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Professor of Sport and Exercise Science and Discipline Leader

Employer
UNIVERSITY OF THE SUNSHINE COAST - UNISC
Location
Australia
Closing date
21 Jul 2024

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  • School of Health, UniSC Sunshine Coast, Sippy Downs
  • Academic Level E, $210,571 p.a., plus up to 17% employer superannuation
  • Full-time, Ongoing appointment (Please note, the Discipline Lead component will be offered as a 3-year secondment)

The Opportunity

UniSC’s School of Health

Are you eager to make a difference in health education and research? Join our dedicated team of researchers and educators at the School of Health. We have a strong focus on cultivating healthy minds, bodies, and environments through our teaching, research, and outreach efforts. With a purpose that extends regionally and impacts globally, we are committed to advancing knowledge in the health sector and improving the well-being of our communities. Together, let's create healthier communities now and for the generations to come.

The Sport and Exercise Science Discipline at UniSC is currently comprised of 15 academic staff and approximately 450 students. The Discipline has staff and students based at both the Sippy Downs Campus and the Moreton Bay Campus where new state of the art Exercise Science facilities have recently been opened. Students in the Discipline study the Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology, Bachelor of Sports and Exercise Science or the Bachelor of Sports Studies programs. The Clinical Exercise Physiology program and the Sports and Exercise Science program have current university course accreditation with ESSA. This Discipline also operates a Health and Fitness Clinic on campus offering students the opportunity to manage clients under supervision as part of their degree programs.

The Academic Staff in the Discipline have a variety of research interests ranging from physical activity, exercise, and health through to high performance sport. These applied research themes are underpinned by a strong focus on discipline-specific research programs in areas such as exercise physiology, biomechanics, motor control, and nutrition.  The School of Health fosters multidisciplinary collaboration through a number of School Research Clusters, including in areas such as Healthy Ageing, Mental Health, Cancer and Elite Sport.  Research facilities include a dedicated gait laboratory as well as a recently refurbished exercise physiology suite comprising stress testing, ergometry and body composition laboratories.

The Opportunity

We're seeking an inspiring Professor to join our close-knit team of educators and lead the Sport and Exercise Science discipline within the School of Health. We're not after just any applicant – we want someone who's passionate about our community, dedicated to our students, and excited to shape the future.

As Discipline Lead, you'll guide and support our academic staff, nurturing learning, research, and engagement, all while aligning with our School's vision and the university's objectives.

If you bring a passion for teaching innovation, a respected research track record, and a talent for creating a culture of excellence in both research and teaching, we want to hear from you!

For more information on the School of Health, please visit us online: https://www.usc.edu.au/about/structure/schools/school-of-health

You will:

  • initiate and cultivate research projects, collaborating with researchers from various backgrounds to enhance the overall quality of research outputs at the university;
  • contribute to strategic decision-making by providing the necessary guidance and expertise to foster a culture of excellence and innovation within the school;
  • assume a leadership role within the school and provide guidance and mentorship to academic staff and higher degree by research candidates;
  • develop your national and international research profile through collaboration, including securing competitive grant funding, mentoring others, and fostering a research culture; and
  • lead research projects and provide guidance and support to other researchers.
  • About you:

    The successful appointee will be a dynamic and proficient academic, motivated by a commitment to research excellence and a passion for innovation within their field. Equipped with subject matter expertise and pedagogical finesse, you will effortlessly stimulate and captivate students, nurturing a lively and inclusive learning environment. Your authentic dedication to teaching shines through in your mentorship, sparking curiosity and leaving a meaningful imprint. Beyond the classroom, your exceptional talent for fostering collaborations and uniting researchers, highlights your capacity to pioneer innovative research, elevating and enhancing the standard of achievements. In essence, this forward-thinking academic will be well positioned to accelerate education and research efforts within the School, establishing you as a vital asset in shaping the trajectory of UniSC's future.

    You will possess:

  • completion of a doctoral qualification in a relevant field and extensive experience as an academic leader;
  • experience of leadership at a School, Discipline or Program level;
  • involvement in the development of the Sport and Exercise Science professions at a national and international level, and evidence of having made a clear and formative impact in one or more of the Sport and Exercise Science sub-disciplines.
  • effectiveness as a teacher, which is evidenced by both exemplary teaching practice and leadership in teaching;
  • effective mentoring to develop the research capability of mid and early career researchers;
  • a clear and coherent research program with: a strong track record of active, sustained and productive engagement in high quality research, and quality research leadership;
  • strong leadership contributions and personal qualities that influence the development and maintenance of a positive academic environment which is conducive to high levels of engagement and standards of achievement for both staff and students; and
  • success in academic administrative functions.
  • Desirable

    • Experience in the management of course accreditation requirements for Sports and Exercise Science programs with ESSA.
  • Formal external and/or internal recognition for excellence in learning and teaching and/or research.
  • UniSC is an equal opportunity employer, committed to diversity and inclusion. We encourage applications from all backgrounds, including those with disabilities, women in STEM, First Nations Peoples, and individuals of diverse cultures, genders, abilities, and experiences. We value achievement relative to opportunity and encourage your commentary on your achievements in this context. For additional support during the application process, please contact us at unisc-careers@usc.edu.au or call +61 7 5430 2830.

    Download File Prospectus - Professor of Sport and Exercise Science.pdf

    All applications must be lodged through our website. To apply please visit our website at Careers at UniSC

    Applications for this position close midnight, Sunday 21 July 2024.

    Your completed application must include:

  • Your Academic CV;
  • A response to Selection Criteria; and
  • A cover letter addressing your motivation and any notable key achievements as aligned to the position.
  • UniSC is an equal opportunity employer, committed to diversity and inclusion. We encourage applications from all backgrounds, including those with disabilities, women in STEM, First Nations Peoples, and individuals of diverse cultures, genders, abilities, and experiences. We value achievement relative to opportunity and encourage your commentary on your achievements in this context. For additional support during the application process, please contact us at unisc-careers@usc.edu.au or call +61 7 5430 2830.

    All applications must be lodged through our website. To apply please visit our website at Careers at UniSC. UniSC does not accept unsolicited applications; for agency inquiries, contact unisc-careers@usc.edu.au.

    Further information regarding how to prepare your application is available on our website: Join our team.

    We would love the opportunity to get to know you better, but we know it works both ways. To get to know a little more about us, visit us at: Welcome to UniSC and LinkedIn Life

    Have questions or want to know more? For a confidential discussion, please contact:

    Professor Tony Perkins, Foundation Dean, School of Health

    Email: aperkins1@usc.edu.au

    or

    Kristie Husk, Talent Acquisition Manager

    Email: khusk@usc.edu.au

    Tel: +61 418 884 610

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  • Our collaborative, passionate and welcoming culture is what really sets us apart.
  • Modern teaching & research facilities.
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  • We are a proud recipient of the prestigious Athena SWAN Bronze Award, granted as part of the Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) initiative.
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