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Open-Rank Sport Management Faculty Positions (2) - Department of Recreation, Sport and Tourism

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Urbana, IL, USA
Posted on Friday, September 15, 2023

Open-Rank Sport Management Faculty Positions (2) - Department of Recreation, Sport and Tourism

Position: The Department of Recreation, Sport and Tourism (RST) at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign invites applications for two open-rank faculty positions in Sport Management, nine-month and tenure-track. We seek candidates with a strong, well-defined research agenda in sport management who have the ability to teach sport management courses and other courses in the RST core. This position builds on the Department’s interdisciplinary strengths in community and organizational development, health and wellbeing, sustainable change, and diversity, equity and inclusion. The start date for these positions will be August 16, 2024.

Responsibilities: Responsibilities include conducting research in aspects of sport management (broadly defined); building collaborative research partnerships with colleagues within the department, college and various disciplines across campus; advising and directing student research including theses and dissertations; instructing undergraduate and graduate courses; contributing to the department’s curriculum; seeking and securing external funding for research; serving on Department, College, and University committees; engaging in professional and public service activities; and working to establish a welcoming and supportive culture that embraces diverse individual identities, fosters a culture of inclusion, and promotes equity in curricula, teaching, standards, behaviors, policies and practices.

Applicants must demonstrate the following minimum qualifications:
- Earned doctorate in sport management or an affiliated field at the time of appointment.
- Evidence of a strong publication record in top-tier peer-reviewed scholarly journals.
- Evidence of the ability to secure or potential for securing external research funding.
- Evidence of commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
- Ability to teach undergraduate and graduate courses within the RST Department.
- Ability to mentor doctoral and masters students.
- Ability to contribute to the university and the recreation, sport and tourism field through academic and public service/engagement.

The Department: Faculty and staff of the Department of Recreation, Sport and Tourism (RST) at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign work to advance knowledge to foster healthy lifestyles, environmental stewardship and sustainability, effective management and marketing of organizations, and social and economic development of communities (see for additional information). The department offers residential B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. programs, an online M.S. program, and houses the Office of Park and Recreation Resources.

The College:
The RST Department is part of the College of Applied Health Sciences (see and affiliated with the Center for Health, Aging, and Disability (see The College houses the Division of Disability Resources and Educational Services ( (DRES) which includes the US Paralympic Training Site for Wheelchair Track Racing. The College also houses the Chez Veterans Center ( which opened in 2015 to provide support services to empower student veterans with disabilities.

The Community:
Urbana-Champaign (located 135 miles south of Chicago) combines natural Midwestern beauty with the cultural resources typically found in larger metropolitan areas.
Three downtown areas (Urbana, Champaign, and Campus town) provide vibrant public spaces with unique dining and entertainment options and the local community offers a thriving arts and culture atmosphere as well as varsity and community sports. Urbana-Champaign was rated #1 by Midwest Living magazine for the greatest food for a city with less than 750,000 population. Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy 80 parks within the two communities with easy access to several large forest preserves and the Kickapoo Rail Trails in Champaign County (see for additional information).

Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Appointment Information

This is a 100% full-time Academic position, appointed on a 9-month basis. The expected start date is August 16th, 2024. Salary is commensurate with experience.

Application Procedures & Deadline Information

Applications must be received by 6:00 pm (CST) on October 10th, 2023. Apply for this position using the Apply Now button at the top or bottom of this posting. Applications not submitted through will not be considered. Screening of candidates will continue until the position is filled. To apply, please create your candidate profile at and upload the following materials: (1) your letter of application that includes a statement of your research interests, (2) your curriculum vitae, and (3) names, addresses, and phone numbers of three references. All requested information must be submitted for your application to be considered.

For further information about this specific position, please contact Dr. Monika Stodolska at (217) 244-5644. For questions regarding the application process, please contact 217-333-2137.

The University of Illinois System is an equal opportunity employer, including but not limited to disability and/or veteran status, and complies with all applicable state and federal employment mandates. Please visit Required Employment Notices and Posters to view our non-discrimination statement and find additional information about required background checks, sexual harassment/misconduct disclosures, COVID-19 vaccination requirement, and employment eligibility review through E-Verify.

Applicants with disabilities are encouraged to apply and may request a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (2008) to complete the application and/or interview process. Requests may be submitted through the reasonable accommodations portal, or by contacting the Accessibility & Accommodations Division of the Office for Access and Equity at 217-333-0885, or by emailing

Requisition ID: 1020034
Job Category: Faculty
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