DPT Program Director / Associate Professor of Physical Therapy

Virginia, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Oct 20, 2020
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Doctor of Physical Therapy Program
School of Rehabilitation Sciences
Old Dominion University

The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program is inviting applications for a full time, ten-month tenure track

faculty member at the Associate Professor level to serve as the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)

Program Director in a fully accredited, well-established and successful entry-level professional

preparation program. The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program is situated in the School of Rehabilitation

Sciences, College of Health Sciences at Old Dominion University (ODU) and graduates approximately 40

students per year. The program employs 8 full-time core faculty and is additionally supported by faculty

from within the School of Rehabilitation Sciences. Physical Therapy faculty also contribute to advising,

instruction, and research in the School’s PhD program in kinesiology and Rehabilitation and in the

College’s PhD Program in Health Sciences Research.


Old Dominion University is a residential and research-extensive public institution with a total student

enrollment of 25,000, approximately 6,000 of whom are graduate students. One third of the students

are from minority backgrounds and over 1,100 are international students from 94 countries. Old

Dominion University employs a diverse faculty of over 850 of which 40% are women. The University’s

primary campus is in Norfolk, Virginia, one of the seven cites that make up the historic Hampton

Roads region which, with a diverse population of 1.7 million, is a major recreation area and home to the

Port of Virginia and the largest naval base in the world.


ODU’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program has been continuously accredited since the first class

graduated in 1981. Following its most recent Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education

(CAPTE) review during the 2018/2019 academic year, the program remains fully accredited and the

successful candidate will lead the well-coordinated and collaborate faculty to continue and expand this

record of program excellence.


In addition to serving as Program Director, the position includes teaching and scholarship responsibilities

in content areas that match the applicant’s scholarly interests, areas of contemporary practice expertise,

as well as Program and School mission, goals and curricular needs. Additional responsibilities include

advising and mentoring students, engaging in Program, School, College and University service, and

professional development.


Minimum qualifications include:

 A licensed physical therapist (PT) who is eligible for licensure in the Commonwealth of Virginia

 Has earned an academic doctoral degree (Ph.D. or equivalent) and demonstrates a strong

record of impactful scholarly accomplishment in the last five years

 Holds or is eligible to hold the rank of associate or full professor

 Has a minimum of six years of full-time higher education experience and a record of teaching

excellence in an accredited entry-level DPT program

 Exhibits knowledge of CAPTE requirements and accreditation processes

 Demonstrates effective communication skills


Preferred characteristics include:

 Active APTA membership

 A record of demonstrated advocacy and leadership in physical therapy education and practice

at the state and/or national level

 Experience in curricular evaluation and design and programmatic fiscal and personnel


 A record of consistently funded research as reflected in extramural grant acquisition is





Applicants can submit all required application materials (letter of application addressing interest in and qualifications for the Program Director position, a current curriculum vitae, statements of scholarly interests and accomplishments and teaching philosophy and approaches, unofficial graduate transcripts and the names, email addresses and telephone numbers of three references from academic and professional sources) at https://jobs.odu.edu. Interested applicants may also contact the Search Committee Chair, Dr. Patricia Laverdure (plaverdu@odu.edu), directly for further information. Application review will begin November 23rd and continue until the position is filled.


Old Dominion University does not discriminate in admissions, treatment, employment or access to its

programs or actives on the basis of race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, age, sex (including

pregnancy), political affiliation, veteran status, family medical and genetic information, sexual orientation,

gender identity, gender expression, or disability. Minorites, women, veterans and individuals with

disabilities are encouraged to apply.