Assistant Professor (tenure-track) in Motor Control and Learning/Movement Neuroscience

California State University, Sacramento: Kinesiology Department
Sacramento, California
Assistant Professor. Salary is dependent upon educational preparation and experience.
Closing date
Jan 8, 2022

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Vacancy Announcement: Motor Learning and Control

College: Health and Human Services

Department Name: Department of Kinesiology

Position Title: Assistant Professor (tenure-track) in Motor Control and Learning/Movement Neuroscience

Position #: SA-670

Department Summary: The Department of Kinesiology is housed within the College of Health and Human Services (HHS) where 16 tenure-track faculty, three full-time instructors and over 20 part-time instructors serve a diverse population of over 1000 undergraduate and graduate students. The Department is located in Solano Hall with distinct laboratory spaces for Motor Learning & Control, Biomechanics, Exercise Physiology, Strength and Conditioning, Sport Psychology, Athletic Training/Care and Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE).

Undergraduate students can obtain a Bachelor of Science degree in one of two majors: Exercise Science or Kinesiology. The Exercise Science major is structured to provide students a strong foundation in science (physiology, biology, chemistry, biomechanics) as it relates to the human body and exercise. Exercise Science majors can choose to pursue one of two concentrations including Clinical Exercise & Rehabilitation or Health Fitness/Strength Conditioning. The Kinesiology major is structured to provide students a multi-disciplinary approach to the student of human movement and a strong foundation in the physical and social sciences as it relates to movement and physical activity. The Kinesiology major offers five concentrations including Athletic Administration, Athletic Care, Athletic Coaching Education, Physical Activity and Wellness, and Physical Education Teacher Education.

The Department of Kinesiology also offers a Master of Science program with two concentrations: Exercise Science and Movement Studies. Graduate students in the Movement studies concentration can specialize in Sport Psychology or Sport Pedagogy. Graduate students in the Exercise Science concentration can specialize in Strength and Conditioning (including a Personal Trainer/Strength and Conditioning Certificate).

Position Details: We invite applications for a tenure-track position in Motor Learning and Control, Motor Neuroscience or related disciplines. Strong applicants should possess: 1) theoretical and applied knowledge in motor learning and control, and neuroplasticity, 2) a strong awareness of, and willingness to execute high impact teaching and advising practices to a diverse student population, 3) an active scholarly agenda in Motor Learning and Control, Motor Neuroscience or related area, and 4) a willingness and desire to serve the University, professional and local communities.

Job Duties:

  • Teach undergraduate and graduate level courses in motor learning and control, motor neuroscience, and related topics to a diverse student population
  • Develop and maintain an active, collaborative program of research/scholarly activities
  • Advise undergraduate and graduate students
  • Supervise graduate research projects/theses
  • Actively contribute and collaborate in both internal (Department, College and University) and external (Community) professional service activities
  • Seek and apply for internal and/or external grant funding

Rank and Salary: Assistant Professor. Salary is dependent upon educational preparation and experience. Subject to rank and budgetary authorization.

Date of Appointment: Fall 2022 Semester

Required Qualifications:

  • Doctorate in Kinesiology, Neuroscience, Exercise Science, Physical Education, Psychology, or a related field. ABD candidates will be considered and must complete the doctoral degree by August 2023
  • Expertise in motor learning and control, and neuroplasticity
  • Ability to effectively teach a diverse population of students
  • Research experience in clinical and/or applied movement contexts
  • Record of scholarship in respective area of specialization
  • A commitment to equity and inclusion in teaching, scholarship and service

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Ability to use innovative and diverse pedagogy
  • Knowledge and/or experience of evidence-based teaching practices
  • Evidence of collaboration with diverse students and faculty
  • 1 or more years of post-doctoral research experience in academic, government or industry
  • Experience or planned research and teaching interest using human neurophysiological techniques including transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), electroencephalography (EEG) and/or electromyography (EMG)
  • Record of internal and/or external grant activities

About Sacramento State:

Sacramento State is located in the heart of California’s capital city, five miles from State Capitol. The lush, 300-acre campus is situated along the American River, close to numerous bike trails and other recreational areas. Sacramento, also known as the “Farm-to-Fork Capital,” is one of the most ethnically diverse and livable cities in the country, with a population of half of a million. Sacramento State’s 31,000 students come not only from the Greater Sacramento Region, but also from across the state, country, and world. Our 1800 faculty and 1,500 staff are committed to meeting our mission: “As California’s capital university, we transform lives by preparing students for leadership, service, and success. Sacramento State will be a recognized leader in education, innovation, and engagement.” As the regional hub of higher education, Sac State is dedicated to student success, diversity, equity and inclusion, community engagement, philanthropy, and campus safety.

As evidenced by the values embedded in our Hornet Honor Code, Sacramento State is committed to creating an inclusive environment where all faculty, staff, students, and guests are welcome and valued. Our commitment is more than simply ensuring that our campus is free from bias and discrimination, but is one devoted to celebrating many diverse identities, life experiences, and perspectives that enrich our community, teaching and learning.

To learn more about why you should join the Hornet Family, please visit the Why Sac State? page.

Background Check Disclaimer A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with California State University, Sacramento. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current California State University, Sacramento employees who apply for the position.

Equal Employment Opportunity California State University, Sacramento is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and has a strong institutional commitment to the principle of diversity in all areas. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, pregnancy, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or disability. Sacramento State hires only those individuals who are lawfully authorized to accept employment in the United States.

It is the policy of California State University, Sacramento to provide reasonable accommodations for qualified persons with disabilities who are employees or applicants for employment. If you need a disability related reasonable accommodation as part of the application and/or interviewing process, visit .

The University is committed to creating an education and working environment free from discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. For more information on mandatory training for new employees, visit .

Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act and Campus Fire Safety Right-To-know Act Notification:

Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the current Annual Security Report (ASR) is available for viewing at The ASR contains the current security and safety-related policy statements, emergency preparedness and evacuation information, crime prevention and sexual assault prevention information, and drug and alcohol prevention programming. The ASR also contains statistics of Clery Act crimes for Sacramento State for the last three (3) calendar years. Paper copies are available upon request at the Police Service Center located in the University Union.

Eligibility Verification Candidate will be required to provide official transcripts of their highest degree earned and must furnish proof of eligibility to work in the U.S. California State University, Sacramento is a sponsoring agency (I.e, H-1-B Visa).

Application Review:

Review of applications will begin on Monday, December 13, 2021; and continue until the position is filled.

Application Procedures:

Candidates must include the following attachments with the application:

  1. Cover letter that includes a concise statement of teaching philosophy, research/scholarly plan and service activities
  2. Current curriculum vitae
  3. A one-page statement on the role of equity, diversity and inclusion in teaching and research
  4. Unofficial transcripts of all college work (official transcripts required if invited for an interview)
  5. The names and contact information of at least three references who will speak to the professional qualifications of the applicant

Please direct questions to: Dr. Matt Brown, Search Committee Chair at matt.brown@csus.ed

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