Physical Therapist Assistant Instructor - Tenure Track - SFCC

Washington, United States
Competitive Salary
Feb 22, 2021
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

SALARY: See Position Description

OPENING DATE: 02/19/21   CLOSING DATE: 03/15/21 04:00 PM  


Spokane Falls Community College (SFCC) seeks qualified candidates for consideration of employment in this full time, tenure track position. SFCCs Physical Therapist Assistant Program was established in 1995 and is accredited by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Commission on Accreditation for Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). It is the only PTA program in Eastern Washington and draws students from a large geographic area.
SFCC is a beautiful campus located in the inland Pacific Northwest overlooking the Spokane River, near the urban center of Spokane, a mid-sized city with a high quality of life and quick access to the outdoors. More information about living and working in Spokane available at:
SFCC is one of two accredited community colleges that comprise the Community Colleges of Spokane. Serving about 8,200 students, SFCC strives to be an educational leader and a responsive partner with the community and region to provide access to relevant programs of the highest quality. We offer a large liberal arts/transfer program (approximately 75% of total enrollment) as well as state-of-the-art professional technical programs (about 25%). We strive to embrace diversity, promote equity, and foster global awareness at every level of our college.

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program has a strong regional reputation for innovation and excellence and commitment to community engagement. We strive for equity and the enhancement of the diversity of the College's community and curriculum. The department is situated in the Division of Professional Studies, Library, and Workforce Education.
We seek applicants with a high degree of professionalism, a strong commitment to our students, diversity, equity, and global awareness, and the ability to motivate and educate in an engaging manner. We strive for faculty who are content experts and are knowledgeable about best practices, innovative strategies, and instructional technologies that support teaching and learning.
  • Prepares for and instructs, through traditional classroom and distance education modes, lecture and lab classes in the discipline of Physical Therapist Assistant; Examples of the types of courses typically assigned include PTA 110 and 170 Basic Physical Therapy Procedures Seminar and Lab, PTA 112 and 172 Functional Restoration Seminar and Lab, and PTA 212 and 271 Rehab Applications Seminar and Lab; Assignments may be at off-campus centers and may also include evening and/or weekend classes.    
  • Serve as PTA Program Director (please note according to the AHE Master Contract, the dean has the right to reassign this role to other faculty as needed or warranted). 
  • Provides availability and accessibility to students for purpose of academic consulting and support, in a manner appropriate to meet student needs, through a combination of scheduled office hours, e-mail accessibility or other effective means of responsive and timely communication;
  • Communicates expectations and establishes clear grading criteria through appropriate instructional means, to include but not limited to developing course syllabi, handouts, and materials supporting the instructional process; evaluates student progress and provides clear, timely feedback;
  • Participates in district, division, department, or general faculty meetings; in-service training; curriculum development; academic consulting; workshops or seminars; service on district or college councils or committees, or other activities within the scope of the position;
  • Complies with state and federal law applicable to professional duties and responsibilities; Follows established procedures in areas such as printing, turning in grades, bookstore orders, office support, student financial aid requirements, safety and health issues and related administrative processes; 
  • Support and advance the CCS strategic plan, and perform other duties as assigned;
  • In addition, faculty may:
    • Direct the work of paraprofessional employees assigned work-study students. Responsible for ensuring assigned staff adhere to acceptable behavior and performance standards.   Demonstrate that assigned staff have been informed how behavior and performance will be assessed, receive timely and accurate feedback regarding performance, and any observed performance and behavioral problems are corrected promptly.
    • Advise student clubs or associations.


REQUIRED COMPETENCIES (Minimum Qualifications)
  • Physical Therapist or Physical Therapist Assistant - holds a current license/certification to practice as a PT or PTA in any United States jurisdiction; and demonstrates an understanding of education and contemporary clinical practice appropriate for leadership in physical therapist assistant education.
  • Be licensed in Washington Sate or have the ability to become licensed in Washington State.
  • An earned Master’s degree from an accredited institution with emphasis and concentration in the teaching areas outlined above.  
  • Nine (9) or more college- or graduate-level credits in Education
  • A minimum of five years (or equivalent), full-time, post licensure experience that includes a minimum of three years (or equivalent) of full-time clinical experience;
  • Didactic and/or clinical teaching experience;
  • Experience in administration/management of staff and/or programs; 
  • Experience in educational theory and methodology, instructional design, student evaluation and outcome assessment, including the equivalent of nine credits of coursework in educational foundations.
  • Strong communication, organization, interpersonal, problem-solving, and counseling skills.          
  • Current knowledge and skill in the use of information and computer technology (e.g., word processing, e-mail, database) or proven ability to learn these skills.        
  • Able to work with students with special needs based on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).        
  • Knowledge of legislative, regulatory, legal and practice issues affecting clinical education, students, and the profession of physical therapy.         
  • Able to meet the faculty requirements as stated in the Evaluative Criteria for the Accreditation of Physical Therapist Assistant Programs.          
  • Able to work independently and coordinate work with colleagues and peers.          
  • Acceptance of the responsibility to promote the welfare and best interests of students at all times. 
  • Acceptance of and willingness to support the role that community colleges serve in higher education, and specifically the mission, values, goals and objectives of the Community Colleges of Spokane. 
  • Ability to perform assigned duties in a manner consistent with applicable laws, regulations and goals of the institution and the community/technical college system. 
  • Demonstrated commitment to fostering and supporting a teaching, learning and working environment that honors diversity, equity and inclusion.
 PREFERRED COMPETENCIES (Desirable Qualifications)
  • An earned Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy or related field from an accredited institution.  
  • Prior teaching experience in a physical therapist assistant/physical therapist academic program.
  • Experience with program accreditation. 
  • Active in clinical practice, especially as applicable to clinical education.        
  • Active in professional activities at local, state, and/or national levels. 
  • Clinical teaching and/or clinical coordination experience.
  • Demonstrated teaching or clinical experience working with diverse populations. 


This is a full-time, tenure track position with an entry level base salary (for a 175-day academic year contract) of $60,647 - 64,587 / year. Future advancement in base salary, up to the current maximum of $83,494, is based upon a combination of years of service accrued at our college and professional development activity.
 Faculty have potential to earn up to $121,561 (average annual salary paid to our 20 highest earning faculty during FY2018/19).  FY 2018/19 average annual faculty salary (all faculty) was $76,425.  Annual salary is comprised of base salary plus any combination of academic year overload contracts, summer effort contracts, project stipends, student club advising stipends, and/or department chair /program lead faculty stipends consistent with the provisions of the current collective bargaining agreement between CCS and the Association for Higher Education (AHE).
TOTAL COMPENSATION $77,055 - $81,347.
 Total compensation is an estimate based upon adding the following amounts together:
  • Base compensation, plus
  • Current employer-paid health and related benefit contribution rates, plus
  • Median retirement fund contributions. 
  • The actual total will vary depending upon each employee's enrollment choices.
    CCS reserves the right to cancel this recruitment without notice.  Union membership is no longer a condition of employment although this position is covered by a collective bargaining agreement.  Anticipated date of employment is Fall 2021.
    Person hired must be able to provide acceptable documentation of U.S. Citizenship or lawful authorization to work in the United States. This is an absolute condition of employment. An offer of employment will not carry with it any responsibility or obligation on the part of the District to sponsor an H1-B visa.   In addition, the Community Colleges of Spokane maintains a drug-free work environment and prohibits all smoking in the college buildings and state-owned vehicles. Must be able to successfully work in and promote a multicultural work and education environment.  Prior to a new hire, a background check including criminal record history will be conducted.  Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining the applicant’s suitability and competence to perform in the position. Once an applicant is chosen for an interview, they are required to complete and submit a declaration regarding sexual misconduct and investigation per state law.  


    Applications will be accepted until 4:00 p.m. PST on March 15, 2021.  The application process will not be available after this time. To ensure consideration make sure your application is completed and submitted as soon as possible. Applications will only be accepted prior to 4:00 p.m. on the closing date.

    To qualify for consideration, applicants must meet required competencies and submit a complete application packet, which includes the following:
  • CCS online application.
  • Cover letter addressing your qualifications as applied to the responsibilities of this position. *
  • Comprehensive resume. *
  • Names, addresses, and telephone numbers of three professional references.*
  • College transcript(s) if applicable * - unofficial/copies of transcripts are acceptable for initial application, official copies must be submitted upon acceptance of job offer.
  • NOTE:  All of the above are required to ensure your consideration for this position.  The item(s) marked with an asterisk are required attachments to your application prior to submission.
    Community Colleges of Spokane does not discriminate in its programs, activities and employment on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, age, sex, marital status, pregnancy, parental status or families with children, status as a mother breastfeeding her child, AIDS/HIV or hepatitis C, honorably discharged veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, use of trained guide dog or service animal by a person with disability, genetic information or any other legally protected category.  Please direct all inquiries regarding compliance with access, equal opportunity and/or grievances to the Chief Administration Officer, Community Colleges of Spokane, 501 N. Riverpoint Blvd., PO Box 6000, MS 1004, Spokane WA 99217-6000 or call 509-434-5037; WA Telecommunication Relay Services (TRS) 1-800-833-6384 or 7-1-1.