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University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Position Number: 1272080
  • Location: Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Position Type: Health - Sports Mgmt, Recreation & Leisure Studies



POSITION: Assistant Professor of Practice (Therapeutic Recreation). This is a twelve-month non-tenure-track position in the Department of Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport Studies beginning August 1, 2019. The University's commitment to excellence is outlined in the Journey to the Top 25 Initiative:

Therapeutic Recreation is one of two majors in the Recreation and Sport Management program, which is located in the Department of Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport Studies in the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences. Both master's and undergraduate programs are offered in Recreation and Sport Management with a concentration in Therapeutic Recreation. Our undergraduate degree program is accredited by National Recreation and Park Association-Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions (COAPRT). Doctoral degrees are offered in Kinesiology and Sport Studies. For more details regarding the range of academic programs and other aspects of the department, please visit

Department Mission: We prepare scholars, practitioners, and leaders in exercise, sport, and recreation; conduct cutting-edge research; and maintain a commitment to inclusive excellence, social justice, and local-to-global initiatives.


  • Earned doctorate with at least one degree in therapeutic recreation, disabilities studies, adaptive sport or related disciplines at time of appointment
  • Ability to teach courses in Therapeutic Recreation

  • Record of scholarship in Therapeutic Recreation

  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills

  • Professional level certification (CTRS) by the National Council on Therapeutic Recreation Certification is required at time of appointment

  • Commitment to the values and priorities described in the collegiate Strategic Plan:


  • University teaching experience

  • Practical field-based experience in the discipline of Therapeutic Recreation

  • Practical leadership/managerial experience with camps for persons with disabilities.

  • Demonstrated commitment to professional organizations relevant to the academic and scholarly discipline of therapeutic recreation


  • Teach in the professional core of the Therapeutic Recreation program (e.g., Foundations of Recreation and Principles of Leadership, Development and Evaluation of Recreation Programs, Organization and Administration of Recreation Services, Theoretical Foundation of Leisure).

  • Assume a major leadership role in the planning and implementation of the service-learning programs and camp initiatives offered by the department (e.g., Camp Koinonia, Camp Oginali, Koinonia Retreat, and Vision Camp).
  • Participate in professional, university, and community service

  • Mentor undergraduate and graduate students

  • Develop and maintain undergraduate therapeutic recreation curriculum materials that comply with NRPA-COAPRT accreditation outcomes and standards
SALARY: Competitive and commensurate with experience.


Review of applications will begin November 19, 2018 and continue until the position is filled. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Interested applicants must submit a letter of application addressing the required and desired qualifications as stated in the position announcement, a curriculum vitae, and the names, addresses, e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers of three references to Carrie Trexler ( Electronic submissions are encouraged. For questions regarding the position contact:

Dr. Steven Waller

Chair of Therapeutic Recreation Search Committee

Dept. of Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport Studies

The University of Tennessee

1914 Andy Holt Avenue, 322 HPER Bldg.

Knoxville, TN 37996-2700

865-974-1279 (office) or

Designated a Carnegie doctoral/research extensive university, UTK is the oldest, largest and most comprehensive institution of higher education in Tennessee. Academic programs on the Knoxville campus enroll approximately 21,000 undergraduate students and 6,000 graduate students. Detailed information about the University of Tennessee may be obtained by visiting the Web site:

EEO/AA Statement/ Non-Discrimination Statement

All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admissions without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or covered veteran status.

Eligibility and other terms and conditions of employment benefits at The University of Tennessee are governed by laws and regulations of the State of Tennessee, and this non-discrimination statement is intended to be consistent with those laws and regulations.

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