Department Head Position


The College of Education and Human Development at Texas A&M University (TAMU) invites applications and nominations for the position of Head, Department of Health and Kinesiology (HLKN).  The Department, which enrolls approximately 3,600 undergraduate students and 350 graduate students, consists of 105 faculty members and offers undergraduate, masters, and doctoral programs spanning exercise physiology, health education, motor behavior, sport management, pedagogy, and physical education. With outstanding faculty and staff, solid College and University support, and strong extramural support, the Department is well positioned to continue and enhance its nationally and internationally recognized education and research programs. The Departmental budget totals over $15 million (excluding grants) with extramural funding of nearly $4 million per year from agencies such as NASA, NIH, CDC, DoD, and NSBRI. TAMU is a Research I land-grant, sea-grant, and space-grant institution committed to preeminence in teaching, research, and service with the enrollment of approximately 65,000 students.

With attention to equity and inclusion, the mission of HLKN is to contribute to the quality of life of the citizens of the state, nation, and the world, through the creation and dissemination of knowledge, training of educators and professionals, and service to the community and profession. To fulfill its mission, HLKN includes four broad areas that are covered by the Divisions of Health Education, Kinesiology, Physical Education Activity Program and Sport Management.


The Head serves as the chief academic, fiscal, and administrative officer for the Department and will also fill the Thomas A. and Joan Read Endowed Chair for Disadvantaged Youth in HLKN.  The Head is responsible for fostering faculty excellence in research, teaching, and service consistent with the current Texas A&M Strategic Plan; providing effective advocacy for the department within the college, university, state, and nation; encouraging a positive, collegial climate; and promoting national and international outreach. Further, we are seeking an individual who pursues academic excellence through diversity at all levels and is committed to fostering an environment in which faculty, staff, and students from a variety of backgrounds, cultures, and personal experiences are welcomed and can thrive.


Candidates must possess an earned doctorate preferably in a field related to any of the department’s academic and research programs, be a Full Professor, and have a distinctive and active record of scholarship. Applicants should possess administrative experience in leading a complex academic unit; evidence of effective communication, proven organizational aptitude, and an ability to manage and resolve conflict with supportive interpersonal skills; strong budgetary skills; a history of enabling the development of faculty to obtain external funding; and a commitment to integrity, academic excellence, professional service, and diversity. Further, the applicant should possess a record of obtaining extramural funding to support research, and a record of excellence in teaching, directing doctoral students and developing innovative programs.

Application Process

Review of applications will begin November 21, 2016, and will continue until an appointment is made. Date of employment is negotiable. The salary is highly competitive and will be commensurate with qualifications.

Applications should be sent by e-mail as a single PDF file and should include a letter of application (summarizing the applicant’s qualifications, leadership skills, and vision for the department as well as addressing the impact of teaching, research and service), a CV, and a statement of administrative philosophy.  

HLKN Head Search Contact

Dr. J. Timothy Lightfoot
Chair, HLKN Head Search Committee
(979) 845-8744


Send Applications To

Ms. Lizzie West
College of Education and Human Development
(979) 847-8641

Texas A&M University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and is dedicated to building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty and staff committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment; applications from women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and covered veterans are strongly encouraged.  Texas A&M University is aware that attracting and retaining exceptional faculty often depends on meeting the needs of two careers and having policies that contribute to work-life balance and maintaining a climate that affirms diversity of both persons and views, including differences in race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, age, socioeconomic, background, religion, sexual orientation, and disability.