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Assistant/Associate Professor of Physical Therapy, multiple openings, Flagstaff, AZ

Northern Arizona University
Arizona, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Oct 24, 2022

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Assistant/Associate Professor of Physical Therapy, multiple openings, Flagstaff, AZ

Location: Physical Thrpy & Athletic Trng
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Job ID: 606378
Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Workplace Culture

NAU aims to be the nation's preeminent engine of opportunity, vehicle of economic mobility, and driver of social impact by delivering equitable postsecondary value in Arizona and beyond.

Special Information

The Department of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training at Northern Arizona University (NAU) is currently seeking applications for two tenure track faculty positions at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor.

The positions are 9-month appointments in the College of Health and Human Services (CHHS) on the Flagstaff Mountain Campus that are available to begin as soon as the Fall 2022 semester.

Job Description

Two tenure track faculty members at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor are being sought for the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program on the Flagstaff Mountain Campus.

Responsibilities for these positions include teaching, scholarship, and service. Faculty for each of these appointments are expected to teach in the entry-level DPT Program, sustain an independent research agenda, and actively participate in service opportunities in connection with the department, CHHS, the University, and local community. Successful candidates may seek out opportunities to participate in the Interdisciplinary Health PhD program, a joint effort between CHHS and the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS). Collaborations within CHHS and across campus are possible and encouraged.

Successful applicants will demonstrate the skills and commitment necessary to develop an extramurally funded research program. Candidates will also be expected to participate in curriculum development (including online/distance education), student advisement, and service to the Department of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Academic doctorate degree (PhD, EdD, DSc) in a health-related field (e.g., physical therapy, rehabilitation science, neuroscience, public health, rural health, population health disparities) or in education from an accredited institution.
    • Candidates nearing completion of the academic doctorate (ABD) may be considered. Completion of the academic doctorate is required by January 2024. The faculty appointment for those who have not completed their doctorate will be as an Instructor at a lower salary. Title and pay will be adjusted at the start of the semester following the date of degree conferral. The tenure and promotion review clock will be delayed in alignment with the title change.
  • Experience in the development, implementation, and dissemination of research projects

Preferred Qualifications

For rank of Assistant Professor:
  • Demonstrated commitment to work with people of diverse cultural backgrounds
  • Experience working in rural health and/or community-based health settings
  • Licensure as a physical therapist in the state of Arizona
  • 2 years or more of clinical physical therapy experience
  • Evidence of successful teaching in higher education
  • Evidence of independent and/or collaborative research productivity
  • Experience with grant writing, including applying for extramural funding

For rank of Associate Professor (those listed for Assistant Professor, and):
  • Previous faculty appointment in an academic department in accredited institution of higher education, with a minimum of 5 years at the rank of Assistant Professor
  • Experience developing and implementing rural/community based health programs
  • Experience with online/distance education
  • A record of successful extramural grant funding
  • A strong record of peer-reviewed publications
  • Recognition of excellence in teaching, scholarship, and/or service

General Information

Northern Arizona University has two Doctor of Physical Therapy programs, one on the main campus in Flagstaff and the other on the Phoenix Biomedical Campus (PBC). The Physical Therapy educational program is housed within the Department of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training and enjoys a long, rich history of excellence in both scholarly activity and the clinical education of physical therapists. The program's research activities include human locomotion, balance and posture, and health and wellness. In addition, we have active collaborations with Athletic Training, Mechanical Engineering, the Center of Health Equity Research, Center for Bioengineering Innovation, and Biology. As a part of their service, PT faculty can assist at a Dept. run pro bono clinic.

Northern Arizona University has a student population of 29,569, including approximately 21,000 on its main campus in Flagstaff and the remainder at more than 20 locations statewide and online.

Committed to a diverse and civil working and learning environment, NAU has earned a solid reputation as a university with all the features of a large institution but with a personal touch. NAU carefully balances teaching, scholarship and service with a faculty and staff dedicated to each student's success. All faculty members are expected to promote student learning and help students achieve academic outcomes. For information about diversity, access and equity at NAU, see the Center for University Access and Inclusion webpage.

While our emphasis is undergraduate education, we offer a wide range of graduate programs and research that extend to such national concerns as forest health and bioterrorism. Our institution has carefully integrated on-campus education with distance learning, forming seamless avenues for students to earn degrees.

Flagstaff has a population of about 70,000, rich in cultural diversity. Located at the base of the majestic San Francisco Peaks, Flagstaff is 140 miles north of Phoenix at the intersection of Interstate 17 and Interstate 40.

With its elevation of 7,000 feet and four-season climate, Flagstaff is ideal for year-round outdoor activities. Nearby attractions include the Grand Canyon, Lowell Observatory, Oak Creek Canyon, Sedona, Monument Valley, Sunset Crater, Meteor Crater, and Arizona Snowbowl.

COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement

As of 12/10/21, the Safer Federal Workforce employee vaccination requirement is currently suspended pending the outcome of a federal court-issued injunction. This injunction has suspended the recent executive order issued by President Biden requiring all employees of federal contractors to receive COVID-19 vaccinations. For current status of the vaccine requirement and/or questions, please visit FAQs for Employee Vaccination Requirement.

Background Information

Northern Arizona University requires satisfactory results for the following: a criminal background investigation, an employment history verification and a degree verification (in some cases) prior to employment. You may also be required to complete a fingerprint background check. Additionally, as an employer in the state of Arizona, NAU is required to participate in the federal E-Verify program that assists employers with verifying new employees' right to work in the United States. Finally, each year Northern Arizona University releases an Annual Security Report. The report is a result of a federal law known as the Clery Act. The report includes Clery reportable crime statistics for the three most recent completed calendar years and discloses procedures, practices and programs NAU uses to keep students and employees safe including how to report crimes or other emergencies occurring on campus. In addition, the Fire Safety Report is combined with the Annual Security Report for the NAU Flagstaff Mountain Campus as this campus has on-campus student housing. This report discloses fire safety policies and procedures related to on-campus student housing and statistics for fires that occurred in those facilities. If you would like a free paper copy of the report, please contact the NAUPD Records Department at (928) 523-8884 or by visiting the department at 525 E. Pine Knoll Drive in Flagstaff.


Commensurate with experience and rank.


This is a Faculty (FAC) position. NAU offers an excellent benefit package including generous health, dental and vision insurance; participation in the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) or the Optional Retirement Program (ORP); sick leave accruals and 10 holidays per year; and tuition reduction for employees and qualified family members. More information on benefits at NAU is available at the NAU HR benefits page. Faculty are hired on a contract basis, renewable according to terms of the Conditions of Faculty Service. Employees offered a position will be eligible for state health plans (including NAU's BCBS Plan). Employees will have 31 days from date of hire to enroll in benefits, and their benefits will then be effective the first day of the pay period following their completed enrollment. If a new employee chooses the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) retirement option, participation in the ASRS Plan (and the long-term disability coverage that accompanies it) will begin on the first of the pay period following 183 days of employment. New employees who choose to participate in the Optional Retirement Plan (ORP; an alternative to the ASRS plan) will begin to participate on the first day of employment. The long-term disability plan that accompanies the ORP will begin on the first day of the pay period following 90 days of employment. More information about NAU benefits is available at the NAU HR benefits page.

Submission Deadline

This vacancy will be open until filled or closed. Review of applications will begin on July 22, 2022.

How to Apply

To apply for this position, please click on the "Apply" button at the end of the job description if viewing this position through the NAU HR website. Otherwise, to view the original post and to apply, proceed to, follow the 'Faculty and Administrator Openings' link, locate vacancy 606378, and then "Apply" at the bottom of the page.

Application must include: (1) a cover letter highlighting your particular qualifications for this position; (2) a curriculum vitae; (3) a 1-page statement demonstrating your commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and justice (DEIJ) initiatives; (4) a statement of research interests; and (5) names and contact information for three references. Save all items as PDF and/or Word documents.

If you need assistance completing your application there are instructions available on the HR website or in person in the Human Resources Department located in Building 91 on the NAU Campus - on the corner of Beaver and DuPont Streets.

If you are an individual with a disability and need reasonable accommodation to participate in the hiring process please contact the Office of Equity and Access at: 928-523-3312/TDD - 928-523-1006 or PO Box 4083, Flagstaff AZ 86011.

FLSA Status

This position is exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and therefore will not earn overtime or compensatory time for additional time worked.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Northern Arizona University is a committed Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. NAU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

EEO is the Law Poster and Supplements

NAU is an Employer of National Service. AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other National Service alumni are encouraged to apply.

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