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Lecturer in Wellness and Physical Activity

University of North Carolina Wilmington

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Wilmington, North Carolina
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University of North Carolina Wilmington

Job Description

Lecturer in Wellness and Physical Activity

Brief Summary of Work for this Position
The School of Health and Applied Human Sciences (SHAHS), in the College of Health and Human Services (CHHS), at the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW), seeks a dynamic, creative, and exemplary teacher for a 9 month, non-tenure track faculty position at the rank of Lecturer in the Wellness and Physical Activity (WPA/L 101) program. Primary responsibilities of this position include course teaching and service to the program, school, profession and/or community. Specifically, this person will teach wellness lecture courses and physical activity courses in the University’s required WPA/L 101 general education course.

This appointment will begin in August 2023. 

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements
Applicants must hold at least an earned master’s degree in wellness, exercise science, kinesiology, health education, physical education, or a closely-related field at the time of employment and have an established record of, or demonstrated potential for, successful academic instruction.

Preferred Education, Knowledge, Skills & Experience
Preference will be given to candidates who posses the following:

  • Previous successful teaching experience in higher education
  • Experience in successful promotion of physical activity, wellness, and student success in higher education
  • Experience in successful physical activity instruction across a variety of types
  • Evidence of ability to effectively deliver course content in different modalities and settings
  • Evidence of ability to contribute to collaborative relationships
  • Professional association involvement
  • A demonstrated commitment to community service and engagement
  • A demonstrated commitment to personal professional growth  

Primary Function of Organizational Unit
The WPA/L 101 Physical Activity and Wellness course is a required course in UNCW’s University Studies (General Education) program and provides students with theoretical knowledge, fundamental concepts and practical experience in the principles, assessment, development, and lifelong maintenance of personal wellness. This course presents a focus on effecting positive changes in personal health behaviors for improved quality of life and engages students in physical activity for wellness.

The WPA/L 101 program is housed within the School of Health and Applied Human Sciences (SHAHS) which is a large and growing academic unit with over 1600 students and 54 full time faculty. See:

The SHAHS currently has six undergraduate degree programs:

  • Public Health
  • Exercise Science
  • Healthful Living and Fitness Education
  • Tourism, Recreation, & Sport
  • Recreation Therapy
  • Respiratory Therapy

The SHAHS also has Master degrees in:

  • Athletic Training
  • Healthcare Administration
  • Gerontology

The SHAHS also supports:

  • Masters of Arts in Teaching (MAT) through the Watson College of Education
  • Masters of Education concentration in Physical Education and Health through the Watson College of Education

Minors are offered in:

  • Gerontology
  • Health
  • Tourism, Recreation, & Sport
  • Yoga Studies
  • Assistance Dog Training

College/School Information
The College of Health and Human Services was created in July 2010 to provide UNCW with a new mechanism to link and focus its health-related research, professional continuing education, and health knowledge dissemination and application. In the formative stage of development, the CHHS is currently home to three professional schools: School of Health and Applied Human Sciences, School of Nursing, and School of Social Work. This is an outstanding opportunity to join a dynamic College that seeks to be nationally recognized for its inter-professional collaboration, community engagement and impact, and implementation science. The faculty, staff and students of the CHHS are committed to the pursuit of excellence and enhancing health and quality of life across the lifespan for individuals, families and communities in southeastern North Carolina and beyond. 

University Information
The University of North Carolina Wilmington, the state’s coastal university, is dedicated to the integration of teaching, mentoring, research and service. Widely acknowledged for its world-class faculty and staff and continuously recognized at a national level for scholarly excellence and affordability, UNCW offers a powerful academic experience that stimulates creative inquiry and critical thinking and a community rich in diversity, inclusion and global perspectives.

A public institution with nearly 18,000 students, UNCW offers a full range of baccalaureate- and graduate-level programs, as well as doctoral degrees in educational leadership, marine biology, nursing practice and psychology; and many distance learning options, including clinical research, an accelerated RN-to-BSN program, an Executive M.B.A. program structured for working professionals, and the nation’s only bachelor’s degree program focused on coastal engineering.

The university’s efforts to advance research and scholarly activities have earned UNCW the elevated designation of “Doctoral Universities: High Research Activity” institution (R2 University) by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

UNCW has been part of the University of North Carolina System since 1969.

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Special Notes to Applicants
Please note the following is required:

  • Cover Letter (2-3 pages in length; please address how you meet the minimum requirements and preferred qualifications for this position)
  • Statement on Diversity and Inclusion – please address how you will contribute to fostering diversity and inclusion in the WPA/L 101 Wellness and Physical Activity program and on campus
  • Curriculum Vita

Prior to the official appointment to the university, the candidate(s) selected for hire must be able to demonstrate eligibility to teach assigned courses by successfully meeting the credentialing requirements based on official transcripts and other documentation as required. 

EEO Statement
At the University of North Carolina at Wilmington (UNCW), our culture reflects our values of inclusion, diversity, globalization, ethics and integrity and innovation and we are committed to providing equality of educational and employment opportunity for all persons without regard to race, sex (such as gender, gender identity, marital status, childbirth, and pregnancy), age, color, national origin (including ethnicity), religion, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation, veteran status, military service member status, genetic information, or relationship to other university constituents – except where sex, age, or ability represent bona fide educational or occupational qualifications or where marital status is a statutorily established eligibility criterion for State funded employee benefit programs. UNCW believes that embracing the unique contributions of our faculty, staff and students is critical to our success and paramount in being recognized for our global mindset.

Eligibility for Employment
Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. UNC Wilmington participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.