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Doctoral Teaching Assistantships at Academy Offer Leg Up in Sports Career


Working on major research grants in the Human Performance Lab. Teaching physical education and scholastic sport overseas in Malaysia. Rubbing elbows with visiting sports leaders from across the world.

Those are a few of the many rewarding experiences and exciting challenges that the United States Sports Academy’s next doctoral teaching assistants could experience during the university’s three-year residential doctorate program.

The Academy announced it is offering five Doctoral Teaching Assistantships to those who are interested in pursuing a Doctor of Education in Sports Management (Ed.D.) degree as a full-time, residential student at the Daphne, Ala., campus.

Brandon Spradley (right), an Academy residential doctoral teaching assistant, speaks with coaches about the King-Devick concussion test.

The Doctoral Teaching Assistant will receive a competitive annual stipend, fully paid individual student health insurance policy, as well as a tuition waiver. The residential coursework begins in the Fall 2014 term.

The current doctoral teaching assistants, who are wrapping up their final year, were chosen from among more than 100 applicants in 2011.

Brandon Spradley, a current doctoral teaching assistant, points out that he worked on two major sports research projects conducted at the Academy, taught physical education and scholastic sports in Malaysia, helped train youth coaches on concussion assessment tests, and worked on an oral history project that interviewed some of the top South Alabama-area athletes about their experiences playing sports during segregation.

“I’ve really enjoyed my education and my experiences here in the residential program,” Spradley said. “I feel my time at the Academy has prepared me to succeed in my future endeavors.”

Academy President and CEO Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich said he expects great things for residential doctoral students as they learn, teach and work at the university during the three-year program.

“We will ensure our residential doctoral program is meaningful and productive,” he emphasized.

The United States Sports Academy has been a leader and innovator in sport education for more than 40 years. The Academy has the distinction of being the first and only free standing, regionally accredited university in America devoted entirely to sport education since its founding in 1972.

Also known around the world as “America’s Sports University,” it has grown into the largest graduate school of sport education in the world and has provided programs to more than 65 nations. More than 70% of its graduates have gained jobs in the sports industry, which is more than double the rate of graduates in other social science fields.

Anyone interested in the Doctoral Teaching Assistantships should contact: Dr. Tim Foley, Dean of Student Services, for more information. Along with all admissions documents needed for the doctoral program, a résumé, letter of interest and three references should be sent to jobs@ussa.edu. You can also visit the Academy’s employment page to read about the positions.


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