Assistant Professor, Recreation Therapy

School of Health and Applied Human Sciences

College of Health and Human Services


Vacancy #: 14F038                                                                                                                                                          Position #: 4238

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 and scholar for the position of Assistant Professor of Recreation Therapy. This position will commence August 11, 2014.

Applicants must hold an earned doctorate degree in recreation therapy or related discipline at the time of appointment, NCTRC certification and eligibility for recreational therapy licensure in North Carolina; have an exemplary teaching record, significant professional service, and a scholarly record of, or demonstrated potential for, research publications, presentations, and/or external funding. A master’s degree with at least 18 credit hours of recreation therapy graduate course work is required if the doctorate is not in recreation therapy. Preference will be given to candidates who have (a) practice experience in recreation therapy, (b) interprofessional/transdisciplinary education within health and human services, (c) leadership potential for the program and school, (d) experience with on-line approaches to education, as well as (e) interest in developing and implementing curricula related to culturally diverse populations.

The School of Health and Applied Human Sciences houses six undergraduate degree programs including Athletic Training, Exercise Science, Physical Education/Health (teacher licensure), Public Health Studies, Recreation Therapy, and Recreation, Sport Leadership, and Tourism Management. The School also houses a graduate program in Applied Gerontology and sponsors PED 101 (Physical Activity and Wellness), which serves as the university wellbeing requirement. UNCW’s Recreation Therapy program has a national reputation of excellence, and was awarded the ATRA 2010 Excellence in Education Award. The program has over 150 majors, four full-time faculty members, and 12 required RT content courses, along with courses in aquatic therapy, pediatrics/child life, and assistance dogs.

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 interprofessional 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.

UNCW is one of 17 constituent campuses of the University of North Carolina system, with an enrollment of 13,733. It offers 52 undergraduate, 38 master’s, and two doctoral degree programs. At UNCW, passionate and engaged teaching, learning, and research are valued. UNCW, the state’s coastal university, is dedicated to learning through the integration of teaching and mentoring with research and service. UNCW is unique in its dedication to combining a commitment to excellence in teaching with research opportunities for student involvement. Located in the port city of Wilmington, the university is situated between the Cape Fear River and the Atlantic Ocean.

To apply, please complete the online application process available on the Web at A letter of application, a brief statement that describes teaching style, a curriculum vitae detailing teaching, research, and service, and contact information for three professional references should be addressed to Chair, Search Committee for the Assistant Professor in Recreation Therapy, College of Health and Human Services, and attached to the online application - not emailed, mailed, or faxed. Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF attachments are required. For questions regarding the online application process, contact Ms. Jonia Smith at (910) 962-3203 or Priority consideration will be given to applications received by December 6, 2013; however, applications will be accepted until the position is filled. More information about the institution is available through

UNCW actively fosters a diverse and inclusive working and learning environment and is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified men and women from all racial, ethnic, or other minority groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

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