Diversity Faculty Fellow – Physical Education State University of New York, Cortland State University of New York, Cortland 87 reviews

SUNY Cortland is an engaged learning community that is committed to promoting a diversity of thought and experience. We believe that an equitable, inclusive and diverse campus and curriculum are critical to our educational mission.

To promote and support our inclusive community, SUNY Cortland is proud to announce the continuation of the SUNY Cortland Diversity Fellows Program. The aim of this program is to attract diverse faculty of promise to our campus. We intend to hire up to five (5) fellows each year in a cluster format who demonstrate a diversity of thought and experience in both their personal and scholarly pursuits. We are recruiting early career scholars who seek to gain experience in a full-time faculty position in a supportive, inclusive environment. In addition, fellows will help support the infusion of topics related to equity and inclusion in the departmental and/or college-wide curriculum inside and outside the classroom.

Like all full-time faculty at SUNY Cortland, fellows will be expected to maintain a routine presence on campus to support the campus values of Focus on the Students, Integrity, and Intellectual Life as well as serve the campus priorities of Academic Excellence, Transformational Education, Well-being, and the Maximization of Resources.

The Physical Education Department (PED) is housed in the University’s School of Professional Studies. The degrees offered include: BS in Physical Education focusing on the pathway to NYS Teaching Certification. In addition, the PED offers four graduate programs with online and in-person delivery. Students may choose to add a concentration in Adapted Physical Education or Outdoor Adventure Education. The PED has 22 full-time faculty members in addition to dozens of part-time instructors who readily engage their 850 students in teaching, research, and service activities.

The PED’s mission is to prepare physical educators who will make a difference in their communities and the lives of their students. The PED’s faculty help prepare candidates to be the leaders and catalysts needed to conduct quality physical education programs for all learners.
The PED actively promotes equity, inclusion, diversity, social justice, and has multiple collaborative opportunities with regional PK-12 schools and other organizations Internationally, the PED has affiliations with colleges in Germany and Australia. Several students have gained excellent learning experiences through these transformational opportunities.

Major Responsibilities
  • Teach a reduced load of 12 credits per year (6 credits per semester) for the duration of the two-year program. Included as part of the teaching load will be the opportunity to teach at least one course a year which addresses equity and inclusion as part of its content.
  • Teach physical education pedagogy and/or activity courses, participate in department/school/college professional service, advisement, and other teaching assignments as per department needs.
  • Support the infusion of topics related to equity and inclusion in the departmental and/or college-wide curriculum. Participate in mentoring process with assigned mentor to support professional development.
  • Participate in a professional learning community designed specifically to further their growth and ensure their success in the areas of teaching, scholarship and service.
  • Participate in the SUNY Diversity Conference each year of the fellowship.
  • Develop an active scholarship or research agenda.
  • Provide service to the department, school, and university.
  • Provide scheduled office hours and support students outside of the classroom in at least one of the following ways: acting as academic advisors, serving as advisors to student organizations, and supervising student assistants, research assistants, or other internship experiences

  • Cultural competence and commitment to diversity and Inclusion as part of anticipated career trajectory.
  • Ability to provide leadership in teaching, research or service toward building an equitable and diverse academic environment
  • Desire to work with students from diverse backgrounds, ability to teach and assess learning in culturally diverse settings, commitment to improving access to higher education for all students regardless of background, and commitment to educating students to become global citizens.
  • Demonstrate diversity of thought and experience in both their personal and scholarly pursuits
  • Creativity in course and curricular design
  • Effective interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Support the SUNY Cortland mission, vision, values and priorities

Functional and Supervisory Relationships
  • SUNY Cortland Diversity Fellows are tenure-track faculty members of their respective departments
  • Report to the academic department chair
  • Member of small dynamic cohort of new academics who work collectively to support an inclusive community and campus climate, and; enhance the cultural, academic and professional experience of groups traditionally under-represented in higher education (e.g., students of color, women in STEM fields, low income and first-generation college students and LGBTQ+ community)
  • Working relationships with Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer and Director of Multicultural Life and Diversity.

Required Qualifications
  • Master’s degree or ABD in Physical Education or related area for appointment to Instructor rank; terminal degree in Physical Education or related area for appointment to assistant professor
  • Demonstrated academic, professional and/or personal experience in engaging with diversity, equity and inclusion.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Relevant teaching experience in physical education or related area at the college level
  • Early career scholar seeking to gain experience in a full-time faculty position in a supportive, inclusive environment
  • Public school teaching experience
  • Expertise in physical education pedagogy
  • Experience working with diverse populations
  • Expertise in an additional area such as student teaching supervision, elementary/secondary physical education, movement education, motor development, philosophy and history in physical education, measurement and assessment in physical education, comprehensive school physical activity programming, and/or other contemporary educational topics.

EEO Statement

The State University of New York College at Cortland is an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity/Americans with Disabilities Act (AA/EEO/ADA) employer. The College actively seeks applications from women, veterans, individuals with a disability, members of underrepresented groups or anyone that would enrich the diversity of the College.

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