Associate or Full Professor of Physical Therapy - College of Health and Human Sciences - 27361

Illinois, United States
Salary Not Specified
Dec 15, 2020
Employment Type
Full Time

Position Description Summary

Northern Illinois University is recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in the category of Research Universities (high research activity) and located 60 miles west of Chicago. The physical therapy program is part of the School of Allied Health and Communicative Disorders. Faculty in audiology, physical therapy, and speech-language pathology collaborate in clinical and research endeavors. The prospective candidate will work with a diverse student, faculty, and clinic population. Excellent off-campus sites are available for practicum, research, and grant development. The school includes a 27,000 sq. ft. multidisciplinary clinic space that houses the Speech-Language-Hearing and Physical Therapy Clinics. For more information about the program,

We are inviting applications for a full-time, nine-month, promotable, associate or full level faculty position within the Physical Therapy program. Faculty rank is dependent on experience, qualifications, and Board policies.

Position Description Summary
The faculty member is responsible for all aspects of educating entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy ( DPT ) students as well as other NIU students through classroom instruction and research activities. The faculty member will engage in scholarly activity, e.g., research publications, presentations, grants, and mentorship of student research; positively contribute to committee service within the program, university, community, and profession, and provide student advisement to graduate students and undergraduate students, as appropriate. Additional responsibilities may include supervising in the NIU Physical Therapy Clinic and participation in interdisciplinary committees. We seek faculty who embrace NIU’s mission of providing opportunity to a diverse student body by providing them with access to high quality education and hands-on involvement in research and community engagement.

Duties and Responsibilities
• Teach academic coursework and provide clinical instruction to DPT students and other students as appropriate
• Engage in scholarly activity (e.g. research publications, presentations, grants)
• Positively contribute to committee service within the university (program, school, college, university levels) and profession
• Provide student advisement and support student research
• Contribute to curriculum development and program advancement

Required Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications:
• Academic doctorate obtained at time of hire
• Licensed physical therapist in any United States jurisdiction
• Minimum of six years of full-time higher education experience
• Minimum of three years of full-time experience in a physical therapist education program
• Experience with research or practice in neurology, pediatrics, and/or cardiopulmonary and complement expertise of existing faculty to ensure depth and breadth across the scope of practice as required by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
• Experience with connecting academic research and content to clinical implications and practices
• Demonstrated record of excellence in university teaching
• Demonstrated experience with committing to diversity and promoting an inclusive work and learning environment that foster creativity and innovation

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
• Ability and willingness to contribute to meeting the program’s instructional needs
• Strong oral, written, visual, and electronic communication skills
• Ability to communicate effectively and interact in a positive manner with diverse faculty, staff, patients, students, and clinicians as well as with people of varying economic and cultural backgrounds
• Ability to adhere to program’s immunization policies

Preferred Qualifications

Preferred Qualifications:
• Experience in:
o clinic/program administration
o being lead on university committees /departmental projects
o high quality scholarly pursuits
o utilization of course management systems to deliver organized and meaningful content

• Licensed physical therapist in the state of Illinois

• ABPTS Board Certification, or other advanced clinical certification

• History of engagement and service to the physical therapy profession at the local, state, and/or national level

Hiring Rate/Range
Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience
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Application Process
Applicants must apply online and complete their applicant profile and upload their materials at To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by April 15, 2021.

The proposed start date is August 16, 2021. Interviews may occur before April 15, 2021, however applications received by April 15, 2021 will receive full consideration. Applications received after April 15, 2021 are welcomed, but will be considered as needed.
For questions contact AHCD Office Administrator: Nicole Giardelli ( Salary is commensurate with qualifications, experience, and internal equity.

Required Applicant Documents
Letter of application
Curriculum Vita
Unofficial Graduate Transcripts (Official transcripts due upon hire)
Licensure information
Contact information for three references

Northern Illinois University is an AA/ EEO institution. In compliance with the Illinois Campus Security Act, before an offer of employment is made, the university will conduct a pre-employment background investigation, which includes a criminal background check.

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In accordance with applicable statutes and regulations, NIU is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, religion, age, physical and mental disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, political affiliation, or any other factor unrelated to professional qualifications, and will comply with all applicable federal and state statutes, regulations and orders pertaining to nondiscrimination, equal opportunity and affirmative action.

The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:

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In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.

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NIU remains committed to ensuring that its recruitment and application procedures include full opportunities for applicants with disabilities. Employment opportunities will not be denied to anyone because of the need to make accommodations for a person’s disability during either the application or interview process. An applicant who believes they require an accommodation to participate in the employment process due to a disability may request that accommodation through the Accommodation Request Form . For further assistance, please contact the office of Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity and Education ( AAEOE ) at .

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Applicant Documents
Required Documents
  1. Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Transcripts (unofficial with official required at hire)
  4. List of References
  5. Certifications/Licensure #1
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