Assistant Professor of Kinesiology

Pierce College District

Job Description


Position Summary

Applications are being considered for a full-time faculty position beginning January 2024, with the tenure process starting in September 2024.

Join our Racial Equity-Centered College!

Pierce College District is student-centered and mission-driven to ensure that all our students thrive and reach their fullest potential. As an institution committed to antiracism, we are action-oriented and intentional in dismantling every systemic barrier that prevents Black and Brown student excellence and liberation.

As Pierce College deepens its commitment to racial equity, it is of the highest priority that we focus our tenure-track and permanent status faculty hiring process to seek faculty with the expertise to lead our institution in serving Black and Brown students. This cluster hire is an opportunity for the college community to continue to act upon our values but more importantly for the empowering of our students' self-efficacy, for cultivating sense of belonging, and for the diversity of our entire student body, especially Black and Brown students, being reflected in a position of power in the classroom. Learn more about Pierce's faculty cluster hire here:

We are excited to invite you to bring your lived experiences and authentic selves to contribute to discourse and action in supporting Black and Brown students.

About the Program
Pierce College's Kinesiology Program embraces the notion of life-long learning and continuous improvement. Pierce College offers an associate degree in kinesiology and a certificate in personal training. Pierce College’s programs combine classroom, laboratory and field experiences that align with the competencies of national certifying bodies.

Using Pierce College Fort Steilacoom’s state-of-the-art $9 million Health Education Center, the Kinesiology program utilizes classroom instruction with advanced laboratory equipment available in the Health Assessment Laboratory. Students gain hands on experience performing health assessments such as aerobic capacity, body composition, and muscular strength and endurance. Curriculum built on American College of Sports Medicine evidence-based guidelines prepares students for national certifications in personal training, strength and conditioning, lifestyle-wellness coaching and more. Pierce College articulates with four-year transfer institutions so students can continue their undergraduate education in Kinesiology, Health Promotion, Exercise Science and Pre-Physical Therapy.

The Kinesiology program assists graduates in becoming personal fitness trainers, group fitness trainers, athletic trainers, exercise physiologists in clinical settings, wellness consultants, and lifestyle/health coaches.

About Pierce College
Pierce College is an innovative community college striving to re-envision our institution through an antiracist framework to advance equity in student engagement and learning. We value student learning experiences that foster inclusion and intercultural engagement in the classroom and that expand into our local and global communities. Faculty, staff, and administrators work collaboratively to lead initiatives that advance equitable student success: from closing areas of inequity to building guided career pathways. The college serves over 15,000 students in basic skills, transfer, and professional technical programs. Through continuous efforts, we have improved retention rates by 17% and graduation rates by 89%. This year, Pierce was again named a top community college by several national organizations.

Pierce College employees and students live and work in various communities that offer the diverse cultural and environmental benefits of rural, suburban, and urban lifestyles in the Pacific Northwest. As part of the community and technical college system in Washington State, the District includes Pierce College Fort Steilacoom, Pierce College Puyallup, Pierce College at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, as well as other extended learning sites.

Essential Functions

Responsibilities of the successful candidate include:
Engaging in curriculum and program development incorporating current educational theories and research in the discipline

Analyzing course assessments, evaluations, and data and engaging in continuous improvement of courses based on that analysis in order to advance student achievement of outcomes, success in subsequent courses, and impact on retention and graduation

Demonstrating multicultural competence, including an awareness and understanding of historically disadvantaged populations, and creating an educational environment that affirms commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion

Working within a collaborative and innovative department

Engaging in districtwide efforts to improve student retention and success

Incorporating active student learning and appropriate use of technology in the classroom. Continuously innovating learning experiences (campus, online, hybrid) in response to assessment and evidence/data analysis

Tailoring curriculum to engage marginalized and oppressed groups. Utilizing active and inclusive pedagogy

Creatively designing learning experiences that extend beyond delivering content and assist students in achieving course, program, and degree outcomes, including the college's five core abilities of Multiculturalism, Critical, Creative and Reflective Thinking, Information Competency, Responsibility, and Effective Communication

Teaching, advising, and mentoring students from recruitment to completion. Engaging in shared governance

Actively engaging with cohort peers as part of the First-Year Faculty Cohort in the first year of the tenure process, which will provide opportunities to engage with practices that enable Black and Brown student excellence


Master's Degree in Kinesiology, Exercise Science or related field

Application Process

To be considered for this position, applicants must include the following items in their application package:

  • Cover Letter: 
    Letter of formal application that addresses how your experience and education qualifies you to perform the assigned responsibilities.
  • Supplemental Question: Responses to the following: Provide specific examples how you fulfill at least two of the following criteria: (a) Have experience or have demonstrated commitment to teaching, mentoring and/or engaging in services for Black and Brown students; (b) Have demonstrated knowledge of barriers for Black and Brown students and experience in addressing disproportionate impact at an institution; (c) Have experience in or have demonstrated commitment in facilitating Black and Brown students’ navigating a higher education institution; (d) Have experience or have demonstrated commitment to integrating elements of culturally relevant and inclusive pedagogy.
  • Curriculum Vitae: Detailed curriculum vitae of all educational and professional experience, which includes a list of courses taught.
  • Transcripts: Unofficial copies of all college and university transcripts that include degree received and confer date. International transcripts MUST include a foreign transcript evaluation. For a list of approved credential evaluation services visit: Unofficial transcripts acceptable for application process; official transcripts required prior to hire.
  • References: A list of four current professional references with name, relationship to candidate, address, email address, and telephone number. Letters of recommendation will not be accepted in lieu of a list of professional references.

Note: If your previous experiences do not involve working directly with students, you are encouraged to frame your responses to the supplemental question using your experiences working in the field and/or how this informs your vision in becoming an educator.

All correspondence regarding your application status will be sent to the email address associated with your NeoEd account. Please make sure to check your spam folder periodically, in the case of an automated, incorrect delivery.

Terms of Employment
This position, which is contingent upon funding, is a full-time, tenure-track assignment of 174 contracted days per year with the tenure process starting in September 2024. Assignment may include district discipline/program coordination, as well as evening, hybrid, and/or online teaching. This is a District position with a "home" campus assignment. Initial placement of this position will be at the Fort Steilacoom campus. Candidates will be working for a District Dean and will be required to attend district meetings as well as collaborate with colleagues across the district and across departments.

Salary & Benefits
Initial salary placement for newly hired full-time faculty will be at one of five levels based upon qualifications including teaching experience and credentials. The five levels range from $68,865 to $74,339 per 174-day academic year. Opportunities for summer employment and other assignments are in addition to the base salary.

Washington State offers one of the most competitive benefits packages in the nation, worth an additional value equivalent to approximately 35% of your salary. A comprehensive health care benefits package for you and your dependents includes medical, dental and vision insurance. Life and long-term disability insurance plans; vacation, sick and personal leave; reduced tuition; and retirement benefits are also provided. For more information, please visit our Benefits and Leave website at benefits.

Reasonable Accommodation
Applicants with disabilities who require assistance with the application and employment process will be accommodated to the extent reasonably possible. Requests should be made to the District Human Resources Office by calling 253-964-7342. Persons who are deaf or hard of hearing may dial 711 to place a call through Washington Relay, the state's free telecommunication access service.

Screening & Interview Process
Only those candidates who have complied with the application process and meet the required qualifications will be considered. Following the review of application materials, the most qualified candidates will be contacted for an interview. Check the email account you used for the application process for communication regarding the status of your application. Application materials submitted to Pierce College are the property of the College and will not be returned.

Conditions of Employment
Applicants considered for this position will be required to disclose if they are the subject of any substantiated findings or current investigations related to sexual misconduct at their current employment and past employment. Disclosure is required under Washington State Law RCW28B.112.
An offer of employment will not carry with it any responsibility or obligation on the part of the District to sponsor an H-1B visa. In compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, proof of authorization to work in the United States will be required at the time of hire.

Pierce College has adopted a Drug Free Workplace policy. As a condition of employment, employees must agree to abide by the requirements established in that policy.

Bargaining Unit
This position has been designated as a bargaining unit position represented by the Pierce College Federation of Teachers (PCFT).

Equal Opportunity
The Pierce College District is an equal opportunity employer. The Board of Trustees and Pierce College District are committed to providing equal opportunity and will not discriminate in terms and conditions of employment and personnel practices for all persons without regard to race, color, national origin, age, perceived or actual physical or mental disability, pregnancy, genetic information, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, creed, religion, honorably discharged veteran or military status, or use of a trained guide dog or service animal.

For more information or assistance regarding your application, contact Human Resources at: .

Questions regarding equal employment opportunities or discrimination may be directed to the following:
Sean Cooke, Title IX Coordinator (253) 840-8472
Tami Jacobs, ADACO/Section 504 Coordinator (253) 964-6581
Deena Forsythe, Interim Vice President for Human Resources (253) 964-6586
Paula Henson-Williams, District Affirmative Action Officer (253) 864-3229


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