The School of Kinesiology invite for applications from outstanding candidates for the Frank Hayden Endowed Chair in Sport and Social Impact at the Faculty of Health Sciences in the Western University. This position is effective from July 1, 2024, or as mutually agreed upon. The selected candidate will be eligible for appointment at the rank of Associate Professor or Full Professor with tenure. Compensation and rank will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. The successful candidate is expected to play a key role in advancing the school’s vision as a global leader in research and education, utilizing a multidisciplinary approach to kinesiology.

The School of Kinesiology in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Western University promotes the benefits of physical activity and sport to society by providing a multidisciplinary approach to discovery, dissemination, and application of related knowledge and outcomes. The School of Kinesiology is committed to building a diverse and inclusive community where members from all backgrounds can live, learn, and thrive together. Kinesiology is home to the International Centre for Olympic Studies (including Paralympic and Special Olympics), and the Sport and Social Impact Research Group. Kinesiology at Western is ranked 26th in the world for Sport Related Subjects (QS 2023). The School of Kinesiology champions three research clusters focusing on Physical Activity and 1) Brain Health, 2) Mobility, and 3) Social Impact with strong links to Faculty Research Centres in Activity and Aging, and Health Equity and Social Inclusion.

The Chair will be a recognized scholar whose research will address the role of sport in contributing to social change for those with intellectual disabilities. The focus on the social impact of sport/physical activity aligns with the Faculty of Health Sciences research pillars of social inclusion, health equity, and mobility. Through the development of an interdisciplinary research program, the Chair will collaborate with other scholars, graduate trainees, and partner organizations to build a team to investigate sport/physical activity participation for all persons, with emphasis on those with intellectual disabilities. The Chair will be expected to maintain an externally funded research program, support graduate trainees, and demonstrate innovative approaches for research with persons with intellectual disabilities.

The successful candidate will have a PhD in Kinesiology or a related field, have demonstrated excellence in research and research leadership, and a demonstrated record of external research funding. The candidate ideally will have established proficiency in developing and teaching courses in traditional and flexible learning environments. The successful candidate will also be expected to participate in relevant service to the School of Kinesiology, Faculty of Health Sciences, University and work closely with Special Olympics Canada.

Interested applicants are invited to submit a complete application package, as a single PDF file, containing the following:

• Application for Full-Time Faculty Position form
• Cover letter that outlines their interest and qualifications for the role, and a statement on Equity, Diversity,
Inclusion, Decolonization, and Accessibility in relation to their academic activities
• Statement of research accomplishments and a proposed 5-year plan
• Curriculum vitae
• Teaching dossier
• Names and contact information of three academic referees

The application package can be submitted via email to:

Dr. Laura Misener, Director
School of Kinesiology
Faculty of Health Sciences
Western University
London, Ontario, Canada
N6A 3K7

The deadline for receipt of applications is March 4, 2024.
Please quote number HS-264 on all correspondence for this position.