Assistant Professor

Updated: 2 months ago
Location: Fort Collins, COLORADO
Deadline: 28 Nov 2022

Posting Details
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Working Title Assistant Professor
Position Location Fort Collins, CO
Is this position eligible for hybrid or remote work?
Posting Number 202200395F
Proposed Annual Salary Range 77,000 - 82,000
Employee Benefits
Colorado State University (CSU) is committed to providing employees with a strong and competitive benefits package that supports you, your health, and your family. Visit CSU’s Human Resources website for detailed benefit plan information for permanent full-time and part-time faculty and administrative professional employees in the following University benefit areas: https://hr.colostate.edu/hr-community-and-supervisors/benefits/benefits-eligibility/ and https://hr.colostate.edu/prospective-employees/our-perks/ .
Position Type Faculty
Work Hours/Week 40
Description of Work Unit
The Department of Health and Exercise Science (HES) is one of eight academic programs in the College of Health and Human Sciences. Colorado State University is Colorado’s land grant institution and holds the Doctoral/Research University – Extensive classification from the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education. Health and Exercise Science is focused on a three-part mission of undergraduate and graduate teaching, research and scholarly work and outreach/engagement/service. We are committed to our goal of producing nationally and internationally recognized research programs and graduates that are focused on helping people protect and improve their health and quality of life throughout the lifespan.
The Department has ~1050 undergraduate majors, 30-35 M.S. and Ph.D. students, 18-20 academic and research staff and 27 faculty members. Faculty in the Department of Health and Exercise Science have a strong commitment to high-quality teaching and advising and conduct innovative research with an emphasis on basic, translational, and clinical work to prevent aging-related disease and disability and maximize human functional performance.
The Human Performance Clinical Research Laboratory, the research hub for HES, is a CSU Program of Research and Scholarly Excellence and a center for interdisciplinary research, training, and outreach. HES also has a strong focus on community engagement, including a First Responder Heart Disease Prevention Program, Adult Fitness Program, Noon Hour Fitness Program, Youth Sports Camps and an After-School program.
Founded in 1870, Colorado State University is among the nation’s leading research universities and enrolls approximately 32,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. Located an hour north of the Denver metro area, Fort Collins is a vibrant community of approximately 157,000 residents that offers the convenience of a small town with all the amenities of a large city. Fort Collins is situated on the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains with views of 14,000 foot peaks, and offers access to numerous cultural, recreational, and outdoor opportunities.
Tenure/Tenure Track? Yes
% Research 50
% Teaching 40
% Service 10
% Administration 0
To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59pm (MT) on 11/28/2022
Number of Vacancies
Desired Start Date
Position End Date
Position Summary
This 9-month tenure/tenure track appointment will begin August 16th, 2023 in the Department of Health and Exercise Science in the College of Health and Human Sciences. It is part of an interdisciplinary mental and behavioral health initiative by the College of Health and Human Sciences in which we will build on existing strengths across multiple programs to develop new degree programs and training options, build interdisciplinary research programs that involve new and innovative approaches to mental and behavioral health, and engage with communities to co-create solutions to mental and behavioral health challenges. To jumpstart this initiative, we are launching a multi-college cluster hire of 10-12 positions over the next two years to address core issues of mental and behavioral health, with special emphasis on the treatment and prevention of depression, suicide, addictions, and trauma, toward the broad goal of fostering resilience and promoting wellness.
Applicants are sought who have expertise in behavioral health and/or physical activity/exercise and mental health that complement our existing research strengths in Neuromechanics/Human Movement Disorders, Translational Biology of Aging, Molecular/Cellular Mechanisms of Exercise and Chronic Disease, and Physical Activity Promotion. Examples of potential research areas could include, but are not limited to: the role of physical activity/exercise in preventing and treating mental health disorders (e.g., anxiety, depression, etc.); the role of physical activity/exercise in elevating mood or as a countermeasure to addiction or other harmful behaviors; the underlying mechanism(s) by which physical activity/exercise impacts neurophysiological health or related mental health outcomes (using pre-clinical or clinical models); resilience and holistic health in military operators, veterans or first responders. The successful candidate is expected to establish a nationally recognized, externally funded research program, to integrate their research into existing department, college and university priority areas, and to teach and mentor undergraduate and graduate students. The position will have outstanding department support, strong research infrastructure, and access to collaborative opportunities both within CSU and with industry partners.
Conditions of Employment Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires)
Required Job Qualifications
  • Earned Ph.D. in Behavioral Health Sciences, Health Psychology, Kinesiology, Public Health, Health Promotion/Community Health, Health and Exercise Science or other related field
  • Demonstrated record of peer-reviewed research publications
  • Demonstrated promise to attract external funding related to behavioral health and/or physical activity/exercise and mental health that strengthens/broadens our current research areas
  • Evidence of a commitment to teaching and/or mentoring of undergraduate and graduate-level students
Preferred Job Qualifications
  • Postdoctoral experience, previous academic appointment, or equivalent professional experience
  • Current extramural research funding
  • University-level teaching experience
  • Evidence of interdisciplinary research and capacity for successful collaboration
  • Commitment to advance the department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion through research, teaching and outreach with relevant programs, goals, and activities
Special Instructions to Applicants
Please submit a complete application via jobs.colostate.edu (https://jobs.colostate.edu/postings/115195 ) consisting of a cover letter addressing the required and preferred qualifications, curriculum vitae, contact information including email addresses for three professional references. Candidates may also submit up to three professional letters of reference with application materials, but none are required. References will be contacted upon progression of candidates to the finalist stage. Off list references will be contacted for finalist candidates only. References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.
Background Check Policy Statement
Colorado State University strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks for the finalist before a final offer. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will also be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the University, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.
EEO Statement
Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, or pregnancy in its employment, programs, services and activities, and admissions, and, in certain circumstances, marriage to a co-worker. The University will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity and equal access institution and affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.
The Title IX Coordinator is the Director of the Office of Title IX Programs and Gender Equity, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-1715, titleix@colostate.edu .
The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Director of the Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836, oeo@colostate.edu .
The Coordinator for any other forms of misconduct prohibited by the University’s Policy on Discrimination and Harassment is the Vice President for Equity, Equal Opportunity and Title IX, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, Co. 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836, oeo@colostate.edu .
Any person may report sex discrimination under Title IX to the Office of Civil Rights, Department of Education .
Diversity Statement
Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.
Search Contact Kristen Sutter, Kristen.sutter@colostate.edu

Essential Duties


Job Duty Category Teaching / Advising / Mentoring
Duty/Responsibility
The successful candidate will teach existing undergraduate and graduate courses as well as new graduate courses developed around their research agenda as per the effort distribution above (unless there is reduced teaching effort to accommodate external grant funded research; a likely scenario given the research strength sought). The expectation is that the teaching will align with this candidate’s expertise in exercise/physical activity and behavioral health. This person will be expected to play a key academic role in the Human Bioenergetics Ph.D., the M.S. in Exercise Science programs.
Percentage Of Time 40
Job Duty Category Research/Scholarly Activity
Duty/Responsibility
The successful candidate will be expected to establish a nationally recognized, funded research program and to integrate their research into current and new academic courses. The department’s strategic vision is to become nationally recognized for research examining the role of healthy lifestyles in the etiology, prevention, intervention, rehabilitation and/or treatment of chronic disease across the lifespan. The successful candidate will be expected to complement existing areas of research strengths in healthy aging, Neuromechanics/Human Movement Disorders, Translational Biology of Aging, Molecular/Cellular Mechanisms of Exercise and Chronic Disease, and Physical Activity Promotion. Examples of potential research areas could include, but are not limited to: the role of physical activity/exercise in preventing and treating mental health disorders (e.g., anxiety, depression, etc.); the role of physical activity/exercise in elevating mood or as a countermeasure to addiction or other harmful behaviors; the underlying mechanism(s) by which physical activity/exercise impacts neurophysiological health or related mental health outcomes (using pre-clinical or clinical models); resilience and holistic health in military operators, veterans or first responders.
Percentage Of Time 50
Job Duty Category Service/Outreach
Duty/Responsibility
The successful candidate will be expected to perform relevant department, college and university service. Significant relevant professional service will be anticipated such as manuscript and grant reviewing as well as committee service and other professional service expected at this career stage.
Percentage Of Time 10

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