Assistant Professor, Exercise Physiology, Department of Health and Exercise Science

University of Oklahoma

Norman, OK

Job posting number: #7116122 (Ref:if106252)

Posted: November 15, 2022

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

The Department of Health and Exercise Science at the University of Oklahoma invites applicants for a full-time (9-month) tenure-track Assistant Professor in Exercise Physiology. The appointment will begin in August 2023.

The department offers graduate degrees in Exercise Physiology (MS, PhD), Health Promotion (MS, PhD), and Sports Data Analytics (MS), and is part of a multidisciplinary program in Cellular and Behavioral Neurobiology (PhD). It is also one of the largest undergraduate majors in the College of Arts and Sciences, predominantly serving students pursuing advanced degrees, training, and careers in medicine, physical therapy, and other health sciences. The department is nationally ranked by the National Academy of Kinesiology, with strengths that focus on health promotion (e.g., health disparities, ageism, adolescent/young adult health, health communication) and human physiology (e.g., neuromuscular, bone density, mitochondrial genetics, and vascular function). The department comprises 14 faculty and 5 staff, several adjunct instructors, and a strong graduate teaching assistantship program.

The successful candidate will teach 2 classes each semester, focusing on foundational exercise physiology courses for undergraduate majors and specialized courses for MS and PhD students. The candidate will also possess a focused research agenda in the areas of physical activity, diet, obesity, and metabolic health with the potential to secure external research funding. 

More information about the Department can be found at:

Additional information about the University’s strategic plan ( and the OU Vice President for Research Partnerships Strategic Verticals ( can be found at these links.

Salary, benefits, and start-up packages are competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Required and Preferred Qualifications:


  1. PhD or equivalent in Exercise Physiology, Exercise Science, Integrative Physiology, or related field.
  2. A research agenda focused on the interaction of physical activity, diet, obesity, and metabolic health.
  3. Record of published research or demonstrated research potential.
  4. Demonstrated experience teaching exercise physiology courses at the undergraduate level and the ability to teach and develop courses at the graduate (MS/PhD) level.
  5. Potential to secure external research funding.

Preferred (Not Required):

  1. Post-doctoral research experience.
  2. Previous experience examining the interaction of physical activity and metabolic health using molecular and applied human models.
  3. Previous experience or future goals to apply research to better understand and address health disparities in underserved populations.
  4. Experience mentoring and incorporating students (undergraduate, master’s and PhD) into a research program.
  5. Demonstrated experience collaborating with diverse researchers employing physiological and behavioral approaches to address issues of public health across the lifespan.

To apply, please submit the following materials to

  1. A cover letter specifically addressing position fit, qualifications, and research and teaching background (2-page limit)
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. Research statement highlighting previous, current, and future research (4-page limit)
  4. Contact information for three individuals who could provide letters of reference.

Additional materials may be requested at a later date. The position will remain open until filled.

Please direct questions about the position and application process to the search committee chair, Dr. Chris Black ([email protected]; 706-255-3750) or Department Chair, Dr. Mike Bemben ([email protected]; 405-325-2717).

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