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Southern Methodist University
  • Position Number: 4477290
  • Location: Dallas, TX
  • Position Type: Health - Sports Mgmt, Recreation & Leisure Studies

6313 Full/Associate Professor of Applied Physiology and Sports Management - Data Science Cluster Faculty Position
Cluster Faculty Positions

Location: Dallas, TX
Open Date: Feb 16, 2023

Applications are invited for a tenured Full/Associate Professor/Department Chair in the Department of Applied Physiology and Sport Management (Position #: 00006313) to begin on or before August 2024. Distinguished candidates at the rank of Associate Professor with tenure may also be considered, if eligible to assume the rank of professor pending the approval of the appropriate university officials. This is a unique opportunity to join and to shape a vibrant research and data science community situated in an increasingly diverse and globally connected university.

The Department of Applied Physiology and Sport Management is seeking candidates with a program of research in a substantive area of sport or health analytics. The desired candidate will utilize methodologies and data analytic approaches with significant potential to enhance the Department, School, and University's capacity in data science capacity. This position is part of a cluster hire in Data Science and is one of twelve positions allocated to the cluster around three areas of focus: Data Core, Health Analytics, and Technology and Education. The multi-faculty hire in data sciences represents an ambitious program to develop large-scale collaborative research projects responding to significant challenges. The candidate is expected to collaborate with other faculty in the Technology and Education and Data Core groups with the goal to acquire, manage, analyze, interpret, and transform data into accurate, consistent and timely information to enhance the disciplines represented by the Department.

The Department Chair is a halftime administrative position that allows for active participation in research. In order to ensure adequate time to engage in research, an Assistant Department Chair may be identified to support many of the administrative aspects of the position. The Department Chair will oversee an interdisciplinary department of clinical and tenure-line faculty with undergraduate concentrations in Applied Physiology and Health Management, Sport Management, and Sport Performance Leadership as well as graduate programs in Health Management and Sport Management. Successful candidates must also be able to contribute meaningfully to the doctoral program in the Simmons School of Education and Human Development. The Department Chair will support ongoing efforts towards equity and inclusion, advance the quality and reputation of the programs within the department, and build on the collaborative and supportive culture for faculty, staff, and students. We welcome candidates from all backgrounds. For additional information about the faculty, staff, and the department, visit

SMU has many strengths to support research in the Data Science Cluster. For example, SMU is home to one of the fastest and most powerful academic supercomputers in the nation (ManeFrame II), which has been upgraded to include an NVIDIA DGX SuperPod. The SuperPod has a theoretical performance of 100 PFLOPS for AI calculations that is available for use by all faculty and graduate students. SMU is one of only two universities in the US to have a DGX SuperPod.

SMU is a nationally ranked, private, non-sectarian research institution located in one of the nation's fastest growing metropolitan areas. Researchers are part of an inclusive and intellectually vibrant community of internationally recognized scholars across the humanities, social sciences, mathematical sciences, engineering, and business. SMU offers excellent benefits including full same-sex domestic partner benefits. The City of Dallas is one of the nation's most cosmopolitan commercial and cultural centers, and the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex is the fourth largest in the US. The Simmons School of Education and Human Development was founded in 2005 and is ranked among the top 15 private education schools in the United States. The school has undergraduate and graduate programs across five academic departments, including Applied Physiology and Sport Management, Counseling, Education Policy and Leadership, Lifelong Learning, and Teaching and Learning. Explore the Simmons School of Education and Human Development at, and SMU at

Required qualifications include: 1) an earned doctorate and/or post-doctoral training in a field aligned with Sport or Health Analytics (e.g., data science, analytics, statistics, mathematics, economics, finance, sport management, physiology, genomics, epidemiology, public health, kinesiology, biostatistics, or biomedical informatics); 2) ongoing record of scholarly work commensurate with rank of full professor with tenure; 3) a rigorous and highly productive research program that can generate external funding; 4) commitment to diversity, equity and inclusiveness; 5) demonstrated administrative and leadership ability developed through prior experiences in administering a department, center, large grants, or programs; and 6) excellence in teaching undergraduate and/or graduate courses.

Preferred qualifications include: 1) experience developing and/or sustaining collaborative partnerships and interdisciplinary initiatives in the health or sport management fields; 2) demonstrated mentorship of doctoral students and/or junior faculty, and 3) experience serving in leadership roles in national professional organizations, grant review panels, or major editorial roles in their field.

Application Instructions:
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Applications must be submitted electronically via Interfolio to Reference the position number # 6313 on all documents submitted. Interested applicants should submit: 1) a cover letter highlighting the candidates qualifications and their philosophy for leading a department; 2) a curriculum vitae; and 3) a list of references with contact information for at least three references. References will only be contacted at advanced stages in the process and only after approval from the candidate. Review of applications will begin by November 1, 2023. To ensure full consideration for the position, the application must be received by November 1, 2023 but the position will remain open until the position is filled. For questions about the search submission process or position, contact Dr. Tim Jacobbe (, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Search Committee Chair. The committee will notify applicants of its employment decisions after the position is filled. Hiring is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of a background check.

Southern Methodist University (SMU) will not discriminate in any employment practice, education program, education activity, or admissions on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, genetic information, or veteran status. SMU's commitment to equal opportunity includes nondiscrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity and expression. The Executive Director for Access and Equity/Title IX1 Coordinator is designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies, including the prohibition of sex discrimination under Title IX. The Executive Director/Title IX Coordinator may be reached at the Perkins Administration Building, Room 204, 6425 Boaz Lane, Dallas, TX 75205, 214-768-3601, Inquiries regarding the application of Title IX may also be directed to the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education.

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