Sessional Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream in Physical Literacy  (York University)

The School of Kinesiology and Health Science in the Faculty of Health at York University invites highly qualified applicants for a Sessional Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream position in Physical Literacy. This is a Contractually Limited Appointment (CLA) to the teaching stream for a three-year term to commence July 1, 2024.

 The successful candidate will be expected to teach undergraduate and/or graduate courses and provide creative experiential-based educational leadership to enhance teaching and learning through curricular and pedagogical innovation in the classroom and applied settings. A sound, movement-based foundation in physical literacy is critically important for lifelong engagement in physical activity behaviours and the School  aims to instill this in all of our students. These valuable skills are highly transferable to a myriad of career trajectories taken by Kinesiology and Health Science graduates. The candidate’s primary role will be to develop and implement the emerging Integrated Physical Activity for Life (IPAL) courses through collaboration with existing IPAL faculty members. The IPAL courses are committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) and strive to develop all Kinesiology and Health Science students into well rounded ambassadors of physical activity who possess the knowledge and ability to promote active healthy behaviours for themselves and those around them. This mission will be achieved through diverse movement-based experiences across six themes delivered during the first two years of the undergraduate program.   


Candidate Qualifications:

Degree:  Candidates must hold a PhD or PhD completed by appointment date of July 1, 2024 in Kinesiology, Education, Recreation and Leisure, Child and Youth Studies, or a related field.


– A record or evident promise of excellence in teaching and dedication to students (e.g., teaching and/or leadership accomplishments, evidence of pedagogical innovations in experiential education, technology-enhanced learning and community-based learning, strong student or peer evaluations).

– Suitability for prompt appointment to the Faculty of Graduate Studies, given that the position may involve graduate teaching and supervision. 


– A strong background in physical literacy, either through academia or other routes (e.g., coaching, teaching).

–  A strong commitment to pedagogy and student success, the capacity to bring a theoretical and practical orientation to leadership via movement-based activities and a reflective approach to teaching.

– Given the firm commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) of the IPAL courses, professional development, program implementation/evaluation, and leadership in the field of EDI will be considered an asset.

– Experience with curriculum development and universal design approaches to teaching and assessment is preferred.

– A record of contribution to service or potential to contribute to service in administrative and committee work.


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Application Process:

·   Due date for completed applications: October 30, 2023

·   Required materials: 1) current CV; 2) a signed letter of application/cover letter outlining professional experience; 3) a teaching philosophy statement, 4) a teaching dossier which supports excellence and innovation in teaching [i.e., sample course outlines, student rating, teaching reviews, workshop and professional development programs attended or led, and conference papers and publications relating to pedagogy], and 5) contact information for three references. Reference letters will only be requested for shortlisted candidates.

·   Provide required information regarding your Canadian work status and optional self-identification for Affirmative Action purposes as part of the online application.

·   Further information about the School of Kinesiology and Health Science can be obtained at and Any questions regarding the posting should be directed to: Dr. Angelo Belcastro, Chair, School of Kinesiology and Health Science at

·   Submit materials via url provided.

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