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Athletic Training Program Director - Full-time Faculty Position

Full-time Faculty Position (instructor/assistant professor/associate professor)

Mercyhurst University

Zurn College of Natural and Health Sciences

Department of Sports Medicine



Position Summary

The Department of Sports Medicine at Mercyhurst University is seeking a full-time faculty member – rank (instructor/assistant professor/associate professor) dependent upon qualification and experience of the candidate – to serve as Program Director of the undergraduate Athletic Training Program.  The successful candidate will teach the undergraduate program to completion and navigate the transition to a professional Master of Science in Athletic Training.  Appointment begins August 15, 2018.

Salary:  Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and professional experience.



Responsible for the overall operation and function of the MU Athletic Training Program.  This position requires the integration of skills exemplary of faculty members, as well as those skills evident in experienced Certified Athletic Trainers. Job functions include the development of curriculum, student development, program development and maintenance of the accreditation process; teach undergraduate courses within the Department of Sports Medicine; plan, direct and supervise the delivery of athletic training education in both the classroom and clinical environments; maintain and ensure compliance with the Commission on Accreditation for Athletic Training Education Programs (CAATE) standards and guidelines.  Additional responsibilities include, but are not limited to, advise and mentor athletic training students; recruitment of athletic training students; remain current in best practices and current issues/trends within the profession; and work cooperatively and collaboratively with the faculty within the Sports Medicine Department, College, and University; and fulfillment of the duties and responsibilities within the University faculty handbook.




  • Master's Degree Required, Doctorate Preferred (ABD considered)
  • Evidence of 3 years of teaching experience in CAATE accredited program
  • Evidence of prior clinical experience in athletic training with diverse populations
  • BOC certification and eligibility for Pennsylvania licensure
  • Ability to demonstrate a commitment to work effectively with students, faculty, and staff from variety of diverse settings and backgrounds.
  • Familiarity and applied knowledge with CAATE accreditation standards.


  • Experience in evidence-based practice, outcomes assessment, and/or policy development
  • Evidence of successful experience managing clinical education within athletic training


About the Program/University

Anchored in the Mercyhurst Sports Medicine department tradition of excellence, the Athletic Training major is always looking for ways to refine their craft so students receive the best and most cutting-edge experience. We work closely with Mercyhurst University Athletics which participates in the PSAC conference, a variety of local high schools, orthopedic surgeons, fellowship trained Sports Medicine physicians, physical therapy offices, other local universities, as well as local EMS and other area allied health professionals. Through our decades of educating aspiring future professionals, we have come to understand that it is not the initials after a name that define the work, but rather the impact a person will make. Between hours of hands-on clinical experiences, classroom learning with state-of-the-art equipment, and faculty dedicated to whole-person discovery and development, our graduates leave with the most fulfilling education experience and the skills to lead a successful professional life.

Mercyhurst University is a private, master’s level university located in Erie, Pennsylvania. Founded by the Sisters of Mercy, the University has a strong emphasis on service to the community, social justice and community involvement as part of its enduring Mercy mission. Mercyhurst University faculty enjoy a low faculty-student ratio, emphasis on and appreciation of excellence in teaching, and a collegial, respectful atmosphere that honors academic achievement and integrity.


Application Process

Application materials should be sent to the attention of Brad Jacobson MA, LAT, ATC. Chair, Sports Medicine Department at  All applicants must be currently eligible to work in the United States.

To receive full consideration for this position, please be prepared to submit:

•          A letter of application addressing qualifications in the position description

•          Curriculum Vitae

•          Statement of teaching philosophy

•          Names of three professional references

Inquiries regarding the position should be directed to Mr. Jacobson at or via phone at 814-824-2526.


Screening of applicants will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.


Mercyhurst is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer that encourages members of diverse groups to apply.