act as amended by the ADA Amendment Act (2008), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and other applicable federal and state laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability. GVSU will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.

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