Assistant/Associate Adjunct Faculty in Kinesiology (KINES 370) Psychological Analysis of Sport and Exercise

Saint Mary’s College of California

Moraga, CA

ID: 7059643 (Ref.No. 1587144)
Posted: August 22, 2019
Application Deadline: September 20, 2019

Job Description

Assistant/Associate Adjunct Faculty in Kinesiology (KINES 370) Psychological Analysis of Sport and Exercise

Location: Moraga, CA

Open Date: Jun 10, 2019

Deadline: Sep 20, 2019 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time

Founded in 1863, Saint Mary's is a residential campus nestled 20 miles east of San Francisco in the picturesque Moraga Valley. Based in the Catholic, Lasallian and Liberal Arts traditions, Saint Mary's currently enrolls more than 4,000 students from diverse backgrounds in undergraduate and graduate programs. The De La Salle Christian Brothers, the largest teaching order of the Roman Catholic Church, guide the spiritual and academic character of the College.

As a comprehensive and independent institution, Saint Mary's offers undergraduate and graduate programs integrating liberal and professional education. Saint Mary's reputation for excellence, innovation and responsiveness in education stems from its vibrant heritage as a Catholic, Lasallian and Liberal Arts institution. An outstanding, committed faculty and staff that value shared inquiry, integrative learning and student interaction bring these traditions to life in the 21st century. The College is committed to the educational benefits of diversity.


Saint Mary's College seeks to hire a per-course adjunct faculty member to teach KINES 370: Psychological Analysis of Sport and Exercise (3 credit course) in the Graduate Kinesiology Program in Spring 2020.

February 10 - May 21, 2020

Monday 4:45pm - 7:45pm

The Master of Arts in Kinesiology program at Saint Mary's College focuses on the study of human beings engaged in physical activity. It is designed to ensure that graduate students are exposed to the breadth and depth of classical and contemporary knowledge in the component areas of the field while taking advantage of the finest things about Saint Mary's College (e.g., an interest in the student as a person and an emphasis on shared inquiry and critical thinking). Students select a concentration that fits best with their personal and professional goals: Sport Studies, Sport Management, or Fitness Management, and complete the program in 14 to 26 months.

Consistent with Saint Mary's College's commitment to inclusive excellence, the Kinesiology Department strives to be an inclusive community that fosters respect and belonging for faculty and students of diverse backgrounds and identities. We seek an applicant who can engage, advocate for, and support students of color, women, and underrepresented groups.


KINES 370: Psychological Analysis of Sport and Exercise will focus on in-depth analysis of the foundations of psychology as they pertain to the sport and physical activity domain. Students will discuss the utility of current theories in social, cognitive, and developmental psychology as they relate to sport and exercise. Much of this course will be devoted to a) understanding the importance of theory and empirical research in sport psychology, and b) using the theory and research as a basis to inform best practices in the physical domain as well as other areas of life.

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to: Understand psychological theories and empirical research and apply them appropriately in sport/exercise settings and beyond; Identify proper and improper techniques for motivation; Differentiate between effective and maladaptive leadership styles in sport; Utilize various psychological techniques to enhance performance; Differentiate between effective and ineffective methods of building group cohesion; Design a theoretically based psychological skills training program for athletes that enhances motivation, confidence, one's ability to cope with pressure, and the enjoyment of the activity; Demonstrate familiarity with practices that enhance the probability of adherence to exercise; Apply what was learned in class to their personal sport/exercise experiences; Integrate theory and research with practical strategies for effective psychological interventions with struggling athletes; Demonstrate improved communication skills (both verbal and written); Arrange materials for a resource file that can be used for lifelong learning on these topics.

Psychological Analysis of Sport and Exercise is one of the five-core courses in the Graduate Kinesiology Program. Upon completion of the required coursework for the program, students complete a one-hour comprehensive exam on the subject material from this class. The instructor hired for this class agrees to write an appropriate exam question for this class, help prepare students to complete the exam, grade it, and work with students who may need to retake the exam. Additional compensation is provided in-line with these expectations.


The successful candidate will hold a terminal degree in Kinesiology or a closely related field and have a recent publication record in the field, or a Master’s degree in Kinesiology or a closely related field and have at least five years of current, relevant professional experience. Demonstrated teaching effectiveness at the graduate level as evidenced by recent course evaluations is strongly preferred. Candidates should be comfortable supporting and working in a multi-cultural environment.

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