Wednesday, October 12, 2011

JOB: Head, Department of Recreation, Sport and Tourism


Head, Department of Recreation, Sport and Tourism
College of Applied Health Sciences
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The College of Applied Health Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign invites
nominations and applications for the position of Head of the Department of Recreation, Sport and
Tourism. The position will be filled by a reputable scholar who will serve as the department's
advocate to fulfill and advance the missions of the department, college, and university, and is
responsible for fostering faculty excellence in research, teaching, service, and the pursuit of
grants or contracts.

The Department of Recreation, Sport and Tourism, recognized for its interdisciplinary approach
and leadership in recreation, sport, and tourism scholarship and education, offers bachelors,
masters and doctoral degrees. The department is strongly committed to the professions related to
recreation, sport and tourism, and to scholarship and research that advances practice. Currently 13
full-time faculty serve approximately 330 undergraduates, 35 masters students, 30 PhD students,
and more than 90 students in an online masters’ degree program. The current operating budget for
the unit exceeds $1,800,000.

The Department is one of three academic units of a vibrant college that includes the Departments
of Kinesiology and Community Health, Speech and Hearing Science, and also includes the
Center on Health, Aging, and Disability, and the Division of Disability Resources and
Educational Services. The Department houses several active research labs including the Diversity
Research Lab; Leisure, Health and Wellness Lab; Park Planning and Policy Lab; Tourism and
Sport Lab; and the outreach-based Office of Recreation and Park Resources (ORPR).

The Department is on the flagship campus of the University of Illinois with an enrollment of
42,000 students. The University Library has one of the largest collections of any university in the
country with over 12 million volumes. Research expenditures for the University have been more
than one-half billion dollars over the past few years. Consistently in the top tier of various
national and international rankings of universities, the University recently ranked in the top-
fifteen public universities in the nation.

Qualifications: A doctoral degree in recreation, sport and/or tourism or related field is required.
The successful candidate must have a distinguished record of scholarly and professional
achievement that will qualify them to be appointed with tenure at the Full Professor rank. The
candidate shall be committed to interdisciplinary aspects of recreation, sport and tourism. The
candidate must be effective in articulating and promoting the department to student, professional,
college, general public, and other campus constituents. Experience in academic administration
and budgeting is preferred.

Responsibilities: The Head reports to the Dean of the College of Applied Health Sciences and is
responsible for administration of academic programs (including curriculum), governance, faculty
recruitment, planning, and financial affairs in collaboration with departmental faculty subject to
College and University policies. The Head of the Department of Recreation, Sport and Tourism
will be a full-time, nine month position with a summer stipend and is expected to offer courses
and maintain an active research program at approximately 25% of the usual faculty load.
Participation in development and fund-raising efforts is also expected.

Salary: The salary is competitive and based on qualifications; the start date is negotiable.

Closing date: For full consideration an application must be received by January 9,
2012. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

Application procedure: Please create your candidate profile at and
upload a letter of intent, complete curriculum vitae, a statement of leadership philosophy and
vision as it relates to faculty research, teaching, and governance, and the names, telephone
numbers, and addresses of three references by the closing date. All requested information must
be submitted for your application to be considered. For more information about the position,
applicants may contact:

William Stewart, Ph.D., Chair
RST Head Search Committee
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
College of Applied Health Sciences
110 Huff Hall
1206 S. Fourth St.
Champaign, IL 61820
Phone: (217) 244-4532

Further information about the College and Department may be found at and

The University of Illinois is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. The
administration, faculty, and staff embrace diversity and are committed to attract qualified
candidates who also embrace and value diversity and inclusivity.

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