Assistant Professor of Athletic Training

University of North Carolina Wilmington   Wilmington, NC   Full-time     Education
Posted on November 1, 2022
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Assistant Professor of Athletic Training



Brief Summary of Work for this Position:

The School of Health and Applied Human Sciences, within the College of Health and Human Services (CHHS) at the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW), seeks an outstanding faculty member for an Assistant Professor, nine-month tenure-track position in the School’s Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) degree program.

The successful applicant will demonstrate contemporary expertise in one or more of the following professional domains of athletic training:

  • Urgent and emergent care
  • Orthopedics
  • Rehabilitation
  • Behavioral health
  • Wellness and/or performance enhancement

Administrative responsibilities in the roles of program director or clinical education coordinator may be available in the future. Further, the successful candidate will be able to mentor graduate students through capstone projects, conduct research, publish scholarly manuscripts, apply for, and receive internal and external grant funding, and provide community engagement and professional service.

This appointment begins August 2023.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements

Applicants must possess the following qualifications:

  • Candidate must hold an earned Doctorate degree in Athletic Training or a closely related field at the time of employment. ABD applicants will be considered for this position and must have earned a degree by August 1, 2023.
  • Candidate must hold current Board of Certification as an Athletic Trainer (in good standing) and possess or be eligible to obtain licensure as an Athletic Trainer in the State of North Carolina.

Preferred Education, Knowledge, Skills & Experience  

Preference will be given to candidates who have the following:

  • Previous teaching experience at the university level, as the instructor of record within a CAATE-accredited program
  • An established record of or demonstrated potential for research and scholarly activity in athletic training or allied health field
  • A minimum of 3 years clinical experience as a certified athletic trainer
  • Experience serving as a clinical preceptor
  • Demonstrated ability to mentor student research
  • Experience developing and maintaining collaborative relations with campus constituents and off-campus clinical sites and a successful record of community service and engagement
  • An established record of or demonstrated potential for successful academic leadership
  • Experience with CAATE accreditation processes
  • A commitment to a diverse and inclusive learning environment.

 Required Certifications or Licensure

  • BOC certification
  • NPI number
  • Eligible for NC Athletic Training licensure

Primary Function of Organizational Unit        

The Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) prepares entry level professionals to enter the field of Athletic Training. The degree is built around 60 credit hours of required coursework to satisfy the eligibility requirements for the students to sit for the national Board of Certification examination. The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), most recently in 2018. Graduates from the program establish successful careers as Athletic Trainers in secondary schools, colleges and universities, professional sports programs, sports medicine clinics, and other athletic health care settings. See: 

The School of Health and Applied Human Sciences (SHAHS) is a large and growing academic unit with over 1550 students and 54 full time faculty. See: .

 The SHAHS currently has six undergraduate degree programs:

  • Public Health
  • Exercise Science
  • Healthful Living and Fitness Education
  • Tourism, Recreation, & Sport
  • Recreation Therapy
  • Respiratory Therapy

The SHAHS also has Master of Science degrees in:

  • Athletic Training
  • Healthcare Administration
  • Gerontology

 The SHAHS also supports:

  • Masters of Arts in Teaching (MAT) through the Watson College of Education
  • Masters of Education concentration in Physical Education and Health through the Watson College of Education

 Minors are offered in:

  • Gerontology
  • Health
  • Tourism, Recreation, & Sport
  • Yoga Studies
  • Assistance Dog Training

 The SHAHS is also home to the WPA/L 101 Physical Activity and Wellness program which delivers courses that fulfill University Studies requirements.

The MSAT program and the SHAHS is located in the newly constructed Veterans Hall ( The MSAT program is the main user of the state-of-the-art Rehabilitation Lab.

Eligibility for Employment

Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. UNC Wilmington participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.

Special Notes to Applicants

Please note that the following is required:

  • Cover Letter (2-3 pages in length; please address how you meet the minimum requirements / preferred qualifications for this position)
  • Statement on Diversity and Inclusion – addresses how the candidate will contribute to fostering diversity and inclusion in the Master of Athletic Training program and on campus
  • Curriculum Vitae

For more information and to apply by the closing date of 11/27/2022, visit

 College/School Information

The College of Health and Human Services was created in July 2010 to provide UNCW with a new mechanism to link and focus its health-related research, professional continuing education, and health knowledge dissemination and application. In the formative stage of development, the CHHS is currently home to three professional schools: School of Health and Applied Human Sciences, School of Nursing, and School of Social Work. This is an outstanding opportunity to join a dynamic College that seeks to be nationally recognized for its inter-professional collaboration, community engagement and impact, and implementation science. The faculty, staff and students of the CHHS are committed to the pursuit of excellence and enhancing health and quality of life across the lifespan for individuals, families and communities in southeastern North Carolina and beyond.

University Information       

A public institution with nearly 18,000 students, UNCW offers a full range of baccalaureate- and graduate-level programs, as well as doctoral degrees in educational leadership, marine biology, nursing practice and psychology; and many distance learning options, including clinical research, an accelerated RN-to-BSN program, an Executive M.B.A. program structured for working professionals, and the nation’s only bachelor’s degree program focused on coastal engineering.

The university’s efforts to advance research and scholarly activities have earned UNCW the elevated designation of “Doctoral Universities: High Research Activity” institution (R2 University) by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

UNCW has been part of the University of North Carolina System since 1969.

At the University of North Carolina at Wilmington (UNCW), our culture reflects our values of inclusion, diversity, globalization, ethics and integrity and innovation and we are committed to providing equality of educational and employment opportunity for all persons without regard to race, sex (such as gender, gender identity, marital status, childbirth, and pregnancy), age, color, national origin (including ethnicity), religion, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation, veteran status, military service member status, genetic information, or relationship to other university constituents – except where sex, age, or ability represent bona fide educational or occupational qualifications or where marital status is a statutorily established eligibility criterion for State funded employee benefit programs. UNCW believes that embracing the unique contributions of our faculty, staff and students is critical to our success and paramount in being recognized for our global mindset.