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Assistant/Associate Professor - Physical Therapy Program

Samuel Merritt University
California, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Dec 7, 2022

Job Details

Job Description Summary:Samuel Merritt University is recruiting a full-time faculty member to join the dynamic, collaborative Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program. We are a health sciences-focused university with a long history of educating ethical, caring, compassionate, highly skilled health professionals. In addition to our DPT program, we offer programs in undergraduate nursing, and graduate programs in Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Anesthesia, Doctor of Nursing Practice, Master and Doctor of Occupational Therapy, Physician Assistant, and Podiatric Medicine.

Employment at Samuel Merritt University means being part of a community that values education and its impact on the world. The DPT faculty is friendly, supportive, and increasingly diverse. Believing that diversity contributes to academic excellence and to rich and rewarding communities, SMU is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty, staff, and student body. We seek candidates whose work furthers diversity and who bring varied experiences, perspectives, and backgrounds to our community. The DPT program is located in beautiful Oakland, California, an urban community that is rich in diversity, the arts, and multicultural immersion. This campus also houses a state of the art Movement Analysis Research Center (MARC) and a robust, accredited Health Science Simulation Center (HSSC).
Duties and Responsibilities:

Responsibilities: Teach entry-level DPT students in areas of expertise; participate in research, scholarship and dissemination activities according to University and CAPTE requirements; and participate in department, university, professional, and community service. Applicants interested in or familiar with using innovative teaching and learning pedagogies, including technology, and grounded in educational theory and research are encouraged. Faculty are expected to work collaboratively to continually update and enrich the curriculum.

The position is a twelve-month, full-time appointment. The DPT program enrolls 50 students each year into our full-time, 32-month program. The curriculum emphasizes integrated active learning experiences throughout the students’ matriculation, during didactic trimesters and through clinical experiences.

Qualifications: A completed academic doctorate (PhD, DSc, EdD or equivalent) in physical therapy or a related area of study is required. Applicants must be licensed or currently eligible for physical therapist licensure in California. Individuals who are within 6 months of completing their academic doctoral degree will also be considered. Prior academic faculty experience is strongly preferred.

Contemporary practice expertise and teaching experience in biomechanics/kinesiology/movement science and/or acute/complex care practice environments is preferred, but other areas of contemporary expertise will also be welcomed and considered.
Timeline: Application reviews will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. Rank is commensurate with experience and credentials.

To be considered for this position, all applications and materials must be submitted through the employment portal link included in our university website faculty jobs posting at:

For additional information please contact:

Robert Nee, PT, PhD, MAppSc
Search Committee Chair
Department of Physical Therapy
450 30th Street
Oakland, CA 94609

(510) 879-9200 x7376

Employee Status:Regular
Exemption Status:United States of America (Exempt)
Time Type:Full time
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Pay Range:

Samuel Merritt University currently provides base salary ranges for all positions-on job advertisements-in the United States based on local requirements. Individual compensation will ultimately be determined based on a variety of relevant factors including but-not limited to qualifications, geographic location, and other relevant skills.


Samuel Merritt University

Samuel Merritt University is a private university focused on health sciences with its main campus in Oakland, California, and other facilities in Sacramento, San Mateo and Fresno.

SMU is an integral part of patient care in Northern California. We’re one of the largest educators of registered nurses in California, and many of the physical and occupational therapists, physician assistants, and podiatric physicians who provide care in the region are graduates of our programs. 

SMU began as a credential nursing program with Oakland's Samuel Merritt Hospital. Today, more than 110 years later, it offers nursing programs and advanced degrees for occupational and physical therapists, physician assistants, and podiatric physicians.

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