Assistant or Associate Professor

Florida, United States
Competitive Salary
Oct 08, 2020
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

The Division of Physical Therapy within the School of Kinesiology and Physical Therapy (SKPT) at the University of Central Florida invites applications for Assistant or Associate Professor. The position is a 9-month appointment and is to begin August 2021.

 The physical therapy program at the UCF resides within the College of Health Professions and Sciences (CHPS), which is a core component of the newly-formed UCF Academic Health Science Center (AHSC) along with the College of Medicine, College of Nursing, UCF Health, and UCF Student Health. The AHSC academic and clinical components will be supporting a new partnership to develop a teaching hospital, the UCF Lake Nona Medical Center, in 2021.

SKPT includes a physical therapy division, which consists of the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program, a Graduate Certificate in Anatomical Sciences, a Neurological Residency Program, and a faculty practice; a division of kinesiology, which includes a B.S. and M.S. in Kinesiology, a Ph.D. track in Applied Exercise Physiology, and a Master of Athletic Training program. The research infrastructure of SKPT is led through the Institute of Exercise Physiology and Rehabilitation Science, which spans over 16,000 square feet of facilities and possesses numerous basic, applied clinical and community research laboratories. For more information on the institute please go to:

SKPT also has an existing clinical partnership with outside healthcare agencies as well as through clinical relationships with UCF Student Health Services, UCF Athletics, and UCF Sports Science for potential research collaborations.

 The UCF DPT Program has a small-to-medium-sized student cohort (<40). It possesses numerous partnerships involving hospital organizations and rehabilitation clinics for research and scholarly activity. The program maintains outstanding student outcomes for both licensure pass rates and scores, and substantive involvement in professional duties, community engagement, and research

 Duties:  The successful candidate will be a core faculty in the UCF DPT Program and contribute to excellence in physical therapy education through dedication to distinction in research, teaching, service, and mentorship of students to advance the program, college, and university mission. The candidate will have dedicated research space in the PT Musculoskeletal Laboratory within the SKPT Institute of Exercise Physiology and Rehabilitation Science, with the expectation of creating synergies with existing researchers and collaborators within the university, with community partners, and with external academic or industry partners to strengthen current research within the SKPT. Although a research-intensive position, additional expectations include mentorship of students, teaching activities in related areas of musculoskeletal function within the School, and university and professional service. 

Qualifications: An entry-level physical therapy degree from an accredited institution, a research doctoral degree from an accredited institution, and a distinct area of contemporary expertise per professional accreditation guidelines. ABD’s will be considered for the tenure-earning assistant rank. The doctoral degree must be earned by the beginning of the appointment.

For consideration for the tenure-earning assistant professor rank, the applicant must have a distinct area of research focus with appropriate training to project high potential for scholarly productivity and the ability to secure extramural funding.

 For consideration for the tenured associate professor rank, the candidate must demonstrate a distinguished record of scholarly achievement commensurate with a tenured faculty appointment at the rank of associate professor.

 Preferences:  Preference will be given to applicants who possess a nationally recognized research agenda with a record of extramural funding, a research agenda that is synergistic to the investigators of the Institute of Exercise Physiology and Rehabilitation Sciences, and experience with professional education in a CAPTE-accredited DPT program.

Application Process:  The university requires that all applicants apply and submit all supporting documents through the UCF Online Recruitment System at No paper applications will be considered.

Applicants must complete the online Faculty Applicant Affirmation form and submit the following: (1) a letter of application indicating qualifications for the position and alignment of research with the Institute of Exercise Physiology and Rehabilitation Science; (2) a curriculum vitae; and (3) contact information for three [up to five] professional references. The selected candidate will be required to provide official transcripts within thirty days of the hire date.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Candidates will not be considered until all of the above materials are received. Candidates are responsible for ensuring all materials have been uploaded correctly.

For further questions about this position, please contact Dr. Patrick Pabian at

 UCF is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply, including minorities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.  As a Florida public university, UCF makes all application materials and selection procedures available to the public upon request.