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Assistant Professor, Recreation and Leisure Studies

Ithaca College, School of Health Sciences and Human Performance, Recreation and Leisure Studies Department

Job Title: Assistant Professor, Recreation and Leisure Studies
Job Location: Ithaca , NY
United States
Status: Full-Time
Job Category: Social & behavioral sciences
Application Closing Date: Open Until Filled
Date Posted: 2018-12-17
Industry: Academic/Education

Job Description

Assistant Professor

School of Health Science and Human Performance
Ithaca College

Position/Job Summary

3-year, non-tenure eligible position (with possibility of renewal) for an individual with a strong background in recreation and leisure studies core courses. Speciality emphasis in therapeutic recreation or outdoor adventure leadership, experience in academic advising and supervision of service learning and internship placements is also desired. The preferred candidate will be able to teach effectively in both traditional and non-traditional (outdoor and/or interprofessional clinics) spaces, embrace and actively construct collaborative interprofessional and immersive learning opportunities that support campus wide initiatives, and demonstrate a passion for student engagement and lifelong learning. 24 credit teaching workload including teaching, advising and service to the academic community. Course content areas may include the following: Leisure and Society, Program Planning, Service Learning in Recreation, Inclusive Recreation and Diversity, Leisure Travel as well as skill courses such as rock climbing, backpacking, stand up paddle boarding and mountain biking.

Department description

The Department of Recreation and Leisure is one of eight discreet departments in the School of Health Sciences and Human Performance (HSHP) at Ithaca College. Established in 1972, the department has been in existence for 45 years serving the undergraduate population. The department has its own faculty and budget, and is administered by a chairperson who is a faculty member in the department.The Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies offers two majors: outdoor adventure leadership and therapeutic recreation. Distinctive features of the department include:

  • Many opportunities for experiential learning
  • Low faculty-student ratios
  • A liberal arts education blended with a professional degree
  • Nationally and internationally recognized faculty
  • Fully accredited curriculum

The curriculum has been accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation and Tourism since 1981.

The Mission of the department is as follows:

We educate future professionals to deliver outdoor adventure leadership and therapeutic recreation services in a competent, ethical, and inclusive manner. Utilizing collaborative partnerships, interdisciplinary/interprofessional and experiential learning, scholarship, and service, we nurture an awareness of the importance of leisure to a sustainable and healthy lifestyle.

College description

At Ithaca College, a comprehensive residential campus community of 6,500 students, we strive to be at the forefront of the higher education landscape. We offer a distinct integrative learning experience that makes students ready for the personal, professional, and global challenges of our age.

We seek candidates who embrace integrative learning and want to be a part of this exciting time in Ithaca College history. We encourage creative collaboration and innovation in our faculty and staff, providing support and resources for them to grow in their fields and lead students to their own innovative ideas and achievements.

We welcome different ways of thinking and look for candidates with unique points of view and life experiences. We are inclusive of individuals with a wide range of cultural, personal, and professional backgrounds, talents, and skills. Our campus is a vibrant and rewarding community where diverse minds can learn, succeed, and excel.

When reviewing candidates, we are looking for indicators of a number of core competencies. Prospective candidates must be adaptable, collaborative, inclusive, respectful, responsive, results driven, and sustainable. They must communicate effectively, demonstrate leadership, exhibit professional integrity and ethics, take initiative, value personal and professional development, and show that they will engage in the college.

Nestled in the heart of New York State’s scenic Finger Lakes region, Ithaca College sits atop South Hill overlooking picturesque Cayuga Lake and is just minutes away from the city center. Combining small town warmth and charm with the vibrancy of a college community, the thriving and culturally diverse city of Ithaca has been rated by Kiplinger’s as one of the top 10 places to live in the United States.

To learn more about Ithaca College, visit us at

Job Requirements

Position/Job Qualifications

Qualifications: Doctoral degree in recreation and leisure studies preferred; masterís degree required. Teaching, advising and internship supervision experience expected. Applicants whose work incorporates a global perspective and a demonstrated commitment to issues of diversity in higher education are particularly encouraged to apply.

Information and Application Process Instructions

Instructions for submitting your application:

Interested applicants must apply online at and attach a CV/resume and cover letter.

Applicants must also provide names and email addresses of three (3) individuals who will be asked to submit letters of reference. Emails containing a link to submit letters of reference will be auto-generated and sent to the applicantís references upon final submission of their application.

Questions about online application should be directed to the Office of Human Resources at (607) 274-8000. To ensure full consideration, complete applications should be received by January 11, 2019.

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Visa sponsorship will be considered for this position

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EEO Statement

Ithaca College is committed to building a diverse academic community and encourages members of underrepresented groups to apply. Experience that contributes to the diversity of the college is appreciated.

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