Assistant Professor of Outdoor & Community Recreation Education

Weber State University - United States4.2

Full-timeEstimated: $51,000 - $64,000 a year
Job Description
The Department of Health Promotion and Human Performance at Weber State University invites applications for a 9-month, tenure track Assistant Professor of Outdoor & Community Recreation Education (OCRE) to begin August 2019. The position requires teaching a 12-credit hour load each semester, which may include, but is not limited to, courses in: outdoor retailing, risk management, facilities management, outdoor education, adventure programming, inclusive recreation, leadership, and other outdoor recreation skill-based courses. The position will also entail mentoring Bachelor’s of Integrated Studies recreation student capstone projects. Additionally, the position requires the successful applicant to (1) initiate and maintain a scholarly agenda; (2) provide service in the Outdoor and Community Recreation Program, Department, College, University, Community, and Profession; and (3) work collegially as a member of the OCRE faculty team, other interdisciplinary programs within the Department, and other campus entities, such as Campus Recreation. We are seeking an individual interested in being part of a growing program and to share in the leadership to expand the program in the future.

Job Duties
Required Qualifications
  • Candidates should possess a Ph.D. in Recreation Management or other closely related field (ABD would be considered if degree is received prior to August 1, 2019).
  • Two years (full or part time) of successful experience teaching recreation courses in a college/university setting and/or two years professional experience in other related settings.
  • Evidence of recent research and scholarship.
  • Current Wilderness First Responder certification or willingness to obtain prior to start date.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Evidence of teaching a variety of academic and activity courses with emphasis on administration and management of outdoor and community recreation services.
Experience with intern supervision
  • Experience with best practices in teaching, innovative pedagogical methods and assessment of student learning outcomes.
  • Desire for continued involvement in research, and ability to mentor undergraduate researchers.
  • Demonstrated computer literacy, teaching with technology and other technology related competencies for teaching and research.
  • Effective interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Demonstrated service to the Recreation Profession.
  • Hold current certifications pertinent to specialized instruction and risk management for field experiences and activity courses (AMGA, AIARE, ACA Canoe/Kayak/SUP, LNT, etc.).
Background Check? Yes
Benefits Summary
WSU offers a generous benefits package that includes medical, dental, long-term disability, life insurance, retirement, a wellness program with release time and paid incentives, tuition benefits, free tickets to athletic and performing arts events, and paid holidays.

Full/Part Time Full Time
Posting Detail Information
Open Date 09/18/2018
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Notes to Applicant
To apply, please complete the online application and attach a letter of interest, vita, sample of scholarly work, statement of teaching philosophy, evidence of teaching such as sample syllabi, official transcripts, and 3-5 references including phone numbers and e-mail addresses.

Review of applications will begin October 18, 2018. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Criminal background check required as a condition of employment.

Other Details
Starting Date: August 1, 2019

Compensation: Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. The university provides excellent TIAA/CREF retirement and medical benefits.

Cass Morgan, Ph.D.
Program Director, Outdoor & Community Recreation Education
Search Committee Chair

c/o Human Resources
Weber State University
3850 Dixon Parkway, Dept. 1016
Ogden, UT 84408-1016

Weber State University is a comprehensive university founded in 1889. The University provides lifelong learning opportunities for a diverse spectrum of learners on the main campus in Ogden, at a campus in neighboring Davis County, through Internet-based WSU Online, and outreach efforts throughout the Intermountain West. The university provides excellent educational experiences for its students through extensive personal contact among faculty, staff and students in and out of the classroom. To accomplish its mission, the university, in partnership with the broader community, engages in research, artistic expression, public service, economic development, and community-based learning experiences in an environment that encourages freedom of expression while valuing diversity. The university prides itself in its excellent teaching, extraordinary commitment to meeting the needs of students at every stage of life and ongoing service to the community. Online courses, distance learning, independent study and evening classes are offered at times and places to meet the complex needs of students balancing family and work responsibilities. Over 18,000 students are enrolled in associate, baccalaureate, and master’s degrees in business, education, health professions, technology, and the liberal arts and sciences. The university is located 35 miles north of Salt Lake City on the western slopes of the Wasatch Mountains. The area offers extensive cultural, educational, and year-round outdoor recreation experiences.

WSU is committed to excellence in the employment of faculty and staff. The University is an equal employment opportunity employer providing opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, or marital status. As an affirmative action employer, we encourage application from women and minorities.

WSU’s main campus is in Ogden, Utah in the foothills of the Wasatch Mountains, on the western flank of the Rockies. WSU has an additional campus in Layton, Utah.

Covering more than 500 acres, the Ogden campus houses 37 academic buildings, as well as the Ott Planetarium, the Val A. Browning Center for the Performing Arts and the Kimball Visual Arts Center. Residence halls can accommodate 668 students.

More than 23,000 students study full- and part-time. Nearly 600 students live on the Ogden campus. The university recognizes that a diversity of cultures and perspectives enriches the learning environment. Here students find an atmosphere where they are valued and encouraged to participate fully.

Student/Faculty Ratio
Personal attention is the hallmark of a WSU education. With a student/faculty ratio of 22:1, WSU ensures that four out of five courses have fewer than 30 students and offers attentive, comprehensive academic advisement for all its students.

Programs & Degrees
WSU offers more than 200 undergraduate degree programs—the largest and most comprehensive undergraduate offering in the state. In addition, the university offers eight graduate degree programs, an array of professional certificate programs, online education and the Early College Program, which helps high school students get a jump on college. WSU is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges.

Student Life
Students choose from more than 100 student clubs and organizations. A lot of the fun happens on campus in the Shepherd Union Building and at the Dee Events Center. The surrounding area offers skiing and rock climbing on nearby mountains and rafting on nearby rivers.

WSU’s 13 intercollegiate programs compete at the NCAA Division I level. In addition, we offer more than 14 club sports and intramural programs.

ADA Essential Job Function
ADA Essential Job Function
Physical Activity of this position Reaching. Extending hand(s) and arm(s) in any direction., Fingering. Picking, pinching, typing or otherwise working, primarily with fingers rather than with the whole hand as in handling. , Grasping. Applying pressure to an object with the fingers and palm. , Feeling. Perceiving attributes of objects, such as size, shape, temperature or texture by touching with skin, particularly that of fingertips. , Talking. Expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word. Those activities in which they must convey detailed or important spoken instructions to other workers accurately, loudly, or quickly. , Hearing. Perceiving the nature of sounds at normal speaking levels with or without correction. Ability to receive detailed information through oral communication, and to make the discriminations in sound.
Physical Requirements of this position Light work. Exerting up to 20 lbs of force occasionally and/or up to 10 lbs of force frequently and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects. Use of arm and/or leg controls exerting forces greater than that for sedentary work.
Visual Acuity Requirements including color, depth perception and field of vision. Required to have close visual acuity to perform activities such as preparing and analyzing data and figures; transcribing; viewing a computer terminal; extensive reading; visual inspection involving small defects, small parts at distances close to the eye
The conditions the worker will be subject to in this position. None. The worker is not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions (such as in typical office or administrative work).