R. J. McElroy Professor of Youth Leadership Studies Division of Leisure, Youth and Human Services School of Health, Physical Education and Leisure Services

University of Northern Iowa

The University of Northern Iowa is seeking a full professor in the Division of Leisure, Youth and Human Services; School of Health, Physical Education and Leisure Services; College of Education.  The application will occupy the R. J. McElroy Professor of Youth Leadership Studies.  The R. J. McElroy Professor is an endowed position focusing on issues and concerns related to youth.  The position involves teaching, research and service in the areas of social policy, organizational leadership/management, philanthropy and foundations related to youth development.


The University of Northern Iowa is a state-assisted residential university located in the metropolitan area of Cedar Falls (pop. 35,000) and Waterloo (pop. 100,000).  Together they form a community that is the commercial, cultural and political hub of northeast Iowa.  The School of Health, Physical Education and Leisure Services is a unit of the College of Education and is organized into four academic divisions: Athletic Training; Health Promotion and Education; Leisure, Youth and Human Services; and Physical Education.


The College of Education offers a full range of programs in education and education-related fields (Bachelor through Doctorate) and is comprised of five departments: Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Psychology and Foundations, Educational Administration and Counseling, Special Education, Teaching ~ and the School of Health, Physical Education and Leisure Services.


Qualifications:  Required: Doctoral degree; established record of research and scholarship; successful teaching experience at the university level, including the supervision of theses and/or dissertations; knowledge/experience in the non-profit youth/human service sector; record of professional, university and community service.  Required discipline/professional study area in one of the following areas:  Human Services, Leisure Studies, Non-profit Development/Management, Youth Leadership Studies and/or Youth Development Studies.  Evidence of significant community outreach and engagement with diverse stakeholders as reflected in scholarly and service endeavors.  Demonstrated experience in seeking extramural funding including foundation funding.  Preferred: experience in organizing and implementing youth development programs and services.


Responsibilities:  Development of a program of scholarship and research in his/her area of specialty and the promotion of student research including the supervision of theses and dissertations; teaching at the undergraduate and graduate level with a focus on coursework in youth development, non-profit management, youth leadership and research/evaluation; continuation of a focused research agenda in the area of youth leadership studies/youth development; advising undergraduate and graduate students; public and community service activities related to youth leadership and youth development organizations; recruitment, counseling and career placement for undergraduate and graduate students; supervision of the Institute for Youth Leaders.


Rank:  Full Professor tenure-track appointment


Salary and Benefits:  Commensurate with qualifications and experience.  The University offers excellent fringe benefits including TIAA-CREF retirement.


Application Information:  The School encourages applications from persons of color, women, persons living with disabilities and veterans.  Complete applications received by December 6, 2013, will be given full consideration.  To apply, visit http://jobs.uni.edu

For more information, contact:

Dr. Sam Lankford

Search Committee Chair

203 Wellness/Recreation Center

University of Northern Iowa

Cedar Falls, Iowa  50614-0241

(319) 273-6840

FAX: (319) 273-5958



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