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Kinesiology Sessional Instructors: Fall 2024

Job ID: 31806
Location: Main Campus
Updated May 22, 2024

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We would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the traditional territories of the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta.
The City of Calgary is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Districts 5 and 6.


The Faculty of Kinesiology invites applications for Sessional Instructors to teach the courses listed below in Fall 2024 (pending funding and sufficient enrolments). 

The Fall 2024 term runs from Monday August 26 to Tuesday December 24. Classes in the Faculty of Kinesiology begin the week of September 3 and end Friday December 6, followed by the Registrar final exam period, which runs Monday December 9 to Thursday December 19. Please see the academic schedule for additional important dates and deadlines.

Courses of Instruction
In general, instructor responsibilities include: course instruction; assessment and grading; creation and management of the course D2L shell; communication with faculty staff in relation to teaching and learning; ongoing communication with students and, where applicable, teaching assistants and lab personnel; and, other assigned duties (as applicable).

KNES 201: Activity: Essence & Experience
Participate in various activities and movement patterns and the study of the fundamental factors that influence the activities we choose and the way we move. Please note that this posting is for the lecture component of the course; there will be a separate posting for activity labs in the coming weeks.
Lecture: M, 15:00-16:50
Activity Labs: The course instructor will be required to coordinate with activity lab instructors but does not instruct any of the activity labs.

KNES 203: Activity: Health, Fitness, & Performance
Fundamentals of exercise physiology are used in a variety of theoretically supported activities to experience the benefits of exercise and an understanding of exercise prescription and evaluation. 
Lecture: T/R, 11:00-11:50
Lab: Graduate Assistants (Teaching) run the labs; the course instructor will be required to coordinate with the GATs but not teach the lab component.

KNES 251: Introduction to Human Motor Control and Learning
An introduction to principles underlying motor control and learning.
Lecture: M/W/F, 10:00-10:50
Labs: Graduate Assistants (Teaching) run the labs; the course instructor will be required to coordinate with the GATs but not teach the lab component.

KNES 259: Human Anatomy and Physiology I
The instructional approach is a combination of systematic and regional anatomy and physiology with some surface anatomy and radiologic considerations. General cell physiology, bone anatomy, neurophysiology and muscular physiology, as well as skeletal structure, types of connective tissues, structure of joints and muscles of the axial and appendicular skeleton will be covered. Laboratories utilize human tissue materials, anatomical models, charts, and prosected cadavers and cadaver specimens. Please note that this posting is for the physiology component of this course.
Lecture 1: M/W/F, 08:00-8:50
Lecture 2: M/W/F, 12:00-12:50

KNES 331: Foundations of Coaching
The fundamental principles of creating an effective training environment for the developing athlete.
Lecture: M/F, 11:00-12:15

KNES 351: Foundations of Neural Control
An examination of the nervous system and its role in controlling movement. Emphasis is placed on understanding the basic anatomy and neurophysiology of the central and peripheral nervous systems. Topics include the properties of individual neurons and neural circuits that support human movement. This basic understanding is supplemented by discussion of neurological injuries, diseases and disorders that compromise human movement.
Lecture: T/R, 08:00-09:15

KNES 365: Sensorimotor Neuroscience
An examination of how human movement is coordinated by the nervous system, beginning with a review of relevant neuroanatomy and neurophysiology. An emphasis is placed on contemporary scientific techniques throughout.
Lecture: T/R, 15:30-16:45

KNES 373: Exercise Physiology
The physiology of muscular exercise, physical conditioning, and training. The course will cover aspects of the nervous, muscular, cardiovascular, and respiratory systems and also present the material in the context of the effects of exercise on an integrated system. Short- and long-term adaptations to exercise will be examined relative to health and human activity.
Lecture: M/W/F, 11:00-11:50
Labs: The course instructor will be required to coordinate with graduate teaching assistants and Faculty exercise physiology lab technicians but not teach the lab component.

KNES 396: Research Seminar
Students attend, discuss, and critique a series of research seminars in the Human Performance Laboratory.
Lecture: R 15:00-17:45

KNES 399: Sport Psychology
An analysis of personality and social psychological variables affecting the athlete/coach in the context of sport.
Lecture: M/W/F, 08:00-08:50

KNES 413: Motivation in Physical Activity, Exercise, and Sport
Concepts related to motivation in physical activity, sport, and exercise settings. Antecedents, consequences, and processes of motivated behaviour are examined from theoretical, empirical, and applied perspectives.
Lecture: T/R, 14:00-15:15

KNES 431: The Art of Coaching
Advanced principles of the art of effective coaching. Note that the instructor teaches both the lecture and lab component of this class so a strong coaching background is essential, and should be emphasized in the application.
Lecture: M, 13:00-14:50
Lab: F, 13:00-14:50

KNES 479: Advanced Fitness Appraisal and Exercise Prescription
Advanced knowledge and skills necessary to assess physical fitness status of apparently healthy individuals, including cardiorespiratory fitness, muscular strength and endurance, body composition, and flexibility. Interpretation of fitness test results, development of appropriate exercise prescriptions, and communication skills necessary for effective counselling. CSEP certification will be considered an asset for this instructional position.
Lecture: T/R, 12:30-13:45
Lab: The instructor will work with an exercise physiology lab technician but not instruct the lab component.

KNES 499: Applied Sport Psychology
Focus on applied sport psychology techniques and strategies to optimize performance, with the intent to bridge sport psychology related research with professional practice.
Lecture: M/W/F, 09:00-09:50

KNES 501: Sport & Law
An introduction and analysis of legal issues and concepts related to sport.
Lecture: M 16:00-18:50

KNES 615: Seminar in Applied Exercise Physiology I
Lectures and seminar presentations, discussion and critique of current research in applied exercise physiology and related subjects.
Seminar: R, 08:30-09:20

KNES 686: Practicum III
The practicum will consist of multiple experiences in applied physiology environments.
Tutorial: T/R, 09:30-10:20

KNES 697: Exercise Psychology
Addresses the determinants and consequences of exercise and sport engagement within clinical and athletic populations. The focus will be on fostering effective behaviour change in varied populations, with hands-on skills and effective practice guidelines shared with the students.
Seminar: T, 08:30-09:20

Position Requirements
For all courses listed above, applicants must meet the following qualifications/requirements:

  • Earned a PhD in Kinesiology or a related field; a master’s degree in Kinesiology or a related field will be considered.
  • Evidence of successful teaching at the university level and related to the content of the course(s) to which application is being made.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate and work effectively with diverse groups of people.
  • Experience teaching virtually will be considered an asset.

Application Process for All Positions
Applications must be submitted online via the 'Apply Now' link. Email applications will not be accepted. Please be aware that the online application process allows for only four (4) attachments. Attachments should be organized to contain the following (which may require merging documents):

  • Cover letter (see below for further details and any notes above in relation to specific courses)
  • Current curriculum vitae
  • Teaching Statement and, if available, evidence of successful teaching*
  • Three (3) letters of reference*

*Required for applicants who have not taught courses in the Faculty of Kinesiology previously. 

In the cover letter, all applicants must clearly state the course(s) to which they are applying to instruct, the order of preference if more than one course, and their qualifications specific to each course. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Only those applicants chosen to proceed in the selection process will be contacted. Please note that for positions listed, there may be candidates with the right of first refusal (RoFR). For salary information, please refer to TUCFA's Collective Agreement, Schedule B.

If you have any questions about this posting, please contact Dr. William Bridel, Associate Dean (Academic) by email.

Application Deadline: June 7, 2024

The University of Calgary has launched an institution-wide Indigenous Strategy committing to creating a rich, vibrant, and culturally competent campus that welcomes and supports Indigenous Peoples, encourages Indigenous community partnerships, is inclusive of Indigenous perspectives in all that we do.

As an equitable and inclusive employer, the University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their academic and professional success while they are here. In particular, we encourage members of the designated groups (women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, members of visible/racialized minorities, and diverse sexual orientation and gender identities) to apply. To ensure a fair and equitable assessment, we offer accommodation at any stage during the recruitment process to applicants with disabilities. Questions regarding [diversity] EDI at UCalgary can be sent to the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion ([email protected]) and requests for accommodations can be sent to Human Resources ([email protected]).

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. In this connection, at the time of your application, please answer the following question: Are you a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada? (Yes/No)

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