Tenure Track Faculty - Motor Control and Learning/Movement Neuroscience

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Work type: Instructional Faculty – Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: Sacramento
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time, Faculty - Health Sciences

COLLEGE: Health and Human Services

DEPARTMENT: Kinesiology 

POSITION TITLE: Assistant Professor in Motor Control and Learning/Movement Neuroscience


The Department of Kinesiology is housed within the College of Health and Human Services (HHS) where 16 tenure-track faculty, three full-time instructors and over 20 part-time instructors serve a diverse population of over 1000 undergraduate and graduate students. The Department is located in Solano Hall with distinct laboratory spaces for Motor Learning & Control, Biomechanics, Exercise Physiology, Strength and Conditioning, Sport Psychology, Athletic Training/Care and Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE).

Undergraduate students can obtain a Bachelor of Science degree in one of two majors: Exercise Science or Kinesiology. The Exercise Science major is structured to provide students a strong foundation in science (physiology, biology, chemistry, biomechanics) as it relates to the human body and exercise. Exercise Science majors can choose to pursue one of two concentrations including Clinical Exercise & Rehabilitation or Health Fitness/Strength Conditioning. The Kinesiology major is structured to provide students a multi-disciplinary approach to the student of human movement and a strong foundation in the physical and social sciences as it relates to movement and physical activity. The Kinesiology major offers five concentrations including Athletic Administration, Athletic Care, Athletic Coaching Education, Physical Activity and Wellness, and Physical Education Teacher Education.

The Department of Kinesiology also offers a Master of Science program with two concentrations: Exercise Science and Movement Studies. Graduate students in the Movement studies concentration can specialize in Sport Psychology or Sport Pedagogy. Graduate students in the Exercise Science concentration can specialize in Strength and Conditioning (including a Personal Trainer/Strength and Conditioning Certificate).


• Teach undergraduate and graduate level courses in motor learning and control, motor neuroscience, and related topics to a diverse student population
• Develop and maintain an active, collaborative program of research/scholarly activities
• Advise undergraduate and graduate students
• Supervise graduate research projects/theses
• Actively contribute and collaborate in both internal (Department, College and University) and external (Community) professional service activities
• Seek and apply for internal and/or external grant funding


• Doctorate in Kinesiology, Neuroscience, Exercise Science, Physical Education, Psychology, or a related field. ABD candidates will be considered. If ABD, all requirements for the degree must be completed by August 2023 to remain eligible for continued employment. 
• Expertise in motor learning and control, and neuroplasticity
• Ability to effectively teach a diverse population of students
• Research experience in clinical and/or applied movement contexts
• Record of scholarship in respective area of specialization
• A commitment to equity and inclusion in teaching, scholarship and service


• Ability to use innovative and diverse pedagogy
• Knowledge and/or experience of evidence-based teaching practices
• Evidence of collaboration with diverse students and faculty
• 1 or more years of post-doctoral research experience in academic, government or industry
• Experience or planned research and teaching interest using human neurophysiological techniques including transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), electroencephalography (EEG) and/or electromyography (EMG)
• Record of internal and/or external grant activities


Review of applications will begin on Monday, December 13, 2021; and continue until the position is filled. 

Candidates must include the following attachments with the application:
1. Cover letter that includes a concise statement of teaching philosophy, research/scholarly plan and service activities
2. Current curriculum vitae
3. A one-page statement on the role of equity, diversity and inclusion in teaching and research
4. Unofficial transcripts of all college work (official transcripts required if invited for an interview)
5. The names and contact information of at least three references who will speak to the professional qualifications of the applicant

Please direct questions to: Dr. Matt Brown, Search Committee Chair at

About Sacramento State

Sacramento State is located in the heart of California’s capital city, five miles from State Capitol. The lush, 300-acre campus is situated along the American River, close to numerous bike trails and other recreational areas. Sacramento, also known as the “Farm-to-Fork Capital,” is one of the most ethnically diverse and livable cities in the country, with a population of half of a million. Sacramento State’s 31,000 students come not only from the Greater Sacramento Region, but also from across the state, country, and world. Our 1800 faculty and 1,500 staff are committed to meeting our mission: “As California’s capital university, we transform lives by preparing students for leadership, service, and success. Sacramento State will be a recognized leader in education, innovation, and engagement.” As the regional hub of higher education, Sacramento State is dedicated to student success, diversity, equity and inclusion, community engagement, philanthropy, and campus safety

As evidenced by the values embedded in our Hornet Honor Code, Sacramento State is committed to creating an inclusive environment where all faculty, staff, students, and guests are welcome and valued.  Our commitment is more than simply ensuring that our campus is free from bias and discrimination, but is one devoted to celebrating many diverse identities, life experiences, and perspectives that enrich our community, teaching and learning. 

To learn more about why you should join the Hornet Family, please visit the Why Sac State? page.

Equal Employment Opportunity
California State University, Sacramento is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and has a strong institutional commitment to the principle of diversity in all areas. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, pregnancy, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or disability. Sacramento State hires only those individuals who are lawfully authorized to accept employment in the United States.

It is the policy of California State University, Sacramento to provide reasonable accommodations for qualified persons with disabilities who are employees or applicants for employment. If you need a disability related reasonable accommodation as part of the application and/or interviewing process, visit .

The University is committed to creating an education and working environment free from discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. For more information on mandatory training for new employees, visit .

Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act and Campus Fire Safety Right-To-know Act Notification:

Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the current Annual Security Report (ASR) is available for viewing at .
The ASR contains the current security and safety-related policy statements, emergency preparedness and evacuation information, crime prevention and sexual assault prevention information, and drug and alcohol prevention programming. The ASR also contains statistics of Clery Act crimes for Sacramento State for the last three (3) calendar years. Paper copies are available upon request at the Police Service Center located in the University Union.

Background Check Disclaimer
A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with California State University, Sacramento. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current California State University, Sacramento employees who apply for the position.

COVID-19 Vaccine Certification Information:

CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so. Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement. The systemwide policy can be found at

Eligibility Verification
Candidate will be required to provide official transcripts of their highest degree earned and must furnish proof of eligibility to work in the U.S.. California State University, Sacramento is a sponsoring agency ( ie. H-1-B Visa).

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