Assistant/Associate Adjunct Faculty in Kinesiology (KINES 305) Philosophical Basis of Kinesiology

Saint Mary’s College of California

Moraga, CA

ID: 7103056 (Ref.No. 3155372)
Posted: June 17, 2022
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Location: Moraga, CA
Open Date: Jun 07, 2022
Deadline: Jun 21, 2022 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time

Description: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 305: Philosophical Basis of Kinesiology (3 credit course) in the Graduate Kinesiology Program in Fall 2022.

Tuesdays, 6-9pm

This course will be taught in person on the Moraga campus.

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 305: Philosophical Basis of Kinesiology is an introduction to the basic foundations of philosophy as they relate to the sport and physical activity domain. The course is designed to promote an understanding of the nature of philosophy and the major schools of philosophical thought. Topics include: The importance of philosophy to physical education and athletics; various teaching and coaching philosophies; ethical issues in sport and physical activity (e.g. drug use); and close examinations of contemporary social issues associated with race, ethnicity, and gender.

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to: understand and appreciate the general nature of philosophy, the philosophic process, the ways of knowing and the art of thinking; understand the basic concepts, the major branches and the terminology of the academic discipline of philosophy; understand the important components and perspectives of traditional and contemporary schools of philosophic thought; understand the relationship and importance of philosophy to physical education, athletics, and sport management; become familiar with current periodicals dealing with pertinent philosophical research and issues; interpret and synthesize ideas from traditional and current philosophical essays and to present your analyses in oral and written form; be able to lead and participate in valid philosophical discussions; gain valuable perspective by discussion of philosophical issues and your personal values with fellow professionals; identify, examine, clarify, and develop a personal philosophy of physical education, athletics, and sport management; and be able to use philosophy in making teaching, coaching, and administrative decisions.

Philosophical Basis of Kinesiology 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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