Chair & Associate Professor

UNT Health Science Center
Texas, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Jun 10, 2021
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

The University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth is seeking a visionary leader for the position of Physical Therapy (PT) Department Chair. The Department of Physical Therapy offers the clinical Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree. The department is housed within the School of Health Professions (SHP), which includes a Master of Physician Assistant Studies program and an online Master of Science program in Lifestyle Health Sciences and Coaching.

The Chair serves as the academic and operational leader of the PT department by providing effective leadership in the areas of accreditation, faculty development, student recruitment, quality improvement, and budget management. In this role, s/he will engage collaboratively with the faculty through curriculum development, research, service, and strategic planning. As a faculty member, the Chair will have the opportunity to teach and maintain her/his own research program. S/he will also engage in interprofessional activities across the institution’s other schools/colleges (Osteopathic and Allopathic Medicine, Public Health, Pharmacy, and Biomedical Sciences) and with external organizations. As an advocate for the Department, the chairperson collaborates with the administration in implementing the University’s mission to create solutions for a healthier community.

UNTHSC relies on a culture of values (integrity, collaboration, respect, serve others first, be visionary) to create solutions for a healthier community. We develop and deliver these solutions in an interprofessional, team-based environment that promotes patient-centered care. We are seeking a senior faculty member who recognizes the importance of values-based leadership and whose vision is consistent with emerging health care delivery.

The candidate we are seeking is a senior faculty member who possesses strong leadership skills, teaching excellence, an established research record, and a vision consistent with emerging health care delivery who will build on the department’s accomplishments and contributions in education and scholarship. This is a full-time, 12-month, non-tenure/tenure-track/tenured appointment at the Associate/Full professor level. Salary and rank are commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Core Responsibilities
• Promote collaboration within and outside of the department/institution;
• Engage in respectful and candid communication;
• Maintain the highest standard of ethics and compliance with federal, state, and accrediting body standards and regulations;
• Provide superior customer service to internal and external customers;
• Use a values-based approach to coaching/development of departmental faculty and staff;
• Guide curriculum development to maintain currency and relevance to the future of the field;
• Develop effective strategies for recruitment and retention of exceptional faculty, staff, and students;
• Manage fiscal and administrative matters with transparency and integrity;
• Align departmental goals with institutional goals to effectively advocate for resources.

PT program curriculum and operations
• Provides leadership, direction, and administration of all aspects of the Department’s activities in collaboration with the faculty and staff.
• Serves as the academic leader of the PT Department while appropriately reflecting the future of the profession.
• Responsible for development, implementation, evaluation, and improvement of all teaching programs of the department, although specific activities usually are delegated to a curriculum committee and individual faculty.
• Supports faculty research and other forms of scholarly activity, particularly as these contribute to the further development of physical therapy and institutional research initiatives.
• Leads participation in the accreditation process; assures full compliance with federal, state, and accrediting body standards and regulations;
• Responsible for the development and maintenance of effective department operations, including efficient workflow, achieving student learning outcomes; ensuring appropriate faculty numbers; assuring quality curriculum;
• Ensures Department participation in the recruitment, selection, retention, and academic success of students.
• Ensures the participation of herself/himself and departmental faculty on institutional committees and in-service activities of the department and the institution.
• Serves as the fiscal agent for the Department, directing the preparation of the annual budget, completing analysis of the fiscal status and implementing appropriate actions related to resource utilization, approving expenditures, reviewing reports.
• Delegates authority and responsibility consistent with faculty and staff strengths and interests within the context of the Department’s needs and available resources.

Strategic Planning
• Works with departmental faculty to develop the departmental mission, vision, tactical initiatives, and metrics that are consistent with the School and University’s strategic and quality improvement plan. Leads the efforts of faculty and staff so that progress is made toward achieving individual, departmental, school, and institutional goals. Anticipates the resources that will be needed in the department, represents these needs in the budget process, and monitors their judicious use.
• Assesses and reports on program metrics, such as faculty workload and scholarly productivity, student satisfaction, graduation rates, enrollments, etc., to assure program goals are being met; Uses data to help teams initiate, manage, and sustain the process.
• Offers original solutions to solve problems or develop opportunities. Shows a drive for and works with a focus on continuous improvement.

Faculty Leadership and Development
• Leads the recruitment and retention of high-caliber faculty and staff in the department.
• Coaches, develops, and evaluates faculty (core and adjunct) effectiveness; assigns work with a focus on an agile workforce that responds effectively to changing programmatic situations and demands.
• Mentors and develops employees to maximize individual performance, build future organizational leadership, enhance teamwork and strengthen support of the organization’s core values;
• Recommends to the Dean faculty members for appointment, promotion and tenure, and special assignments of workload consistent with the department, college, and university policies.

Scholarly and Professional Development
• Stays abreast of educational best practices, changes, and developments that may impact the program through attendance and developing professional relationships at professional conferences, seminars, and local, state, and national organizations;
• Meets scholarly goals and professional growth and development by active involvement in research/scholarly activities and keeping abreast of the latest trends in the profession, higher education, and the health care environment.
• Promotes department’s overall visibility and reputation locally, nationally, and internationally by active participation and service in professional organizations.

Minimum Qualifications:

• Earned academic doctoral degree (e.g., PhD, EdD, DHS).
• Minimum of six years of full-time higher education experience, with a minimum of three years of full-time experience as a core faculty member in a CAPTE accredited entry-level physical therapist education program.
• Established record of excellence in teaching, with a defined area of professional content expertise.
• Established record of research/scholarly activity.
• Active involvement in the PT profession and understanding of critical educational issues.
• Understanding of and experience with curriculum content, design, implementation, and evaluation.
• Strong written and oral communication and interpersonal skills, including the ability to engage in flexible, collaborative decision-making.
• Strong interest in faculty development and mentoring.
• Innovative vision and effective leadership skills to inspire teams to reach goals.

Preferred Qualifications:

• Previous higher education administrative experience as a leader/chair of an academic department and/or academic program.
• Experience with management of personnel-related activities, such as recruitment, new hire recommendations, and performance evaluations; and overseeing departmental financial processes.
• Experience in strategic planning.
• Demonstrated record of success in recruiting and developing high-caliber faculty.
• Outstanding judgment and the capacity to set and communicate priorities.
• Administrative experience with professional accreditation standards and procedures.
• Appreciation of new teaching methods and educational technology.

Required License:

• An active US physical therapy license or eligibility for licensure in the state of Texas.

The University of North Texas System and its component institutions are committed to equal opportunity and comply with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University of North Texas System and its component institutions do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, or veteran status in its application and admission processes, educational programs and activities, and employment practices.