Assistant Professor, Tourism, Recreation, & Sport
School of Health and Applied Human Sciences
University of North Carolina Wilmington

Brief Summary of Work for this Position
The School of Health and Applied Human Sciences (SHAHS), within the College of Health and Human Services (CHHS) at the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW), seeks an outstanding faculty member for an Assistant Professor, 9-month, tenure-track position in the School’s Tourism, Recreation, & Sport program beginning August 2024. The successful candidate will become one of five faculty that serve approximately 110 undergraduate Tourism, Recreation, & Sport majors. The successful candidate will be able to teach a variety of undergraduate courses in the program’s curriculum. Further, the successful candidate will conduct research, publish, write grants, advise students, and provide community engagement and professional service. The candidate may also assume key responsibilities related to the internship, practicum, and fieldwork experiences.

The Tourism, Recreation, & Sport Program at UNCW is more than 35 years old and currently offers concentrations/options in Parks and Outdoor Recreation, Sport and Recreation, and Tourism, Hospitality and Events.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements
Applicants must have the following qualifications:

  • Doctoral degree in Tourism, Recreation, & Sport, or a closely-related field with at least 18 hours of graduate coursework closely related to Tourism, Recreation, & Sport at the time of employment. Applicants who are ABD for the terminal degree may be considered depending on expected completion date.
  • Demonstrated potential to develop a successful research program (publications, presentations, grant activity) in one or more core Tourism, Recreation, & Sport disciplines.
  • Evidence of successful college teaching experience in a Tourism, Recreation, & Sport, or a closely-related field curriculum.
  • Preferred Education, Knowledge, Skills & Experience
  • Preference will be given to candidates who have the following qualifications:Tourism / Hospitality Teaching Experience: Experience teaching a variety of Tourism Management / Hospitality Management courses at the college level or with experience working in this industry.
  • Collaborative Relationships: Evidence of the ability to establish and maintain collaborative relationships demonstrating effective teamwork and communication skills.
  • Commitment to Service: Demonstrated commitment to service at multiple levels, including school, college, university, community, or professional organizations, highlighting engagement with the broader community and a sense of social responsibility.
  • Applied Learning Opportunities and Global Experiences: Experience in providing students with applied learning opportunities and global experiences, such as internships, research projects, or study abroad programs, fostering real-world application of knowledge and exposure to diverse perspectives.
  • Commitment to Personal Professional Growth: Proven commitment to personal and professional growth, evidenced by participation in professional development workshops, conferences, or research initiatives, showcasing a dedication to continuous learning and improvement.

Primary Function of Organizational Unit
The Mission of the Tourism, Recreation and Sport baccalaureate program is to provide students with a comprehensive educational and practical experience thereby producing exemplary, competent and ethical professionals qualified to work and lead in the leisure industry and make positive contributions in their community. Graduates from this program serve as qualified professionals providing leisure opportunities and experiences for individuals from all walks of life to enhance their overall health, well-being and quality of life. The program faculty are highly qualified, experienced and committed to student success. The program curriculum meets the highest standards of academic rigor, professionalism and ethical conduct. Students enrolled in the program participate in faculty research, international and domestic travel opportunities and experiential, applied and service learning experiences. The program’s core values are honesty, ethical behavior, innovation, creativity, responsibility and engagement.

College/School Information
The School of Health and Applied Human Sciences (SHAHS) has six undergraduate degree programs:

  • Public Health
  • Exercise Science
  • Healthful Living and Fitness Education
  • Tourism, Recreation, & Sport
  • Recreation Therapy
  • Respiratory Therapy

The SHAHS also has Master of Science degrees in:

  • Athletic Training
  • Healthcare Administration
  • Gerontology with 4+1 options:(Bachelors / Masters) with Public Health / Gerontology
  • Recreation Therapy / Gerontology
  • Exercise Science / Gerontology

The SHAHS also supports a Masters of Arts in Teaching (MAT) and a Masters of Education concentration in Physical Education and Health through the Watson College of Education.

Minors are offered in:

  • Gerontology
  • Health
  • Recreation, Sport Leadership, and Tourism Management
  • Yoga Studies
  • Assistance Dog Training

The SHAHS is located in the newly constructed Veterans Hall.

College/School Information
The College of Health and Human Services was created in July 2010 to provide UNCW with a new mechanism to link and focus its health-related research, professional continuing education, and health knowledge dissemination and application. In the formative stage of development, the CHHS is currently home to three professional schools: School of Health and Applied Human Sciences, School of Nursing, and School of Social Work. This is an outstanding opportunity to join a dynamic College that seeks to be nationally recognized for its inter-professional collaboration, community engagement and impact, and implementation science. The faculty, staff and students of the CHHS are committed to the pursuit of excellence and enhancing health and quality of life across the lifespan for individuals, families and communities in southeastern North Carolina and beyond.University InformationThe University of North Carolina Wilmington, the state’s coastal university, is dedicated to the integration of teaching, mentoring, research and service. Widely acknowledged for its world-class faculty and staff and continuously recognized at a national level for scholarly excellence and affordability, UNCW offers a powerful academic experience that stimulates creative inquiry and critical thinking and a community rich in diversity, inclusion and global perspectives.

A public institution with nearly 18,000 students, UNCW offers a full range of baccalaureate- and graduate-level programs, as well as doctoral degrees in educational leadership, marine biology, nursing practice and psychology; and many distance learning options, including clinical research, an accelerated RN-to-BSN program, an Executive M.B.A. program structured for working professionals, and the nation’s only bachelor’s degree program focused on coastal engineering.

The university’s efforts to advance research and scholarly activities have earned UNCW the elevated designation of “Doctoral Universities: High Research Activity” institution (R2 University) by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

UNCW has been part of the University of North Carolina System since 1969.

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Special Notes to Applicants
Prior to the official appointment to the university, the candidate(s) selected for hire must be able to demonstrate eligibility to teach assigned courses by successfully meeting the credentialing requirements based on official transcripts and other documentation as required. Please note that a minimum of three professional references are required for all applications.

Please note that the following is required:

  • Cover Letter (2-3 pages in length; please address how you meet the minimum requirements / preferred qualifications for this position)
  • Curriculum Vita
  • Combined Unofficial Graduate Transcripts

EEO Statement
At the University of North Carolina at Wilmington (UNCW), our culture reflects our values of inclusion, diversity, globalization, ethics and integrity and innovation and we are committed to providing equality of educational and employment opportunity for all persons without regard to race, sex (such as gender, gender identity, marital status, childbirth, and pregnancy), age, color, national origin (including ethnicity), religion, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation, veteran status, military service member status, genetic information, or relationship to other university constituents – except where sex, age, or ability represent bona fide educational or occupational qualifications or where marital status is a statutorily established eligibility criterion for State funded employee benefit programs. UNCW believes that embracing the unique contributions of our faculty, staff and students is critical to our success and paramount in being recognized for our global mindset.

Eligibility for Employment
Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. UNC Wilmington participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.


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