Professor of Physical Education

Department of Physical Education & Sport Management

Blackburn College, a unique four-year liberal arts college with the only student-managed Work Program in the nation, located in Carlinville, IL, seeks applications for a full-time, teaching-focused, tenure track position in Physical Education for Fall 2024.

Qualifications for position include:

  • a Ph.D., or Masters plus experience, related to a topic in Physical Education and Health Education
  • a strong commitment to teaching and advising undergraduates in the K-12 Physical Education program
  • experience in developing on-line courses and/or programs, specific to Health Education
  • experience in delivering content for traditional and non-traditional learners
  • candidates will need to be able to teach courses in Health and Physical Education, to include methods courses
  • willingness and ability to mentor students in multiple contexts as part of the college’s signature student-managed Work Program

The Physical Education and Sport Management Department offers small class sizes in the upper-division classes and many opportunities to mentor, advise, and otherwise work closely with students. The college also has access to local field sites for Physical Education students, in the local Carlinville Community and other districts within a short distance from campus.

Blackburn College does not have faculty rank. Appointment to continuous tenure at the college requires excellence in teaching, evidence of continued personal academic growth, and college service. New faculty are mentored by more seasoned colleagues as they begin their career, and are given feedback on their progress to tenure.

Blackburn is one of ten work colleges in the U.S. and the only one with a student-managed work program. For over 100 years, students have earned a tuition discount by participating in all aspects of college operations. The work requirement for all students provides an affordable education, meaningful work experience, and leadership opportunities. The stimulating teaching and learning environment, coupled with the experience and leadership gained through the Work Program, results in an average of 98% of graduates in full-time employment or graduate school within six months of graduation.

Students are mostly drawn from rural Illinois, metro Chicago, and metro St. Louis; many are first generation and/or low income, and approximately 21% are students of color. Blackburn is seeking faculty interested in joining a campus community that promotes diversity, respect, and inclusion, and who can support and inclusively engage a diverse student population. Candidates from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

Blackburn College is located in Carlinville, Illinois, a small rural community. The college enjoys a very positive relationship with the community. Carlinville has been called one of the “Best Small Towns in America” and is also the seat of Macoupin County. Carlinville offers small-town America, with brick streets around the town square, many parks, and historical homes and buildings, while being within an easy drive of the urban center of St. Louis, Missouri.

Blackburn College is an Equal Opportunity Employer and seeks to build an inclusive community that can engage the interests of a diverse population. We are committed to fostering, cultivating, and sustaining a culture that reflects the diversity of our country, and as such we particularly encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups such as women, people of color, LGBTQ+, veterans, and those with disabilities. Applicants should be legally permitted to work in the United States; Blackburn is not able to sponsor faculty visas.

Your application materials should include a CV, a cover letter, a statement of teaching philosophy, a diversity statement describing what diversity means to you and why it is important, and three letters of recommendation. Please include the names/addresses/phone numbers of the three current, and professional references you are requesting letters from as part of your application materials. Send application materials to: Human Resources, Blackburn College, 700 College Ave, Ludlum 110, Carlinville, IL 62626 or email hr@blackburn.edu. Employment-based immigration sponsorship is not offered for this position. Phone calls or walk-ins not accepted. Review of applications will begin March 20, 2024 and continue until the position is filled.