Assistant Professor Sport Management, Washington State University (US)

Assistant Professor Sport Management, Washington State University (US)

The Sport Management program at Washington State University is soliciting applications for a permanent tenure-track assistant professor position in sport management. The successful candidate will be expected to conduct research in their area of expertise within sport management, be able to teach a broad range of undergraduate courses in sport management as well as graduate courses in their area of expertise, provide service to the university, and engage with campus and local communities. The typical contractual load for a tenure-track assistant professor is 40% teaching (two courses per semester), 40% research and 20% service. We are seeking candidates with a focused research agenda and the ability to secure external funding or evidence of potential to do so. Candidates who can demonstrate engagement in interdisciplinary work, foster scholarly connections among current faculty, and contribute to diversity, equity and inclusion efforts are especially encouraged to apply. The College of Education seeks applicants who can demonstrate knowledge and ability to work effectively with individuals and groups with a variety of identities, cultures and backgrounds.


Required Qualifications:

– An earned Ph.D. in sport management, sport administration or closely related field by the position start date

– Evidence of high-quality research

– Ability to effectively teach a broad range of undergraduate courses in sport management

– Demonstrated pursuit of (or evidence of potential to secure) external funding

– Ability to contribute to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion consistent with the WSU strategic plan (see


Preferred Qualifications:

– Ability to teach graduate courses in sport management

– Evidence of ability to mentor graduate students

– Evidence of ability to teach and work with diverse populations

– Evidence of ability to work collaboratively with other faculty

– Evidence of publishing first-authored publications in high-quality scholarly journals

– Relevant practical experience in the sport or recreation industries


About the Program and Department

The Washington State University Sport Management program’s mission is to provide students with the essential theoretical and empirical knowledge, professional skills, learning experiences, and academic support needed to succeed in life. We are committed to transformative research and scholarship, as well as to multimodal engagement with an array of community and sport industry stakeholders. Through the development of professional and collaborative networks, we strive to create and sustain a diverse, global presence.

The program was founded in the early 1980s by athletic administrators and educators who were Title IX pioneers in the state of Washington. It is housed in the Department of Educational Leadership and Sport Management and is taught face-to-face at WSU Pullman. It employs faculty from four continents and offers bachelor of arts (, approx. 70 graduating students per year) and master of arts (, approx. 15 graduating stdents per year) degrees in sport management. The master’s program was ranked #20 in 2020 and #33 in 2021 in the SportBusiness Postgraduate Course Rankings. The program maintains successful collaborations with the Department of Athletics (a Pac-12 Conference member) and University Recreation, as well as with many other sport organizations in the Pacific Northwest and beyond, many of which are staffed with program alumni.


Washington State University

Washington State University (WSU) is a comprehensive land-grant research institution that was founded in 1890 and currently enrolls over 31,000 students across all campuses. It is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) and is designated as a Doctoral University with Very High Research Activity in the Carnegie Classification™. WSU comprises eleven colleges and a graduate school, and offers 101 major fields of study across the Pullman, Spokane, Tri-Cities, Vancouver, Everett, and Global (online) campuses. Eighty-one percent of undergraduate courses enroll fewer than 50 students. At the graduate level, students from 87 countries pursue degrees in 79 master’s and 65 doctoral programs. The Pullman campus, where this position is based, is the flagship campus with over 19,900 students. Located on the Palouse in the scenic Inland Northwest, Pullman is a safe and family-friendly city that offers the diversity and cultural amenities of a rural college town. In 2021, ranked Pullman #54 among the Top 100 Best Places to Live in America.


Application Process

Screening of applications will begin November 28, 2022, and will continue until the position is filled. The targeted starting date is August 16, 2023. To apply, click here or visit and search for position R-7523.

Applications must include:

– A letter of interest that specifically addresses required and preferred qualifications in the position description

– A curriculum vitae

– A research statement, no longer than 500 words, that summarizes the applicant’s research agenda and explain how it aligns with the university’s strategic plan (see

– A teaching statement, no longer than 500 words, that summarizes the applicant’s teaching experience, philosophy and strategies

– A statement of diversity, equity and inclusion, no longer than 500 words, that articulates the candidate’s awareness of and potential to work productively with underserved or underrepresented population

– A scholarly writing sample (e.g., journal article, book chapter or conference paper, published or under review)

– Contact information (names, addresses, telephone numbers and e-mail addresses) for three professional references who may be contacted and can speak to the qualifications for this position.


For information on the application process, contact Jason Johnson, search support manager, For information on the position, contact Dr. Simon Licen, search committee chair, Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. WSU offers a competitive and negotiable research start-up package.


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