Chapman University’s Department of Physical Therapy seeks
applications for the position of, a non-tenure track, Clinical
Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy who will also serve as the
Director of Clinical Education (DCE) in the Crean College of Health
and Behavioral Sciences. Continually accredited since 1928, the
Department of Physical Therapy has a rich tradition as the oldest,
longest continually accredited physical therapy program in the
The Department of Physical Therapy is located on the Rinker Health
Science campus in Irvine, California. This campus is designed to
foster an inter-professional educational environment and to use
cutting edge technology in teaching and practice. The campus
features state of the art facilities, including a human cadaver
anatomy laboratory, advanced learning center with innovative
technology, state-of-the-art motion analyses facilities, Grand
Rounds auditorium with 3D projection capabilities, multi-sized
classrooms, a medical library, and collaborative work centers. The
campus is home to several accredited graduate health science
professional programs, including Doctor of Physical Therapy, Master
of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders, Master of
Medical Sciences Physician Assistant, and Doctor of Pharmacy.
Chapman University is a nationally ranked institution offering
traditional undergraduate and graduate programs in the heart of
Orange County, one of Southern California’s most diverse and
vibrant regions. The university achieved R2 status in the Carnegie
Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, a distinction
held by just 10 percent of all U.S. universities. Our faculty
include academic leaders who excel in research, publishing and
world-class teaching in our 11 schools and colleges, including the
Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences. Dedicated to
forward-looking, personalized education, we create an environment
for unlimited achievement by both our students and faculty. More
information about the university and Crean College is available at
The University is dedicated to enhancing diversity and inclusion in
all aspects of recruitment and employment. More information on
diversity and inclusion at Chapman University is available at
The successful candidate will hold a clinical doctorate or earned
terminal academic doctorate (PT/D.P.T., PT/PhD, PT/EdD, etc.), with
demonstrated excellence in clinical education and curricular
development, as well as the following requirements:
- Graduate of an accredited physical therapist professional
- Minimum of 5 years’ experience as a licensed physical
- Minimum of 3 years of clinical teaching and/or clinical
- Strong communication, organization, interpersonal,
problem-solving, and clinical mentoring skills.
- Demonstrated commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
- Able to initiate, administer, and assess clinical education
- Able to work independently and coordinate work with colleagues
and peers, especially with colleagues involved with clinical
- Licensed or eligible for licensure in the state of
- Knowledge of legislative, regulatory, legal, and practice
issues affecting clinical education, students, and the profession
of physical therapy.
- Able to meet faculty requirements as stated in the Evaluative
Criteria for Physical Therapist Education Programs.
- Participate in independent and/or collaborative research in
clinical education or related areas.
- 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).
- Member of the American Physical Therapy Association.
- Able to travel within and outside of the state of California,
- Demonstrate visionary and futuristic thinking in Clinical
Education program development, modification, and
- Prior experience as a Director or Associate Director of
- Prior experience as a Site Clinical Coordinator of Clinical
- APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor
- Prior teaching experiences in a physical therapist academic
program and/or administrative experience in clinical practice.
- Knowledge of educational, management, and adult learning theory
- Active in clinical practice, especially as applicable to
- Active in professional activities at local, state, and/or
Reporting to the Department Chair, the DCE provides leadership to
the Clinical Education team, holds a faculty (clinical, non-tenure
track) appointment and has administrative, academic, service, and
scholarship responsibilities consistent with accreditation
standards and the mission and philosophy of the Department of
Physical Therapy, Chapman University.
As the Clinical Education team leader, the DCE will be able to
shape and modify the existing Clinical Education program with an
eye toward meeting future needs and responding to evolving trends
in physical therapist education and practice.
The DCE also will work collaboratively with faculty and the
Clinical Education team (e.g., Associate and Assistant DCE and
Administrative Support Staff) to oversee the clinical education
program for our two-cohort curricular model. The successful
candidate will be responsible for all aspects of the clinical
education experiences of students enrolled in the Doctor of
Physical Therapy program, including the organization,
administration, continuous review and revision of clinical
education experiences, and development of new affiliate
The DCE will also assist the Department Chair in strategic
planning; implementing changes based on evolving practice
standards; assessment of student learning outcomes and overall
programmatic success; and maintenance of programmatic and
institutional accreditation, specific to clinical education.
As a faculty member, the DCE may also have responsibilities in the
area of Clinical Practicum and Clinical Experiences and service to
the Department, the Crean College, the University, the Community
and the profession. The DCE may have opportunities for teaching in
their area of expertise, mentoring physical therapist students, and
participating in inter-professional educational experiences and
professional/academic service, including maintaining clinical
competency, if applicable.
Qualified candidates are invited to electronically submit the
- Chapman Faculty Employment Application
- Letter of Application
- Curriculum Vitae
- Contact information for three professional references
Application reviews will begin immediately and will continue until
the position is filled. Successful completion of a background check
is required for the final candidate. This position is subject to
final budget approval.
Further inquiries can be directed to Search Committee Chair, Dr.
Susan Duff email@example.com
cc to Faculty Search Coordinators San White firstname.lastname@example.org
and Eddie De
La Torre email@example.com
“PT DCE Position” as the email subject line.
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University is dedicated to enhancing diversity and inclusion in all
aspects of recruitment and employment. All qualified applicants
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gender expression, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status,
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and encourages members of underrepresented groups to apply.
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